Postage Take a weekend stamp from Harlem and beyond!

If you do any kind of mail, you might want to rush to US Postal Service (USPS) until Sunday, because that’s when the price of postage goes up again.

All First Class postal products will be subject to a 2% price increase on Sunday. The price of the First Class Mail Forever stamp will increase from 66 cents to 68 cents.

Stamp prices rose from 63 cents to 66 cents in July after rising from 60 cents to 63 cents in January 2023. Prices for catalogs and newspapers will see well-above-average increases, hurting consumers and businesses alike.

Sunday’s increase will be the fifth in two years – the most postal rate increases in a year US Postal Service (USPS) 248 years of history. It’s something that disrupts Keep US Posted, a nonprofit group of consumers, nonprofits, newspapers, postcard, magazine, catalog and small business publishers.

“These unprecedented increases in postage only reduce the volume of mail and encourage further fiscal instability USPS” said Keep US Posted Executive Director Kevin Yoder.

“The Postal Service just posted a $6.5 billion operating loss in 2023 and projects a $6.3 billion loss in 2024 — all after receiving a $120 billion windfall from Congress in 2022.

It’s time for Louis DeJoy to leave Shipping to America the plan stamp increases twice a year. Traditional mail is still the biggest money maker for the USPS, and every rate increase will just drive more mail out of the system.”

With the territory comes a spike in counterfeit stamps

Just like it was when the last price increase happened, during the holidays United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) saw another flood of counterfeit stamps entering the market. And with that came another onslaught of stamp-hunting sites. Some even go so far as to spend money on Google to attract consumers who are looking for stamps, either because they are looking for a bargain or don’t have time to go out and buy stamps.

Take this ad from Temu for example.

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consumer affairs reached out to Temu and asked them why they were advertising such a discount and how they could offer a “90%” discount where no one else could. There was no immediate response.

Go legit

If you don’t have time to go to the post office, there are legitimate vendors that sell stamps. Just search for them via this form (and don’t forget to check “National Dealer” under “Location Type”).

Then again, just like getting a $100 Prada wallet or a $50 pair of top-of-the-line Sony headphones, every last coupon site you hear about is a scammer out to make you look like a fool.

A half-price stamp will hurt you full-time if you get caught, so you’d be smart to follow this advice from the USPS:

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