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  posted on 3/20/2007 at 11:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- The cost of mailing a letter will go up on May 14, but you'll be able to lock in that price -- no matter how rates rise in the future -- by buying the new "forever" stamp.


The post office governing board agreed Monday to accept the new 41-cent rate for first class mail recommended in February by the independent Postal Regulatory Commission.
The board also agreed to the proposal for a "forever stamp," that will always be valid for mailing a letter no matter how much rates increase.
James C. Miller III, chairman of the postal board, said the forever stamp could go on sale as soon as next month, at the 41-cent rate.
The postal governors asked the regulatory commission to reconsider some of its proposals, saying the suggested price for sending things like catalogs was too high.
For most people, the first-class rate has the greatest impact and the cost of sending a letter will rise from 39 cents to 41 cents, a penny less than the Postal Service had originally requested.
But folks sending heavier letters -- such as wedding invitations -- will see a reduction in the price.
That's because the 41-cent rate is for the first ounce, but each additional ounce will cost just 17 cents, down from the current 24 cents.
That means a two-ounce letter will cost 58 cents to mail, compared with 63 cents now.
Also expected to be attractive to many people is the forever stamp.
The first forever stamps will sell for 41 cents apiece, but they won't have a price printed on them and they will remain valid for sending a letter regardless of any future rate increases.
While a forever stamp will always be valid for mailing a latter, that doesn't mean the price won't go up. If rates were to increase to 45 cents, for example, that's what a forever stamp would sell for. But stamps already purchased at a lower rate could still be used without adding extra postage.
In a telephone interview, Miller said there is no limit on sales of the forever stamps, but he said they are generally intended for consumers and won't be produced in the massive rolls often used by businesses.
Shape-based pricing is also included in the new rates. For example, if the contents of a First-class large envelope are folded and placed in a letter-sized envelope, mailers can reduce postage by as much as 39 cents per piece.
Implementation of one part of the new rates was delayed until July 15. That covers higher prices for magazines and newspapers. Miller said publishers need extra time to update their computers to the new rates.
Three other provisions of the ruling will take effect with the rest of the rates in May, but the post office asked the regulatory commission to reconsider them. Those are:
Standard mail flats, a category largely composed of catalogs. The commission recommended an increase for some catalog mailers of as much as 40 percent, more than double what the Postal Service had proposed.
The surcharge for larger items that cannot be sorted by machines. The postal governors would like to see incentives for mailers to provide letters that can be processed at lower cost on sorting equipment, but the commission didn't make a differentiation.
The Priority Mail flat-rate box was set at $9.15 by the commission. The post office had recommended $8.80.
The post office applied for the higher rates last May and the regulatory commission issued its decision Feb. 26.
Postage rates last went up in January 2006.
Under new legislation the regulatory commission has been directed to devise a new, simplified system for setting postal rates, but the post office will be allowed to seek one more increase under the old system in the meantime.
Miller said the governors have not decided whether to do that.
The rates taking effect May 14 include:
Letters, bill payments, greeting cards: 41 cents for the first ounce, up from 39 cents.
Wedding invitation (2-ounces), 58 cents, down from 63 cents.
Postcard, 26 cents, up from 24 cents.
Priority mail flat-rate envelope, $4.60, up from $4.05.
Express Mail flat-rate envelope, $16.25, up from $14.40.
Parcel Post, 1-pound package, $4.50, up from 3.95.
Bank statement, 2 ounces, presorted, 45.9 cents, down from 54.4 cents.


Actually a good deal for mailing discs since the cost for additional ounces dropped from .24 to .17

Assuming there are no changes the new disc rates will be

1 = .58
2 = .58
3 = .75
4 = .92
5 = .92
6 = 1.09
7 = 1.26
8 = 1.26
9 = 1.43
10 = 1.60
11 = 1.60
12 = 1.77
13 = 1.94
14 = 1.94
15 = 2.11
16 = 2.28
17 = 2.28
18 = 2.45
19 = 2.62
20 = 2.62

 

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  posted on 4/5/2007 at 06:53 PM
Here's my beef, and my father was a 20 year mailman after 23 years USAF, I sent a package to brother PeterK in Sweden and it was off by a few numbers, address wise....I know, I know...'6' looks like '0' if you don't close the loop...thank you Miss McQeen 2nd grade teacher....my dad would've still wallked down a bit and delivered it correctly, not re-send it back over 'the pond'.

That felt good....

Now back to your regularly scheduled stuff.

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  posted on 5/2/2007 at 09:32 AM
Thanks, JimmyR. I've updated the initial post to reflect the new rates.

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  posted on 5/3/2007 at 10:06 AM
quote:

Actually a good deal for mailing discs since the cost for additional ounces dropped from .24 to .17

Assuming there are no changes the new disc rates will be

1 = .58
2 = .58
3 = .75
4 = .92
5 = .92
6 = 1.09
7 = 1.26
8 = 1.26
9 = 1.43
10 = 1.60
11 = 1.60
12 = 1.77
13 = 1.94
14 = 1.94
15 = 2.11
16 = 2.28
17 = 2.28
18 = 2.45
19 = 2.62
20 = 2.62


These are the new rates for mailers starting on the 14th? And can someone explain to me about the forever stamps? Can we use them for bnps as well?

 

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  posted on 5/5/2007 at 04:29 AM
Okay...

I'm a little confused. If the price of regular postage is gowing to 41 cents...how can prices be lower in shipping discs this time around?

Am I totally missing something here or am I suffering from a lack of sleep???

 

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Okay...

I'm a little confused. If the price of regular postage is gowing to 41 cents...how can prices be lower in shipping discs this time around?

Am I totally missing something here or am I suffering from a lack of sleep???


It sounds like no one knows for sure. To be on the safe side, Im going to stick to the current postage for shipping mailers until the PO gets their **** together. *sigh*

 

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  posted on 5/10/2007 at 06:10 PM
Best guess,lol.

#of disc = bubble mailer/bubble mailer with outter envelope.

1 = .58 /.58
2 = .58 /.75
3 = .75 /.92
4 = .92 /.92
5 = .92 /1.09
6 = 1.09/1.26
7 = 1.26 /1.26
8 = 1.26 /1.43
9 = 1.43 /1.60
10 = 1.60/160
11 = 1.60/1.77
12 = 1.77 /1.94
13 = 1.94 /1.94
14 = 1.94 /2.11
15 = 2.11 /2.28
16 = 2.28 /2.28
17 = 2.28 /2.45
18 = 2.45 /2.62
19 = 2.62 /2.62
20 = 2.62/2.79

 

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  posted on 5/14/2007 at 04:35 PM
I mailed a 2 disc B&P today. Already stamped the inside with plenty of postage.
The outside envelope was $1.14. No kidding.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2007 at 05:45 PM
4 DVDs in 6X9; return postage was 1.31. You should have seen the guy trying to
figure out the right combo of stamps. He still didn't get it right and I had to
point out that he was off by 2 cents (87+20+20+2+2=1.31).

Outside envelope was 1.48 (receipt says Zone-3 First Class Large Env 4.30 oz.)

[Edited on 5/14/2007 by jersey_devil]

 

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  posted on 6/7/2007 at 09:30 PM
I think the post office is screwing me after looking at what everyone else is paying. I sent out a couple of one disc shows and they charged me $1.30.
 

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  posted on 6/7/2007 at 09:40 PM
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I think the post office is screwing me after looking at what everyone else is paying. I sent out a couple of one disc shows and they charged me $1.30.


Happened to me too. The post 'officer' explained the new regulations cover 'bendable' material as a buck thirty for one or two discs weight. 'Effin' mercenaries.

I say we start emailing the discs to each other. After all, most of us got 'em that way in the first place.

 

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  posted on 7/8/2007 at 10:49 AM
My job takes me all over 2 counties here in TN. Since the rate change, I have quit stamping and just go by different Post offices, usually a rural one to avoid the lines...It is amazing the difference in the rates that are charged for the same thing at different places. I think it really depends on the clerk....some just throw it on the scale, some start the "anything hazardous, fragile line of questioning" to which I usually interupt with a "just mail it, man". Have even had a couple to bring out the ruler!

 

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  posted on 7/10/2007 at 07:26 PM
HI - I just sent 3 discs in sleeves in a 6x9 bubble mailer 1st class from New Haven,Ct area to Ontario,Cnda.

2.5 ozs = $1.31

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  posted on 7/10/2007 at 08:04 PM
Just sent 6 cds in a 6x9 bubble mailer and was charged $1.81
 

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I think the post office is screwing me after looking at what everyone else is paying. I sent out a couple of one disc shows and they charged me $1.30.



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Happened to me too. The post 'officer' explained the new regulations cover 'bendable' material as a buck thirty for one or two discs weight. 'Effin' mercenaries.

I say we start emailing the discs to each other. After all, most of us got 'em that way in the first place.


Rates for letters only went down for letters over 1 oz. Bubble mailer rates went up as someone posted earlier here.

The key word is "bendable" this has changed. It now cost me.92 to have one 2 disc mailer sent stamped "Fragile" but it is now $1.30 for 2 discs if you want them to stamp them "do not bend" A couple of the post office locations that I use regularly will not accept it unless I have the "do not bend " stamp on it..........

 

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I seem to be getting a lot of my packages returned, not enough postage. Seems every post office has their own method. I started just putting one .41 stamp more than number of disks enclosed.

 

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My job takes me all over 2 counties here in TN. Since the rate change, I have quit stamping and just go by different Post offices, usually a rural one to avoid the lines...It is amazing the difference in the rates that are charged for the same thing at different places. I think it really depends on the clerk....some just throw it on the scale, some start the "anything hazardous, fragile line of questioning" to which I usually interupt with a "just mail it, man". Have even had a couple to bring out the ruler!



That can't be good

 

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My job takes me all over 2 counties here in TN. Since the rate change, I have quit stamping and just go by different Post offices, usually a rural one to avoid the lines...It is amazing the difference in the rates that are charged for the same thing at different places. I think it really depends on the clerk....some just throw it on the scale, some start the "anything hazardous, fragile line of questioning" to which I usually interupt with a "just mail it, man". Have even had a couple to bring out the ruler!



Same thing here in Australia. Where I work there are two Post Offices both the same distance from my office. One charges nearly double compared to the other.
I found a bubble mailer can be called a small parcel OR a large letter. A large letter is a cheaper rate in one post office. An average mailer will cost AUS$3.85 from Australia to USA or Europe.

Also the dearer postoffice wants I.D and acustoms clearance where the cheaper one doesnt ask uas long as you attach a customs declarartion form.

 

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JUst posted this in the "Major Trader" thread and thought I'd add it here for safe keeping. Your milage may vary, but this is my best guess if the clerk sticks to the "General Definition for Flat-Sized Mail" including the "Flexibility Test".

Some post office clerks do not test or know the test for minimum flexability and allow a mailer containing CDs to pass as a "flat" instead of a "package". (two different rates) This is what is causing confusion. You may argue that you can press down on the end of the package 1" without breaking the CD. This will depend on the length of the envelope, the position of the CD, number of CDs, etc. What you tell the clerk may also get you the lower rate, however the best practice for a BnP would be to assume that you will be charged the higher "parcel" rate. This will prevent the generous trader who is doing the BnP from having to add postage. Ultimately, this will result in less BnP offers being made.

Here's the postal code that causes CD mailers to be charged the parcel rate instead of the letter (flat) rate. It is found in the following link.

http://pe.usps.gov/text/dmm300/101.htm#wp1002686

2.3 Minimum Flexibility Criteria for Flat-Size Pieces

[8-16-07] Flat-size pieces must be flexible. Boxes—with or without hinges, gaps, or breaks that allow the piece to bend—are not flats. Tight envelopes or wrappers that are filled with one or more boxes are not flats. At the customer's option, a customer may perform the following test on their own mailpieces. When a postal employee observes a customer demonstrating that a flat-size piece is flexible according to these standards, the employee does not need to perform the test. Test flats as follows:

a. All flats (see Exhibit 2.3a):

1. Place the piece with the length parallel to the edge of a flat surface and extend the piece halfway off the surface.

2. Press down on the piece at a point 1 inch from the outer edge, in the center of the piece's length, exerting steady pressure.

3. The piece is not flexible if it cannot bend at least 1 inch vertically without being damaged.

4. The piece is flexible if it can bend at least 1 inch vertically without being damaged and it does not contain a rigid insert. No further testing is necessary.

5. Test the piece according to 2.3b or 2.3c below if it can bend at least 1 inch vertically without being damaged and it contains a rigid insert.

Rates and Fees...

http://pe.usps.gov/text/dmm300/ratesandfees.htm

Here are the rates for a retail parcel by the ounce. The first ounce is $1.13 plus .17 for each additional ounce.

1-$1.13
2-$1.30
3-$1.47
4-$1.64
5-$1.81
6-$1.98
7-$2.15
8-$2.32
9-$2.49
10-$2.66
11-$2.83
12-$3.00
13-$3.17

Based on the old chart, here's what I've guestimated the new rates to be...

NUMBER OF CD's 6 X 9 BUBBLE MAILER / OUTER ENVELOPE: 9 X 12 or 7.5 X 10.5

1 $1.30 / $1.30
2 $1.30 / $1.47
3 $1.47 / $1.64
4 $1.64 / $1.64
5 $1.64 / $1.81
6 $1.81 / $1.98
7 $1.98 / $1.98
8 $1.98 / $2.15
9 $2.15 / $2.32
10 $2.32 / $2.32
11 $2.32 / $2.83
12 $2.83 / $3.00


Here it is with the weights, applicable for trades.

(I've noted the increase amount and as you can see it goes down as the weight goes up. 2 OZs increased by .67 but 9 OZs (12 discs) increased by only .18 and 12 and 13 OZs actually decreased. Looks like larger BnP offers would be in order! )

US Postal Rates

2 oz = 1.30 1 & 2 Discs 6x9 mailer (increase of .67)
3 oz = 1.47 3 Discs (increase of .60)
4 oz = 1.64 4 & 5 Discs (increase of .53)
5 oz = 1.81 6 Discs (increase of .46)
6 oz = 1.98 7 & 8 Discs (increase of .39)
7 oz = 2.15 9 Discs 9x11 mailer (increase of .32)
8 oz = 2.32 10 &11 Discs (increase of .25)
9 oz = 2.49 12 Discs (increase of .18)
10 oz = 2.66 (increase of .11)
11 oz = 2.83 (increase of .04)
12 oz = 3.00 (decrease of .03)
13 oz = 3.17 (decrease of .10)



Media Mail is still available and may be slower, but for large packages it is certainly less expensive.

1 pound (16 ounces) Media Mail is $2.13 with .34 for each additional pound. Same old precautions with media mail... slower?, less reliable?, may be opened for inspection more often?

 

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  posted on 2/10/2009 at 04:18 PM
stamp prices going up 2 cents in May 2009. Just an FYI.
 

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  posted on 2/14/2009 at 10:38 PM

 

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Anyone have a new chart handy?

[Edited on 6/2/2009 by KazJY]

 

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Posting current rates (19 May 2010). This is based on package rate, which should be assumed the way USPS will charge for packages containing CD's. Some PO's may charge less if they classify your package as a "Large Envelope", but don't take the chance that the person burning discs will have to pay for extra postage! Only covering up to 6 ozs, as that should include most trades and, beyond that, some folks use larger inner "return" envelopes, which would require different postage. One final note - be sure to use stamps on the return "inner" envelope, as metered mail can only be mailed from the city in which it originated.

NUMBER OF CD's 6 X 9 BUBBLE MAILER INNER/ OUTER ENVELOPE: 9 X 12 or 7.5 X 10.5

1- $1.39 / $1.39
2 -$1.39 / $1.56
3- $1.56 / $1.73
4- $1.73 / $1.90
5- $1.90 / $2.07
6 -$2.07 / $2.24


Here it is with the weights, applicable for trades.


US Postal Rates for Packages by ounce

2 oz = 1.39 1 & 2 Discs 6x9 mailer
3 oz = 1.56 3 Discs
4 oz = 1.73 4 & 5 Discs
5 oz = 1.90 6 Discs
6 oz = 2.07 7 & 8 Discs

Media Mail is still available and may be slower, but for packages over 7 ozs, the flat rate of $2.38 makes it cheaper - just be sure to write "MEDIA MAIL" on each package.


[Edited on 5/19/2010 by peachheadcpl]

 

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