USPS to hike price of 'Forever' stamps starting Sunday

Josh Kim
January 19, 2017

Late previous year the U.S. Postal Service announced they filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission of the price changes, which goes into effect Sunday, Jan. 22.

The cost of a stamp will go up two cents, costing 49 cents a stamp. The rate hike was approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission past year.

For the postal service, the price increase will come just about 10 months after the Postal Regulatory Commission ordered the USPS to drop its prices for the first time in 97 years.

The latest hike just applies to 1-ounce, first-class letters, not postcards or worldwide letters.

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The overwhelming majority of postage stamps sold since 2007 are "forever" stamps, sold at the prevailing price and usable as first-class postage regardless of the cost of a stamp at the time of its use.

The most recent stamp price increase was January 2014.

Forever stamps bought before Sunday are still good anytime and don't need any additional postage.

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