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Postal Rate Increase Will Have Minor Effect on PBS Members: Newsletter – December 2005

The USPS postal rate increase will take effect January 8, 2006. The single-piece rate for First-Class Mail will increase from 37 cents to 39 cents. For PBS members, this means that the rate for media mail packages up to one pound will increase from $1.42 to $1.59. The Media Mail rate for items from one pound up to two pounds will increase from $1.84 to $2.07.

There are many ways you can slice and dice this increase…using many different combinations of stamps to mail items. When the rate goes into effect, members may want to purchase the 3 cent stamps to use in conjunction with 4 of the 39 cent stamps. This will equal the new media mail rate for books under 1 pound. (.39 x 4 stamps = $1.56 plus one 3 cent stamp = $1.59)

Truth be told, you can also use any leftover 37 cent stamps you still have on hand. Five of them are equal to $1.85, which is more than the new media mail rate.

We’ll be sure to send you a friendly reminder when this change takes place.

Link to USPS Rate Increase information: http://www.usps.com/communications/news/press/2005/pr05_097.htm


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