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Ultimate Guide to the 2012 USPS Postage Rate Increase

January 27th, 2012

Stamps.com has released the “Ultimate Guide to the 2012 USPS Postage Rate Increase” to help small business owners understand the postage rate increase that went into effect on January 22, 2012.  The FREE guide contains detailed information on postage rates for each USPS mail class, including special services.

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The guide contains info on the 2012 USPS postage rate increase including details on each mail class.

The guide is free and can be downloaded at:
http://www.stamps.com/whitepapers/Ultimate-Guide-2012-USPS-Postage-Rate-Increase.pdf

  1. Claude Alexander
    February 27th, 2012 at 11:39 | #1

    need to include forever stamps on line

  2. stampscomblog
    February 24th, 2012 at 12:54 | #2

    Hi Lanelawpa,

    The postage discounts for PC Postage vendors (like Stamps.com) are only for packages. The discounts are automatically calculated in the software for you. More info on th discounts are at http://www.stamps.com/postage-online/postage-discounts/

    Eric
    Stamps.com

  3. Lanelawpa
    February 24th, 2012 at 11:33 | #3

    How do we get the discount?  Will it automatically calculate a discount?  So far I have only used stamps with a definite denomination.

  4. Carol
    February 24th, 2012 at 05:06 | #4

    Rather than “wasting” the netstamps for $0.01, we just purchased a bunch of regular one cent stamps from the post office.  Much cheaper!

  5. Nanna3855
    February 23rd, 2012 at 20:19 | #5

    I RECCOMEND GOING BY THE POST OFFICE AND GETTING AS MANY 01 CENT STAMPS FROM THEN AS YOU DO THE .44 CENTS YOU HAVE PRINTING. OTHERWISE IF YOU USE YOUR BLANK POSTAGE SHEETS TO PRINT ONE CENT STAMPS YOUR GOING TO BE BUYING MORE SUPPLIES FAST. THAT WAS MY SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM. LIL.

  6. stampscomblog
    February 23rd, 2012 at 15:49 | #6

    Hi Frederick,

    We recommend printing an additional $0.01 stamps and placing them on the envelopes along with your $0.44 NetStamps.

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

  7. February 23rd, 2012 at 15:44 | #7

    If we’ve already printed a NetStamp for .44, what’s the recommended way of using these stamps? Printing a $0.01 stamp to be used in conjunction, using postage correction on an envelope, or some other alternative?

  8. stampscomblog
    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:13 | #8

    Hi MaryB,

    Yes, Stamps.com has been updated with all the new 2012 postage rates. They were updated on Jan 22, 2012, the day before the rates went into effect on Monday, Jan 23, 2012.

    Keep in mind you get discounted postage rates using Stamps.com. We offer discounts of up to 15% on Priority Mail, up to 62% on Express Mail and up to 15% off First Class Package Service.

    Thanks!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  9. MaryB
    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:10 | #9

    If we have STamps.com aren’t the rate changes on there?  However I mailed a large flat rate box the other day and usps rates said it would $15 something and Stamps.com said $14 something.  I used your amount.  :(   ?  MaryB

  10. stampscomblog
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:31 | #10

    Hi Paul,
    Yes, the name “Regional” is a little misleading since Regional Raet boxes offer low rates for packages traveling throughout the U.S.
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  11. stampscomblog
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:30 | #11

    Hi Pam,
    We have made a request to the USPS for them to allow us to turn postage printed from Stamps.com to become a “forever postage.” Unfortunately, they have not approved it yet but we are still trying!
    Eric
    Stamps.com

  12. stampscomblog
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:26 | #12

    Hi Dutch7895,
    If you have Forever Stamps that you purchased at the Post Office, then yes, you can still use them.
    Eric
    Stamps.com
    Ultimate Guide to the 2012 USPS Postage Rate Increase

  13. Squirrelywhirley
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:26 | #13

    Thanks!!

  14. Dutch7895
    February 23rd, 2012 at 07:13 | #14

    CAN WE CONTINUE TO USE UP OUR SUPPLY OF .44 “FOREVER” STAMPS?

  15. Pam
    February 23rd, 2012 at 06:41 | #15

    It would certainly be nice if we could buy “forever” stamps so that we would not have to worry about price changes

  16. Shahzad Paul
    February 23rd, 2012 at 04:50 | #16

    Thanks for the info. I didnt know about “Regional Box” either. Kind of misleading name for the service(?)

    Paul

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