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The U.S. Postal Service is raising prices again this weekend.
“Postcards will be a three cent increase to 32-cents and then letters to Canada or Mexico five cent increase to 85 cents, and letters to international destinations: a seven cent increase to $1.05,” says U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Mary Dando.
Dando says the change takes effect Sunday when there is no service. Dando says the price hikes will fund a cost of living increase, promoted by the Postal Regulatory Commission. Still, she says, it is not enough to avoid the closure of a number of mail sorting facilities in the state as a cost-cutting measure.
“The express mail products that our customers buy, of course it will make a difference, but when we talk about the dent it will make, will that get us out of the red at the moment? No it won’t,” she says.
The post office will continue to sell Forever stamps, but they will cost an extra penny – rising to 45 cents apiece. Starting Monday, customers will be able ship a boxes weighing up to 70 pounds for overnight delivery anywhere in the country for one price.