Whether you’re new to the city or a longtime New Yorker, NYC is abundant in everything that you might be overwhelmed with choices. That can include when it’s time to buy postage.
There is no shortage of post office locations in NYC, but sometimes they’re not convenient to you. So here is a guide, including post offices and where to buy stamps in NYC, so you’ll always know where to turn!
Where Buy Stamps In NYC?
Many Duane Reade locations in New York are “USPS-authorized retailers” that sell stamps out of the small but densely inventoried city stores.
Moreover, Duane Reade is a subsidiary of Walgreens.
Naturally, Walgreens, the parent company of Duane Reade, is also authorized to sell postage stamps.
CVS is the market leader in drugstores in the US, a very convenient spot for New Yorkers to find sheets of stamps. Just ask any cashier.
The go-to for many in search of office supplies sells stamps, making it a one-stop-shop for many with small businesses.
Despite the sprawling spaces usually needed for Walmart stores, the Big Box retailer has a handful of NYC locations. As an additional convenience, the stores sell stamps.
There are two Target stores in the city, and both sell stamps.
UPS and USPS probably partner more than you know, so it’s no surprise the brown shipping rival sells stamps out of its 20-some retail locations.
Unfortunately, at this time, none of the locations for the other USPS rival – FedEx – sells stamps out of its stores.
Anyone, not just NYC residents, can purchase stamps online from the post office at USPS.com.
Also, while you can’t purchase stamps individually online (you can only do that at the post office), Forever stamps are available in a book or sheet of 20.
Moreover, at the current price of $0.58 each, that will set you back $11.60.
Additionally, USPS sells International Forever stamps, two-ounce stamps, $5 stamps, Priority Mail, and Priority Mail Express stamp sets.
Lastly, you can order Priority Mail shipping materials for free.
No surprise – NYC has the largest number of post office locations.
That said, there are 167 post offices spread across all five boroughs, so there is never a branch too far away.
Moreover, post office locations are convenient because you can buy all different kinds of postage (including individual stamps).
Plus, these are the hubs for all your shipping needs, including associates on hand at the counters to answer any questions you may have.
It seems like you can find everything else at Costco, so why not stamps? However, NYC Costcos appear to sell only booklets, not rolls.
Not all grocery stores sell stamps (for example, Aldi and Trader Joe’s do not), but many do. So, if you want to make sure before you head out, give them a call and ask.
Convenience Stores & Gas Stations
Whether or not there’s a gas station, some convenience stores sell stamps as part of their “a little bit of everything” inventory.
Ask the cashier; it’s less likely you’ll find sheets here, but you might get rolls or even singles.
Yes, even those infamous NYC bodegas can sell stamps, and lucky you if you find that the one on your street does.
That said, this is another option where you’re less likely to find sheets or even rolls, but singles are very much a possibility.
Some banks sell stamps out of their locations, including Ridgewood Savings Bank in NYC.
Do Grocery Stores Sell Stamps?
In NYC and around the country, many grocery store chains will sell stamps at their customer service counters.
However, the grocery stores that almost always don’t are the “no-frills” deep-discount type chains, like Aldi or Trader Joe’s.
Instead, try stores like Stop And Shop, Safeway, Wegmans, etc. Additionally, here’s a pleasant surprise – Whole Foods locations sell stamps by the booklet!
Can You Buy A Roll Of Stamps At Walgreens?
Walgreens, including locations in NYC, currently only sell booklets of First-Class Forever stamps.
Further, a booklet comes with 20 Forever stamps; a roll generally includes 100, so you could simply purchase five booklets.
Can You Buy Stamps At CVS?
You can indeed buy stamps at CVS, including locations in New York City.
Also, WhereCanIBuyStamps.com suggests that CVS sells booklets, including 20 Forever stamps, for only $10 each.
Moreover, that’s a savings of $1.60 (at the post office, a booklet would cost you $11.60, or $0.58 x 20).
However, you might want to check with your NYC CVS about the price because it’s possible the discount is not always the case.
If you live in NYC, there is no shortage of locations around the city where you can find and purchase stamps.
That said, the one caveat to that is that many partner retailers, like CVS, Walgreens, etc., only sell Forever stamps in booklets of 20.
Further, to purchase individual or more specialty stamps (like two-cent stamps or 20-cent extra ounce stamps), you’ll have to order online from USPS or visit your local post office.