When it comes to buying stamps your local USPS outlet is not always the easiest option. Traffic, parking and convenience factors can often mean that other stores are closer or easier to get to if you are looking for some postage stamps. To make things easier I have created a list of the various stores where you can buy postage stamps and mailing supplies. The list also includes interactive maps that allow you to enter your postcode or town and it will update to show you the closest stores to your location.
When buying postage stamps they come in different quantities. Most places only stock rolls of stamps (10 stamps) a book of stamps (20 stamps) or a coil of stamps. If you are looking for a few individual stamps than your options are more limited.
USPS Kiosk: If you have one nearby the most obvious choice is the post office. They have been selling stamps since stamps became a thing (see the history of stamps here) and they will be happy to help to make sure you have enough stamps for what you are sending. If you are one of the unlucky people who do not have a post office nearby however there are still a number of convenient options for you to choose from. For a more in depth look at USPS stores near you visit here.
Winco: If you are looking for individual stamps then Winco is probably your second best option if you can't find a USPS outlet.
Wegmans: The other good alternative is Wegmans. With quite a few stores across the country they can help with your postage needs.
If you are looking for larger numbers of stamps (10+) then you have a lot more options. There are plenty of large chains across the country that stock postage stamps as well as envelopes etc.
Amazon: If time is not an issue or you are looking for a large number of stamps (wedding invitations etc) then why not buy them online and have them delivered to your door. Remove the hassle of heading into town and finding a park and simply let the stamps come to you. You can see Amazon's large range of stamps by clicking here.
USPS Online: The other online option is the USPS website. They sell a large number of stamps in different quantities. Check their inventory by clicking here.
We have a whole page decicated to pharmacies that sell stamps.
CVS: CVS Pharmacy has nearly 10'000 locations across the country so chances are there is one near you.
Walgreens: Another great pharmacy to buy stamps from is Walgreens. With 8500 store locations they are found in nearly every suburb in large cities and in nearly all larger towns.
Walmart: This retail giant sells everything from books to barbecues and everything in between and that includes stamps. Often open 24 hours a day and found in just about every town and city Walmart is another easy option for buying stamps. Another bonus is that they also sell envelopes, postcards, pens, paper or anything else you will need. Click here to find the closest Walmart to you. For more information on buying stamps from Walmart visit here.
Target: Another one of Americas retail giants also makes the list of places you can buy postage stamps however it is not as simple as it seems. Target does not sell stamps in the traditional sense however they do sell DYMO label printers which can print stamps that can be used for sending mail. This involves creating an account with USPS and in general is too much work unless you send mail very regularly.
Gas stations can be a great backup to buy stamps however they are not always reliable. Franchised gas stations can choose products they want to stock so it comes down to a store by store basis. 7 - Eleven is your best but however you can still find stamps at Chevron, Shell, ARCO, Texaco, Valero, Mobil, and Costco gas stations if you are lucky. We have a page on various gas stations that sell stamps here.
7 - Eleven: Most of us need to stop at gas stations regularly to fill up our car so it happens to be quite a convenient place to buy stamps. While 711 does stock postage stamps they do not stock them in all locations so it does come down to luck of the draw a little when buying stamps from a gas station.
Over the last few years banks have started offering postage stamp withdrawals from ATM's. Not only are these convenient, but they are often available 24/7 and they charge your bank card automatically. The only problem is that not all banks sell stamps and the ones that do don't guarantee the sales of stamps in every branch or ATM. You can often download your banks app which allows you to search for ATM's that have the option to sell stamps. Check out our page on buying stamps from banks here.
Bank of America: The Bank of America is your safest bet if you are looking to buy postage stamps but it is very much a branch by branch proposition. If you download the BoA app on your phone you can see if there are any branches or ATM's nearby that dispense stamps. If you are on your mobile you can download the app here.
Fedex: If you have a FedEx branch nearby they can sell you some postage stamps. And if you are in a real rush they can also send your package for you. They may be a little more expensive than the USPS but their service is often quicker.
A few large grocery store chains sell packs of 20 postage stamps which means you can pick some up next time you need groceries. If you are sending a package you can also weigh it on the scales in the produce section so you know how many stamps you need to use.
Publix: Publix is one of the grocery store chains authorized to sell postage stamps for the USPS. They also sell envelopes, paper, packaging etc so you can pickup everything you need while you are there.
Kroger: Kroger sells packs of 20 postage stamps for the same price as a USPS outlet. This means you can pick up all your postage needs next time you go shopping.
Gift shops: If you are on holidays and are buying postcards to send back home lots of gift shops that sell postcards also sell stamps to go with them. Just pick some up when you buy the postcards.
Hotels/Motels: Like some of the previously listed locations if hotels can sell you stamps is affected by the hotel chain as well as the individual hotel location. If reception has stamps available a lot of the time they are able to sell you them however it is no certainty. I have managed to by stamps at some Sheraton locations as well as a Hilton in London but I have been told they are unavailable from a fair number of receptionists as well. Many hotels have accounts with the USPS can print their own stamps and charge them to your room.
The price for a standard first class mail stamp issued from the USPS has increased from 49c to 50c in 2018. When it comes to selecting stamps to buy there are a few options available. Forever stamps are first class stamps issued by the USPS. The benefit of forever stamps is that their value increases if the cost of stamps goes up. For example, if you bought a roll of stamps at $0.49 each. If in a few years the USPS decides that its first class shipping stamps are now to be sold at $0.60 each then the stamps that you bought for $0.49 each are now valued at $0.60 each and can be used as if they had just been purchased for $0.60.
The postage stamp dates back to before The United States even gained its independence. Invented in England and used throughout the English empire the postage stamp become commonplace throughout the US as the English used it to communicate across the country by rail as well as back to England itself by ship. Before the use of postage stamps the mail had to be payed for on arrival to its destination. This often caused payment issues if the receiving party didn’t want or could not afford the package. When the United States gained its independence on July 4th, 1776 they threw out the English but decided to keep their postage system. The Founding Fathers appointed Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General and it was his role to form and create the new system to be used throughout the country. If you are looking for a more in depth history head over to our history of stamps page.
The most expensive stamp in the world is the British Guiana 1c Magenta. It was issued in British Guiana (now Guiana) in 1856 and it is believed that only 1 now exists. The stamp has an intriguing history that can be traced back to 1873 when a 12 year old Scottish schoolboy found the stamp attached to an envelope on one of his uncles letters. He sold the stamp to a collector for six shillings. 6 years later the very same stamp was sold for 120 pounds, then later that year was sold again for 180 pounds. Over the next 100 years it has been bought and sold a number of times with an always increasing price tag. In June 2014 the stamp broke all records selling at auction for US$9’480’000 making it the most expensive stamp in the world.