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Scott Burton
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Canadians: With a 22 cent increase (minimum)(63 cents to 85 cents each) in letter mail stamps, how many "permanent" stamps are you going to invest in before March 31st? Might be worth while to drop some big dollars by investing in stamps for the future. That is if you have the extra cash.
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Thanks for the heads up, Scott.

More here: https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/aboutus......plan.jsf

It also says that if you buy your stamps individually at a post office, instead of booklets or coils, then the price will be $1.00 for postage for a letter 0-30 grams (instead of the new 85 cents).

In the fall, I bought 500 "P" stamps (Superman), but went through them in a month. I also sent off another 500+ letters that were at a higher rate (heavier than 30 grams).

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I've noticed in recent years that postal charges for shipping packages to Canada has increased dramatically.
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On 2013-12-11 15:26, arthur stead wrote:
I've noticed in recent years that postal charges for shipping packages to Canada has increased dramatically.


That's true. The US Postal Service has been going through it's own changes (re-organization, price increases, etc) for the same reason as Canada Post (declining mail).
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And what surpises my American direct mail friends is that here in the Canadian province of Quebec, our sales tax on stamps is 15% (as with my shows)

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Buy as many as you can and after the increase sell them on Ebay for 75 cents each.
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No doubt they thought of that Eldon. I'm hearing reports of retail locations pulling their stamps based upon the instructions of Canada Post. They are hoping to not allow people to stock pile. Go buy sooner than later IMO before they put up limits or some other measure.
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To clarify: Canada Post has (or is in the process of...) pulling all of their "P" stamps and will only sell "$0.63 Denomination" effective now. Note that Canadapost.com is ONLY selling "$0.63 Denomination" stamps. I know that at least a few specific locations I checked were instructed to stop selling "P" stamps. Just a head's up.
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Back in the fall, when the "Superman" stamps came out, I had heard that they were the last of the "P" stamps. However, they did come out with some "Gingerbread Man Cookie" stamps in November that were also "P".

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Focus this much energy and thought on your business and you wouldn't be worried about a few cents that only add up to a few hundred a year.
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Curtis,

For each mailing of 1000 my cost has now gone up $250.00 (the increase plus the taxes on that increase), just on the postage, and trust me the other small businesses I deal with will incorporate these additional costs into their services.

I do agree, it is worrying "about a few cents", but as Grandma used to say those cents add up. I'd rather have the $1200.00 - $2000.00 extra it's going to cost me per year in my bank account. Oh, and if you buy a single stamp at the post office, that same .85 cent stamp is going to cost you $1.00.

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I don't do much mailing myself but saving a few hundred or a thousand bucks for buying now rather than next week is a nice bonus for no effort (since I'm at the store anyway). Just wanted to give the heads up. That is all.
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I predict a run on the local Bureau en Gros(Staples) and Costco's (Sam's Club) in the Dorval area, followed by a triumphant Facebook image of the recent acquisitions. LOL

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Hmmmm...Thanks for the head's up, I'm sure others reading this thread will appreciate knowing that they carry them. I was not aware that Costco or Staples sold the "P" stamps, guess I better look harder and make a trip up to ours, although I have never purchased even reguler stamps at either one of them.

Blair

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$59.99 per roll from Costco. I know because I bought a good number this morning. This confirmed they have to go to the .63 listed stamps once their supply is out. As mentioned, the retail Canada Post outlets seem to be instructed to no longer sell the P stamps immediately.
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Also, to those who don't get it, you want to stock up on "P" stamps, if you can (with the intention of using them after the rate increase, which is 3-1/2 months away). Stocking up on 63 cent stamps does not save you money.* Smile

* Unless you buy them from Costco, but you always save money off the retail price by purchasing a roll of stamps there. As Scott said, $59.99 instead of $63.00, plus tax.

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To be clear, Costco had the "p" stamps which I purchased but supply is gone once they've sold their current supply. And, yes, the ideas is to buy now so you can use them throughout 2014 after the price increase and beyond. The more you can get ahold of now the more you will save in the long run (if you plan on doing direct mailings).
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Save 2. in stamps spent $15 in fuel... lol
I hope you at least got toilet paper while at costco! lol
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If you buy a roll of "P" stamps from Costco now, and use them after the price increase, then you save $25 on a roll of 100. $59.99 vs. $85.00 (plus tax). And that's if you only buy a single roll. Buy 5 rolls... save $125.

And yes, it does help if you were planning to go to Costco already.

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Scott Burton
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More like "save $1000 in stamps and spent $5 in fuel" (note on gas: distances between places in Winnipeg are very different than L.A.) all while buying my toilet paper (yes, I use TP) and some food (leaving for a 3.5 week Arizona vacation next week). Heck, Costco is right beside Toys R Us where we finished our Christmas shopping. I understand that you feel I'm penny pinching. In my world, I can take my family on a nice summer vacation with the money I saved. Worth the few minutes out of my way (which really isn't out of my way - nor any increase in gas spent). Regardless, I'm just sharing to help those who see the value in the head's up.
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