How Much Is A Stamp

Current Price of a First Class Stamp

49 Cents



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The price of a stamp went up by 2 cents, effective January 22nd, 2017. (This was after the price of a stamp oddly, decreased by 2 cents, from 49 cents to 47 cents, in April of 2016.) Of course, if you own “Forever” stamps, the value of your stamp goes up or down automatically when the rates change, so there’s not much to worry about. Now that the price has increased by two more cents, if you buy new Forever Stamps, they’ll cost 49 cents each.

Stamps work with single-piece First-Class Mail — basically, a standard letter. If you’re using a common no. 10 envelope, your mail will be eligible for letter pricing. Letters can weight up to one ounce. Technically, letters must be a rectangle. They can be up to 6-1/8 inches high by 11-1/2 inches wide; but there are minimums too: 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches wide. If these rules aren’t met, other charges can apply, so a single stamp won’t be enough to deliver your item.

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First and Second Class Stamp Prices
  • Royal Mail understands how hard it is for many companies and households in the current economic environment
  • Royal Mail has considered pricing changes very carefully and we have sought to minimise the impact on customers. These changes are needed to help ensure the sustainability of the Universal Postal Service
  • From 27 March, the price of a First Class stamp will increase by 1p to 65p and the price of a Second Class stamp will increase by 1p to 56p
  • Royal Mail’s stamp prices are amongst the best value in Europe. The UK also has the highest quality of service specification of any major European country

Royal Mail understands how hard it is for many companies and households in the current economic environment. For that reason, we have considered any pricing changes very carefully and have sought to minimise any impact on our customers.

From 27 March, the price of a First Class stamp will increase by 1p to 65p and the price of a Second Class stamp will increase by 1p to 56p. These increases are necessary to help ensure the sustainability of the Universal Postal Service. In addition, the price of a Large Letter First Class stamp will rise by 2p to 98p; a Large Letter Second Class stamp will rise by 1p to 76p.

Prices are among the best value in Europe

Royal Mail’s stamp prices are amongst the best value in Europe when compared to our counterparts. The European average for First Class letters (0-100g) is 87p. The UK First Class stamp price remains below this. The European average for Second Class letters (0-100g) is 67p. The UK Second Class stamp price remains below this. The UK also has the highest quality of service specification of any major European country2.

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Notes to editors
1. Survey based on World Bank Purchasing Power Parity exchange rates for GDP, January 2017 for each country, using UK volume weights to provide a common currency average stamp letter price for items up to 100g
2. Royal Mail has the highest quality of service specification of any major European country, compared to Germany, France, Spain and Italy.


Postage Rate Increase

Info on the 2017 USPS Postage Rate Increase

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will implement new postage rates for several mailing and shipping products on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

Summary of the 2017 Postage Rate Increase:

Domestic Mailing:

  • First Class Mail Letters (1 oz.) rates will increase from $0.47 to $0.49 when purchased at the Post Office. Each additional ounce will cost $0.21.
  • The discounted “Metered Mail” category for First Class Mail Letters (1 oz.), which includes online postage providers and postage meters, will decrease from $0.465 to $0.46. Each additional ounce will cost $0.21.
  • First Class Mail Flats (1 oz.) will increase from $0.94 to $0.98. Each additional ounce will cost $0.21.
  • Postcard rates will remain the same at $0.34.


Domestic Shipping:

  • Priority Mail Express will see an overall rate increase of 3.4% in 2017.
  • Priority Mail will see an average rate increase of 3.9% in 2017.
  • First Class Package Service will see an average rate increase of 4.1% in 2017.
  • First Class Mail — Parcels available at the Post Office will also see an increase and rates will start at $2.67 (previously $2.62) for a 1 oz. package.
  • Parcel Select Ground will increase by 2.7%, but rates for some weight and zone groupings will be going down compared to 2016.
  • Media Mail rates will start at $2.63 instead of $2.61 for a 1 lb. package.


International Shipping:

  • Priority Mail Express International rates will not change in 2017.
  • Priority Mail International rates will not change in 2017.
  • First Class Package International rates will not change in 2017.


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