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Posted at 2:13 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Some postage rates going up

By Ed O'Keefe

Some postage rates will go up in April, but not the price of first-class stamps, Express Mail or Priority Mail.

Rates will go up for postcards, periodicals, international letters, parcels and advertising mail on April 17 under rules that allow price increases within the rate of inflation, the Postal Service said Thursday. Postcard prices will climb by one cent to 29 cents.

The move affects some of the Postal Service's largest customers, including community newspapers, catalog companies, and companies who use bulk mail rates to send bills or other notices.

Though the price of a first-class stamp will stay the same, the cost for heavier letters will rise. The first 44 cents covers the first ounce, but the price for each additional ounce will climb from 17 cents to 20 cents.

The price hike should generate about $340 million through the rest of fiscal 2011, which ends in September, USPS said.

An attempt last year to raise stamp prices beyond the rate of inflation of 1.8 percent failed to win regulator approval. The Postal Service is appealing the decision by the Postal Regulatory Commission to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the PRC has until the end of the month to respond.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | January 13, 2011; 2:13 PM ET
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I blame Sarah Palin.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | January 13, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

How about raising bulk rate mailing costs to what first class costs. That will either raise more money or lower the volume of junk mail. Win-win for the USPS.

Of course, the bulk mail lobby would never allow that to happen.

Though getjiggly1 is probably right. Her, or the vast left/right wing conspiracy attempting to reduce our ability to communicate by mail.

Posted by: Flicking_Gamer | January 13, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Three cents increase for the rates over 1oz? Seems like a "tad" over 17%. Horrible! Our samall business has had to absorb increases for the last 12 years. Now we will have to raise our rates. Way to go Postal Service (oxymoron with the emphasis on MORON). In a time of virtual depression. You really are serving the American people.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou445 | January 13, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I use priority mail and the rates have already gone up, probably January 1.

Posted by: mitch661 | January 13, 2011 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Not only is junk mail a waste of natural resources, it also provides a way for businesses to avoid paying much needed tax revenue to the government. I second the motion to have "junk" mail rates substantially raised or even put equal to first class rates.

Our postal system is still by far the most cost effective system in the world today. Most postage rates in Europe are about double those here.

Posted by: EarlC | January 13, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Bills can not be sent out at bulk mail rates - they are one of the types of correspondence that has to go First-Class.

Posted by: mycroftt | January 14, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

It's about time bulk mailers pay their fair share. I've seen bulk mail go thru as cheap as 7 cents a letter. They get away with murder.

Posted by: fedup100 | January 14, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

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