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    • #2240
      Adam Yates
      Keymaster

        As we all gather supplies for LetterMo this year, I’m curious about what the price of stamps are for you in your country? How does domestic vs international rates compare?

        Here in Canada, domestic stamps are $.92CAD, while postage to send mail to the USA is $1.30CAD, and all other international mail is $2.71CAD.

      • #2243
        Francesca
        Participant

          In Italy, these are the rates for economy mail (already quite expensive, I never use priority because postage rates would be too high) up to 20 g:
          domestic € 1.25
          Europe and Mediterranean countries € 1.30
          Africa/America/Asia € 2.45
          Oceania € 3.20

          • #2560
            Tinkerstorm
            Participant

              Canada Post is making a significant price increase for all stamps on May 6th, 2024

              P or Permanent stamps (our main domestic stamps) are going from 92 cents to 99 cents.

              US rate stamp will go from $1.30 to $1.40 & the int’l rate stamp will go from $2.71 to $2.92.

              Something else also worth noting is that the US and Int’l stamps may in the future be discontinued, according to a Postcrosser who posted this information last week.

              • #2561
                Adam Yates
                Keymaster

                  Interesting, so would we just make up the difference with denominated stamps to reach US or International rates? Because Canada Post has been phasing out the denominated stamps as well.

            • #2247
              Renée
              Participant

                In the USA, prices recently increased last week as part of an ongoing overhaul of our postal service. (Which is a bit controversial to be honest.)

                A first-class stamp (normal domestic) is $0.68.
                An international stamp, which applies to all letters or postcards going abroad, is $1.55.
                Domestic postcard stamps are $0.53.

                Packages vary in price according to how quickly you want it delivered (the sooner the more expensive), and if you want any extra features like higher insurance or certified mail. You can also get flat-rate boxes from our postal service if you want to know before you send how much it’ll be.

              • #2248
                Renée
                Participant

                  I should add that USA “modern” stamps are considered “Forever” stamps, so the stamps I purchased before the price increases will be honored at the current going rate. I have a pretty large stamp cache spanning back years, which means some of my stamps have appreciated in value more than most investments. This only applies to stamps that are “Forever” stamps, though. Stamps that have a printed amount on them are only honored at that printed amount. (This is why I’m amazed at letter writers who use “vintage” stamps with printed amounts. I tried to do that for a while, but doing all the math and keeping up with current going rates was difficult.)

                  • #2250
                    Francesca
                    Participant

                      Same principle in Italy.
                      Rates keep increasing (last time on July 24, 2023).
                      Since 2016 we have “Forever” stamps, too (without printed amount), they only show:
                      – A (priority) or B (economy);
                      – weight group (from 50 g and over);
                      – for international stamps, also the zone is mentioned (zone 1 for Europe and Mediterranean countries, zone 2 for Africa/America/Asia, or zone 3 for Oceania).
                      However it is still possible to use older stamps with the amount printed (if issued from 1967 onwards): this means that we can use “forever” stamps (with no printed value), stamps with a printed value in EUR, stamps with the value printed in EUR/ITL (transition years) or even stamps with the value printed in ITL (Italian Lire, the currency we had until 2002).

                  • #2350
                    Sue
                    Participant

                      Our stamp prices keep going up too – a domestic letter is $1.20 so long as it is standard size, sometimes it is $2.40 if it is a big card. Postcards for overseas were $3.30 last I sent one and letters are the same.

                    • #2354
                      Madeleine Nyvall
                      Participant

                        Stamps in Sweden are getting pricey. New inrease in prices this year. Domestic is 18 swedish krona, SEK, with is 2 USD, and 36 SEK for international, 3 dollars for international (50 gram).

                        Also post is only delivered every other day, so two days one week and three days the week after and so on.

                        I’m trying not to apply these delivery rules to lettermo though. ????

                      • #2362
                        Helena Prümm
                        Participant

                          Hi,

                          in Germany the stamps are quite cheap. Domestic postcard 0,70€, domestic letter 0,85€. An international postcard costs 0,95€ an international letter 1,10€. when it comes to special sizes it can get expensive though. When you get over the regular 20g per letter the price increases to 1,70€ international and 1,45€ (I am not sure about that last price) for domestic letters. The Deutsche Post is very strict on the weight. So if you put too many stickers on the envelope, you better check the weight twice!

                          I never realised these forever stamps, even though I already got a lot of lettersor cards from US… here in Germany you have to buy additional postage every other year. This is why we have all kinds of stamps with postages that noone really needs, like 0,80€ where you need 0,85 for a letter. Or 0,02€ – you could fill the whole envelope with stamps!

                          have you ever noticed, how different the stamp sizes are? Sometimes it is almost impossible to put everything on the envelope – address, return address, stamp, additional postage stamp, priority sticker…

                          • #2369
                            Adam Yates
                            Keymaster

                              Yes, Canada seems to oscillate between the tiniest stamps and the largest stamps that make it hard to put even one on a smaller envelope. We don’t have to worry about Priority stamps, however, as all our mail moves at the same speed–in its own good time 🙂

                            • #2385
                              Bonnie Jeanne
                              Participant

                                I thought we had fair pricing in US but you have got us beat! Your international rate is quite a bit less (I converted the € to $). I send less internationally than I once did because the rates have increased so much in recent years but I still think I am getting a great deal with the price of a stamp.

                            • #2374
                              Lyneen Jesse
                              Participant

                                I have a local coin and stamp store that I go to get older stamps. I love adding older stamps to make up the total. People seem to love the unique stamps I can find. This time I picked up James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, all the states, Yoda, 200 1cent cat stamps and a collection of birds and animals. Wish I could upload a picture to show you how beautiful they are.

                                • #2386
                                  Bonnie Jeanne
                                  Participant

                                    I used to have a subscription with a man who had tons of vintage US postage he sold for just a teeny bit above face value (to compensate his time and efforts). I got a bit overwhelmed with all the small denominations and found I was spending too much time calculating postage so I cancelled the subscription but still have lots of it leftover. Hoping to use it all up this year.

                                    • #2532
                                      Caitlin
                                      Keymaster

                                        Who is the subscription provider, if I may ask?

                                      • #2540
                                        Bonnie Jeanne
                                        Participant

                                          I don’t know if he is still doing this, but his name is Errol Murphy. I am 99% sure his service is long gone.

                                    • #2392
                                      Shaz
                                      Participant

                                        In Australia the price of domestic stamps are $1.20.

                                        For international stamps the prices are:

                                        New Zealand $2.70
                                        Asia Pacific $3.10
                                        USA & Canada $3.70
                                        UK & Europe $3.90
                                        Rest Of The World $4.30
                                        Postcard $3.00

                                      • #2395
                                        Kelly
                                        Participant

                                          In the UK now our standard first class UK mail is £1.25 and international is £2.20

                                        • #2405
                                          Hilpi Toikka-Haldin
                                          Participant

                                            In Finland the price of a domestic stamp is 2,30 €. The price of international stamps are 2,30 € (economy) and 2,50 € (priority). 2,50 € is 2,70 USD.

                                          • #2417
                                            Naoko
                                            Participant

                                              Interesting subject matter. In Japan, it is pay-as-you-go, with the following rates for up to 25g.

                                              Domestic mail 84 JPY (becoming 110 yen in autumn)
                                              Asia 120 JPY
                                              North America / Europe / the Middle East and Oceania 140 JPY
                                              Central and South America / Africa 160 JPY

                                              and Postcard 100 JPY

                                            • #2455
                                              Mia
                                              Participant

                                                Oh how I would love the US prices for postage…. However, Royal Mail has other ideas.

                                                2nd class domestic is 75p, supposed to arrive within 3 working days (shoved into a search engine, says this is 0.94 USD)
                                                1st class domestic is £1.25, supposed to arrive next working day (1.57 USD)
                                                first band for airmail/international standard is £2.20 (2.77 USD)
                                                first band for international economy (surface mail) for outside of Europe is £2.00 (2.52 USD)

                                                • #2698
                                                  Mia
                                                  Participant

                                                    And &^%$£”! Royal Mail have announced postage rate rises for the 2nd April.

                                                    2nd class = 85p
                                                    1st class = £1.35
                                                    Surface mail / international economy outside Europe = £2.20
                                                    Airmail / international standard = £2.50

                                                    Further details to read and weep over can be found on the Royal Mail site.

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