Aug 18, 2009
BY MATT HANNA First-Class stamps cost 2 cents more starting on May 11th. For the third year in a row the United States Postal Service (USPS) has increased prices for mailing services, but Click2Mail is still saving you money on every letter and card you mail on Click2Mail.com. With Click2Mail’s automatic postage discount, you continue to save almost 6 cents on every letter and 5 cents on every postcard. First-Class postage on a one ounce Click2Mail letter now costs .382 cents (verus 44 cents retail) and small postcards now cost 23 cents (versus 28 cents retail).
The overall cost of postage has increased roughly 3 percent, but specific rate changes vary; there is no change in price for the second ounce of First-Class Mail for example. If you’d like specifics on the effect of the increase on higher weights or other mailpiece configurations you can check out our Cost Estimator page.
When you mail through Click2Mail you can qualify for the lower “Commercial Rates” cited above versus “Retail Rates” by simply making sure your addresses are correct and complete (standard). When your mail pieces have standard addresses, we prep, sort, and process them in a way that usually qualifies them for USPS automation and presort discounts. So, for even the smallest mailing we can pass along discounted postage rates that reflect these savings; generally the Mixed AADC Automation Rate is our reference point.
At any rate, the US Mail overall remains a bargain. The USPS delivers nearly half the world’s mail, visits all 146 million homes and businesses in the United States every day, and operates 37,000 retail locations—all without any tax dollars.