U.S. Post Office raising prices on stamps, services

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The U.S. Post Office is raising prices on stamps and services.

Starting Sunday, a one-ounce first-class letter will go up to 55 cents, an increase of a nickel. That increase represents the largest percentage hike since 1991 when postage increased from 25 to 29 cents.

Priority Mail prices will also jump 5.9%, making a small box that previously cost $7.20 to ship, rise to $7.90.

One Dudley woman told 22News, the change in price may cause trouble for some people.

“I understand the cost going up, but it does become prohibitive for the regular person to be sending things out,” said Amy Marshall. “And I think about Christmas cards and how am I going to do that it becomes ridiculously expensive.”

The Postal Service lost nearly $4 billion in 2018, reportedly from lower mail volume and pension and health care costs. 

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