Why it costs

44 cents for a first-class stamp? We can de­liver the math on that.

The Washington Post Sunday - - BUSINESS - — An­drew Schneider

The U.S. Postal Ser­vice’s ac­count­ing is an ar­cane art, but here’s an ed­u­cated es­ti­mate of the costs of de­liv­er­ing a first-class let­ter. Less than half of the cost is di­rectly at­trib­ut­able to sort­ing and de­liv­er­ing the let­ter. The rest goes to the Postal Ser­vice’s gen­eral over­head costs. Even then, it will lose about 4 cents on the trans­ac­tion as it strug­gles to meet un­funded obli­ga­tions to its re­tirees.

BY POLLY BECKER FOR THE WASHINGTON POST

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