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Considering sending a loved one a card by mail?
Be aware, postage prices are going up on January 22.
According to a press release published by the US Postal Service, in October of last year the United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes for Mailing Services products to take effect on January 22, 2017, following the end of the holiday mailing season.
The new prices include a two cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, returning the price to 49 cents, the price of a Forever stamp before the Postal Service was forced to reduce prices by the PRC as part of the exigent surcharge removal.
The last time stamp prices increased was in January 2014. The incoming price increase does not include any price change for Postcards, for letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters. Below is a full list of price changes, as listed by the Pitney Bowes Inc.:
Stamp prices have stayed consistent with the average annual rate of inflation since the Postal Service was formed in 1971.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.