Stamps Just Went Up Again

A single one costs 66 cents as of Sunday, up from 63 cents
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 9, 2023 6:46 AM CDT
Stamps Just Went Up Again
A mail carrier in downtown Littleton, Colo.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Stamps prices are on the rise, again—one of several changes the US Postal Service is rolling out this month. Starting Sunday, the cost of the first-class "forever" stamps will jump from 63 to 66 cents. The latest price comes just months after forever stamps climbed from 60 to 63 cents in January, following a series of similar increases in recent years, per the AP. When announcing its intention to raise forever stamp prices to 66 cents earlier this year, the USPS cited rising "operating expenses fueled by inflation" and the impacts of "a previously defective pricing model"—noting that changes to mail service costs "are needed to provide the Postal Service with much needed revenue." Also:

  • The cost of sending a first-class one-ounce metered letter will rise to 63 cents and domestic postcards will jump to 51 cents.
  • International postcards and one-ounce letters will rise to $1.50.
  • The Postal Service will also launch a new package shipping service, USPS Ground Advantage, on Sunday to replace and combine previous plans. Ground Advantage pricing will reflect a 3.2% decline in retail prices and a 0.7% drop for commercial, the Postal Service says.

Sunday marks the fifth jump in forever stamp prices seen since the start of 2019, when the postage cost 50 cents apiece. When adjusted for inflation, 50 cents in January 2019 equates to about 60 cents in the spring of 2023, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' CPI inflation calculator. For the first quarter of 2023, the Postal Service's operating revenue was $21.5 billion—an increase of $206 million, even though volume declined by 1.7 billion pieces, or 4.8%, compared with the same period last year. All told, the Postal Service reported a net loss of $1 billion for the first quarter, but that was a $519 million improvement over the $1.5 billion net loss during the same period last year.

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