USPS price increase on 1/27/19

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by deskjockey » Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:45 pm

RickBoglehead wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:03 pm

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That worked--thanks! Not sure why the Get Started link doesn't work for me, but I'm happy this one does.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by SoAnyway » Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:08 pm

sport wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:14 am
If you want to maximize this strategy, Costco sells 100 forever stamps for $49.75.
Even better, if you have a Discover card, this quarter's category for the 5% cashback bonus is grocery stores. Like many others have said, I don't use stamps nearly as often as I used to, but this was a good time to stock up. On my weekly run to the supermarket today, I picked up 100 Forever stamps at the customer service desk and put it on the Discover card. Net cost w/cashback: $47.50.
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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by Trism » Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:16 pm

Boxed.com carries Forever stamps, currently 100 for $51.99.

About once a year I get a "$25 back on $75" offer for boxed.com on one of my American Express cards. That's my trigger to see if we should stock up on stamps.

It's easy to drop a couple of other items we need into the cart to hit the $75 threshold.

Last time I split the stamps and their cost with my parents, because 100 stamps is now about a 27-year supply.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:19 pm

I did buy 100 forever stamps at Costco( before Christmas) for $49.75. I didn’t know we were paying .50c forever stamp already, I thought Costco over charged me. lol.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by whodidntante » Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:24 pm

Trism wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:16 pm
Last time I split the stamps and their cost with my parents, because 100 stamps is now about a 27-year supply.
LOL, true. The cost of a stamp does not impact my personal inflation figure.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by Good Listener » Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:29 pm

Unfortunately my 91 year old mother learned about this. So I am going to have to do online bill pay for her as she writes more checks than the treasury.... $10 here and there for charities all the time. She said it will now cost too much. I think this is a bad move by USPS as it will drive more people away from using it.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by neilpilot » Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:35 pm

Good Listener wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:29 pm
Unfortunately my 91 year old mother learned about this. So I am going to have to do online bill pay for her as she writes more checks than the treasury.... $10 here and there for charities all the time. She said it will now cost too much. I think this is a bad move by USPS as it will drive more people away from using it.
So you think USPS would be better off not increasing postage and just watching their annual losses continue to grow?

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by sambb » Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:46 pm

had no idea that people still mail letters.. interesting, and I guess not on my radar if it is a 5 cent price increase. I thought stamps/newspapers/etc. were expensive compared to doing things online.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by Trism » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:15 pm

neilpilot wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:35 pm
Good Listener wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:29 pm
Unfortunately my 91 year old mother learned about this. So I am going to have to do online bill pay for her as she writes more checks than the treasury.... $10 here and there for charities all the time. She said it will now cost too much. I think this is a bad move by USPS as it will drive more people away from using it.
So you think USPS would be better off not increasing postage and just watching their annual losses continue to grow?
With any luck the USPS would just go out of business, and let the Direct Marketing Association deliver its members' junk mail.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by criticalmass » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:52 am

Nestegg_User wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:54 pm
criticalmass wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:16 pm
sunny_socal wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:10 am
That's ok. Eventually they'll reach price parity with UPS/Fedex at which point the USPS can just die and go away. Crappy customer service and slow shipping. It gives me hives to even think about standing in line at the post office.

It's one of the many government-run entities that should be shut down.
Since the thread is about Forever first class letter stamps, UPS and Fedex would provide daily letter pickup and delivery to every address in the United States 6 days a week (5 for businesses)? Plus military bases and ships worldwide? Don’t bet on it, and not for 50 or 55¢ each.

By the way, you can buy your Forever Stamps at any location (like a supermarket) and drop your letters in any mailbox. No need to go inside a post office, even if there is a line.

By the way, the post office largely funds itself, except for some very rural post offices. Much of the financial stress they face is due to legacy pension costs. And while many government entities are shutdown, the post office continues to work, using its own revenue and budget.
...actually, not quite
they are actually having to pre-fund their pension costs (unlike regular federal agencies ...and DEFINITELY not like normal business's) https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/finan ... _4_002.htm
{off soap box}

...and the postal service is very often the "last mile" in the chain of delivery for F€dEx in rural areas (they are for smaller items here) as that often is some of the most expensive costs as those rural areas take quite a bit of time (cost is then salaries plus mileage costs, which get offloaded to the USPS).
I think we are in agreement.

Regarding last mile, UPS Surepost and FedEx Smartpost are the hybrid services that shippers can use, rural or not rural. They are (usually) cheaper (since USPS is often headed to that address anyway), but often add a lot of shipping time while the parcels bounce around. I've had Smartpost shipments that Fedex changed to their own delivery for some reason too.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by DrGoogle2017 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:35 am

We don’t mail out as often, maybe less than 5-10 per year, so 100 stamps will last about 10 years.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by mervinj7 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:39 am

cheese_breath wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:20 am
OH MY GOSH!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: WHAT AM I GONNA DO??? First Starbucks and now USPS. :( :( :(
I blinked. What else happened with Starbucks? I was upset this weekend to find out that the Starbucks next to my Costco closed down.

As far as stamps go, we just used 100 (from Costco) to send out combined birth/XMAS cards.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by Good Listener » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:20 pm

neilpilot wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:35 pm
Good Listener wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:29 pm
Unfortunately my 91 year old mother learned about this. So I am going to have to do online bill pay for her as she writes more checks than the treasury.... $10 here and there for charities all the time. She said it will now cost too much. I think this is a bad move by USPS as it will drive more people away from using it.
So you think USPS would be better off not increasing postage and just watching their annual losses continue to grow?
It depends how you look at it. It is a very rare business that increases costs because demand is down as opposed to the opposite. My reading is that pension and health costs as well as declining use of the post office are contributing to the problem. So therefore they don't address a either problem. No reigning in of the legacy costs and increasing the cost of stamps to further decrease use. If this was private industry the board would all be thrown out.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by KJVanguard » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:55 pm

I mailed my property tax check. Almost the only thing I mail each year.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by Yooper16 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:06 pm

Good Listener wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:20 pm
neilpilot wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:35 pm
Good Listener wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:29 pm
Unfortunately my 91 year old mother learned about this. So I am going to have to do online bill pay for her as she writes more checks than the treasury.... $10 here and there for charities all the time. She said it will now cost too much. I think this is a bad move by USPS as it will drive more people away from using it.
So you think USPS would be better off not increasing postage and just watching their annual losses continue to grow?
It depends how you look at it. It is a very rare business that increases costs because demand is down as opposed to the opposite. My reading is that pension and health costs as well as declining use of the post office are contributing to the problem. So therefore they don't address a either problem. No reigning in of the legacy costs and increasing the cost of stamps to further decrease use. If this was private industry the board would all be thrown out.
Its not so much the immediate health care costs--- they are being required to prefund 75 years of future healthcare premiums, at roughly 6 Billion per year. If private enterprise is having a problem with immediate funding of their HC costs, think of how hard it would be to do 75 years in a 10 years period. Maybe it should be a prefunding requirement for every employer.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by bob60014 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:55 pm

I still have some $.44 Forever Stamps left! ;)

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by fsrph » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:10 pm

neilpilot wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:56 am
As most of you know, the USPS has increased the cost of a first class letter by 10% effective January 27, 2019. While we use very few stamps, others may consider stocking up on forever stamps before postage goes from $0.50 to $0.55.

While I suspect this is widely known, I haven't seen it discussed much here.
I suppose I'm in the minority but I still use a decent amount of postage stamps. Use them for greeting cards and paying some utility bills. Would rather pay utilities online but they charge a "convenience fee" for paying online. So, I prepay several months of utility charges and mail it in. Already bought $60 of forever stamps and will probably pick up $30 or $40 more before the price increase.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by NewOldGuy » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:15 pm

I just bought $100 worth of stamps for $78 this morning. Hope it's legit.

https://www.amazon.com/US-Flag-Forever- ... 100+stamps

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by barber » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:29 am

Ebay still has Forever stamps @ $0.35 for 500 minimum.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by NewOldGuy » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:29 am

Ouch, clicked on my own link this morning and $100 worth of stamps is now $119.80! Associate seller on Amazon had excellent rating, have to wait and see if they will honor their price.
NewOldGuy wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:15 pm
I just bought $100 worth of stamps for $78 this morning. Hope it's legit.

https://www.amazon.com/US-Flag-Forever- ... 100+stamps

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by neilpilot » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:46 am

barber wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:29 am
Ebay still has Forever stamps @ $0.35 for 500 minimum.
If the price is too good to be true, maybe it isn't true
https://www.linns.com/news/us-stamps-po ... tamps.html

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by barber » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:48 am

My post yesterday got me banned for showing where and how to order. I tried to save some time and failed to list it correctly and admin thought I was a scammer. NOT TRUE I apologize, but I meant no harm.

I have made a few purchases of the ebay forever stamps @ $0.34. My first purchase I took to the post office for verification. They said they were official and to use them. I have since bought a couple of thousand for various friends and a club. I have only used the one seller that I posted yesterday. If interested

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by rantk81 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:03 pm

I buy a book of 20 stamps probably once every 2 or 3 years. I reckon most folks who do any significant amount of postal mailing is using some kind of software to pay for and print postage automatically.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by Geneyus » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:10 pm

In December, I accidentally bought 100 forever stamps with Santa on them at a self-service kiosk. I thought I was buying the flag stamps.

I will be sending Santa stamps out year-round.

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Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Post by DaftInvestor » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:02 pm

I was near the post office the other day so stopped by to buy some.
While the Patriot in me was going to go with Flags I had them show me all the options and I found the Star Trek stamps cool:
https://store.usps.com/store/product/bu ... k-S_474004

Bought 3 books - should be set for some number of years now. Live Long and Prosper.

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