Post Office Cancels Saturday Mail Delivery

The US Post Office is cancelling mail delivery on Saturday’s. While this move has been expected for some time as a cost cutting measure, what was not expected was that there will still be Saturday package delivery. The only Saturday service that has been cancelled is first class mail delivery. In addition, if a post office location was open on Saturdays prior to the change in mail service, then it will remain open.

Though services are being cut and postage rates have increased, there are still some benefits of the USPS that are of high value to the average shipper.  Home pickup is available for Priority Mail shipments.  This is in addition to the free package materials available for priority mail shipping.  If most of your shipments fit within the profile of a flat rate box, this option allows for expedited packing as no weighing is necessary.  Home pickup can be used for other delivery methods as long as at least one of the packages is being shipper Priority Mail.  Ebay/Paypal and Stamps.com allow for postage to be printed from your home at a discount with free delivery confirmation.

One of the best kept secrets of mailing through USPS is the availability of Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes.  The boxes are available for free and allow for flat rate shipping for “A, B, and C” size boxes.  There are weight limits, but the an “A” box costs between the 1-2 pound rate, but can ship up to 15 pounds.  Regional Rate shipping really shines if you are shipping to a nearby state.

US Postal Service to raise its Stamp Price on 27 Janurary 2013

The US Postal Service is raising their price on stamps this year, as they did about the same time one year ago.  There will surely be some griping here, however the postage price has roughly kept pace with inflation.  The price increase should be expected.  The chart below indicates that the postage stamp rate since August 15, 1971 has nearly matched inflation.

Date

Stamp Price

Inflation Base

Difference

15-Aug-71 8 8.0 0.0
2-Mar-74 10 9.7 0.3
31-Dec-75 13 10.6 2.4
29-May-78 15 12.9 2.1
22-Mar-81 18 18.0 0.0
1-Nov-81 20 18.0 2.0
17-Feb-85 22 21.3 0.8
3-Apr-88 25 23.4 1.6
3-Feb-91 29 26.9 2.1
1-Jan-95 32 30.1 1.9
10-Jan-99 33 32.9 0.1
7-Jan-01 34 35.0 -1.0
30-Jun-02 37 35.5 1.5
8-Jan-06 39 39.8 -0.8
14-May-07 41 41.0 0.0
12-May-08 42 42.5 -0.5
11-May-09 44 42.4 1.6
22-Jan-12 45 45.4 -0.4
27-Jan-13 46 46.2 -0.2

There was a reason that 15 August, 1971 was chosen as the date.  That is the date when then President Nixon signed the order to allow for the termination of exchanging dollars for gold.  This allowed the US dollar to then float in value, almost always in the inflationary direction.  This period provided for the most “apples to apples” comparison for monitoring stamp prices.

If you know you’ll need the stamps and won’t lose them, buy them right before January 27, 2013.  Since the “forever stamp” that is available today at the price of $0.45 will rise to $0.46 next week, $1 is made in short time on 100 stamps.  There is no sense in hoarding stamps for this purpose, but it is worth noting that the “forever stamp” will hold its value better than cash in the wallet.  The below chart shows the price increases of the US postage Stamp since 1971.

Stamp prices from USPS.gov, inflation data from usinflationcalculator.com

Stamp prices from USPS.gov, inflation data from usinflationcalculator.com

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