Everything You Need to Know About the May 31st, 2015 USPS Postage Increase

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Periodically, there is a USPS postage increase to accommodate naturally rising inflation.  Instead of revealing price increases throughout the year, the postage update is given all at once. This keeps the information organized and consistent, but can be a lot to take in. Here are some of the most important updates made to the pricing for First Class Bulk, Standard, and Nonprofit mailings. These are the most common choices for direct mail marketing, and the new prices will go into effect May 31st, 2015.

Don’t know which class of mail is right for your business? Take a look at this blog post comparing First Class and Standard Mail. For a more detailed summary of all the price changes and postage updates, refer to this Powerpoint presentation from the USPS.

 

First Class Bulk Mail Price Updates for May 2015

Below are the most common First-Class Bulk Mailing price updates. An additional ounce price remains at $0.13, and presort letters up to 2 oz. are charged the 1 oz. price.

New Price
Mixed AADC Automation Letters $0.439
3-Digit Automation Letters $0.416
5-Digit Automation Letters $0.391

 

Standard Mail Price Updates for May 2015

Below are the most common Standard Mail postage rate updates. Detached Address Labels (DALs) also increased to $ 0.036.

New Price
Letters (5-Digit Auto entered at Origin) $0.266
Flats (5-Digit Auto Flat entered at Origin) $0.392
EDDM-Retail $0.183

 

Standard Nonprofit Mail Price Updates for May 2015

Below are the most common nonprofit mailing price updates.

New Price
Letters (5-Digit Auto entered at Origin) $0.147
Flats (5-Digit Auto Flat entered at Origin) $0.249

Other Service Increases

Along with bulk mailing and direct mail, other USPS services will also be increasing on May 31st.

Product CPI Percent Change
PO Boxes™ 5.9%
Certified Mail® 4.8%
Return Receipt 3.8%
Registered Mail™ 2.6%
Insurance 4.9%
COD 5.4%
All Other -9.3%

Find out how much your next mailing project will cost and find answers to any questions you may have about printing and mailing.

Also take a look at some current promotions and incentives offered by the USPS that could save you some postage on your mailing!

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