Stamps Going Up a Penny
It will cost 46 cents to mail a letter
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 16, 2012 4:21 PM CST
In this 2009 file photo, a US Postal Service employee displays Forever stamps.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

(Newser) – The cost of mailing a first-class letter will go up by a penny in January. The Postal Regulatory Commission today approved the proposed rate increase, which raises the price of a first-class domestic stamp to 46 cents. The price of a postcard will increase from 32 cents to 33 cents, while a new global "forever" stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10. Currently, the prices for international letters vary. The prices go into effect Jan. 27. The Postal Service just posted a record annual loss of $15.9 billion.

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Nov 17, 2012 11:33 PM CST
The United States Post Office is still the best deal in town.
Nov 17, 2012 8:50 AM CST
damn now i have to buy and use some one cent stamps!
Nov 17, 2012 7:37 AM CST
The other day I needed to ship a package from South Carolina to my granddaughter in Massachusetts. I went on, purchased a shipping label for a cost less than purchasing it at a post office, printed it on my computer, pasted the label on the free Priority Mail box that I previously had delivered to my house by my mail carrier, clicked on the option to have the mail carrier come to my front door to pick up the package the next day, clicked on the icon to track the package and email me when the package was delivered. All this while sitting in my living room. There is a post office in my local Ace hardware store. Whenever I go to the hardware store there is always a long line of people waiting to buy stamps or mail packages. At Christmas time the line extends outside the store. We don't need post offices, just computers.