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How Much Does a Stamp Cost?

 
low costPostcard: 33 centsaverage costFirst Class Letter: 46 cents+high costPriority Mail: $5.60+
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The United States Postal Service increased its rates[1] for first class postage and related services (like insurance) on Jan. 27, 2013. The price of a first class "Forever" stamp increased to 46 cents from 45 cents.

Typical costs:

  • The cost to mail a first class letter is 46 cents for up to one ounce, and each additional ounce adds 20 cents. Large envelopes (flats) that are rectangular and not too rigid or thick are 90 cents for up to one ounce (and 20 cents for each additional ounce).
  • Expect to pay 33 cents to mail a postcard. The charge for Certified Mai[2] l is $3.10; a return receipt is $2.55 for a printed copy and $1.25 for an electronic version; and Money Orders[3] are $1.20 for up to $500 and $1.60 for $500.01 -$1,000.
  • Sending a letter Express Mail starts at $19.95 and goes up depending on weight and distance mailed.
  • Sending a letter or package Priority Mail starts at $5.60 and goes up based on weight and distance; a flat rate Priority small package costs $5.80, a regular flat rate package is $11.35 and a large flat rate Priority package costs $15.45.
  • Postcards and letters to all international destinations start at $1.10 for the first ounce. Priority Mail International letters start at $12.95; and Express Mail International at $29.25.
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Additional costs:
  • Buying stamps from the USPS.gov website may result in a $1.25 handling fee.
Discounts:
  • A Forever Stamp[4] purchased at current rates will always be valid first class postage for mailing a standard envelope weighing less than 1 ounce.
Shopping for a stamp:
  • Stamps can be purchased at USPS.com[5] or at at a local post office branch[6] .
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Charging extra for stamps
Amount: $3.50
Posted by: Juan Becerra in NY, NY.Posted: December 11th, 2012 09:12AM
just bought 5 stamps at the magazine store inside of 520 madison Ave, NY NY 10022 and was charged $3.50.. Is that legal?
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charging more than face value of stamps
Amount: $25.00
Posted by: MS MARIE in ft worth, TX.Posted: November 13th, 2012 04:11PM
I went to Rio supermarket @ interstate 35 S and Berry st in Ft Worth Tx on 11-13-2012 I asked for 2 bookks of stamps and 2 single stamps, I was told the price would be 25.50 ,I didn't buy them I went to Walmart and purchased 2 books of stamps for 18.00,,,now was that legal
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charging more than stamp face value
Amount: $1.00
Posted by: EW in Brookings, OR.Posted: March 2nd, 2010 08:03AM
It is not illegal to charge more than the face value of a stamp. Many stamp machines do this and many hotel consignment shops do this. It is called "paying for convenience". Alternate option is go to thepost office.
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Making Profit from Stamps
Amount: $1.00
Posted by: MikeH in Hampton, VA.Posted: January 19th, 2010 11:01AM
A person can charge in excess of the face value of the stamp. There is nothing illegal in doing this. However, the post office has many stores to whom they consign stamps. These stores do not charge more than the face value of the stamps. Go to www.usps.com for locations near you.
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Mrs. Corbett
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Sorry to here about your experience in Somewhere, KS.Posted: May 24th, 2009 02:05PM
This Stop and Shop should NOT of charged you extra for a stamp. He did this so he could make a profit from his customers and that is NOT right. I would have refused the purchase from him and since he refused to give you a receipt that was proof that he new he was doing something wrong to make a few extra $$. I hope to here in the future that you won't return business to this "CROOK"
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Charged too much for a postal stamp
Amount: $1.30
Posted by: Edith Corbett in Jacksonville, FL.Posted: June 3rd, 2008 07:06PM
I purchased two stamps from Stop and Shop convenient store on 3625 Townsend Blvd. in Jacksonville, Fl 32277 on Tuesday, June 3, 2008. The clerk charged me more than the stamp cost. When I asked for a receiot, he refuses to give me one. He told me to come back hours later to get one. Can a person be charged extra for a stamp to make a profit? Please get back with me A.S.A. P. Thanks, Mrs. Corbett
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STAMPS COST !!!!!!
Amount: $41.00
Posted by: THOMAS TILDEN in FREIDENSBURG, PA.Posted: May 7th, 2008 05:05AM
THE COST OF A STAMP CONTINUES TO RISE!!! IS FORCING ME TOP STOP SENDING AS MANY CARDS AND LETTERS TO PEOPLE!!!!!ALL THE EMPLOYEES ARE PLESANT TO ALL OF US THAT USE THE POST OFFICE!!!!HOWEVER THE COST CONTINUES TO GO UP ON FIRST CLASS STAMPS!! WHEN WILL THE GOVERNMENT LEARN HIGHER COST WILL MEAN LOWER PROFIT!!! SOMEDAY THE POST OFFICE WILL GO UNDER BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENTS GREED !!!!!
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External Resources:
  1.  about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2012/pr12_114.htm
  2.  www.certified-mail-envelopes.com/2009-usps-certified-mail-rates/
  3.  www.usps.com/shop/money-orders.htm
  4.  store.usps.com/store/browse/subcategory.jsp?categoryId=subcatS_S_45cFirstClass
  5.  store.usps.com/store/index.jsp?_requestid=366303
  6.  tools.usps.com/go/POLocatorAction_input
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