Post Office Closed Sunday, But Its Prices Still Go Up

POTTSTOWN PA – You won’t be able to walk Sunday (Jan. 22, 2012) into the Pottstown post office on High Street and order a book of stamps. Its doors will be closed and locked, as usual. When you can, though, those stamps – and any you buy later – will cost you more.

The U.S. Postal Service on Sunday is raising first-class mail pricing for the first time in more than two and a half years. First-class, also known as “Forever,” stamps will cost a penny more, up from 44 cents to 45 cents to mail a letter weighing one ounce.

The price of additional ounces, 20 cents per, remains unchanged. Postcards jump up 3 cents, from 29 to 32 cents each. Letters to Canada or Mexico will cost a nickle more to mail, increasing to 85 cents. And letters bound for other international destinations will rise 7 cents to $1.05, the Postal Service said.

Prices also will change for other mailing services, including standard mail, periodicals, package services and extra services. Its announcement does not affect Express Mail and Priority Mail prices.

While actual percentage price increases for various products and services varies, the overall average price increase across all mailing services is capped by law at 2.1 percent, the calculated rate of inflation based on the Consumer Price Index.

“The overall average price increase is small and is needed to help address our current financial crisis,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said. “We continue to take actions within our control to increase revenue in other ways, and to aggressively cut costs.”

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