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February 1, 2014

Customers resigned as postage climbs

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As a small business owner operating in the 21st century, Reineke said the increase in paper postage really won’t make that much of a difference to her.

“This does not affect me in the bottom line,” said Reineke. “It’s a minimum for me because I only need a few (stamps.) Everything is done online, more or less. I don’t complain about the post office.”

The current three-cent increase (an 11-year high) is said to be only temporary and last 24 months to offset recession-related costs, but customers were skeptical.

“I am a little skeptical that it is temporary, so I stocked up in advance,” Ruth Landreth, of Newburyport said. “I’m old-fashioned. I still mail in bills and payments. So I figured out what I needed.”

“I don’t believe it,” Button said. “Taxes and everything else always go up.”

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