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

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We use Modern Postcard for many of our client direct mail projects, and we continue to be pleased with the quality of the product, great pricing and responsive customer service.
Rachel K. Benoit
Production Manager, Nomad Communications Inc.