May 12th, 2008
09:46 PM ET

Ever Used a Stamp?

Back when donkeys carried the mail and the best video game was rock-paper-scissors, stamps ruled the day.  If you wanted to communicate with a friend in another state, you had to send a stamped letter, shell out a few bucks for a long-distance call, or just let the friend wonder whether you were still alive.

Now, in terms of communication, there's very little you can't do with a computer.  I'd argue that a card in the mail is always better than e-mail.  But at a time when you can shoot, edit and send us iReports without ever leaving your classroom, it's tough to imagine a stamp-covered VHS tape arriving in the company mailbox.

So when we reported that the cost of postage stamps was going up a cent, did it matter to you at all?  (When was the last time you actually wrote someone a letter?  And how do you think snail mail compares to e-mail?)

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. James

    When I hear stamps went up another cent I would probably not think twice. Now that I have just sent out my graduation announcements I see how expensive it can get and a cent can make a difference. Snail mail as they say can take longer then email can, but who doesnt like a nice card in the mail with money can't do that with email

    May 12, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  2. Trever

    Well Carl i think that snail mail is still better because when you recieve a card in the mail it means more then a email. An email is just a electronic picture. Also i dont have to worry too much about the stamps going up because i dont send many things over the mail. Email is faster and much cheaper.

    May 13, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  3. Fred

    I would not really care about stamps going up. It's only a cent.

    May 13, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  4. Sara

    Yes, I have been known to use snail-mail. 😀
    It doesn't sound very flooring at first about a stamp going up 1 cent. But, after it used to be 3 cents not too long ago and now it is 42 cents, it is a little shocking. It seems like with higher prices that it's pushing mail into obscurity. Yet, it always seems more meaningfull to get a card in the mail than on the computer. And with packages and bulcky items unable to travel internet connections, I know snail-mail will never REALLY dissapear.

    May 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  5. Rachael

    I dont understand why stamps have to be so high priced... there just a pice of paper. Its wild how much the price has gone up in the past years.

    May 13, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  6. Pascale

    OK, why did they lower the price of stamps when people wanted them lowered but they can't lower the price of gas and–everyone wants that lowered. This government only does what it wants and news flash: we're not a 'free country' technically. When's the last time you got something for free? And even if it was a sweepstake prize in a magazine, you paid for the magazine. I mean, yes, we are free, but I bet if the president asked the nation if they wanted to be free or safe, 80% or more would say safe. If you're ever asked your freedom or your safety, pick freedom. Because, slaves are 'safe' but certainly not free. And yes, if you've guessed, I'm over the age of 8. But they do show us CNN Student News at my school.

    May 13, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  7. stephen

    i believe that the post houses should just be closed down. In today, the people want the information that they send to be fast and delivered right away, the postal services have gotten faster but not fast enough for todays growing population, with the raise of a penny people might just stop because in the long run the paper cost and the pen cost and an extra penny now, i believe it's much cheapier to send a common email thats free.

    May 13, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  8. Aimee

    I don't really think it matters if the stamp prices went up. the only thing that i ever mail are presents to my friends.I do everything else through e-mail.

    May 13, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  9. L.G.

    As viewed as prices of world resources rise due to the world's limited resources, so will the prices of needed materials for transportation. This on the overall effect along with factors of post office workers' salaries, gas, veighicle repairs, and the post offices historic low economic levels will inturn eventually lead to either the rise of mailing and stamp prices or closing of the postal office to surmount the obstacles to come to the post office. So realistically this is only the beginning of what s to come from the post office like the options it will take to stay on foot one of which might be the firing of many aswell rise of mail service prices. This will have the effect on a national level to the few people that still use snail mail, who will eventually grow tired of rising prices and low effectivity of time leading them to turn to the computer that can virtually do almost everything. Finally, leading to the closing of the post office. Later generations might not even get to use the U.S. Postal Service or know what it was.

    May 13, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  10. Elijah

    right when i found out this i was shocked cause i think that they are not doin the right thing on raising everything like first we have to worry aboout gas and now this i think that they should think wat they are doing before it gets everyone mad or maybe they already are

    May 13, 2008 at 7:39 pm |
  11. T.J.

    E-mail makes things a whole lot faster!!

    May 13, 2008 at 8:23 pm |
  12. Ethan

    The only time that I write a letter is when I send birthday cards. E-mail is reliable because it can get to that person in a matter of seconds, where "snail" mail takes days.

    May 13, 2008 at 8:29 pm |
  13. Cheeto

    I really don't think it matters at all. Seriously, when's the last time you can remember sending a real card to someone? We're probably better off with text messages anyway. Besides writing letters wastes trees. We wouldn't want to have that now would we?

    May 13, 2008 at 9:34 pm |
  14. Joseph

    I am outraged about the stamps rising again. Why do they need to raise it? Everything is on the rise.

    May 15, 2008 at 12:06 pm |
  15. Ja'Mese

    Even though I don't write letter to others the stamp issue is still a problem. When it comes to mailing birthday cards, any other holiday card, or mailing clothes you can email it to a person. We to send it to the mail. Stamp prices need to go down.

    May 15, 2008 at 12:07 pm |
  16. Julia

    I think the price of stamps do not matter because they do not help. I feel that the price of stamps are too high and if we need stamps, it shouldn't be more than 25 cents.

    May 15, 2008 at 12:14 pm |
  17. Brooklynn

    The price of stamps doesn't really matter to me. I use e mail instead.

    May 16, 2008 at 7:30 am |
  18. Ashuly

    I think the price of stamps do not matter because they do not help. I feel that the price of stamps are too high and if we need stamps, it shouldn’t be more than 25 cents.

    May 16, 2008 at 8:52 am |
  19. unknown

    Yeah, it has affected me that the stamps have gone up, for I used to mail to friends a lot before I got an email account....now it is just too expensive to write to tons of people........my email has been great because I can go on once or twice a week for a few minutes, without using up paper, stamps and time!

    May 22, 2008 at 12:52 pm |
  20. Codie

    In a sense the stamp is going out of style and is also going out of business... People are tending to stick to more modern methods(e-mailing, texting, etc.) and few are actually taking the time to send something by letter what they could easily do on the computer, on the phone or in person. Comparitively, sending letters is a less than perfect way of getting information to or from someone(as seen in the modern version of "Romeo and Juliet).

    May 22, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  21. Mike

    Even as a someone who doesn't pay alot of attention to economics, I can feel the hit that America's economy is taking. These rising stamp prices are just another example. I'm so glad e-mail was invented.

    May 22, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  22. Andy

    Has anyone seen my phone? I'm lost without texting and email. Snail Mail takes too long and it starting to cost too much now with gas orices so high.

    May 23, 2008 at 1:04 am |


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