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POLL: Stamp Prices on the Rise Again

Effective Jan. 22, U.S. postage stamps increased.

Effective Jan. 22, stamp prices increased again.

The price of Forever stamps rose a penny, from .44 cents to .45 cents per stamp. Postcards went from .3 cents to .32 cents; letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) saw rose .5 cents to .85 cents; and letters to other international destinations rose .7 cents to $1.05.

The penny increase for forever stamps is the first price change for the First-Class Mail stamp in more than two and a half years, according to the United States Postal Service (USPS).

“The overall average price increase is small and is needed to help address our current financial crisis,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in a statement on the USPS website. “We continue to take actions within our control to increase revenue in other ways and to aggressively cut costs. To return to sound financial footing we urgently need enactment of comprehensive, long-term legislation to provide the Postal Service with a more flexible business model.”

Do you think the prices increases are justified in this weak economy? Will this change your mailing practices? Vote in the poll below.

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