#1-Mailing a Letter 50 Years from Now

When Granpa was my age, it cost only 3¢ to mail a letter. When the letter Georgie found in his basement was originally mailed in the 1950s, it cost 4¢. Now mailing a one-ounce letter costs 49¢.

In Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything, I wrote:

I wonder what it will cost to mail a letter fifty years from now…Maybe when I get enough guesses, I’ll put them into some kind of Internet time capsule, and fifty years in the future, if someone finds it, they’ll be able to see how close we were.

This page is as close to an “Internet time capsule” as I know how to build, so at the bottom of this page, you can make a guess.

Here’s a chart showing how the cost of mailing a letter has changed for almost the last 100 years.

 

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How much do you think it will cost 50 years from now?

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  1. I totally think it will be at least a dollar. Most of us will still be alive in 50 years, so we’ll be able to know and see if we’re right!

  2. Actually, Cheesie, how much it costs to send a letter depends on how far it’s going. Of course, my answer to the problem (free) would kind of contradict that…
    Oh well, I suppose it’s a bit like 0^0 – Error. Trust me, I checked Google, and everything you read on the internet is true. Anyways, in 50 years, and I am living on a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri A or B (or C.. but its a dwarf star I think and probably doesn’t have enough mass to have a planet large enough to have a that supports life), and have become a technological, astronomical, and scientific hero when I have figured out nanotechnology and the Alcubierre Faster Than Light Warp Drive… Anyways, we’ll be in space so much that we will probably need a way to send mail instantly (or almost instantly) from place to place. The answer – IS-Mail (Interstellar Mail) Buy it for free! Or you can pay $5/month for no ads!
    Another possibility is that we will live in a utopian society and it’s not money that matters, Randy Newman!
    A third possibility is that two superpowers will have a war and totally wipe out the human race.
    Or another final possibility is that some alien federation will decide that the human race is barbaric and shut down fusion in our star

    P.S. If you don’t believe me that FTL drive is possible, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdaMI2wnVBg

  3. Hi, thanks for signing my book, it’s really good, you and Georgie are looking up stuff about the stamp on the letter

  4. But it said one ounce, and one electronic ounce is MORE THAN HALF of today’s internet. So people better start posting more and more stuff so one electronic ounce is relevant to the total Internet, considering the amount of mail people send. Also, people will grow richer, so when more people can afford it, it’s a simple supply and demand lesson! So that’s why I chose $.75 to $.99 as my range for mail cost in fifty years. (Jeez, I feel like typing an essay with my format).

      • packages in a utopian society would be delivered by ways like quantum teleportation, “a process by which quantum information (e.g. the exact state of an atom or photon) can be transmitted (exactly, in principle) from one location to another, with the help of classical communication and previously shared quantum entanglement between the sending and receiving location,” as Google states.
        In short, “Beam me up Scotty!”

  5. we need to conserve trees anyway, i mean, that how we survive.people have to cut down trees to make paper and you need paper of some sort to mail letters and the envelopes are made out of paper most times too.

  6. I think it will be sixty cents because over the past hundred years, the price has increased by forty cents. That means that the price will increase by twenty cents in fifty years.