Sunday, January 27, 2013

New postage rates for 2013

New U.S. postage rates, effective today! My favorite visual reference for the new rates comes from The Letter Writers Alliance, seen in the handy chart above.

For domestic letters and postcards, the rate changes are miniscule - one cent up each. International is a bit steeper, up to $1.10 for letters (up to one ounce, of course) and postcards alike, with no discounts for Canada and Mexico as there have been in the past.

I am perhaps not as well-versed in the package increases as I should be, though I do know that first class international packages are now going to cost quite a bit more. It's worth it. We still have a world-class postal service and I think they deserve to be paid fairly for their good work.

There are some great new stamps coming out, including the new circular international first class stamp, but my post office is unlikely to have any of them any time soon. The postal workers at the counter said they often don't get new rate change stamps for months, because for some reason they're supposed to USE UP the old ones that they have? I recall having to wait ages last year for the $1.05 stamps to be available for purchase at my post office, so I just went ahead and ordered a bunch of the new release stamps online. Can't wait until they show up in my mailbox...

Happy mailing!


  1. Oh thanks for posting the LWA "poster" which I've copied and put on my desk top for easy references. I was going to look up rates as I vaguely remember that the change was today. When I asked about it at my local branch USPS, the clerk knew nothing about it. yikes. I've already ordered the new circular stamps, hoping they'll arrive tomorrow. I have to order the new 33s as my branch won't have them I'm sure. Thanks again for posting.

  2. Thank so much for this post. Visual aids help me a lot!

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  3. Visual aids help me, too - thank the LWA for the wonderful chart! Glad to help with the reminder, it helps me remember, too.

  4. I don't mind paying if the service is as it should be. But here in The Netherlands postal service is bad! We don't have post offices anymore but post stands in supermarkts/DIY's/magazinestores. Post that doesn't arrive happens more and more often and it drives you crazy!

    1. Deirdre, I recall the difficulty of finding a post office / a place to buy good stamps when I was in the Netherlands. Bummer.

  5. Some good news, the Kaleidoscope stamps are now available in rolls of 25 (, rather than the minimum of 3,000 that they had at first. Yay!

  6. I love the drawing and am placing it above our postage machine. Thank you.