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Old May 13th, 2004, 08:16 AM
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Price of a French stamp

Could anyone tell me how much 1 French stamp for a postcard to the US would cost?
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Old May 13th, 2004, 08:19 AM
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It's a minimal cost, what a strange question to ask, surely you don't need to budget for this?
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Old May 13th, 2004, 08:23 AM
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Maybe the person just wants to be prepared so that he/she doesn't have to ask in France regarding which stamps to get?

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Old May 13th, 2004, 08:28 AM
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I could be wrong, but I did a search on laposte.fr and it looks like 0.90 Euro (see attached).

It's that pricey? There could be a reduced rate for a postcard.

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? Affranchissement Courrier International 0-2kg PRIORITAIRE
Au départ de la France métropolitaine
A destination de :
Zone A : Açores, Allemagne, Autriche, Belgique, Danemark (y compris les Iles Féroé et Groenland), Espagne, Finlande, Gibraltar, Grande-Bretagne ( y compris Guernesey, Ile de Man, Jersey et Gibraltar), Grèce, Irlande, Islande, Italie, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madère, Norvège, Pays-Bas, Portugal, Saint-Martin, Suède, Suisse, Vatican.
Zone B : Autres pays d'Europe, Afrique.
Zone C : Amérique, Asie, Océanie.

Poids jusqu'à Zone A Zone B Zone C
0 - 20g 0.50 € 0.75 € 0.90 €

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Old May 13th, 2004, 08:43 AM
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At about $1 per stamp, this could get pricey.
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Old May 13th, 2004, 08:45 AM
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I was surprised by the cost initially, but I guess the domestic rate in France is about 0.50 Euro. At first I was a little shocked, but then the US domestic postal rate is now 37 c.

Would be interesting to know if there's a reduced rate for postcards though -- as there's one for the US.
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Old May 13th, 2004, 08:49 AM
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I don't recall the price, but it is expensive. On my recent trip, I bought half a dozen postcards for something like $1.50. When I found out how much it would cost to send them, I slipped them in my suitcase and fogot about it!
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Old May 13th, 2004, 08:55 AM
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If it really is .90€, that may be a good example of the price of things going up with the changeover to the euro. At the time of the switch, a postcard stamp to the USA cost 4.40 francs.

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Old May 13th, 2004, 08:57 AM
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Yes, €.90. The cards themselves are typically €.50, so the days of mass mailings are out.

Most internet cafes charge around €3 an hour, so maybe you need to re-think your communications protocols. If you have a digital camera, many will allow you to download one to your emails, so you can do virtually real-time postcards.
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Old May 13th, 2004, 09:07 AM
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That's interesting. The FF/Euro fixed conversion is 1 Euro = 6.55957 FF per
http://www.euro.ecb.int/en/section/conversion.html, so 4.4 FF = 0.67 Euro.

Maybe there's a reduced rate that we don't know of?

Well gardy, it's nice to receive a piece of real mail for a change. I don't usually send postcards when I go on trips because I'm too hurried, but I appreciate getting them from people who take the time to send them. Sometimes old-fashioned communication has its charms.
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At the post office near Les Invalides it was recommended I buy a pack of prestamped envelopes, 10 for 8e, slightly less expensive than the stamps and i was told the delivery time is faster than postcards. Stamps from the US to Europe are 80 cents. Stamps for uise within France, I think are .67e
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Old May 13th, 2004, 07:46 PM
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The post office at the Tour Eiffel suggested the same thing as above - we bought a set of prestamped envelopes; wrote our postcards, put our preprinted address labels on the envelopes, and dropped them in the box. I don't recall the cost because it was last year, and it may have increased by now.
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Old May 14th, 2004, 07:09 AM
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Thanks everyone for answering my question. 90 euros is about $1.06 so that is a little pricy for a postcard. I just wanted to know in advance to avoid any sticker shock.
Thanks again - Tammy
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Old May 14th, 2004, 07:52 AM
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I just sent postcards from France last week and it is .90 euro to the US. It was the same cost last December which is why I drastically cut my postcard mailing this time around. .50 per post card + .90 per stamp makes for 1.4 euro per postcard. That's (today) about $1.65 per post card. Try to send 20 post cards and you can easily see the cost build up.

As for the pre-stamped envelopes, the French post office has for 3 years now tried to sell them to me every time I ask for post card stamps. I don't like them. Who wants a post card in an envelope with a boring stamp? I pay the extra few cents and get a really cool stamp. Last week was a huge one (probably 1.5 x 1.5 inches) celebrating Bertholdi with a statue of liberty on it.
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Old May 14th, 2004, 09:12 AM
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You will almost certainly find it more convenient to buy stamps (for postcards) at Tabacs (shops with a sign "TABAC") rather than post offices. If you need a carnet of metro tickets, you can buy them at the same Tabac.
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Old May 14th, 2004, 09:15 AM
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It costs 70 cents to send a postcard from the U.S. to Europe, so I don't know why everyone seems so surprised to hear 90 Euro for the reverse.

Though it is a good question so you don't get surprised at the post office when it costs 20 'bucks' to send your fistfull of post cards to all your friends ;-)
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Once I brought all cards back to USA, put american stamps on them, mailed out of San Francisco. Guess what - nobody noticed!!
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FainaAgain, that's a GREAT story!
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