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USPS POSTAL RATES ARE RISING. Mailing Tips To Reduce Your Postage. Price Increase Coming 2011. Price of a First Class Stamp: May 2006: $0.39 May 2007: $0.41 May 2008: $0.42 May 2010: $0.44 May 2011: $TBA* View History of Postage Rates in the United States

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USPS POSTAL RATES ARE RISING

Mailing Tips To Reduce Your Postage


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Price Increase Coming 2011

  • Price of a First Class Stamp:

    • May 2006: $0.39

    • May 2007: $0.41

    • May 2008: $0.42

    • May 2010: $0.44

    • May 2011: $TBA*

      View History of Postage Rates in the United States

  • While the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) declined the USPS’ request for a 5.6% increase, proposed for January 2011, the USPS is still allowed to raise rates up to the CPI cap without approval from the PRC. We expect that there will be a 2.5% increase in USPS rates in 2011 prior to May 2011 and will be pleasantly surprised if it doesn't happen.


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USPS Shape-Based Pricing

  • Price Increases Reflect Differences In Costs To Handle Letters, Large Envelopes (flats), & Packages

    • Weight No Longer Used As Primary Factor To Determine Cost

    • A Combination of Size, Thickness, and Weight Is Now The Standard

      • Letters, Flats, and Parcels Now Priced Differently

    • Shape-Based Pricing Significantly Increases Postage Expense

Pricing & Savings Based On USPS First Class $0.44 Rate


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USPS Letter Size Vs Flat Size

  • Letter Size

    • A mail piece that has a final folded or envelope size of 6-1/8" x 11-1/2" and under

    • Must also be less than 1/4" thick and weigh less than approximately 3.3 oz. per piece

  • Flat Size

    • Any piece larger than letter size

  • How To Save

    • By configuring mail pieces to letter size postage savings average $50.00 - $60.00 per thousand less than flat size

Pricing & Savings Based On USPS First Class $0.44 Rate


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Letter Pricing Guidelines

6” x 9” Envelope

#10 Envelope

PriceExcludes Envelope Cost

Pricing & Savings Based On USPS First Class $0.44 Rate


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How To Save Nearly 50%!

2 Pages

8-1/2” x 11” Paper

Based on 20lb Paper

9” x 12”

Flat Mail Piece

Cost = $0.88

With

2 Pages

8-1/2” x 11” PaperFolded In Half

Based on 20lb Paper

6” x 9-1/2”

Envelope

With

Cost = $0.44

Pricing & Savings Based On USPS First Class $0.44 Rate


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Postage Savings Tips

  • Use A #10 Envelope To Mail 4 Pages or Less

  • Use A 6” x 9” Envelope To Mail 5 Pages or More

  • Duplicate Pages To A Single Sheet

  • Fold, Fold, Fold

    • Fold Down To A Smaller Size Envelope

  • Fold Mail Previously Placed In A 9” x 12” Envelope In Half

    • Mail In A 6” x 9” Envelope

  • Redesign Mail To Meet USPS Letter-mail Dimensions

  • Letter and Flat Mail Should be Rectangular Instead of Square

  • To Avoid A $0.17 USPS Surcharge the Length ÷ Height Should Be Between 1.3” & 2.5”

  • Consider Purchasing The “Forever Stamp”

Pricing & Savings Based On USPS First Class $0.44 Rate


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