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About Forever Stamps

It used to be a running joke—and a running pain in the neck—that you had to keep a supply of 2- and 3-cent stamps for the next time the Postal Service raised the First Class rate. Then, in 2006, the USPS came out with Forever Stamps—Britain had had the same sort of thing since 1989. You can buy Forever Stamps at the current First Class first-ounce rate, and no matter how many times the postage rates go up, you can still use those stamps for the first ounce of a First-Class letter. This has several benefits, beyond the obvious. You need not worry about buying and stocking two-cent stamps, and USPS doesn’t have to worry about having them in stock. You can buy stamps with a rate hike coming up without worrying about having leftover stamps at the deadline, which works in the Postal Service’s favor as well. Another phenomenon has emerged—an aftermarket. You can go to eBay and buy a roll or book of unused Forever stamps from a reliable reseller for the old rate, saving that money despite the fact that the rate hike came and went a long time ago. Forever stamps are even becoming collectible (Harry Potter, for one), so you might just want to collect them all.