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Stamp buyers express no sticker shock

May 15, 2007|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN - To get their two cents' worth, mail customers streamed into Hagerstown's main U.S. Post Office and ponied up for new stamps.

Customer service supervisor Michele Maloy said Monday that she heard no complaints from customers as the price of mailing a 1-ounce, first-class letter increased from 39 cents to 41 cents.

Customers interviewed at the U.S. Post Office on West Franklin Street expressed no sticker shock over the 2-cent increase.

"Everything is going up, taxes and everything, so I just go along with it," Mary Pittsnogle of Greencastle, Pa., said.

Postal Service spokesman Dave Partenheimer said people who dropped letters with 39-cent stamps in post office boxes over the weekend likely would not be penalized for using insufficient postage.

"It will definitely get to its destination and probably without postage due, if they mailed it Sunday," Partenheimer said.

Partenheimer said the agency's new Forever Stamp, which features a picture of the Liberty Bell and has no printed price, has been selling well.

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The stamp costs the going rate of a first-class stamp, but it will be considered sufficient postage whenever it is mailed, regardless of future increases.

At the Hagerstown Post Office, Maloy said customers were buying "lots of 2-cent stamps" to use with their 39-cent stamps.

A small picture of the old stamp was posted on a window of one of the building's front doors, and red lights indicating "sold out" blinked underneath packs of the stamps displayed in a vending machine.

Gerald Brubeck of Hagerstown, who was in line to mail three letters, said he had no plans to buy extra stamps. He said he wanted to get one envelope weighed, and he said he planned to buy two 2-cent stamps to pair with the 39-cent stamps he already had affixed.

Brubeck said he wasn't bothered by the cost increases.

"Everybody needs a pay increase, I guess," Brubeck said.

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