How Much Was a Postage Stamp in 1980?


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In 1980, a standard United States postage stamp cost 15 cents. Since 1980, a number of stamp price increases have been implemented. As of 2014, first-class postage stamps cost 49 cents.

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Since 1975, postage stamps for the first ounce have been more expensive than stamps used to pay for additional ounces. In 1980, the rate for additional ounces was 13 cents, so it would have cost 28 cents to mail a letter weighing between 1 and 2 ounces. The inflation-adjusted cost of a stamp has been relatively stable since 1980, hovering between 40 to 50 cents measured in 2012 dollars.

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