Very bad news ladies and gentlemen: postage rates going up April 17

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Horrible news for those of us who make part of our living in the direct mail business:

Postage rates are going up April 17.

Now, the good news: the basic 44-cent rate for first-class mail stays the same.

The Postal Service announced today that mail price changes it announced last month have been approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

The increases will affect international mail, postcards, advertising mail and heavy letters.

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