WASHINGTON – Postal patron Sean Swilling is tired of the inconvenience that comes with every change in the price of mailing a letter. That makes him just the type of customer the U.S. Postal Service wants to please with a policy designating all new first-class stamps as “forever.”
Beginning in January, all new stamps good for 1 ounce of domestic first-class mail will forgo a printed denomination and be acceptable for the typical letter regardless of the current postal rate.
“I think that’s a great idea,” Swilling, a research analyst for commercial property, said Tuesday during a mail run at a downtown Washington post office. “For me, a guy who uses snail mail regularly, it’s a hassle to get 1- or 2-cent stamps. Streamline things — that would be perfect.”
The move is designed to help customers cope with postage increases, a Postal Service official told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The official requested anonymity to discuss a policy that hasn’t been announced formally.
Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe plans to announce the new policy Jan. 14, the official said.