Q: I’m thinking about signing up for Stamps.com, how much is the monthly plan, what do I get and is it worth it?

A:  If you send a lot of mail, using an online stamps service like Stamps.com can save you time, money and trips to the post office. Our #1 choice for online stamps services, Stamps.com gives users $5 worth of postage to test out during their 4-week free trial. After the trial, the monthly fee is $15.99/month.

It is important to first note that the monthly subscription fee does not include the cost of postage. So, what exactly are you paying for?

  • Print postage right from your home computer, saving you trips to the ATM, store or post office.
  • Use their intuitive online interface to print exact postage, which will prevent you from overpaying or underpaying postage
  • You can receive special shipping rates and material discounts not available at the post office.
  • You can order a free 5 pound USB scale and pay just $9.85 in shipping.

Is it worth it?
The average consumer who mails occasional letters and ships 1-2 packages per month will probably not get much from this service. For example, if you sell something on eBay every so often or occasionally mail returned goods, you can just use eBay or PayPal’s shipping features, so the monthly fee isn’t really worth it.

On the other hand, Stamps.com is a great tool for small business owners who want to make their office more efficient. If you do a substantial amount of mailing and shipping during the month, Stamps.com can save you time and money, for sure. Read our full, detailed review of Stamps.com here.