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Price to go up on first-class stamps
Associated Press, by Bradley Klapper

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Posted By:earlybird, 12/24/2013 9:28:43 PM

Regulators on Tuesday approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on after the 2008 economic downturn. (Snip) Forever stamps, good for first-class postage whatever the rate, can be purchased at the lower price until the new rate is effective Jan. 26. The higher rate will last no more than two years, allowing the Postal Service to recoup $2.8 billion in losses. By a 2-1 vote, the independent Postal Regulatory Commission rejected a request to make the price hike permanent, though inflation

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Reply 1 - Posted by: KTWO, 12/24/2013 9:38:25 PM     (No. 9667129)

Wow!!! Who could see that coming?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: zzzghy, 12/24/2013 9:41:27 PM     (No. 9667130)

What´s a "stamp?"

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bobn.t, 12/24/2013 9:44:12 PM     (No. 9667132)

We don´t need no stinkin´ post office.
We need USPS or FedEx.

Earlier this year, I stood in line at the PO waiting to buy a large stamped envelope. At the window, the clerk said she didn´t have any at that they were in a wire basket on the wall above tables where you could address packages. She then said I´d have to get in line again and she would help when I reached her window again. I exploded, called her names, said she was the example of why the PO needs to be shut down. Another clerk say what and helped me as soon as I got the envelope.
People saw and heard what was happening and nobody said a thing.

I have lots of other instances about the same PO bldg.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 12/24/2013 9:45:58 PM     (No. 9667134)

As I´ve said before, they should charge a percentage for money orders, like a 5 or even 10% surcharge. They´d make a fortune from those who are too lazy or scared to get a checking account. I pay $5 a month for mine and could get it free at my age if I felt like toying with it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: nosillod, 12/24/2013 9:46:18 PM     (No. 9667136)

But they won´t stop Saturday delivery and they won´t close useless post offices. Remember, this is the example of great government management that Obama pointed to when selling Obamacare.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bobn.t, 12/24/2013 9:47:46 PM     (No. 9667137)

Correction: We need UPS or FedEx.

I hate the post office.
Thank God for email, faxes, UPS and FedEx.
Almost forgot carrier pigeons.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: klezmer, 12/24/2013 9:50:55 PM     (No. 9667138)

They should charge a premium for junk mail. That seems to be the majority of what i receive. The only mail I needed to send recently was my proof of identity for the healthcare.gov website. Their online upload function didn´t work.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: miceal, 12/24/2013 9:50:58 PM     (No. 9667139)

I´m done with the US Post Office....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: klezmer, 12/24/2013 9:54:56 PM     (No. 9667142)

Here´s another example of waste. We sold our house, so I filled out a change of address form ONLINE. I then received 4 separate letters in the mail on 4 separate occasions from the post office telling me my change of address had 1) been accepted, 2) been scheduled, 3) was happening on X date, 4) had gone into effect.

The online form had a spot for my email address, which I had correctly filled out.

Our government at work. I wonder whose brother-in-law has the printing contract with the post office.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/24/2013 10:06:16 PM     (No. 9667148)

They are trying to recoup all the money spent on printing all those stupid Forever Kwanzaa stamps no one wanted. Stupid jerks!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 12/24/2013 10:28:04 PM     (No. 9667159)

How many times have they raised the cost of stamps over the last 10 year? ...and they haven´t learned that as the cost of stamps go up the use goes down. Which is why they have to keep raising the price. And unsolicited mail (junk mail) should be by consent only.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Ribicon, 12/24/2013 10:30:32 PM     (No. 9667161)

Business down? Raise prices! Government business management 101.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mc squared, 12/24/2013 10:32:59 PM     (No. 9667162)

Nobody in the world raises their prices during a downturn but the government.

Walmart, McDonalds, car dealers,etc, lower prices when business is bad.

Public transportation, toll roads and the Post Office raise their prices to attract more business.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 12/24/2013 10:55:53 PM     (No. 9667175)

Will last no more than two years?

Bwahahahahahahahaha!

I gave our UPS guy $50 for Christmas. The new mail carrier got nothing. She has a habit of shoving the mail in the box so hard, the back retrieval "door" falls open and we end up with mail on the yard--even if it´s raining. It´s not just us, she does it to everyone with a "2-door" mailbox. I bought some white duct tape and secured the back door. No more wet mail. If she manages to get through the duct tape, I´ll screw the damn thing shut. It´s the latest in a line of many USPS straws.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 12/24/2013 11:05:46 PM     (No. 9667179)

The post office is just another stupid dinosaur wreck from our Federal Government.

Had they had a private sector management team, the vision would have been to sell digital communication on a national level. They would loose a lot of employees, but by now they would be operating efficiently. And, they could retrain the personnel to use as support for their digital products.

The Post Office is about the worse entity I have ever used when it comes to customer support and service. These people are just plain awful.

Its time to privatize the operation and set a new vision strategy.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 12/25/2013 12:05:03 AM     (No. 9667197)

Well maybe it´s just me, but I have no more trouble with the post office than I do with UPS, and I always have trouble with FedEx. I´m fine with a 50 cent first class stamp, and if it would let them eliminate lines at the post office, I´d go 60 cents easy. Don´t USE it that much anymore, but I can see it´s an expensive old-fashioned service to provide.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/25/2013 12:11:44 AM     (No. 9667199)

The post office is another gov waste agency.
They just reprinted all of the priority mail boxes and labels and we are paying for it.
How many times have they not only raised the cost of stamps but p.o. box rentals ?

The stamps that were big sellers like the birthday stamps, they can´t remember printing.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 12/25/2013 12:41:25 AM     (No. 9667213)

The USPS is exactly what the health care industry is becoming- Prices will go sky- high, effeciency will collapse, employees will become sullen, lazy, insolent (Can´t fire me- so 4 You!). They do not give a rat´s patootie if you have to wait in line for half an hour while they gab and mess around behind the counter for minutes between customer- or, worse- just suddenly walk off and don´t return during a big busy time. It´s absolutely maddening to watch them. And, how many times have I had to walk down the block to deliver mis-delivered mail- How is it even remotely possible 1081, or 1045 looks remotely like 1124? I´ve even had to go to other streets to hand deliver mistaken mail delivery! Idiots! But, you can´t fire them- ever!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: PChristopher, 12/25/2013 2:19:19 AM     (No. 9667231)

Yeah...the rate hike is temporary until they hike it up again.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/25/2013 3:30:56 AM     (No. 9667245)

How crazy is it to announce a price increase and at the same time mention you can buy a rack of forever stamps and save the damn 3 cents? This is exactly why newspapers are going under. They raise advertising rates to make up for lost customers due to previous rate hikes.

The Po refuses to grasp that they´re being phased out due to easier and cheaper ways to pay bills. They depend on people who are stuck in their ways or afraid of paying bills on line.How much money did they lose on MO´s exercise stamps that kids didn´t have safety equipment on?

It´s like Reagan said the only thing that has eternal life is a government program.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/25/2013 3:46:09 AM     (No. 9667248)

By 2016, we´ll have pony express rates and if libtards have their way, the actual Pony Express itself.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/25/2013 3:49:59 AM     (No. 9667251)

I give the post office as little business as possible. The dumb dumbs keep little tiny unnecessary post offices open, have rude employees and the mail carriers ain´t what they used to be. If it weren´t for junk mail they wouldn´t ´have a lot to do.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 12/25/2013 6:46:09 AM     (No. 9667293)

For the last few years we have sent jacquielawson.com´s wonderful eChristmas cards. Even enclosed photos. Friends love them.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 12/25/2013 8:40:56 AM     (No. 9667387)

Or, as they say down at the union hall:

"If you give us a raise, we promise to work harder".

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