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kneesox's avatar

How much is the U.S. postage for additional ounces?

Asked by kneesox (3535points) 2 months ago
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I just uncovered a trove of older U.S. stamps that I must have bought ages ago (pre-“Forever”) and forgotten about. A bunch of commemoratives and some small denominations that they don’t make any more.

I’m not a collector and would just as soon stick these on envelopes. But the USPS website doesn’t seem to want to tell me how much for the second and additional ounces after the first (55 cents). Do you know how much it is?

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JLeslie's avatar

Scroll down just a little to where it says first class mail letter (stamped).

Here’s the link:

kneesox's avatar

Thanks. These are simpler than the USPS site that I was looking at.

Still, wouldn’t you think it’d be easy enough to say “55 cents for the first ounce and 15 cents for each additional ounce”? Somehow I guess they can’t bring themselves to do that. It doesn’t save you anything when they do the math because you still have to turn that back into number times denomination based on what you’ve got.

“How many stamps” doesn’t make any sense. For a two-ounce envelope, if I have one 75-cent stamp, the answer is one. If I have one-cent stamps (and I do), the answer is 75.

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t understand what you are saying. 55¢ is the regular stamp price. If your letter is 1.5 ounces you need to pay 75¢. So, you can use stamps with a face value that add up to 75¢ or you can use a forever stamp plus 20¢ worth of other stamps.

canidmajor's avatar

@JLeslie She may have been referring to the name of the site I linked.

kneesox's avatar

@canidmajor thanks, I was. That site seems to be all about “how many stamps” instead of putting it in terms of the value of the stamps. “How many” depends on what they’re worth.

I should have written “20 cents for each additional” though and not 15. Got that wrong. It still seems like a simple, basic way to put it so I don’t get why not just say that.

Anyway I probably just found enough stamps to last me the rest of my life, if not forever.

JLeslie's avatar

I see.

Things to keep in mind are the maximum weight allowed in a regular letter envelope is 3.5 ounces and irregular shaped letters or bumpy envelopes require more money.

You can use the stamps on packages too. That might help you go through them faster.

canidmajor's avatar

@kneesox Last spring when I wasn’t going to the PO and my orders were delayed I used some pretty bizarre comb8nations to old stamps to send stuff, I get it!! :-)

kneesox's avatar

I tried to pay for something with a US $2.00 bill a few years ago and the cashier gave me a real skeptical look and said it wasn’t real money and she couldn’t accept it.

I wonder if the postal system will even continue to recognize old 17-cent stamps and the like. Can’t get them any more.

I admit I once bought a roll of 1-cent stamps because it was fun not to resist—a roll of 1000 for $10. Told my husband it was a bargain. I still have most of them left. It was just an impulse purchase.

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