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New USPS Postage Rates Start on Sunday, April 17

April 15th, 2011

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The U.S. Postal Service will be increasing postage rates this Sunday, April 17, 2011. The good news is Stamps.com’s  software and online postage program have been updated to reflect and calculate the new USPS rates. So if you’re a Stamps.com mailing and shipping customer, there’s no need to worry about the new postage rates and you can continue to do business as usual.

Summary of April 2011 Postage Rate Increase
While Priority Mail®, Express Mail® and 1-ounce First Class Mail® rates will remain the same, Media Mail®, Parcel Post® and several other postage values will be changing. The USPS will also be introducing Commercial Base prices for First Class Mail® Packages, which brings new savings for Stamps.com customers.

Here’s a summary of the April 2011 USPS postage rate changes to bring you up to speed:

  • First Class Mail Letters will remain at $0.44 for the first ounce; each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.20 (previously $0.17).
  • First Class Mail Flats will remain at $0.88; each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.20 (previously $0.17).
  • Retail (aka Post Office) rates for First Class Mail Packages will start at $1.71 (previously $1.22). This will be the rate for the first three ounces; each additional ounce will cost 17 cents.
  • Postcard rates will be $0.29 (previously $0.28).
  • Parcel Post rates will start at $5.10 (previously at $4.90).
  • Media Mail rates will start at $2.41 (previously at $2.38).
  • Prices will also increase for certain special services such as Certified Mail™, Registered Mail™ and Signature Confirmation™.
  • First Class Mail International rates will also be increasing. Letter prices will increase for Canada and Mexico by an average of $0.06. Flat prices will increase for all country groups by an average of $0.53. Package prices will increase for all country groups by an average of $0.78.
  • The USPS will not increase rates for Priority Mail and Express Mail in April 2011 as these rates were changed in the January 2011 rate change.

Save with new Commercial Base pricing for First Class Mail Packages
As you may know, Stamps.com customers receive discounted postage rates based on a program from the USPS known as Commercial Base pricing. With this new postage rate increase on April 17, Commercial Base pricing will be introduced for First Class Mail Packages. Stamps.com users will now receive discounts up to 8% on First Class Mail Packages compared to Post Office rates. If you take the time to compare Commercial Base pricing to the new Post Office rates, the discounts range from up to 15% on Priority Mail and up to 21% on Express Mail.

As always, you can count on Stamps.com for savings and cost-effective software. Enjoy!

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  1. stampscomblog
    April 28th, 2011 at 09:17 | #1

    Hi HunterFinancial, Good news – the new discounted Commercial Base rates is now included in the “NetStamps” tab in the software. Previously, you had to print postage from the “Packages” tab in order to get the discounts.

    However, the USPS has changed this rule and Stamps.com now offers this discounted rate from the NetStamps tab in the software.

    Thanks!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  2. stampscomblog
    April 28th, 2011 at 09:11 | #2

    Hi Cook, the First Class Rate for thick envelopes (which is the price I think you were quoting) is now $1.56 for 1, 2 and 3 ounces. So there was a significant price increase on the 1 ounce rate, a little less for 2 ounces and none for three ounces.

    To get the discount, you should download the latest version of the Stamps.com software at http://www.stamps.com/download

    Please call our support center at 1-888-434-0055 (Open Mon-Fri, 6am to 6pm) for more help.
    Thanks!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  3. Hunterfinancial
    April 27th, 2011 at 17:58 | #3

    Hello; I ship all my First Class Mail packages using NetStamp labels. Does Commercial Base pricing apply when printing NetStamps, or is it just for when you print complete Shipping Labels.

  4. stampscomblog
    April 26th, 2011 at 14:45 | #4

    Hi Julie, There is a new version of 8.8. You’ll need to download the latest 8.8 version (Version 8.8.5 – build 2101) to get the new discounted First Class Parcel rates.

    With the new Commercial Base rates for First Class Parcels, a 2 ounce package with DC should cost $1.75 — $1.56 for postage and $0.19 for DC.

    To verify what version of the software you have, go to “Help” in top nav and click on “About Stamps.com.” It should be listed at the top.

    Thanks!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  5. Julie7906
    April 26th, 2011 at 02:11 | #5

    Hi, I have the stamps.com program on 2 computers in the office. I am getting different rate prices on them since the rate hike of 4/17/11. I have tried to install the 8.8 version but am told that I have the latest update. a 2oz. package with del.confm. is at $1.75 on this computer and $1.90 on the other. I called the PO and am told that the $!.90 is correct.

  6. stampscomblog
    April 25th, 2011 at 09:01 | #6

    Hi Aweds-n-ends LLC, We hear your frustration on the Regional Rate box issue. Our Dev team has told us Regional Rate boxes should be included in the software no later than end of May, and possibly even sooner.

    However, we do have the Regional Rate boxes included in our new web-based program. The web-based program just launched about 30 days back and is still in beta. While there are still a few bugs to fix, the program is running very nicely and customer feedback has been good.

    To get to our web based program, Go to http://www.Stamps.com, then click “Current Customer, Click Here” at the center/top of the page. You’ll see access to the web-based program on the left side once you log-in.

    This is live NOW, so you can print Regional Rate boxes today if you like.

    Thanks!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  7. awds-n-ends llc
    April 25th, 2011 at 07:28 | #7

    You need to get regional rate functionality soon or I will be switching services. It’s not something I want to do, but due to costs & convenience I will not have a choice. I was told in January when the boxes first came out that you’d have the functionality in the spring. There is still no functionality and this will cause you to lose my account if this isn’t completed by the summer time.

  8. stampscomblog
    April 25th, 2011 at 07:10 | #8

    Hi Sherri, Your intuition is correct, the $0.29 rate is not accurate. It sounds like you may have chosen a “Postcard” in the mail piece selection of the Postage Wizard as the $0.29 is the new rate for postcards.

    On the first page of the Postage Wizard titled “What would you like to send?”, you should be able to select a letter right next to the postcard option. Once you select letter, a light blue box should highlight the letter.

    Also, on the right side of the wizard, you should see “Letter” appear under the summary as you go through the process of the Postage Wizard.

    To get more info, please call our support center at 1-888-434-0055 (Open Mon-Fri, 6am to 6pm).

    Thanks!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  9. Sherri
    April 23rd, 2011 at 03:33 | #9

    I’m using the Postage Wizard to send a birthday card First Class using a 3 part label. The postage that printed out is .29 cents, is this correct? The envelope is under 1 oz. I’m not sure whether to use it or not since I’m thinking it should cost .44 cents to send. Please help! New user.

  10. stampscomblog
    April 22nd, 2011 at 13:59 | #10

    Hi Tania, It sounds like your local Post Office does not recognize the new Commercial Base rates for First Class Parcel that just started on Monday, 4/18 (assuming you were printing First Class Parcels).

    The Stamps.com support team can help but you’ll need to call in. The call center rep will complete a “BSN” form that is sent to the USPS. The USPS then is responsible for contacting your local Post Office with the lastest info. They’ll also try to find out where the communication error occurred internally.

    Please call support at 1-888-434-0055, Mon-Fri, 6am-6pm PT to complete your form.

    Thanks!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  11. stampscomblog
    April 22nd, 2011 at 13:54 | #11

    Hi S Pollack, Yes, Stamps.com did send out an official email recently asking customers to update their software in order to get the new Commercial Base rates for First Class Packages. Please download the latest version of the software at http://www.stamps.com/download

    Thanks!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  12. Cook
    April 21st, 2011 at 15:23 | #12

    Before the rate increase my 1, 2 and 3 ounce envelopes(non machinable) were 1.22, 1.39 and 1.56 respectively. What are they now with the commercial rate discount and how can I get this?

  13. TaniaS
    April 21st, 2011 at 10:48 | #13

    I just used the Stamps.com software to generate postage for a first-class package. It cost $2.07. Yet when I took it to the post office, they charged me another $0.32. I tried to explain the Stamps.com discount, but it didn’t fly. Had my mail carrier just picked it up — which was my intention — would it have been returned for insufficient postage?

  14. S Pollack
    April 21st, 2011 at 05:06 | #14

    I just received what appears to be an email from stamps.com stating the following:

    The USPS just announced that Commercial Base pricing will be introduced for First Class Mail Packages. As a result, Stamps.com users will now receive discounts of up to 8% on First Class Mail Packages as compared to Post Office rates. However, to receive the discounts you need the latest version of the Stamps.com software.

    I always check the official websites before downloading updates. I don’t see mention of it here…is this a phishing scam?

  15. Bluemanjoe
    April 20th, 2011 at 18:29 | #15

    is there first class commercial discounts for first class international as well?

  16. stampscomblog
    April 20th, 2011 at 15:04 | #16

    Hi JMMoralez,

    The Priority Mail rates (including Flat Rate) did not change in the April 2011 rate increase. Priority Mail rates were increased back in January.

    $5.20 is the rate you would pay at the Post Office for the PM Flat Rate box. If you print postage via Stamps.com (or any online postage vendor), you would be eligible for the “Commercial Base” pricing which is cheaper — in this example, the rate would be $5.00 for the Small Flat Rate box.

    Printing postage online can save you up to 15% on Priority Mail and up to 21% off Express Mail. The cheaper rates are already included in the Stamps.com software.

    Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  17. Jmmoralez
    April 20th, 2011 at 11:04 | #17

    Ok, Im confused. I ship small flat rate boxes all the time. the rate was 5.20…I just printed a new stamp at 5.00. the changes said increase not decrease!!! Hmmmm!

  18. stampscomblog
    April 20th, 2011 at 07:36 | #18

    Hi Cjsaper, Yes, the USPS did increase Library Rates on 4/17/2011. The new rate starts at $2.29 for the first pound and goes up from there.

    Thanks!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  19. stampscomblog
    April 20th, 2011 at 07:23 | #19

    Hi April, Great question. The $1.48 rate is correct unfortunately. That is due to the maximum weight on a first class letter is 3.5 ounces (USPS charges $0.20 for the extra 1/2 ounce on 3.5 ounces). So you have $0.44 + $0.20 + $0.20 + $0.20 = $1.04 for a 3.5 ounce letter.

    Once you go over 3.5 ounces, the mailpiece is charged at the “Large Envelope/Flat” rate which starts at $0.88 for one ounce.

    In your example, your four ounce letter started at $0.88 + $0.20 + $0.20 + $0.20 = $1.48

    Hope this helps.
    Thanks!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  20. stampscomblog
    April 20th, 2011 at 07:08 | #20

    Hi Cklipfer, With the new USPS rates that went into effect on 4/17/2011, the correct price for a 2 ounce letter should be $0.64. The Stamps.com software has been updated with the new rates and should reflect the correct prices when you input the 2 ounce weight (or your scale imports the weight into the Stamps.com software via USB).

    When you say your scale is showing the old rate, it sounds like your scale has not been updated with the new rates. What type of scale do you have that shows the postage rates?

    If you have any questions, please call Stamps.com Support at 1-888-434-0055 (open Mon-Fri, 6am – 6pm).

    Thanks!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  21. stampscomblog
    April 20th, 2011 at 07:02 | #21

    Hi Skeener52, It sounds like you have “Large Envelopes and Flats” listed as your mailpiece. The rate is $0.88 for one ounce Large Envelopes and Flats and is $0.44 for one ounce letters.

    You can change the “mailpeice” type using the drop down menu. You should be able to cycle through many different types of mailpieces, each having different prices.

    If you have any questions, please call Stamps.com Support at 1-888-434-0055 (open Mon-Fri, 6am – 6pm).

    Thanks!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  22. Skeener52
    April 20th, 2011 at 06:11 | #22

    According to your website, first class postage stamps are $0.88 but the announcement says that that is the rate for postage flats. I just spent double of what I needed to for sending letters. There is no choice for $0.44 stamps unless you use “specify the value”. Not convenient at all!!

  23. Cklipfer
    April 20th, 2011 at 03:13 | #23

    A 2 ounce first class envelope on our scales says it should be $.061 but the USPS chart says it should be $0.64. Which is correct? Our scale is not integrated with the computer and I don’t see a place to enter the ounces for a regular business size envelope. How do I make sure the postage is correct?

  24. April
    April 18th, 2011 at 12:55 | #24

    I just ran postage using your website….and paid $1.48 for 4 oz….Yet according to what is written above it should have been .44 + (3x.20) = $1.04. So, which is correct?

  25. Cjsaper
    April 18th, 2011 at 12:30 | #25

    Is the library to library rate changing?

  26. stampscomblog
    April 18th, 2011 at 09:29 | #26

    Hi Harris, This new lower price you see for First Class Mail Packages is due to the new Commercial Base pricing the USPS implemented on April 17, 2011 with the new postage rate increase. Commercial Base pricing offers a $0.15 rate discount if you buy postage online for First Class Mail Packages. (This discount is similar to the discount offered on Priority Mail and Express Mail for online postage.)

    Get more info on the April 2011 USPS rate increase at http://blog.stamps.com/2011/04/15/new-usps-postage-rates-april-2011/

    Thanks!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  27. harris
    April 17th, 2011 at 19:43 | #27

    According to the USPS website, the rate for a 4 ounce package is $1.88 (http://www.usps.com/prices/first-class-mail-prices.htm), but according to the software its $1.73 (as of 4/18). What is the deal?

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