Many people still rely on our post offices in sending their letters, documents, parcels and packages. The cost of stamps is cheaper and more affordable compared to sending letters or documents using the local courier that we have like FedEx and USA Couriers.
The cost of stamps will vary depending on a lot of factors, which may include:
1. Location of the sender
2. Location of the recipient
3. Weight of the letter, or card, or package
4. Whether it will be sent by ordinary mail or priority mail; by airmail or by registered mail
Postage stamps can be bought beforehand, but you have to know how much will be the cost of stamps for your letter to reach its destination. When you buy stamps at the post office, you may inquire about the cost of stamps per region and per weight of the letter to be sent, or if they have a printed table on rates, you can ask them for one.
Cost Of Stamps: How Much Do Postage Stamps Cost?
Here is some helpful information about the cost of stamps:
We have three (3) types of rates available: The letter rate, envelope rate, and the package rate. Each has
its size specifications.
Letter Rate – applies to envelopes that are 3-1/2” high x 5” long and 6-1/8” high x 11-1/2” long and not to exceed 1/4” in thickness. A surcharge of 20% is added for those letters considered as non-machinable. This applies to mails sent to US or international.
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Large Envelope (flats) – applies to envelopes that are 6-1/8” high x 11-1/2” long and between 1/4” – 3/4” in thickness; or this could be any envelope which is too heavy for letter rates. Anything exceeding the minimum requirements indicated must be sent using the package rates including those that are irregular in size, shape and thickness. Applicable to all mails whether US or international.
Package Rates – these rates apply to all items which do not meet the Letter and Large envelope requirements. All letters that weigh more than 3.5 oz will use the Large Envelope rate whether its destination is US or international. The rates will also vary if your mail destination is within the US, going to Mexico, to Canada, and to those countries belonging to Groups 3-5 and Groups 6-9.
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We also have the following rates depending on the weight of your packages:
Priority Mail – is a must for packages weighing 13 oz. Or more. You can choose between Priority Flat Rates Envelope and Small Flat Rate Box. This will cost you $5.15 and $5.35 respectively. Rates are the same to any US destination regardless of weight.
Media Mail & Parcel Post Media Mail – you can choose between these two for packages more than 1 lb.
Sending letters or mail using postage stamps is fun, personalized and unique. You just have to know the cost of stamps to stick on the envelope for the letter to reach its destination. You have to make sure that there is a mailbox located in your area and that it is regularly picked up by the local post office.