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Thread: It's almost that time again, (no, not the holidays..)

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    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
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    It's almost that time again, (no, not the holidays..)

    Time for the annual Post Office price increases, that is!

    http://about.usps.com/news/national-...2/pr12_114.htm

    basically, first class stamp goes up 1 cent to 46 cents, Priority Mail Flat Rate options all go up.


    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

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    Stock up on forever stamps now at .45 cents and you can save a little.

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    No surprise. A shame they can't get it right.
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    i would rather pay the penny than lose the service.

    i appreciate my post office and the people who work there.
    for routine stuff it's still the best deal in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    No surprise. A shame they can't get it right.
    what are they supposed to get right? Costs keep going up. PO trucks use gas just like your car does.

    On the brighter side, there will be a cost of living increase for those on Social Security. 1.3 %.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    i would rather pay the penny than lose the service.

    i appreciate my post office and the people who work there.
    for routine stuff it's still the best deal in town.
    Agreed, the P.O does have its uses.
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    It is not an annual increase. It has been three years since the price of a stamp's last increase.

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    "get it right"!!! My sister has worked for the PO for many years. (They have actually offered her early retirement but she declined.) HOWEVER, she has explained many times to me about the hierarchy within the PO and even she gets upset when there is a price increase in postage. Because of the internet....email, Facebook, etc....there is not as much First Class Mail being sent thru the PO.

    So it's a conundrum. Top heavy management and inefficiency are some of the reasons that the PO is in the red. The upside is convenience with home delivery and local post offices.

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    Our postal system is the BEST in the world. Every thing costs more today. I don't work for the PO or have any relatives that do. I just appreciate the convenience and services. Commercial delivery like UPS and FedEx, etc. are more expensive. Imagine how much it would cost without the PO for competition.
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    I started stocking up on forever stamps the first year they came out with them. I still have about 25 sheets left. Hope it will last me a lifetime

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    very smart!! do you remember what the price was then?

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    I use priority boxes all the time to send our son items, he's in HI. The only other service would cost me over $100 since you have to pay 2nd day air, at the least. He gets priority in 3-4 days. Have only ever had one problem and it was resolved when package was found. I also send 15-20 cards a month, yes even with e-mail. Many older folk have no computers and no one to teach them how to be used. I frequent a small substation and the owners of the little store are so nice and very helpful.

    Please think about sending more cards and correspondence thru USPS, it's the only way there is if you want to send a special greeting to one minus electronics. When it's gone, it's gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Needles View Post
    I use priority boxes all the time to send our son items, he's in HI. The only other service would cost me over $100 since you have to pay 2nd day air, at the least. He gets priority in 3-4 days. Have only ever had one problem and it was resolved when package was found. I also send 15-20 cards a month, yes even with e-mail. Many older folk have no computers and no one to teach them how to be used. I frequent a small substation and the owners of the little store are so nice and very helpful.

    Please think about sending more cards and correspondence thru USPS, it's the only way there is if you want to send a special greeting to one minus electronics. When it's gone, it's gone.
    I rarely use any other delivery service other than the post office. The price is right (even with increases) and delivery time is a non issue. A couple of years ago, several of our post offices closed in our city. Now there isn't one on every corner but that is okay. Never more than a mile or two from one. They are also considering going to a 5 day delivery week and of course people are getting their panties in a wad - "My bills will come in late, my payments will be late, etc. I really don't think one day less would make that much of a difference. JMHO!
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    My little PO is on the endangered list and it is quite a way into town, so it is bite the bullet and pay and pray it stays open.
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    My PO is going to be cut back to half days, probably. I think I supply about 50% of their business with all the packages I mail.

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    Just another example of government beaurocracy at work! Too many chiefs (with FAT paychecks) and not enough Indians! I sure wish someone who had an idea of what real people do and how we live would get elected. Until then, we won't see any change.

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    If they would charge ONE price for all (letter/postcard, business, advertisement) I think it would be fairer and then maybe we would get less crap mail in our mailboxes each day but especially during election season! Except for advertising that I request (Hancock's, JoAnn's), my bills and greeting cards and a rare letter (all my family uses email...even my mother who died 6 years ago at age 93 did), the rest hits the trash without even being looked at. I don't think I am alone or that our family is unique.
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