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February 1, 2014

Customers resigned as postage climbs

NEWBURYPORT — The price of a first-class postage stamp increased three cents to 49 cents as of Monday — the latest in a series of increases in recent years, but local customers are taking it in stride.

“I don’t like it,” said Jane Button of Newburyport, “but they raise prices everywhere.”

Last year, the price of a first-class stamp rose by one cent, and as far as Harold Russell of North Andover is concerned, that’s just fine by him.

“For 49 cents, you can get a letter to anywhere in the United States,” Russell said. “I think that is a bargain.”

A West Newbury customer agreed.

“I don’t have a problem with it because we are still cheaper than Europe,” said S. Stevens said. “That’s the bottom line. I always have good service. When they say my mail is going to show up, it shows up. I am very happy with the postal system.”

Newburyport’s Mary Kebler was mailing a package at the post office this week, and was unaware of the increase.

“It doesn’t affect me at all,” Kebler said. “I feel it very little. I do almost everything online.”

Jim Noonan of Newburyport had heard about the postal increase a few weeks ago, and in response has started to make use of more online payment methods than he did in the past.

“I had just started to get involved with some online payments,” Noonan said. “But now I am really starting to expand that even more.”

The owner of Pleasant Street’s Greta’s Great Grains, Greta Reineke was stopping in to mail a few letters at the Newburyport Post Office this week, and only had one regret.

“I should have bought more Forever Stamps,” she said. “Last week I could have bought some.”

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