Used postage stamps can be collected, donated to charity or used in craft projects. Soaking envelopes in water makes it easier to remove the stamps without damaging them.
The typical size of a United States postage stamp is .87 inches by 98 inches when printed as part of a booklet. The size of a stamp can vary if it is produced as part of a roll or as a commemorative piece.
Collectors of used postage stamps are called philatelists. They seek out both used and unused stamps of historical or other significance. While collectors value some stamps at only a few cents, others have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The U.S. Postal Service allows customers to buy and print postage online using the website Stamps.com. Discounts are available on postage bought online, and mail sent with online postage can be tracked.
According to Stamps.com, postage stamps can be purchased online and on-demand. Customers can calculate postage instantly and print the postage on envelopes, paper or labels. The postage should be properly affixed before the letter or package is mailed. Online services provide customers with postage
Used postage stamps are accepted by some charities as a fundraising tool. They sell the stamps in bulk to collectors and stamp dealers, who in turn sift through them to find valuable or rare editions.
The cost of a postage stamp today is 49 cents. This is a 3 cent rate increase from 2013. The rate was increased as of Jan. 26, 2014.
As of June 2014, the base rate of a U.S. first-class postage stamp is 49 cents. This rate applies to standard-sized mailings weighing 1 ounce or less. Twenty-one cents is added for each additional ounce.
The postage stamp was invented to indicate that postage has been paid on a mailed item. The first issued postage stamp, called the British Penny Black stamp, was released in May 1840 by Great Britain's Penny Post.
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.