Stamps: A Complete Guide

Ever wondered what those little stickers are that go with your mail? What are they for anyway, and why do they look different? If you have not encountered these – these are what we call stamps.

A postage stamp is an adhesive label that is placed on an envelope or package to indicate that the required postage has been paid. In the United States, postage stamps can be purchased at post offices, online, or at other retailers such as grocery stores and pharmacies. Stamps are typically sold in denominations that correspond to the current postage rates for different types of mail, such as first-class, standard, or international. To use a stamp, you simply peel it off of the backing paper and affix it to the top right corner of the envelope or package that you are sending. When the mail is delivered, the stamp is canceled with a postmark to indicate that it has been used. 

Stamps are different because they are issued in various denominations to reflect the cost of mailing a letter or package. Different stamps are available for different types of mail, such as first-class, standard, or international, and the cost of each type of stamp is determined by the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPS regularly adjusts stamp prices based on changes in the cost of providing mail services, such as fuel costs for delivery trucks and labor costs for postal workers. In addition to being issued in different denominations, stamps can also be different in terms of their design. The USPS often releases stamps with unique designs to commemorate special events or honor notable people or organizations. These stamps are often collected by stamp enthusiasts and can be worth more than their face value due to their rarity or historical significance.

Here is a complete guide on the price of stamps and postage in the United States:

  • The price of a first-class stamp for a standard letter (up to 1 oz) is currently $0.55.
  • The price of a first-class stamp for a large envelope or package (up to 3.5 oz) is currently $1.00.
  • The price of a first-class stamp for a package or thick envelope (up to 13 oz) is $1.80.
  • The price of additional ounces for a first-class letter is $0.20 per ounce.
  • The price of additional ounces for a first-class large envelope or package is $0.20 per ounce.
  • The price of additional ounces for a first-class package or thick envelope is $0.15 per ounce.
  • The price of a postcard stamp is currently $0.35.
  • The price of a standard international letter (up to 1 oz) is $1.20.
  • The price of additional ounces for a standard international letter is $0.15 per ounce.

These prices are subject to change, so it’s always a good idea to check the USPS website or with your local post office for the most up-to-date prices. In addition to the prices listed above, there may be additional fees for certain services, such as certified mail, registered mail, and insured mail. You can also purchase postage online through the USPS website or through a private company that offers shipping services – like ParcelPath!

It’s important to note that the prices listed above are for domestic mail within the United States. The prices for international mail will vary depending on the destination country and the weight and size of the package. You can find more information on international shipping rates on the USPS website or by contacting your local post office.

By: Parcel Path Editorial Team