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(UPI)   The price of a first class stamp is going up three cents. A stamp is that small square thing you stick on an envelope to mail a letter. Yes, a letter. You know, what your parents used to use before email and texting. Still not ringing any bells?   (upi.com) divider line 92
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2013-12-25 11:42:27 AM  
I just bought some stamps so I'll be getting a kick out of some of these posts...
 
2013-12-25 11:42:40 AM  
As long as packages don't go up again I'm fine with this. Shipping increases kill the small music labels I work with because they have to pass that onto customers
 
2013-12-25 11:43:21 AM  
Do they still deliver on Saturdays in the US?

Because nobody's using the postal service in Canada they've decided to stop door-to-door delivery and raise the price of a stamp to $1.
 
2013-12-25 11:45:21 AM  
Price of a stamp in Canada is supposed to go up a full 45% soon, and they're looking to drop door to door delivery outright. I sympathize, but not very much.
 
2013-12-25 11:45:23 AM  

phillydrifter: I just bought some stamps so I'll be getting a kick out of some of these posts...


The postal service makes some very pretty stamps. But you usually have to ask for them special. I like putting pretty stamps on my rare snail mail. And I like to support the post office.
 
2013-12-25 11:46:36 AM  

whatshisname: Do they still deliver on Saturdays in the US?

Because nobody's using the postal service in Canada they've decided to stop door-to-door delivery and raise the price of a stamp to $1.


They would love to stop Saturday delivery and raise stamps in the same manner. The problem is our Congress already has passed one toxic bill to destroy the post office, and is refusing to allow any such changes to keep it alive.
 
2013-12-25 11:46:59 AM  
Still the best deal going. Look inside a postal truck and you'll see there's no shortage of people and businesses using the postal service. Online selling has been a big boost, not everybody uses UPS or FedEx.
 
2013-12-25 11:48:14 AM  

whatshisname: Because nobody's using the postal service in Canada they've decided to stop door-to-door delivery and raise the price of a stamp to $1.


I'll just add that the corrective action here, obviously, is to make snail mail slower, less convenient, and far more expensive. That'll definitely re-attract customers.
 
2013-12-25 11:49:33 AM  

ModernPrimitive01: As long as packages don't go up again I'm fine with this. Shipping increases kill the small music labels I work with because they have to pass that onto customers


Why are you shipping MP3?
 
2013-12-25 11:49:45 AM  
Stupid.

Raise it to 50¢.

And the next time, raise it to 75¢.

Stop it with the stupid penny increases.  And bring back Sunday delivery.
 
2013-12-25 11:50:57 AM  
"temporary, lasting "just long enough to cover the loss,"

LOL
 
2013-12-25 11:53:16 AM  
Fun fact: once a technology is deemed 'obsolete', all memory of its existence vanishes from the earth and the minds of the entire human race.

/buggy whips
//buggy whips
///GODDAMN BUGGY WHIPS
 
2013-12-25 11:54:03 AM  

DarkVader: Stupid.
Raise it to 50¢.
And the next time, raise it to 75¢.
Stop it with the stupid penny increases.  And bring back Sunday delivery.


I snarked in one thread that Congress had passed laws so that the post office could only raise stamp prices in "embarrassingly small increments" but it wouldn't surprise me.......
 
2013-12-25 11:57:11 AM  
They are called forever stamps because that's how long it takes to get your mail.
 
2013-12-25 11:58:16 AM  
Email is still letters.

I mean, who says "I sent an email"? Do you also say, "I sent a mail" when you use[d] the USPS?
 
2013-12-25 11:58:43 AM  
I wish they would raise it to $50. The only people I know of who send postal mail are spam warehouses who think I do something with snailmail other than put it unopened into the recycle bin.

Seriously, do you even know anyone who's mailed a (non-spam) dead-tree letter in the last decade?
 
2013-12-25 12:00:44 PM  

cryinoutloud: DarkVader: Stupid.
Raise it to 50¢.
And the next time, raise it to 75¢.
Stop it with the stupid penny increases.  And bring back Sunday delivery.

I snarked in one thread that Congress had passed laws so that the post office could only raise stamp prices in "embarrassingly small increments" but it wouldn't surprise me.......


They're going to start taxing emails soon! Google "Congressional Bill 602P".
 
2013-12-25 12:01:28 PM  
And what's with the first class, anyways?  Why would a stamp need a bigger seat and free drinks?
 
2013-12-25 12:03:15 PM  
From the comments here, I get the impression that a lot of you don't pay your utility bills and such by mail. Are you allowing your creditors direct access to your checking accounts?

/ Knows too many people who repeated got 'double-dipped' by their creditors.
 
2013-12-25 12:06:00 PM  
The price increase is pay for management bonuses nothing more.

Same thing happened in Canada. They lost 100 million dollars. They begged the goverment for a handout. Then gave themselves a nice bonus to "retain talent". My question is if they are bankrupting the company, how talented could they possibly be?
 
2013-12-25 12:06:00 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Email is still letters.

I mean, who says "I sent an email"? Do you also say, "I sent a mail" when you use[d] the USPS?


I sent you an email. I emailed it to you.
I sent you a letter. I mailed it to you.

/get of my lawn
 
2013-12-25 12:06:22 PM  

Archimedes' Principal: From the comments here, I get the impression that a lot of you don't pay your utility bills and such by mail. Are you allowing your creditors direct access to your checking accounts?

/ Knows too many people who repeated got 'double-dipped' by their creditors.


Pretty sure most people do it with a credit card.
 
2013-12-25 12:06:26 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Fun fact: once a technology is deemed 'obsolete', all memory of its existence vanishes from the earth and the minds of the entire human race.

/buggy whips
//buggy whips
///GODDAMN BUGGY WHIPS


Sure - but can you seal a clacks with a kiss?
 
2013-12-25 12:06:36 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Fun fact: once a technology is deemed 'obsolete', all memory of its existence vanishes from the earth and the minds of the entire human race.


Either that or submitter is a retard.
 
2013-12-25 12:07:41 PM  

Archimedes' Principal: From the comments here, I get the impression that a lot of you don't pay your utility bills and such by mail. Are you allowing your creditors direct access to your checking accounts?



No, they email me the bill and I pay it via online banking.
 
2013-12-25 12:08:09 PM  

Great_Milenko: ModernPrimitive01: As long as packages don't go up again I'm fine with this. Shipping increases kill the small music labels I work with because they have to pass that onto customers

Why are you shipping MP3?


we tape iPods to records. You know, for the convenience
 
2013-12-25 12:08:35 PM  

DarkVader: Stupid.

Raise it to 50¢.

And the next time, raise it to 75¢.

Stop it with the stupid penny increases.  And bring back Sunday delivery.


Amazon has cut a deal with the USPS to do exactly that. Do it in the first place, not bring it back, since there never was Sunday delivery before. However, in olden times there were two mail deliveries a day. One Leave It To Beaver episode has Beaver waiting for "the second mail".
 
2013-12-25 12:08:38 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Email is still letters.

I mean, who says "I sent an email"? Do you also say, "I sent a mail" when you use[d] the USPS?


I say, "I sent an email".

You may be confused because, used as a noun, "mail" only refers to multiple messages, but "email" can refer to a single message or a group of messages.

"I sent mail." -> ok
"I sent a mail." -> no
"I sent email." -> ok
"I sent an email." -> ok

If you want to complain that this is an irregular formation, you are going to find a lot to complain about in the English language.
 
2013-12-25 12:08:50 PM  

ModernPrimitive01: As long as packages don't go up again I'm fine with this. Shipping increases kill the small music labels I work with because they have to pass that onto customers


They just increased the freight rate on the steamships I use to ship quill pens and wagon wheels to the colonies.  It's really biting into my profits.
 
2013-12-25 12:10:13 PM  
Last week I had to order documents from my condo association in order to refinance, and it was cheaper to mail them a check than to pay a convenience fee and use a credit card.  So I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2013-12-25 12:10:16 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: /buggy whips
//buggy whips
///GODDAMN BUGGY WHIPS


Oooh...talking naughty on this Christmas morning...
 
2013-12-25 12:11:09 PM  
I still buy stamps, otherwise my bills won't reach their destinations.
 
2013-12-25 12:11:44 PM  

SurelyShirley: Pants full of macaroni!!: /buggy whips
//buggy whips
///GODDAMN BUGGY WHIPS

Oooh...talking naughty on this Christmas morning...


It's naughtier when the mailman is involved.
 
2013-12-25 12:11:53 PM  

ModernPrimitive01: Great_Milenko: ModernPrimitive01: As long as packages don't go up again I'm fine with this. Shipping increases kill the small music labels I work with because they have to pass that onto customers

Why are you shipping MP3?

we tape iPods to records. You know, for the convenience


You would save money if you just chose one or the other to ship, not just attach both of them together and send them off.
 
2013-12-25 12:12:29 PM  

ChrisDe: Still the best deal going. Look inside a postal truck and you'll see there's no shortage of people and businesses using the postal service. Online selling has been a big boost, not everybody uses UPS or FedEx.


Nods. And, if they're doing Sunday delivery now for Amazon.

If they have to stop delivery one day, it should be a weekday. Saturday is the only day people can sign for packages or go to the Post Office.
 
2013-12-25 12:14:32 PM  

jjorsett: DarkVader: Stupid.

Raise it to 50¢.

And the next time, raise it to 75¢.

Stop it with the stupid penny increases.  And bring back Sunday delivery.

Amazon has cut a deal with the USPS to do exactly that. Do it in the first place, not bring it back, since there never was Sunday delivery before. However, in olden times there were two mail deliveries a day. One Leave It To Beaver episode has Beaver waiting for "the second mail".


Originally entitled 'Beaver Waits For The Second Male', that episode caused a shiatstorm.
 
2013-12-25 12:15:20 PM  
I'm glad I bought a lifetime supply of Forever Stamps some years back and also shifted to paying all my bills electronically. At my current rate of stamp consumption  my estate will make a tidy profit when it unloads those dudes.
 
2013-12-25 12:16:44 PM  
ITT:
People who in the course of their lives and/or business don't have to use the USPS, so therefore ipso facto it is never used by anyone else for any reason unless they're 99 years old or idiots and therefore braying out 'buggy whips!' is the pinnacle of humor.
 
2013-12-25 12:17:34 PM  

ModernPrimitive01: As long as packages don't go up again I'm fine with this. Shipping increases kill the small music labels I work with because they have to pass that onto customers


Music is WORTHLESS.
 
2013-12-25 12:18:13 PM  
/Though the S&M mailman concept is funny I'll admit.
//Slow refresh.
//More coffee.
 
2013-12-25 12:18:16 PM  
I agree that people rarely write letters any longer.  But a lot of people still like the more personal touch when it comes to holiday and birthday cards.  It's hard to attach a check or cash or a gift card to an email.  Especially when it's for my little nieces and nephews who aren't online yet.  I'd gladly pay a dollar for a stamp that I can put on a card, drop the card in my mailbox, and within 3-4 days it shows up in the mailbox of anyone in the country.
 
2013-12-25 12:20:56 PM  

fisker: ModernPrimitive01: As long as packages don't go up again I'm fine with this. Shipping increases kill the small music labels I work with because they have to pass that onto customers

Music is WORTHLESS.


I would being tone deaf would be akin to seeing the world in greyscale and wondering why everyone won't shut up about colors.

How sad for you.
 
2013-12-25 12:21:33 PM  
shiat.  Coffee.
I would IMAGINE being tone deaf... etc.
I'm stopping while I'm behind.
 
2013-12-25 12:26:20 PM  
i44.tinypic.com
 
2013-12-25 12:27:59 PM  
Got to pay the pensions on the gubmint employee's not delivering the mail.
 
2013-12-25 12:33:23 PM  

Speef: I wish they would raise it to $50. The only people I know of who send postal mail are spam warehouses who think I do something with snailmail other than put it unopened into the recycle bin.

Seriously, do you even know anyone who's mailed a (non-spam) dead-tree letter in the last decade?


So, you don't get any bills via postal mail?

Until we moved last February we paid our apartment rent by mailing it to the property management's post office box. It was the only option given to all the tenants. And we opted to pay our natural gas bill at that locale by check because the company outsourced their billing & you were charged $3.50 on top of your bill if you wanted to pay online.

We also receive packages via USPS priority mail, in addtion to deliveries from UPS & FedEx.
 
2013-12-25 12:40:37 PM  

Mean Daddy: Got to pay the pensions on the gubmint employee's not delivering the mail.


Yeah. Seventy five years in advance, as officially mandated by GOP Congresscritters.
 
2013-12-25 12:49:30 PM  

jj325: I agree that people rarely write letters any longer.  But a lot of people still like the more personal touch when it comes to holiday and birthday cards.  It's hard to attach a check or cash or a gift card to an email.  Especially when it's for my little nieces and nephews who aren't online yet.  I'd gladly pay a dollar for a stamp that I can put on a card, drop the card in my mailbox, and within 3-4 days it shows up in the mailbox of anyone in the country.


This. We mail several cards a week (birthday, condolences, congratulations, etc).

We also mail our bill payments. Tried that our credit union's bill payment system and found it unreliable. Some payments are on auto-pay via a debit card, but those are pains in the arses when the card expires.

Lastly, we're small business owners and our monthly postage expenses are pretty hefty. Not shipping, just postage.

With all that said, I think the small price of postage in the US is well worth the service. Most items we mail are delivered the next day. Even some in other states. Not a bad deal.
 
2013-12-25 12:52:25 PM  
Just bought a bunch of $1.10 Forever stamps since I send more mail back to Japan than domestically.

New Years cards wiped me out this year.
 
2013-12-25 12:54:10 PM  

MutantMotherMouse: Lastly, we're small business owners and our monthly postage expenses are pretty hefty. Not shipping, just postage.


Stamps.com.

Use the promo code (your favorite podcast here) to give them a little quid pro quo.
 
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