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Stamps set to increase by two cents May 11
McDuffie Mirror ^ | May 07, 2009 | Lynn Davidson

Posted on 05/08/2009 2:23:39 PM PDT by george76

Postage rates are increasing on Monday, May 11 for first class postage and other services. .. it's not too late to lock in the current rate by buying Forever Stamps.

"If you buy them today at today's price, it doesn't matter if you use them in numerous years to come, even 100 years from now, that stamp will still be good as a first class stamp, even though you paid 42 cents for it,"

But time is of the essence, because the Forever Stamp rate also will increase on Monday.

(Excerpt) Read more at mirror.augusta.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: carrier; letter; mail; post; postage; postagerates; stamps; usps

1 posted on 05/08/2009 2:23:39 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

I just got 4 packets of stamps about a week ago. Have to get 4 packets of 2 centers now. #%@**^!


2 posted on 05/08/2009 2:25:48 PM PDT by albie
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To: george76

I have heard of people buying these forever stamps in huge quantities, as a hedge against inflation. Even if you don’t need to use them, you should be able to sell them for 5-10% less than first-class postage in the future.

Of course, the USPS could at some point say: “Forever expires next week.” and kill the value of your stamps...


3 posted on 05/08/2009 2:26:30 PM PDT by tpmintx (Liberalism: Solving problems caused by Jealousy with solutions based on Lies.)
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To: albie

I buy Forever Stamps. Still valid for First Class regardless of postage rates. Rates aren’t going down, so you can’t lose.


4 posted on 05/08/2009 2:27:17 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (Saiga 12 shotgun - When the Zombies see it, they'll sh*t bricks.)
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To: george76

When the hell is UPS going to take over the Ruptured elephant we call the US postal system??????


5 posted on 05/08/2009 2:28:29 PM PDT by Uncle George
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To: Uncle George

when government finally realizes it is throwing money down a hole..

Probably never


6 posted on 05/08/2009 2:39:29 PM PDT by Kitanis
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To: Uncle George

Remember when postage rates used to increase once every few years, instead of a few times a year?

The last time around, they claimed that prices were going up because of the increased price of gasoline. Now that gas has come down by half, are the postage rates going down? No... they’re going up AGAIN.


7 posted on 05/08/2009 2:40:20 PM PDT by Pravious
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To: Uncle George
When the hell is UPS going to take over the Ruptured elephant we call the US postal system??????

UPS is owned by the teamsters.

I suggest FedEx take them over as they aren't union...yet.

8 posted on 05/08/2009 2:42:09 PM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: george76

just get rid of the post office.


9 posted on 05/08/2009 2:50:49 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: tpmintx
I have heard of people buying these forever stamps in huge quantities, as a hedge against inflation.

Since the middle of the 1970s postage rates have been pretty well matching inflation.

I was considering buying another couple books, but I realized I still have almost a full book of 2008 Christmas stamps along with two and a half books of forever stamps. At my current rate of usage (all bills except taxes are paid through the web) I already have enough stamps for the next couple of years except for Christmas cards which I always get that year's Christmas stamps. If I start hoarding the glue will dry out on my Forever stamps before I use them.

10 posted on 05/08/2009 2:51:41 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (No free man bows to a foreign king.)
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To: george76

I was glad to see that the new 44 cent Purple Heart stamps were already being issued. Seems there has been a delay in getting the PH ones up to tne new rate, when they have increased postage in the past.


11 posted on 05/08/2009 2:55:32 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Glenn

“I suggest FedEx take them over as they aren’t union...yet.”

I think Fedex handles the actual shipping on a lot of the mail for the Post Office, there is supposed to be a contract in place between the USPS and Fedex to so.

I’ve mailed a couple of hundred packages in the past few years (mostly vacuum tubes sold on ebay) and have had very good luck with First Class Mail, in fact I don’t think a single package has been lost. Most of the packages are 6oz to 10oz in weight, which cost $2.00-$3.00 to ship. I get three day service from Atlanta to the West Coast, and two day delivery to a lot of the rest of the country.

I don’t have any issues at all with the actual delivery of mail, but don’t get me started on the poor service at some of the local Post Offices. I print all the mailing labels at home and never visit the Post Office unless it’s absolutely necessary.


12 posted on 05/08/2009 2:56:08 PM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: george76

The thieves edge the price up a cent or two at a time, the frog in the hot water method. Crooks, making our money cheaper and hurting the economy by increments.


13 posted on 05/08/2009 3:10:19 PM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart.........Palin 2012, can't come soon enough.)
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To: george76

I bought several hundred forever stamps last month. I meant to buy more before the price rise, but I guess it’s too late, unless you have a P.O. that’s open Saturday mornings.


14 posted on 05/08/2009 3:12:32 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: george76

When I was a kid...eons ago to be sure....1st class mail was 3 cents , postcard one cent and delivery..twice per day in the city. Then came FDR and the unions..


15 posted on 05/08/2009 3:23:42 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli now reads "Oil the gun..eat the cannolis.")
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To: Uncle George
UPS is a far smaller business than USPS. It's also having serious problems as parcel volumes drop during the Obama Depression.

If I were you I'd send UPS management a letter suggesting exactly what you proposed. They need some laughs!

16 posted on 05/08/2009 3:25:40 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Don Corleone

The Post Office was unionized when FDR was still a glint in his babydaddy’s eye.


17 posted on 05/08/2009 3:27:56 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: george76

Most folks have bee POd at the po for ages now. The po is
irrelevant—put it to sleep and be done with it.


18 posted on 05/08/2009 4:03:28 PM PDT by gunnyg
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To: Uncle George
When the hell is UPS going to take over the Ruptured elephant we call the US postal system??????

How many here know that the PO does not receive a Dime of tax money?

They are the ONLY self supporting agency connected with the government. http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/postalfacts.htm

But, since GM, Chrysler, Banks, etc are getting tax money, that may change.

19 posted on 05/08/2009 4:18:55 PM PDT by MrPiper
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To: MrPiper

“How many here know that the PO does not receive a Dime of tax money?”
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Another bs story!

A Congressional monopoly on first class mail and dummies wanna preach about no tax $$$ and ignore their monopoly???
A rose by any other name is still bs!

Mental levels like this is what got us where we are today with an outlaw gubmint, etc.

Like 0’pinhead sez, “wise-up!”


20 posted on 05/08/2009 4:33:19 PM PDT by gunnyg
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To: Cicero

Costo is selling these forever stamps.

Maybe others too.


21 posted on 05/08/2009 5:04:06 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
I don't use the USPS at all anymore.

Heard on the radio that the IRS will only communicate with taxpayers through the USPS and I don't want the IRS communicating with me at all under any circumstances.

22 posted on 05/08/2009 7:53:38 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: gunnyg
Well there Zippy....and I quote: Mental levels like this is what got us where we are today with an outlaw gubmint, etc.

What other parts of the Constitution do you want to change???????

Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, known as the Postal Clause or the Postal Power, empowers Congress "To establish Post Offices and post Roads".

What other tit sucking government ops are self supporting?

23 posted on 05/09/2009 2:15:32 AM PDT by MrPiper
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To: MrPiper

“”To establish Post Offices and post Roads”. “
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Not impressed—how many others will take their places with the “flawed”—as aka refers to it, Constitution— constitutional experts quoting this and that and citing their certifications in constitutional law, e.g. aka and biden, on and on....we know who/what they are....and their bigmouth suckups aping them (useful idiots/fella travelers, etc.


24 posted on 05/09/2009 4:59:14 AM PDT by gunnyg
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To: albie
I just got 4 packets of stamps about a week ago. Have to get 4 packets of 2 centers now. #%@**^!

I'm not so certain you do. I'm thinking that you just bought the current crop of forever stamps unless they have a stamp price on them.

25 posted on 05/09/2009 5:05:48 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This country isn't going to hell in a handbasket, it's riding shotgun in an Indy car....)
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To: CholeraJoe

Folks I know bought 1,000 of them - they spent $420 in order to save maybe $20 over the span of however much time it takes to use 1,000 stamps.

The streamlined, no-hearings-necessary postage rate increases that we’ve been seeing are simply tied to the rate of inflation, so in effect, the Forever Stamps are simply a bearer instrument indexed to the rate of inflation. You’d do better paying cash for your stamps at whatever rate they happen to be at and sticking your $420 in a money market account.


26 posted on 05/09/2009 6:21:33 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: BlueStateBlues
The thieves edge the price up a cent or two at a time, the frog in the hot water method. Crooks, making our money cheaper and hurting the economy by increments.

The thieves are not the people running the post office, they're the people running the Federal Reserve and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's presses.

The post office doesn't control inflation, the Fed does.

27 posted on 05/09/2009 6:23:42 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: tpmintx

Precious metals are a much better hedge against inflation than mass-market postage stamps.


28 posted on 05/09/2009 6:27:05 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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