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Stamp Cost

How Much Does a Stamp Cost?

low costPostcard: 35 centsaverage cost"Forever" Stamp: 55 centshigh costPriority Mail: Starting at $7.35

The United States Postal Service increased its rates[1] for first class postage increased many of its rates on Jan. 27, 2019. The price of a first class "Forever" stamp increased to 55 cents from 50 cents.

Typical costs:

  • The cost to mail a first class letter increased to 55 cents for up to one ounce, but the price of each additional ounce decreased to 15 cents.
  • The price to send a postcard within the United States remained at 35 cents. The charge for Certified Mail is $3.50; a return receipt is $2.80 for a printed copy and $1.60 for an emailed version; and Money Orders[2] are $1.25 for up to $500 and $1.70 for $500.01 -$1,000.
  • Sending a letter Express Mail starts at $25.50 at the post office and goes up depending on weight and distance mailed.
  • Sending a letter or package Priority Mail starts at $7.35 and goes up based on weight and distance; a flat rate Priority small package costs $7.90, a medium flat rate package is $14.35 and a large flat rate Priority package costs $19.95.
  • Postcards and letters to all international destinations start at $1.15 for the first ounce. Priority Mail International letters start at $25.85 sending a flat rate envelope to Canada at the post office; and Express Mail International starts at $44.00. For letters and packages, international rates vary by the type of package (flat envelope, DVD box, etc.), weight, destination country, and speed of delivery. Rate details are listed at the USPS Price List[3] .
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Additional costs:
  • Buying stamps from the website may result in a $1.30 handling fee.
  • 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[5] or at at a local post office branch[6] .
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Cost of packages and curtesy of the Postal workers
Amount: $88.69
Posted by: Christena Scott in Las Cruces NM, NM.Posted: April 16th, 2020 01:04PM
I go to the Messilla Park post office in Las Cruces NM. I have the best experience there then the other post offices in Las Cruces. I don’t have to take a number and wait, the floor is clearly marked what’s 6 feet is, and the people who mail your packages, always gives you the different prices so I always save money. Everybody take a deep breath! Now try to imagine a private owned Postal Service and consider what it looks like.1-No control on prices! -No delivery to rural America Side note 75% of our vegetable come from farms in rural America how will they survive without the mail. Your child or grandchild is serving overseas won’t get a Christmas gift. Call you Representatives in Washington to keep our Post Iffices OR keep gripping and deal with a private postal system the President is trying to have!
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Postal stamps prices
Amount: $0.65
Posted by: Linda mckinney in Ft.worth,texas, TX.Posted: September 15th, 2018 01:09PM
This store is charging .65 cents for one postal stamps post office .50 cents and this store to me is a over charged. I ask him you can sell postal stamps to what you want and he said yes. The grocery store.49/.50 cents why is it he can charge what he want.i have receipts,where I pay.50/.49 cents.i know it's been reported. Sound like that's crookness. At least look into this.
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Postal stamps prices
Amount: $0.65
Posted by: Linda mckinney in Ft.worth,texas, TX.Posted: September 15th, 2018 12:09PM
This store is charging .65 cents for one postal stamps
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Amount: $26.00
Posted by: crystal milbrath in oroville, CA.Posted: September 1st, 2017 01:09PM
Can a store in California legally charge you $26 for a book of stamps
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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 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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Amount: $41.00
Posted by: THOMAS TILDEN in FREIDENSBURG, PA.Posted: May 7th, 2008 05:05AM
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