The USPS filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes for Mailing Services products planning to take effect in January 22, 2017. So here are a few things you need to know about the request:

  • The proposal includes a two cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, returning the price to 49 cents. The new prices, if approved, include a single price for First-Class Mail commercial presort letters weighing up to 3.5 ounces and a reduction in the one ounce meter price to 46 cents. This pricing strategy is designed to keep bills and statements in the mail by continuing to add value to commercial First-Class Mail.
  • Standard Mail is being rebranded as USPS Marketing Mail to better align the product name with our customer’s use of this mail class. Changes include increasing the piece pound breakpoint from 3.3 to 4.0 ounces for Marketing Mail Flats and Parcel shaped pieces to encourage mailers to include more content, which will lead to more sales for mailers and support volume growth.

Some examples of new prices are as follows:


Exigent Price

Current Price

Proposed Price

% Change

(Current to Proposed)

First-Class Letters










  Auto AADC





  Auto 5-D





Marketing Mail Letters





  Auto 5-D DSCF





  Saturation DSCF





Flats – Piece Rated





  Auto 5-D DSCF





  CR Basic DSCF





  CR/CR Pallet DSCF





  CR/CR Pallet DDU






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In order to get the best postage rates, it is advisable to mail as close to the destination as possible to pick up extra postage discounts. For instance if your addresses are in San Diego CA, then you want to enter your mail at the San Diego BMEU which is in the Carmel Mountain area. This allows you to get a SCF discount on your mail. If you have to mail from San Diego to another area of the country, it is advisable to drop ship the mail closer to its destination to get that SCF discount there.

If you need more tips on how to save money on postage, call us in San Diego at 619-448-6111 or email We are glad to help!