As of June 15, 2014, it is unknown when the next United States Postal Service rate increase may occur. The last increase occurred on Jan. 26, 2014, when the price of a first-class stamp for a one-ounce letter rose to 49 cents from 46 cents.
The last increase was deemed necessary due to the deteriorating financial state of the USPS in the face of postal reform legislation, increased public use of social media and email instead of mailings and the resulting decrease in stamp usage. The USPS increased the cost of a first class stamp from 45 cents to 46 cents in January 2013 and cited losses of about $25 million per day.Learn More
As of July 2014, first class postage in the United States is 49 cents for a 1-ounce letter. Businesses may get a reduced rate of 38.1 cents from the U.S. Postal Service.Full Answer >
In the United States, the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) selects subjects for stamps, and the Stamp Development design team at the U.S. Postal Service creates the artwork and supervises stamp printing and production. Because stamps prepay the government for a service, the Postal Service uses secure printing methods and sophisticated design features to produce stamps so they cannot be counterfeited.Full Answer >
As of June 2014, USPS Priority Airmail provides delivery to international destinations in four to seven days. Delivery times vary based on the final destination and when the customer ships the item.Full Answer >
Mailing an envelope with two pieces of ordinary stationery via first-class mail within the United States costs 49 cents, as of June 2014. This standard rate is applicable to any envelope that weighs 1 ounce or less. It costs $1.15 to mail the same letter internationally, according to Stamps.com.Full Answer >