The Best Delivery Value

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Recently, the Postal Service increased the price of a stamp from 46 cents to 49 cents. With the 3 cent increase individuals now pay to send a First-Class letter from one location to another, is the service still a good value?

To send the same, physical piece of mail though an alternative carrier in the U.S., the cost to send that item could become prohibitively expensive. FedEx’s One Rate charges $9.50 to send an envelope from Los Angeles to New York City using their Express Saver option. UPS’s ground option for a letter travelling the same route will cost $10.44. While neither carrier currently has a network geared toward the efficient, cost effective delivery of letters, adopting such a network and delivering letters at a comparable rate to USPS is highly unlikely.

Recently, Australia Post requested a 10 cent increase in basic postage rates. If approved, the new rate will go into effect in March, bringing the cost of mailing a letter up to 61 cents (in US dollars). While the change represents a modest premium over U.S. postage, the price remains at the lower end of the spectrum when compared to other countries. Sending a First-Class equivalent letter will cost 99 cents in the United Kingdom, 81 cents in Germany, and 58 cents in New Zealand (in US dollars). It might be some time before mailing rates in the U.S. reach these levels.

When it comes to value, there is no other mailing option that brings as much to the table as the US Postal Service.

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

     /  February 19, 2014

    cool stamp 🙂

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