Thursday, October 3, 2013

Postage increase - 2014

The U.S. Postal Service is angling to stick it to us for a huge postage rate increase on January 26, 2014.

Try this on for size:

  • Letters (1 oz.) — 3-cent increase to 49 cents
  • Letters additional ounces —  1-cent increase to 21 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.15
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 34 cents 
 My guess is that the Congressional requirement to pre-fund retirement benefits has a lot to do with it.

Will this put me out of business? I am a distributor of "real" greeting cards - not e-cards. I love sending cards (and gifts), and the company I'm associated with claims to be the largest user of First Class postage in the U.S.

Will my business shrink because of the rate increase?

To send a letter (or pay a bill) will cost 49¢. Will I now have to decide whether someone is worth half-a-buck for the stamp, in addition to the cost of the card?

Guess it won't do any good right now to pester my Congressman. Is he even in his office? Is there anyone there to answer the phone? Open his mail? Read his e-mail?

Postage goes up. Fewer users; more use e-mail. Fewer customers? Rates have to go up. Rates go up? Fewer customers. Rates have to go up.

If people really knew what postal employees earn, more customers would go postal.

1 comment:

Maverick50 said...

Postal Clerks
Clerks work at post offices, assisting customers who come in to purchase stamps or send and pick up mail. Across the nation, U.S. Postal Service clerks report an average wage of $25.41 per hour and an average salary of $52,860 per year. As of May 2011, 80 percent of USPS mail clerks received wages of between $23.87 and $26.56 per hour, and the median wage reported was $25.53 per hour.

Postal Service mail carriers, sometimes informally referred to as postmen or mailmen, deliver the mail to private homes and businesses by vehicle or on foot. USPS mail carriers reported an average annual salary of $51,390, as of May 2011 or an hourly wage of $24.71. Most mail carriers -- 80 percent -- earned between $19.46 and $27.27 per hour, and reported annual salaries ranging from $40,470 to $56,720.

Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
Postmasters and mail superintendents run individual post offices or regions and represent the top tier of employment with the U.S. Postal Service. Postmasters and superintendents with the USPS reported an average hourly wage of $29.85 and an average annual salary of $62,080, as of May 2011. Annual salaries were between $34,960 and $84,890 for 80 percent of these employees -- between $16.81 and $40.81 per hour.