Starting Today, First Class Stamps from the USPS are Now $0.49

January 26, 2014 22:00 pm · 68 comments


Just a quick reminder that starting today, first class stamps from the United States Postal Service (USPS) are $0.49.

Click HERE to learn more about prices from the USPS.

Jerk January 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

WTF was the point of “forever” stamps??? Will they honor them or do you need to purchase 1 cent stamps now?

Beacon January 26, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Still seems like an inexpensive way to have a letter delivered to the front door of any address in the U.S.

Mr. Moses January 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Of course they honor them. That is the point of “Forever.” When rate changes go up people usually rush to buy the forever stamps a few weeks before to save some money in the future. No need to worry.

eric January 26, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Whoever made this picture doesn’t understand the concept of the Forever Stamp.

Cowellian January 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Yes, your old Forever stamps will still work. Printing and selling penny stamps is not cost-effective for the post office. And you can buy forever stamps today, but they’ll cost you more than they did yesterday.

marinemom January 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Forever stamps can be used even when postage has gone up.

Cassandra January 26, 2014 at 12:57 PM

@ Jerk—1

Forever stamps are good forever. You don’t need to purchase new stamps.

The advantage to the consumer is convenience, and the advantage to the USPS is cash flow.

I hope this helps!

@ the Jerk January 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

WTF. Are you really that dumb? Forever means forever. And no, you do not need to buy a 1 cent stamp.


Ms C January 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I’m confused. I agree with #1 Are forever stamps still good? That was the reason we bought them.

@jerk, #1---Yes, you are a jerk; forever means that price is good "forever" January 26, 2014 at 1:02 PM


ad January 26, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Your existing forever stamp should be fine.

VikingPrincess January 26, 2014 at 1:04 PM

The stamps I have are 49¢. The flag forever stamps are on the USPS site as 49¢ too. I find it easier to buy online fro. USPS. They have many stamp choices! And mail right to you.

Year of the Horse!

gg January 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Wow surprising people don’t get the concept of Forever stamps. They are good “forever”.

The Dude January 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

I find the graphic particularly telling of our future

Larry January 26, 2014 at 1:14 PM

The post office is looking for people who think they need to purchase additional or new stamps.

The wisest thing to do is to google it. Not only will you avoid embarrassment, you’ll get correct information.

@The Dude January 26, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Sorry to say, I’m inclined to agree with you.

RD January 26, 2014 at 1:42 PM

@Jerk – Calm down. No need to purchase 1 cent stamps.

Dorothy January 26, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Who and why did the strike out of the Forever word in the picture above? The cost of NEW stamps, Forever or not, will now be .49 cents. The old Forever stamps can still be used with no extra postage added unless you are mailing something that is larger than normal or over basic weight limits. January 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

USPS crossed it out. It’s from their website.

Ven Exeter January 26, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Yup, the graphic says all there is to say about the current administration’s plans to”change” America. Can’t say that he didn’t tell us that was his intent back in 2008.

VikingPrincess January 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Yep…same picture on the site. Even another version of it on their site when you make a custom stamped and addressed stationary order

Concordanon January 26, 2014 at 2:02 PM

What are stamps? I’m 18 and I’ve never seen one.

Jerk January 26, 2014 at 2:05 PM

“Forever means forever.”
Now, that’s really a Classic! Kind of reminiscent of “Read my Lips, No New Taxes”, or the cost of $6.4 billion for the Bay Bridge, what was the original quote vs. the final cost?
Yeah, go ahead and get your flu shot if you take anything your waffle government says as gospel.

I, For one January 26, 2014 at 2:29 PM

With what you get for a buck these days, I for one
think they should just jump it to a dollar. As someone
posted earlier, still not bad to send a letter, still better
than an e: mail to receive, any where in the U.S..

Mike "troll" Dame January 26, 2014 at 2:40 PM

wow wow wow what a way to get the point across to the people of America just cross out a word and, Freedom is not FOREVER, Liberty is not FOREVER, Equality is not FOREVER, Justice is not FOREVER, thanks for the reminder Obama

Rob January 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

eric January 26, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Whoever made this picture doesn’t understand the concept of the Forever Stamp.



@Jerk--22 January 26, 2014 at 2:59 PM



You better be young, because if you’re not, you’re the stupidest person on earth!

Incognito January 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Not everyone here on Claycord is a “know-it-all” so give Jerk #1 a break, with the USPS crossing out “forever” on their website it may lead to some confusion as to the forever status of the forever stamp.

Jose January 26, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Those of you giving the Jerk a hard time, look at the picture. It’s misleading. It clearly implies that Forever stamps are no longer good forever. Why do people need to be buttheads instead of just answering a simple question?

94598 January 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Whats wrong with everybody attacking post #1 ?

Forever does not mean forever when its a government promise! Post #1 had a valid statement/question.

RIZZO January 26, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Not to sound like an ass guys, but USPS and other web sites have crossed out either prices or the word forever online to prevent image forgery or duplication, one in the same for years now. I guess it’s just a lot easier to believe that our government is trying to swindle us of our hard earned money, or that freedom, liberty, equality, and justice are not forever! WOW.

Craig Cannon January 26, 2014 at 3:48 PM

I Fell For It. Must Be Copy Prevention. I Hate to be The Butt Here, but Stamps Will Rise Until People Stop Using Paper Mail, Supply and Demand Bankrupts The Postal Service. My Best Fishing Friend RIP Dick, Who We Called “The Mailman” Retired. He Told Me Gets 3/4 of his Wages Retired, Sitting at Home, and Benefits. The Postal Union is Strong- Tight with The Government. A Person Retires, is Still Paid. A New Person is Hired, They Are Paid. The Pool of Retired/Paid Workers Grows, As Profits Can’t Keep Up. Do The Math. I’m Not Against a Person Getting a Decent Retirement for Serving Us Well. Economically, It Does not Work. In The End-You and I are Paying Many Retirements and Good Wages to Postal Workers. It’s Not going to Work Without Dipping Into a Money Source Outside a The Post Office. Simple. No Negativity, Just Seems Logical.

Chuckie's Wife January 26, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Now, now, children… there really is no need to insult each other! The graphic is misleading, as it implies that “forever” is no longer valid (crossed out). So those asking the question are not stupid, they are asking a good question. When the “forever” stamp was introduced, I understood the “forever” to replace the value of the stamp, so when the cost went up, the USPS didn’t have to print new stamps and we didn’t have to buy 1c stamps to bring up the value of the stamps we still had (or 3c, as it would be for the current price hike). Actually a good concept. But now that “forever” is crossed out, it’s anyone’s guess what that means. I did a Google search and found an article answering that question. So once again, those asking are not so stupid. Hopefully, this will resolve any confusion:

“Just to make things more confusing, some first-class stamps now have the word Forever written on them and then crossed out. These are regular stamps, not forever stamps. They have the year they were released printed on them and when postage rates increase, you will have to refer back to the postage rate for that year, calculate the difference yourself, and start licking those one cent stamps.” (Source:

Well... January 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Really? I don’t think the picture is misleading. It is letting us know that the new stamps are not forever stamps. When the price goes up, the new stamps will not be enough and you will have to purchase additional stamps.

HUH? January 26, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Some people were really nice about it (Cassandra), and instead of Jerk thanking people for it, he acts like a 2 year old?

When someone answers your question, you thank those that helped you, and ignore the negative posts.

If you want correct info, you can always do your own research.

Keep in mind his screen name. People try to help him, and he doesn’t want to listen.

I wish him well.

Just Sayin January 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM

What this town needs is an enema

RIZZO January 26, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Postageonlinenow is incorrect. Perhaps misinformed. Has anyone ever actually seen one that was crossed out? Not by your own ball point pen? LOL.

“Just to make things more confusing, some first-class stamps now have the word Forever written on them and then crossed out” Really?
Where do they get this stuff?

@ The dude January 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I agree. However, keep the Equality crossed out as well as the social justice.

cerclayton January 26, 2014 at 4:14 PM

From the USPS website: ” The Forever Stamp is a special nondenominated stamp that was issued to save customers time and money, especially when First-Class Mail prices are changing. The Forever Stamp always represents a one (1) ounce First-Class Mail price. Therefore, when a customer buys a Forever Stamp, they pay the current First-Class Mail one (1) ounce price and it is always worth the First-Class Mail one (1) ounce price no matter how many times the price of the stamp changes in the future. Once purchased, these stamps can be used indefinitely (hence the term “Forever Stamp”).

Starting in 2011, all commemorative stamps being issued will be forever stamps. This will provide more convenience to the customer, especially during the time when postage prices change.”

Cowellian January 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

If I remember correctly, this latest increase is only a temporary increase.

Hey, if USPS can say that with a straight face, I can too.

Jose January 26, 2014 at 6:20 PM

@Craig Cannon,

May I point out that your friend Dick paid a portion of his salary toward his pension (or it was paid on his behalf) all those years he worked? He’s not just getting something for nothing.

anon January 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

#2 – How would you know if it is inexpensive? Since there is no competition, there is no way to determine if the price is low or high. In a market for postal services, it may cost you more to send to say, New York, but less to an address in Concord. The USPS is a one-size-fits-all organization and you have no other choices. For very large mailings, there are some ways to game the system, but it’s still a significant cost even for local service.

eric January 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Ok, so from what I found out, the USPS crosses out the “forever” on online or printed photographs of their stamps so that people can not print them out (or cut them out) and pass them off as real. They also do this to pictures of stamps with a monetary value printed on them.

JWB January 26, 2014 at 7:10 PM

@ Craig #32 nice story from your buddy Dick, but for the facts you might want to look at the “Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA)”.

@anon #42 I assume you use FedEx, or UPS or DHL or any of the many messenger services to deliver your letters, since you think 49 cents might be a bad deal.

mika January 26, 2014 at 7:19 PM

What’s wrong with those who have to be the spelling and punctuation police. Just read for content, we don’t need grammar police. . .

Larry January 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Dont’ get upset #1.The asses that blasted you for asking an honest question were probably stupid enough to vote for Obama twice.

Jose January 26, 2014 at 7:48 PM


Obviously, I wasn’t talking about the people (like Cassandra) who were nice about it. I was talking about the ones with the keyboard courage who were being buttheads.

Frank L. January 26, 2014 at 8:29 PM

All this is pretty entertaining over a stamp!

What’s up with the bizarre capitalization? (#32) That’s more distracting than good looking women. Don’t tell my wife. And how long does that take?

I can’t remember the last time I used a stamp. I do everything online or Fed Ex, depending on importance.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the USPS is trying to confuse people. They lose a lot of money every year. They’re hoping you will go out and purchase more. There are people who will do it.

Forever is forever. That’s the whole idea.

Cowellian January 26, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Y’all leave Craig alone. He’s a real asset to Claycord. Kind of like our old friend, Radar, Craig has a nose for trouble, and frequently gets great pictures for the Mayor to post.

eyewhen January 26, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Really? Reading these comments gives me greater insight into the rise in crime in the Diablo Valley; you people are morons!!! You are leading those who prey on the weak minded straight to us. For the love of God shut your yaps and read. God gave you two ears and two eyes, but only one mouth for a reason.

HV January 26, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Mayor, thank you for the reminder. If you could remind us before the price change next time, it would be great too!

Julie January 26, 2014 at 10:12 PM

@ Cowellian…….49

I agree with you. I think everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.

It’s what’s commonly know as etiquette blogging. I would like to see more of it here.

If somebody annoys you, turn the other cheek. I see no reason to let them know. Whether you’re at home, work, on BART, etc., distract yourself, and you’ll forget about it.

I would like to see people agree to disagree, instead of being disagreeable. A lot of people have the same opinions about a lot of things, especially very logical people. But that doesn’t mean everybody else is wrong. People are different.

You have to be pretty thick skinned to blog. You’re exposing yourself to total strangers.

Being polite to others is something we need to all keep in mind.

Antler January 26, 2014 at 10:43 PM

A few weeks ago, I gave you a heads-up about the coming rise in the price of first class postage. I went down and bought a lot of the Forever stamps at the old price and was able to get the Harry Potter ones. I’m saving those for greeting cards, though, and any business envelopes go out with the Liberty Bell forevers on them.

Wonder how much money they could save by only having one design, though. People use up a lot of counter time standing there and looking through the book so as to choose.

Antler January 26, 2014 at 10:58 PM

….well, that was ambiguous! …..wish there were an “edit” feature.

The cost savings with only one design would mean having to pay fewer artists and template machinists, etc.. But I did like that there were separate holiday forever stamps…Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Quanza……plus secular holiday designs as well. Sooooooooo……

But the other part (of the last paragraph in the previous post) was in reference to keeping the post office lines from being so long as they are now. (So then they hire more postal clerks to keep the lines from being so long. Oh, yeah, I do get it! Viva the union and more jobs and all that.) But that really IS one reason the cost of stamps went up.

james January 27, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Why don’t they stop screwing around with small price increases every few years and just bump it up to $1.00.

Problem solved.

So typical January 27, 2014 at 8:22 AM

blame it on the union. Not that the Management is ever at fault.

The Mamba January 27, 2014 at 8:50 AM

49 cents, wow.

Rebecca January 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I just updated our meter at work and if you are using metered mail it is one cent less. I went to the USPS website and confirmed that metered mail is one cent less than physical stamps. That’s a new one.

Craig January 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM

I can’t remember the last time I used a stamp. For what you get, it’s still pretty cheap.

Julio January 27, 2014 at 12:25 PM

The reason they raised the prices is they don’t know how to run a business. Last week the PO said they have not been allowed by the government to shut down unprofitable offices. Which is a lot! So that means we will continue to pay through the nose forever. lol This situation will never get solved in my life time.

The Mamba January 27, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Craig, try sending out 50 invitations or thank you cards.

Logic Escapes Government January 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Higher the price of a product or service the less frequently it will be used or purchased. Do the planet a favor raise the price to mail JUNK mail.

Junk Mail January 27, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Every Door Direct Mail – Retail® $0.175 for Flats up to 3.3 oz

poohbear January 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Rebecca@#58: THANK YOU! We were having a panic in our office because our postage meter was reading .48 rather than .49 and we weren’t sure how to fix it. We were wondering if we needed to print out $.01 tapes to add to ALL the envelopes that have been stamped today. I wish the exception for postage meters were announced more prominently. THANK YOU!

Mark January 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

WTH!!!! Stay informed and you won’t have to panic. This isn’t the first time postage was raised.

Rebecca January 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM

@ poohbear#64: Glad I could help.

Rebecca January 28, 2014 at 11:27 AM

@ Mark #65: It is the first time that they have a different rate for postage meters.

Dan January 28, 2014 at 6:06 PM

A forever stamp still works forever, this has not changed. #39 has it right. And as for #42, there are other choices in delivery, namely UPS and FedEx. You can take a letter down there and mail it, people don’t do it because it is more expensive.

And here’s an article detailing the trouble the Post Office is in. Though I disagree with the conclusion…I think they should just go ahead and charge 99 cents for a stamp, and double revenue.

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