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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Stick It to Me

posted by on March 20 at 11:46 AM

DAMMIT. Every single time I bulk order cool stamps, a rate increase is promptly announced—on May 14, first-class postage goes up two cents to $0.41.

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Oh my god - I freakin HATE those vegetable stamps. H A T E.

Posted by Willis | March 20, 2007 12:13 PM

I haven't even used up all my 37 cent stamps yet!

Posted by Megan | March 20, 2007 12:28 PM

What is the evil rationale for not ever making even valued stamps, like making the new stamp 0.40?

Posted by mirror | March 20, 2007 12:30 PM

It's what keeps me from;
a. buying cool stamps
b. buying any stamp in bulk

I buy whatever will get me through the month, which is usually the least amount I can buy at a time. And I'm STILL going to have stamps that don't cut it leftover.

Posted by monkey | March 20, 2007 12:35 PM

They're also introducing the 'forever stamps', so that won't be a problem any more. They're first class stamps that will work even if rates go up.

Posted by John | March 20, 2007 12:37 PM

Fuck! Not only did I adore "Crops of the Americas," I have to mail wedding invites on May 5. So I can use old stamps on the outside, but have to find new stamps to put on the enclosed RSVP cards, which aren't due until June 13? They'll look crappy if I have to use multiple one-centers. Dammit.

Posted by giantladysquirrels | March 20, 2007 12:38 PM

Why "forever" stamps? They call 'em "permanent" stamps here, which sounds official and reliable. "Forever" makes me think of pixie dust and wishing for fairies--


Posted by Gloria | March 20, 2007 12:39 PM

@3: It has to do with their budget rules. They aren't allowed to over/undercharge the consumer. Instead they have to make the price match exactly what is needed. Or something...

I read an article the last time it went up and the whole thing sounded like red tape from the government.

Posted by Kate | March 20, 2007 12:49 PM

Mirror-- I have heard from “they” (and we all know how reliable that type of information is) that the USPS is not allowed to make a profit on stamps. Therefore, they charge exactly how much it costs them to ship letters, resulting in odd numbers for stamp price.

As for figuring out how much it costs the USPS to ship one letter, I'll let someone else do that.

Posted by The_Pope_Of_Chili_Town | March 20, 2007 12:50 PM

i love the crops stamps.

Posted by josh | March 20, 2007 1:05 PM

Here in Canada they've just introduced "Permanent" stamps.

I quit buying stamps about 3-4 years go after one-too many times getting burned buying stamps and having the rate go up after buying them, then having to buy FUCKING ONE CENT STAMPS. I started just buying a single stamp every time i needed to mail something.

Now that there are permanent stamps I buy stamps again. yay.

Posted by Ken | March 20, 2007 1:23 PM

But the "Forever" 41 cent stamps - same price, but you can use them forever.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 20, 2007 2:03 PM

that's it!

it's going to be online bill pay exclusively for me after my current batch of vegetable stamps run out.

Posted by truthseeker | March 20, 2007 2:10 PM

I remember back when stamps were 25 cents - I think- and gas was one dollar a gallon. Am I old?

Posted by blah | March 20, 2007 2:32 PM

...and the first nintendo just came out.

Posted by blah | March 20, 2007 2:33 PM

On the bright side, it gives me a chance to use up all the two cent stamps I have left over from the last rate increase.

Posted by Napoleon XIV | March 20, 2007 4:19 PM

I only need stamps when I mail in my absentee ballot. Everything else I pay by phone, computer, or by hand.

Posted by elswinger | March 20, 2007 4:24 PM

I do what Ken does. It actually saves me hassle because of the rate increases and for instances where I need additional postage. Might as well get it at the PO.

Posted by Gomez | March 20, 2007 4:58 PM

I haven't even used up all my 37 cent stamps yet!

Ditto that! I just counted, and I've still got 28 remaining.

Posted by Gorby | March 20, 2007 10:06 PM

People still use stamps? Between online bill pay and email, I haven't used an actual stamp in... well, I don't remember. It's been years. Now, when I'm overseas and sending back postcards, I buy stamps but that's not USPS and it hardly counts.

But here in Seattle? I'm certain I've used less than ten stamps so far this century. I think I can handle buying a new one at whatever price it is whenever I next need one.

Posted by Joe | March 21, 2007 2:37 AM

All you who don't pen hand-written love notes or send birthday cards to your nieces or valentines to your grandma should start immediately.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | March 21, 2007 12:05 PM

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