USPS Postage Rate Change

Effective January 22nd the USPS implemented a postage rate change. To help you plan for these changes use this chart to calculate estimated postage for Modern’s direct mail products:

Postage Rates

Here are the highlights of the rate changes:


  • First Class stamps for 1 oz. letters increased by 1¢ from 44¢ to 45¢
  • Presorted First Class letter rates increased between .7¢ - 1¢
  • First Class stamps for postcards increased by 3¢ from 29¢ to 32¢
  • Presorted First Class for postcards increased by 2.1¢


  • Presorted Standard (Bulk) Mail letter rates increased between .3¢ - .6¢


  • Presorted Non Profit Standard Mail letter rates vary with decreases in most rates between .2¢ -.3¢. For highly concentrated mailings that qualify for Carrier Route rates, there is a small increase between .1¢-.3¢.

With the January 22nd rate change, there is a significant new money-saving change for Presorted First Class mail. Heavier letters and self-mailers like Modern Postcard’s Triple Sumo used to require additional postage of up to 20¢ more because they were over 1 ounce. With the new postage rate change, pieces that weigh up to 2 ounces will now mail at the same low rate of 1 ounce mail. This means that you can take advantage of using over 50% of the additional real estate a Triple Sumo has to offer over a Flat or Double Sumo without incurring any additional postage.

Tip: As postage rates go up, it is now more important than ever to invest time in maintaining your mailing lists by eliminating bad addresses and update mailing addresses for people/businesses that have moved.

Contact a friendly Direct Mail Specialist to find out how Modern Postcard can help you with this important, money-saving task. 800.959.8365

« Back to the blog

I'm an amateur photographer in Brooklyn. My neighbors love my Brownstone neighborhood photos, and this year I took the leap and started a small greeting card business using my photos! At first, the process seemed intimidating, but the customer service at Modern made it easy. I used the phone and email for help, and everyone was very nice, professional and supportive. The finished product speaks for itself...the cards are gorgeous! I am using them for my personal holiday cards, as well as selling them online and in small local businesses. I can't wait to prepare my second set of photo cards with Modern Postcard.
Edie Hoffmann