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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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mailing tips to reduce your postage

USPS POSTAL RATES ARE RISING

Mailing Tips To Reduce Your Postage

price increase coming 2011
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.
usps shape based pricing
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

usps letter size vs flat size
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

letter pricing guidelines
Letter Pricing Guidelines

6” x 9” Envelope

#10 Envelope

PriceExcludes Envelope Cost

Pricing & Savings Based On USPS First Class $0.44 Rate

how to save nearly 50
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

postage savings tips
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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