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US Postal Service wants 5-cent
increase for first-class stamps

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:Ribicon, 10/11/2018 11:35:28 AM

Washington — The US Postal Service is seeking to increase the price of its first-class stamp by 5 cents to 55 cents to help stem its mounting red ink. If approved by regulators, the 10 percent increase to the cost of mailing a 1-ounce letter would be the biggest since 1991. The price of each additional ounce would go down, from 21 cents to 15 cents. The proposed increase would take effect in January. It comes as President Donald Trump has criticized the Postal Service for “losing a fortune” by not charging higher shipping rates for online retailers such as Amazon.com.

US postal service makes special runs on Sundays, delivering packages for Amazon customers who just can´t wait to get their stuff, yet can´t keep above water on its lavish pension obligations. Solution? Hike the prices some more, stiffing the dwindling number of elderly people who still pay bills by paper checks.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bassman, 10/11/2018 11:48:45 AM     (No. 11793141)

How about me and my friends just quit buying from Amazon so you won´t lose anymore money on them.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: nvr4get911, 10/11/2018 11:53:31 AM     (No. 11793146)

whatever happened to that 45 forever stamp. Are they still good? USPS is already selling 50 forever stamps.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: trackman999, 10/11/2018 11:55:38 AM     (No. 11793151)

This "elderly" person prefers surface mail and paper checks. I also prefer writing and sending actual cards to people.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: strike3, 10/11/2018 12:06:29 PM     (No. 11793160)

The Post Office has been running in the red since the 1970s. Only after FedEx and UPS were created did anybody take notice because a monopoly does not care what customers think, especially a government monopoly. Now they are a dinosaur trying to compete in a modern world and the rate of inefficiency is increasing. I can´t remember the last time I used a stamp.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Taxed2Death, 10/11/2018 12:16:43 PM     (No. 11793175)

Actually there will be no increase in the cost of postage- the added 5 cents is to cover storage

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Reply 6 - Posted by: msjena, 10/11/2018 12:21:36 PM     (No. 11793188)

They are not a monopoly anymore. Raising the price of stamps will just drive more people to use electronic payment and email (and FedEx and UPS). And their service is already terrible.
Is there ever a time when there is no line at the post office? Surly clerks, long lines, high costs. The USPS is a a preview of government-run health care.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Bona Fides, 10/11/2018 12:27:05 PM     (No. 11793201)

Unions, pensions, 3rd string management. We pay for their mistakes.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 10/11/2018 12:28:53 PM     (No. 11793203)

If they would simply charge Amazon fees based in reality, they wouldn´t have to put the burden on the back of the rest of us. Don´t be making us responsible for your stupidity Postal Service.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Starboard_side, 10/11/2018 12:33:57 PM     (No. 11793210)

Why not convert all of your local postal trucks into electric, which will save you on the spikes in gasoline prices, AND you´d be helping the environment at the same time.

You can install a charging station at each postal location too, and charge people if they too need to charge their electric vehicles.

Install solar panels on every post office too, some will be able to use that energy more than other, but again, would be helping to reduce your costs by using alternative energy.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Ribicon, 10/11/2018 12:36:28 PM     (No. 11793216)

#3, no offense meant. I used "the elderly" (toss in "minorities and the poor") as trigger words to indicate where the cost burden will fall, using the tactic of the left.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: hpmatt, 10/11/2018 12:43:29 PM     (No. 11793223)

I´ve got about 40 years of Fovever stamps - use about 1 stamp per quarter. Bank has bill pay feature - never mail monthly bill payments anymore.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: privateer, 10/11/2018 12:45:24 PM     (No. 11793224)

How about stop allowing advertisers to deluge us with junk mail (as bulk mail)for pennies on the dollar?! Insist that ALL mail be sent first class. They´d either up their revenues astronomically, or have a LOT less stuff to deliver. Oh...I see the problem. LOL

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Reply 13 - Posted by: trackman999, 10/11/2018 12:45:35 PM     (No. 11793225)

O.K.None taken. Also ,though some are really bad like cartoon characters, I like the different stamps and what they reflect....reprints of the old biplane air mail stamp, Ronald Reagan stamp, religious Christmas stamps ( I´m Jewish)and my personal favorite, a stamp that commemorated the Stamp Act of 1765.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 10/11/2018 12:50:28 PM     (No. 11793231)

Their package delivery services are also increasing substantially. A modestly sized box will easily cost $12-$15 now.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: toddh, 10/11/2018 1:07:47 PM     (No. 11793243)

How about they charge that 55¢ for each piece of junk mail? Could probably fund half the government with that!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: john56, 10/11/2018 1:08:54 PM     (No. 11793244)

Not like the other folks are any cheaper. I needed to do an overnight mail letter yesterday and decided to go with UPS. Cost $51 for 3 pm next day delivery.

Just found that USPS rate for 12 noon next day delivery was $24.70 or $24.95.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 10/11/2018 1:30:13 PM     (No. 11793266)

Actually what we call "junk mail" or 3rd class mail, does more than pay for itself. 3rd Class mailers are required to pre-sort and take other steps so that carriers simply pick up their bundles and go. I know because I used to use 3rd class mailings in my business. Some of the big costs to the USPS in mailing are 2nd Class material which includes subscription newspapers and magazines.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: dvc, 10/11/2018 1:30:51 PM     (No. 11793267)

As the dollar steadily shrinks, the labor and fuel cost of delivering a letter does not.

For those who weren´t there, a brand new full sized Chevy automobile could be purchased for $2500 in 1965. A VW bug was $1900. So, the cost of a car is up by a factor of 10, or greater. Gasoline to fuel that car cost about 23 cents per gallon, about 19.9 cents at the cheap stations. Also, more than a ten times cost increase for fuel. (Cali was over $4 at many stations last week when I visited).

A first class stamp cost 5 cents in 1965. Ten times that is 50 cents. So, postage is pretty much keeping up with inflation.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: dvc, 10/11/2018 1:32:15 PM     (No. 11793269)

#2, "forever stamps" are good....forever.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 10/11/2018 2:26:14 PM     (No. 11793335)

Raise it to $1.00- get it over with. Let the Postal Workers all get every thing they want. Watch the Democrats howl.

"Trump can´t give the Postal Workers everything they want! How can we keep them on our hook if they get what they want from Trump?"

Yep- I´d gladly pay it if the Democrats were to get a big pie in their face! Besides- What´s a lousy 52 cents worth these days? I already pay $125.00 for Amazon Prime and it is the best money I ever spent. I dropped Commie DemocRat infested Netflix, HBO, Showtime, NFL Network and Google. Boy what a deal! I´ve been happy ever since.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: hoosierblue, 10/11/2018 2:43:14 PM     (No. 11793362)

Time for a quick stock up on forever stamps.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: dvc, 10/11/2018 2:47:57 PM     (No. 11793367)

Really surprised at the conservatives happy to fund Bezos. Amazing.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 10/11/2018 2:59:51 PM     (No. 11793375)

No real choice yet, #22. Too convenient so far. I am also pushing 80 and don´t really like to shop all over for something. Somebody will come along (hopefully with conservative management) and outdo Amazon in the near future. It just the way things work. Amazon could always end up like Sears.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: nhchemist, 10/11/2018 4:37:14 PM     (No. 11793450)

My Father-in-Law died in April. We filed a mail forwarding form so that we could pay his final bills and notify unknown friends of his passing. He received 3-6 pieces of mail daily asking for contributions to political organizations and charities at his old address. Our wonderful post office (Sarc/Off) notified all these organizations of his new address so now they are addressed to him at our address. Coming back from vacation, we had a shopping bag full of these requests for money. What´s wrong with this picture. "Return to Sender" does not work for reduced rate mailings, only first class.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Hotrod, 10/11/2018 4:49:04 PM     (No. 11793459)

FAR: ´´Really surprised at the conservatives happy to fund Bezos. Amazing.´´

Not funding Bezos. I´m funding the working people he employs. They work hard and don´t live on the government dole.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Cor-Vet, 10/11/2018 5:56:36 PM     (No. 11793512)

I know a few retired postal workers, and they have one hell of a great retirement. I thought my retirement from private industry was good, but these people have, along with their medical insurance, great benefits. Over time, my plans have been altered, and my contributions have increased. Public plans don´t (aren´t allowed) to be modified.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/11/2018 10:03:26 PM     (No. 11793660)

I will gladly pay the 5 cent increase if they lower the cost of renting a post office box. It keeps going up. You would think I am saving them the cost of delivering the mail.

Why not fire the post master general or the committee over him? No CEO in any other business would be allowed to keep their job with a loss every year.

You would think they would be happy to print more stamps for collectors. A few years back, I wrote and asked why they wouldn´t reissue the Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary stamps (printed before Celebrations). An AA employee assured me they never had such stamps.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Thos Weatherby, 10/14/2018 1:50:56 PM     (No. 11796638)

Sell off the Zip Codes to the private sector. Of course, you would have to have it somewhat regulated such as Government checks arriving on the first, but direct deposit takes care of that. No more taxpayer expense and a better run system. No more horse and buggy in a Jetson century.

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