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Rainmaker
3,852,669
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

They are all technically forever stamps as I understand it... if you buy them at 50 cents they are good forever until you use them up. But if you run out of them, you buy new stamps at whatever the current price is and they are also good forever until you use them up.

Jan 21, 2018 08:25 AM
Rainmaker
1,649,749
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I guess that makes the math easy for buying new stamps. 

Jan 21, 2018 08:22 AM
Ambassador
5,164,133
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I cant remember the last time I bought a stamp.

 

Jan 21, 2018 11:19 AM
Rainmaker
1,162,717
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Seems like today is too late to worry about it: 1 cent increase anyhow.

Thanks for the link though, I do mail roughly 6,600 personal notes, postcards and monthly mailers per year, so the pennies add up.

Jan 21, 2018 10:30 AM
Rainmaker
5,570,348
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no, my office marketing dept writes a check to the post office for my mailings and I get billed once a month...

Jan 21, 2018 09:24 AM
Rainmaker
1,697,260
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Very soon a single stamps will be $1.00 

Jan 22, 2018 06:53 AM
Rainmaker
3,069,584
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Nina Hollander nailed this one!

Jan 22, 2018 05:06 AM
Ambassador
4,461,035
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I buy stamps but use EDDM for farming so the cost is paid online. I have a bunch of forever stamps and they can be used no matter what the price. Glad it's only 1 cent!

Jan 21, 2018 08:32 PM
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4,040,963
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Yes, I buy them for my impromptu cards but, I pay a service to do my mailers so, those rates will increase, Praful. It's a 1¢ hike this year so, $5 for a 500-card mailer isn't too bad!

Jan 21, 2018 11:46 AM
Rainmaker
1,707,197
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We are pretty well all electronic so stamps are not a major purchase.

Jan 21, 2018 10:58 AM
Rainmaker
3,971,557
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I do take advantage of forever stamps, but do limited mailings.

Jan 21, 2018 10:54 AM
Rainmaker
745,994
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Ugh.... another rate increase.   I do buy forever stamps for a lot of my outreach.  "Forever" is a relative term though especially at the USPS and I'll be purchasing pricier ones in the near future. 

Jan 21, 2018 10:06 AM
Rainmaker
2,604,216
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

they need to run efficently & effectively not charge more for same services

Jan 21, 2018 10:06 AM
Rainmaker
3,830,820
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Postage is provided by the company that sends our our direct mail.

Jan 21, 2018 09:54 AM
Rainmaker
512,333
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Yes we always buy a large quantity and when we start running low we just buy another large quantity knowing at some point in time the price will go up again.  You can only invest so much in this area!  We try to be about two years ahead of the game in the usage of our postage stamps.

Jan 21, 2018 09:46 AM
Rainmaker
1,690,478
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I do bulk discount but I'm sure that is not staying the same either. It was 21.6 I think.

Jan 21, 2018 09:40 AM
Rainmaker
5,309,025
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I have a whole bunch that I bought...

Jan 21, 2018 09:19 AM
Ambassador
2,990,746
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I do buy forever stamps. They only last so long then it is time to buy more at the increased price. 

Jan 21, 2018 09:06 AM
Ambassador
2,053,937
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I always buy forever stamps for domestic and international mail. I didn't even know that postage was going up.

Jan 21, 2018 08:55 AM
Rainmaker
2,007,644
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

usually

Jan 21, 2018 08:39 AM
Rainmaker
6,308,778
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for the reminder.

Jan 21, 2018 08:35 AM
Ambassador
3,015,702
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I've only bought forever stamps since they made them.  I stocked up pre increase as well.

Jan 27, 2018 07:46 PM
Rainmaker
1,044,289
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

I don't use first class mail for mailers.. but I don't think the 2% increase would motivate me to prepurchase

Jan 24, 2018 07:43 PM
Rainmaker
4,682,034
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Always buy the forever stamps.

Jan 24, 2018 05:18 AM
Rainer
179,715
Harjeet Bhatti
FITH THIRD BANK - Chicago, IL
Home Mortgage Consultant 25 States

I always by forever stamps so don't have to worry about rate increase. 

Jan 22, 2018 12:32 PM
Rainmaker
488,918
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I usually do but I use it all up pretty quick.

Jan 22, 2018 10:16 AM
Rainmaker
1,566,573
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

USPS has a racket going... service remains same or drops but cost to consumer goes up... Almost like a cable company!

Jan 22, 2018 08:10 AM
Rainmaker
3,291,824
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I always do and it makes me feel good when i have a good supply and the rate does go up

Jan 22, 2018 06:30 AM
Rainmaker
1,440,627
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Praful Thakkar I just bought 100 Forever stamps the other day. I hope this increase gives my postman a raise so he brings the mail on time every day.

Jan 22, 2018 06:21 AM
Rainmaker
708,861
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Yes, whatever they sell me, at the counter or at the ATM stamp machine.

Jan 22, 2018 05:50 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,256
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have a few left.

Jan 22, 2018 05:26 AM
Rainmaker
4,433,483
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Yes.

Jan 22, 2018 04:48 AM
Rainmaker
1,508,951
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Good to know, thanks for the reminding.

Jan 21, 2018 09:46 PM
Ambassador
3,986,518
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I buy them by the roll and thought that meant they are forever stamps. 

Jan 21, 2018 06:48 PM
Rainmaker
3,296,624
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Praful Thakkar lately, I don't much stamps.

Jan 21, 2018 05:20 PM
Ambassador
2,538,853
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   No.

Jan 21, 2018 03:14 PM
Rainmaker
3,985,765
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I do but forgot and I am almost out

Jan 21, 2018 01:47 PM
Rainmaker
553,698
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Ugh - didn't know that.  But my brokerage offers free postage to the agents if we use bulk mail.  

Jan 21, 2018 01:25 PM
Rainmaker
1,355,908
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I use mostly stamps.  If I can get something done in bulk or at a cheaper rate, like standard, I would.

Jan 21, 2018 12:04 PM
Ambassador
3,608,824
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I wonder if they are raising Amazon ‘s rates. I use forever stamps..

Jan 21, 2018 12:04 PM