Postage Rates Through the Years

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    Alec Dalek

    Well someone has to pay for their cocaine.


    I think if you count for inflation, the price has steadily been going down.

    Couldn’t you buy a coke and a candy bar for $0.05 in the 1950s? I think in the 1850s that would buy you a house.


    They could charge whatever they want truly. If it cost 75 cents people would still send a letter when they have to.


    Just think, they keep rising and getting more expensive and my email just stays free…hmmm you think people might catch on?… naaaa.


    I no longer send my bill payments through the mail. It’s done via electronic transfer from my bank to the utility company. I’m guessing that’s true for most people. I’ve had a book of stamps for at least a couple of years w/ only one stamp out of it. I used to buy a roll every few months.


    I guess as literacy gained ground more people
    sent mail, wanted to send it further, which opened up other areas not yet serviced and voila, costs increased.


    But the internet has opened up new markets for the post office, making the whole email versus letters moot.

    Unfortunately, we can’t send tangible items over the internet. The postal services make a KILLING because of sites like ebay. I know, because I’m a power seller on ebay, and it costs about $300-$500 for all the shipping costs. Of course, I make the buy foot those, but still, that’s a lot of money a month for mail!


    But it’s still cheaper than text messages, on a data-to-cost comparison.


    a somewhat less misleading graph:

    the lighter graph has been adjusted for inflation


    gx5000 – literacy didn’t increase dramatically starting in the 1950s, and the telephone has really brought about a decline in letter writing.

    I would attribute the increase to (among other things) the density of housing. 1950s marks the boom in suburbs, the beginning if the interstate highway system (which cut through cities, simultaneously destroying dense urban neighborhoods and making cheap rural land convenient for development)

    The farther apart residences sit, the longer and more circuitous postal routes must become, the greater the cost to the USPS. Thus, more expensive stamps.


    If you compare the costs of a US postage stamp to the price it costs to send a letter from practically anywhere else in the world it is still cheaper in the US.


    Adjusted for inflation… same as it ever was.