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Postage rate going up—and down—May 14

November 17, 2010

The cost today to mail a 2-ounce letter is 63 cents. Beginning May 14, the cost will change to 97 cents. Or 58 cents. Or $1.38. It depends on the envelope used for the mailing.


Most people probably are aware that the forthcoming rate to send a letter that weighs 1 ounce or less will increase from 39 cents to 41 cents, and that the U.S. Postal Service offers a new "forever" stamp that will be remain valid even after future postal rate hikes.  

But the rate changes are more muddled for heavier parcels. Standard 9½-by-4 envelopes, also called No. 10s, are preferred by the Post Office because they are easier to handle. To reward such use, the rate for a 2-ounce letter drops 5 cents, to 58 cents. But the 2-ounce flat increases to 97 cents, and the 2-ounce parcel jumps to $1.38.


Many mail classes and options exist—first class and standard; media mail, and discount letters and cards with and without enhanced carrier rates and automation, to name a few. Dealers should check for details of the new rates. It could impact how dealers conduct future mail campaigns.