Post Office Prices to Increase in 2013

It will cost more to mail postcards and one ounce letters come Jan. 27, 2013.

Get ready to pay more at the post office next year.

The cost to mail a one ounce letter will increase to 46 cents a stamp on Jan. 27. That’s up from 45 cents in 2012. Mailing a postcard will also cost one penny more at 33 cents. The same increase was imposed in 2012.

New Domestic pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products are as follows:

  • Small box — $5.80
  • Medium box — $12.35
  • Large box — $16.85
  • Large APO/FPO box — $14.85
  • Regular envelope — $5.60
  • Legal envelope — $5.75
  • Padded envelope — $5.95

If you want to save a few bucks mailing one ounce letters, stock up on Forever stamps now. They can be used anytime in the future regardless of price increases at the post office.

Procrustes' Foil December 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Common sense, you're right. I've been watching this unfold for the past few years. UPS also treats its drivers/delivery employees like self-employed contractual employees so that UPS doesn't have to pay FICA taxes and provide benefits. I've e-mailed my legislators about this but getting worthy bill passed in Congress is worse than getting a root canal.
jim December 30, 2012 at 05:34 PM
zhim January 04, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Six years ago they needed money so they made the post office pay them about six billion dollars a year to cover retirement health benefit costs for potential people retiring 75 years from now
Brian L. January 04, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Not to mention though that the post office rested mostly on revenue from mass mailers and people's need to contact family and friends. The internet has taken much of that away since it is a whole lot cheaper over the long run and provides direct marketing opportunities. Much like the RIAA, they failed to quickly innovate with the times and are losing money, not solely because of it, but it is a big factor.
RidgewayVol January 04, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Have it default, declare bankruptcy, eliminate legacy cost/liabilities such as unfunded pensions and sell it to UPS, FedEx or DHL, anyone that understand logistsics and how to run a business rather than a lounge for postal employees.


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