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USPS Raising Prices, First Class To 58 Cents

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Posted 05/31/2021   02:27 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Being a grumpy old man, I delete e-mails with electronic greetings cards without reading.
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Posted 05/31/2021   02:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Here in Oz, we pay $1.10 nationally, and $3.40 for overseas.
I rejoice in the value.
I send swaps to US for $3.40
Then receive stamps from US colleagues in parcels $12 and above.
It makes one feel guilty.
Ergo, I usually send 2 or 3 packages to their 1.

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Posted 06/02/2021   12:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add melbourne_yankee to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
rod222,

But don't you know that you aren't supposed to send those things by letter?javascript:insertsmilie('')

May I ask how long it is taking to get back and forth between the USA for letters for you?

I had two letters from the USA that took 6 weeks each, one that took 3 weeks and today we got one that took 39 days...........
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Posted 06/02/2021   01:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
M.Y.
I am getting mail from my swap partners
Florida 21 days
Northern Canada 21-35 days
Regularly
As far as I am aware, only lost 1 letter in 15 years
My very first swap to University in Turkey

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Posted 06/02/2021   01:37 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I rarely buy stamps on eBay, and very rarely buy them from the US, but I recently picked up some Laotian oddments. Sent, with a couple of free stamps, in a letter from Astoria, NY, and reached here within a week. Tracked and signed items that I've recently sent to Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong have been delivered in 7-10 days. Domestic post seems fine. I can say, rather nervously, that things are largely back to normal.
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Posted 06/03/2021   03:15 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Torin to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I dislike e-greeting cards too, but sadly they are the future.

Affordable package delivery should be the primary future goal of the USPS in its pricing methodology.

Greeting cards and bills that can't be paid online have inelastic demand. Most economists would recommend charging a high price for such items with inelastic demand. Have an over $1 first class 1oz rate subsidize affordable package delivery.
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Posted 06/03/2021   06:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As for greeting cards, it is not the postage that is expensive but the card itself. Hallmark brand cards now run from $5 to $7.
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Posted 06/03/2021   07:32 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Hallmark brand cards now run from $5 to $7.


Highway robbery IMO. Call me a cheapskate, but I get my greeting/sentiment cards when needed at Dollar Tree: two for a buck. Low-priced schmaltzy sentiments serve the need just as well as expensive poo.
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Posted 06/03/2021   07:49 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

My wife learned years ago that I think that cards are as crazy as giving plant sex organs (flowers) as a gift.
Don
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Posted 06/03/2021   08:25 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Actually, rev, you can leave me off the Christmas card list this year ...
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Posted 06/03/2021   08:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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My wife learned years ago that I think that cards are as crazy as giving plant sex organs (flowers) as a gift.


The cemetery is a great place to pickup flowers on the cheap for that special someone. And very "green" to boot!
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Posted 06/03/2021   4:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
We had a florist here who a few years ago was convicted of reselling floral arrangements from grave sites. He would surreptitiously "cherry pick" the best arrangements and resell as his own.
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Posted 06/03/2021   7:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BrownstownSoul to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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At least the proposed rate will make it convenient to use 29c stamps


This is good. I was trying to figure out an old postage angle. The best I could come up with 20 cents + 20 cents + 18 cents.
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Posted 07/22/2021   2:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Torin to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Postal Regulatory Commission has approved the rate increase.

https://www.linns.com/news/postal-u...ce-rate-case
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Posted 07/22/2021   8:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It is becoming more and more difficult to use up my pile of three cent stamps.
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