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|U.S. Postage Rates |
|U.S. Mail Holidays |
|U.S. Postal Rate Increase |
|Weights and Measurements |
|Commonly Confused Words |
|Internet Domain Extensions |
|Record Temps in the U.S. |
|Plant Hardiness Zones |
|Reference Book Errors |
|Daylight Saving Time |
|Guide to Leap Years |
|Perpetual Calendar |
|Wind Chill Charts |
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|Roman Numerals |
|2012 Calendar |
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|U.S. Statehood |
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|U.S. Time Zones |
|Place Name Index |
|Unusual Town Names |
|Christmas' Town Names |
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|Halloween Town Names |
|Automotive Place Names |
|Bethlehem Place Names |
|California Place Names |
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|Oregon Place Names |
|Place Names in Texas |
|Washington Place Names |
|Convict Lake, California |
|Cookietown, Oklahoma |
|Crapo, Maryland |
|Crook, Colorado |
|Devils Den, California |
|Dickshooter, Idaho |
|Hell, Michigan |
|Hopeulikit, Georgia |
|Horneytown, NC. |
|Jot 'Em Down, Texas |
|Looneyville, Texas |
|North Pole, New York |
|Tincup, Colorado |
|Truth or Consequences, NM. |
|Two Egg, Florida |
|Valentine, Nebraska |
|Warroad, Minnesota |
|Artificial Heart Invention |
|Task Force Acronyms |
|U.S. Police Acronyms |
|Witty Acronyms |
|Police Acronyms |
|Sources of Errors |
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Do I need to add additional postage to my forever stamps now that postage rates have increased?
No. The "forever" First-Class mail stamp
is good for any future single-piece
First-Class letter mailing, no matter
how high postage prices might rise in
the future. Forever stamps are intended
to eliminate the inconvenience of having
to buy new stamps every time the rates
increase. All Forever stamps that you
may have purchased at a lower rate will
still be valid as First-Class postage
without adding any additional postage.
My (unused) U.S. stamps have an old year on them. Are they still good?
It doesn't matter how old they are --
Your unused U.S. postage stamps will
always remain valid for the amount shown
on the stamp. If you have a Forever stamp
with an old year on it, it will remain
valid "forever" as First-Class postage
without adding any additional postage.
Does a large Manila envelope cost more to mail than a standard size envelope?
Yes. Just look for the heading
"First-Class retail flats (Manila envelopes)"
on our page of U.S. postage rates.
It shows prices for Manila, Tyvek and
other similar large, flat envelopes,
in addition to postage costs for smaller
retail parcels, and other USPS fees
and service charges, as well as information
on shape-based pricing.
Can I use Forever stamps to send international mail?
Yes, you can use USPS Forever stamps for
international mail, but remember that
international postage rates are higher
than domestic postage, so you will need
to attach additional postage. The value
of your Forever stamps is equal to the
domestic First-Class Mail one-ounce letter
price that is in effect on the day you
When contract negotiations with postal worker unions reach an impasse, will they strike, and mail delivery stop?
No. When contracts with unions expire,
or postal labor negotiations fail, U.S.
postal employees are not permitted to
strike because Congress has designated
the Postal Service as an essential service
to the nation.
When did postage rates increase in 2012?
First-Class mail stamps (1 ounce) increased
1 cent to 45 cents on January 22, 2012.
When did postage rates increase in 2011?
The price for a First-Class Mail stamp
did not increase in 2010, or 2011.
First-Class letter additional ounces
(for letters over 1 ounce) did increase
from 17 to 20 cents, and postcards
increased from 28 to 29 cents on
April 17, 2011. See U.S. Postal Rate Increases
for more information.
When did postage rates increase in 2009?
A one ounce First-Class stamp increased
from 42 to 44 cents on May 11, 2009.
Can a dog attack on a letter carrier or loose dogs really halt mail delivery to a neighborhood?
Yes. The safety of its employees is a
top priority for the U.S. Postal Service.
If a letter carrier fears for their
safety due to a loose or unrestrained
pet, mail delivery may be curtailed.
Homeowners in the area may be asked to
pick up their mail at the Post Office
until the carrier is assured the pet
is properly restrained.
Even the most responsible dog owner
who's absolutely certain, "My dog won't
bite," may be surprised by the aggressive
behavior of their dog when a letter
carrier enters "their" yard. Dogs can
be protective of their territory and
may interpret the actions of letter
carriers as a threat. Pregnant dogs may
be especially protective and more prone
to bite. Given the right circumstances,
any dog can bite. Please take precautions
when accepting mail in the presence of
your pet. When a carrier comes to your
home, keep your dog inside, away from
the door in another room. Spay or neuter
your dog. Neutered dogs are less likely
to roam and bite. Dogs that receive
little attention or handling, or are
left tied up for long periods of time,
frequently turn into biters. Obedience
training can teach dogs proper behavior
and help owners control their dogs.
Aren't postage increases limited by the inflation rate? What is an exigent price increase?
Consistent with the Postal Accountability
and Enhancement Act of 2006, price increases
are capped at the rate of inflation for
mailing services. That law also gave the
Postal Service the right to file a rate
case with the Postal Regulatory Commission
(PRC) for postage increases that go above
the rate of inflation due to extraordinary
or exceptional circumstances. The effects
of the recent recession, coupled with the
worldwide shift to digital communications,
resulted in plummeting U.S. mail volumes
and massive losses for the USPS. July 6,
2010, the USPS announced it was seeking
an increase of 2 cents to the cost of a
First-Class Mail stamp, which would have
raised the price to 46 cents on January 2,
2011. In September 2010, the Postal
Regulatory Commission turned down their request
for that 2 cent First-Class Mail stamp
Why is a new mailman delivering my mail, and at different times each day?
Adjustment of carrier routes and mail
route consolidations have been necessary
in many locations across the country as
a result of the plummeting mail volume
in recent years, increased use of the
Internet for communications, the popularity
of online electronic bill payment, and
the sluggish economy. In some cases,
letter carriers have been assigned new
routes, while other routes have been
made longer, or restructured to streamline
mail delivery. This may result in widely
varied mail delivery times. Once final
adjustments are made to the new delivery
routes, mail delivery times should settle
down to a more consistent timeframe.
Why are they closing so many post offices and mail sorting centers?
Streamlining their mailing operations
and facilities is just part of a larger
overall USPS strategy to remain economically
viable into the future. Despite increased
productivity, and billions in cost-cutting
measures, the U.S. Postal Service has
still faced billions of dollars in losses
in recent years.
$2.8 Billion loss for fiscal year 2008 (Oct. 1, 2007 - Sept. 30, 2008)
$3.8 Billion loss for 2009
$8.5 Billion loss for 2010
$5.1 Billion loss for 2011
The USPS reports that its massive
nationwide infrastructure is no
longer financially sustainable.
Their decision to close or consolidate
Post Offices, stations, branches,
and mail processing facilities came
only after a study was undertaken
that examined a wide range of stations
and branches in urban and suburban
areas across the country, focusing
on offices that were in close proximity
to one another, in order to determine
where consolidations might be feasible,
while maintaining customer access to
Other cost-cutting measures undertaken in recent years:
* Instituting a nationwide hiring freeze.
* Halting construction of new postal facilities.
* Selling unused and under-utilized postal facilities.
* Adjusting Post Office hours to better reflect customer use.
* Freezing salaries of U.S. Postal Service officers and executives.
* Reducing authorized staffing levels at national and regional offices.
* Voluntary early retirement buyouts for thousands of postal employees.
* Cutting more than 100 million work hours, while increasing worker productivity.
* Adjusting carrier routes to reflect diminished mail volume, and eliminating nearly 12,000 carrier routes.
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