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jbb
December 28th, 2016, 08:52 AM
I read that USPS First Class mail rate is going back to 49 in January....from its current 47. http://www.piworld.com/article/postal-service-reveals-2017-mailing-services-prices/ Of course if you use Forever Stamps it doesn't matter but I don't. :)

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FredRydr
December 30th, 2016, 07:33 AM
That increase takes effect January 22nd. The USPS's own website parses the specifics across many webpages, but here is a third-party's concise breakdown: http://www.pitneybowes.com/us/postal-information/rate-change-info.html

Nice pile, jbb! I like using the old fractional stamps; it makes a nice surprise for the addressees.

Fred

jbb
December 30th, 2016, 07:52 AM
Fred, I sent you a letter on Dec. 21st, inspired by YOUR holiday postcard. It may or may not make it through the mail. Let me know if you receive it. :)

As for the pile of stamps, ebay has lots of under-face-value, unused stamps to be found. It's so much fun to use them!!!

FredRydr
December 30th, 2016, 08:04 AM
It arrived several days ago. My pen and brain are cogitating the reply.

Fred

Chrissy
December 30th, 2016, 11:27 AM
That increase takes effect January 22nd. The USPS's own website parses the specifics across many webpages, but here is a third-party's concise breakdown: http://www.pitneybowes.com/us/postal-information/rate-change-info.html

Nice pile, jbb! I like using the old fractional stamps; it makes a nice surprise for the addressees.

Fred

I have some old fractional stamps that have arrived here on your postcards. And your postcards as well as your stamps are always a nice surprise. :)

FredRydr
January 2nd, 2017, 09:55 AM
Here's how I deal with all the vintage stamps I acquire at (or close to) face value, waiting for their long-delayed trips through the mail.

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Old three-cent commemoratives are my favorite, and I have far too many of those. Sometimes I find them in sheets. By the way, I am not a stamp collector. I've always wondered if the USPS carries a gigantic reserve on its books for services obligated to perform in the event these unused stamps start flowing through the mails.

Fred

jbb
January 2nd, 2017, 10:25 AM
Here's what some of my envelopes end up looking like:

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Chrissy
February 19th, 2017, 02:53 AM
Those are wonderful. :)

When I receive cards from Fred I always find that the ones below the top row don't get franked, so maybe those should be the rarer ones for collectors? :)