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Old 04-15-2008, 12:50 PM
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US Postal Service Rate Changes

New Prices Coming May 12, 2008


Shipping Services

On May 12 we will adjust prices for our shipping services ? Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Select, Parcel Return Service, and International Mail. For the first time our pricing includes commercial volume and contract prices, rebates, online price reductions, and other new incentives.

"These innovative pricing incentives will make our products more attractive to all shippers, especially small businesses. We?re pricing our products to sell in today?s competitive shipping market," said Postmaster General John Potter.

Pricing Highlights:

Express Mail is switching to a zone-based pricing system, resulting in customers paying less for nearby destinations. Customers will receive a 3 percent price reduction by purchasing Express Mail online or through corporate accounts. Additional price reductions are available for those who ship quarterly minimums.
Priority Mail will have an average 3.5 percent savings for customers who use electronic postage or meet other requirements.
Parcel Select ? our ?last mile? delivery to every door ? will feature pricing and volume incentives for large- and medium-size shippers.
Parcel Return Service will move entirely to a weight based pricing system, resulting in significant price reductions for many lighter packages.

"Pricing has always been important to the Postal Service. Now, with greater pricing flexibility than ever, our customers have more choices, and we can price quickly in response to customer needs and the marketplace," said Pricing and Classification Vice President Stephen Kearney.


Mailing Services

On May 12 we will adjust prices for mailing services ? First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services, and Special Services. The average increase by class of mail is at or below the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

A First-Class Mail stamp will be 42?. Customers can continue to use the Forever Stamps that they purchased prior to May 12 at 41?, even after the price change. We will have 5 billion Forever Stamps in stock to meet increased demand before the price change. Forever Stamps are widely available through Post Offices, Contract Postal Units, consignment locations, Automated Postage Centers, vending, and at The Postal Store?. We also will have a 62? stamp available shortly after May 12 for 1-ounce nonmachinable First-Class Mail letters, such as square greeting cards.

Pricing highlights:

No change in the First-Class Mail single-piece additional-ounce price.
Lower additional-ounce price for presorted First-Class Mail letters.
Lower pound price for Standard Mail saturation and high-density flats.
Shape-based pricing for First-Class Mail International letters, flats, and parcels.
First-Class Mail International price groups expand from five to nine groups.

Select prices:

First-Class Mail letter (1 oz.) $0.42

First-Class Mail letter (2 oz.) $0.59

Postcard $0.27

First-Class Mail large envelope (2 oz.) $1.00

Certified Mail $2.70

First-Class Mail International to Canada and Mexico (1 oz.) $0.72

First-Class Mail International to all other countries (1 oz.) $0.94




Pricing Files and Helpful Information

Consistent with The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, we will adjust our mailing services prices each May. By law, these prices can increase on average no more than the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index. We plan to provide 90 days' notice of the new prices each year, to help mailers prepare for the change.


More important info and forms:

http://www.usps.com/prices/welcome.htm?
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Old 04-15-2008, 02:24 PM
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WoW I guess that like everything else thay have to rais their prices to its realy going to be hard for a while
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:29 AM
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oh my well here we go now the mail is hitten the change now who will be next?
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:55 PM
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Our international postage has just gone up also it's gone up twice in the last 6 months!
Just for a postcard or birthday card is now $1.30 and the next one up before going by weight is $1.95 Our local postage has not gone up in 3years so it's still 0.50c
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