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The Forever Stamp February 27, 2007

Posted by gordonwatts in life, politics.

The idea of the Forever Stamp is great. Imagine not having to ever buy 2 or 3 cent stamps to make up the difference when rates go up? At the very least, you no longer have to worry.

But, I’m not totally happy with the idea. The problem is that every news report has discussed just having one particular stamp design. As a former stamp collector, that would suck! Stamps are beautiful. I seriously doubt that the US Post office would abandon their long tradition of stamp diversity — after all, we have many different versions of the current first class stamps. But I had to get my protest in early.

Speaking of which — has anyone tried this photo-stamp service? It lets you upload photos and then prints them as stamps for you to use as first class postage.



1. Martin Griffiths - February 28, 2007

We’ve had these in the UK for years! They do change the design from time to time, though of course we’re always stuck with the Queen…

2. Gordon Pasha - March 1, 2007

I don’t understand the hype. There are already stamps in the US labeled “First class” that don’t have a printed value and can be used anytime. Isn’t this the concept of a “Forever stamp”?

3. gordonwatts - March 5, 2007

No — the current ones labeled “First Class” are actually worth a specific amount of money. They are printed like that because the post-office has to be ready to sell the stamps when the rate hike goes into effect — which means printing them before they know exactly how much the rate hike will be. So, they do have a price on them — they just aren’t labeled that way.

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