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January 6, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

POSTAGE RATES....The following public service announcement is part of the full service blogging here at the Washington Monthly:

On Sunday, first class postage goes up to 39 cents.

This appears to have been something of a stealth increase, but now that you know about it you can educate and amaze your friends with this knowledge.

But wait there's more! As an exclusive for Washington Monthly readers, the chart on the right shows you the new postage rates all the way up to the first class maximum weight of 13 ounces. This is an exact replica of the chart currently taped to the postal scale next to my desk!

BONUS NEWS YOU CAN USE: If you have unused books or rolls of old stamps, you can trade them in for new books/rolls at the post office by simply paying the difference.

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Wait, seriously? Damn. I feel so out of the loop.

Posted by: Matt F on January 6, 2006 at 7:45 PM | PERMALINK

Pop quiz.

How much will it cost to mail a pound of mail?

(hint: it's NOT 2x the price of 8oz)

How about 56 oz?

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on January 6, 2006 at 7:58 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks for the chuckle, Kev.

Posted by: KevinB on January 6, 2006 at 8:05 PM | PERMALINK

Am I the only one who wishes they'd raise the rates to the nearest multiple of 5? It'd be easier to do the math, plus they wouldn't have to raise the rates as often. Or is that just me?

Posted by: Roddy McCorley on January 6, 2006 at 8:09 PM | PERMALINK

Bush won the election with 51% of the vote, so he has a mandate to raise postal rates to whatever he pleases, or even put his face on the stamps.

Posted by: Bud on January 6, 2006 at 8:10 PM | PERMALINK

Congress actually forced the change by mandating that the Postal Service keep $3.1 billion in cash on hand to cover pension expenses:

http://tinyurl.com/7rnj7

I heard about this a couple of months ago, but that's because I'm a bride-to-be in my other online life, and postal prices are of vital importance when you're sending out save the date cards, invitations, announcements, etc.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on January 6, 2006 at 8:16 PM | PERMALINK

You sure waste a lot of money by rounding your postage up to the nearest multiple of 39 cents. They have 24-cent stamps for additional ounces, you know.

Posted by: carl on January 6, 2006 at 8:20 PM | PERMALINK

They won't put bush's face on a stamp because too many people would spit on the wrong side!

Posted by: gsj on January 6, 2006 at 8:21 PM | PERMALINK

Postage? What's postage? People pay to send messages written on paper to others in far away lands? Don't they have internet access?

Posted by: Joe Bua on January 6, 2006 at 8:39 PM | PERMALINK

It's the Stamp Tax, all over again. The Post Office has run a surplus for the last few years, so the GOP is continuing to force the postal service to increase rates lest to help make the general fund deficit look less bad.

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot on January 6, 2006 at 9:06 PM | PERMALINK

Still the best way to move reefer around.

Posted by: MRB on January 6, 2006 at 9:20 PM | PERMALINK

There's never enough money. I mean it just doesn't matter how much you make, there is never enough. My budies, some hookers and I were just saying this the other day while shooting craps. There is just never enough money.

Posted by: MRB on January 6, 2006 at 10:58 PM | PERMALINK
Pop quiz.

How much will it cost to mail a pound of mail?

(hint: it's NOT 2x the price of 8oz)

How about 56 oz?

Anything over 13 oz. can't be sent first class; you'd have to go to something like Parcel Post or Priority Mail, depending on what you were sending.

Posted by: eric on January 6, 2006 at 11:29 PM | PERMALINK

I work as a letter carrier. Want to know how I learned about the postage increase?

One of my customers told me. Didn't get -- and still haven't gotten -- any official (or unofficial) notice from Postal Service management.

Posted by: Bruce A. on January 6, 2006 at 11:38 PM | PERMALINK

Mnemosyne,

Please stay away from the George Costanza's printer.

If only Cliff Klavin were here.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on January 6, 2006 at 11:38 PM | PERMALINK

First ounce 37, additional ounces 24 each.

Who needs a chart when you've got a formula? What, you don't have a calculator watch?

Posted by: bad Jim on January 6, 2006 at 11:47 PM | PERMALINK

I did not know you could trade in old stamps for new. No more 1-cent stamps! Thank you.

Posted by: Noumenon on January 7, 2006 at 8:20 AM | PERMALINK

Lemme know if Snooze tells you to cease using their (old & defuct?) motto . . .

Posted by: Cassandro on January 7, 2006 at 10:07 AM | PERMALINK

Still beats walking it there ...

Posted by: Pat on January 7, 2006 at 11:48 AM | PERMALINK

Noumenon, be sure to read closely. You can turn in entire books or rolls of stamps, not singles. Although there's almost nothing on this topic at the usps.com website....

Posted by: wahoofive on January 7, 2006 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

BONUS NEWS YOU CAN USE: If you have unused books or rolls of old stamps, you can trade them in for new books/rolls at the post office by simply paying the difference.

Someone forgot to tell that to the postal clerks in Cocoa, Florida. After reading Kevin's tip, I gleefully marched into my local P.O. this morning, bearing a wad of 37-, 34-, and even 33-cent stamps, only to be told by the friendly lady behind the counter that they don't take back "perfectly good stamps." So, I settled for a nice assortment of 2- and 3-cent stamps. Oh well.

Yes, life's a bit slow here, this weekend.

Posted by: Steve on January 7, 2006 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

Is there some law that first-class postage has to be an odd number? I would happily pay a penny more per letter if they raised it to $0.40--it would make things much simpler.

Posted by: Tom Hilton on January 7, 2006 at 6:44 PM | PERMALINK

Am I the only one who wishes they'd raise the rates to the nearest multiple of 5? It'd be easier to do the math, plus they wouldn't have to raise the rates as often. Or is that just me?

Posted by: Mark on January 8, 2006 at 2:53 AM | PERMALINK

Bush won the election with 51% of the vote, so he has a mandate to raise postal rates to whatever he pleases, or even put his face on the stamps.

Posted by: Bush on January 8, 2006 at 3:11 AM | PERMALINK

Stupid, stupid, stupid! I took one look at the new rate, sat down at my desk, paid bills, wrote letters, stamped 'em, drove 17 miles to the rural post office before the Saturday 4 pm deadline, stood at the outgoing mail slot and calculated what I'd saved: 14 cents. Which, even if you drive a Honda, doesn't cover the cost of fuel for 34 miles at $2.19/gallon. Blimey!

Posted by: PW on January 8, 2006 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK

The 2-cent stamps are very pretty, although about twice the size of the old 37-cent stamps.

Posted by: ahem on January 9, 2006 at 12:56 AM | PERMALINK

Congress actually forced
the
change by mandating that the Postal Service keep $1.1 million in cash on hand to cover pension expenses

Posted by: poli on January 9, 2006 at 4:53 AM | PERMALINK

Granted, everybody uses email and fax before actually writing and mailing a letter. But isn't it astounding that you can have a piece of paper hand-delivered to the home of a relative on the other side of the continent for 39 cents?

Trivia: the U.S. Postal Service handles more pieces in one day than UPS, FedEx, and Airborne combined handle in an entire year.

Posted by: Wally on January 9, 2006 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK

$0.84 now, up four cents, for 1oz international airmail to the usual countries. No new pretty $0.84 stamps yet, though, and pretty stamps are half the fun of international mail.

I wouldn't even have met my German friends without the Internet, and being friends is so much easier with instant e-mail and the ability to send multi-megabyte attachments without a thought, but really, $0.84 and about a week is a pretty amazing price to send some actual paper all the way to Germany from the midwestern USA.

Posted by: Michael Pereckas on January 9, 2006 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

I heard about this a couple of months ago, but that's because I'm a bride-to-be in my other online life, and postal prices are of vital importance when you're sending out save the date cards

Posted by: jeny on January 10, 2006 at 3:46 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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