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Post office marks new first-class stamps 'forever'
hosted ^ | Dec 29 | DOUGLASS K. DANIEL

Posted on 12/29/2010 6:25:35 AM PST by JoeProBono

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Postal patron Sean Swilling is tired of the inconvenience that comes with every change in the price of mailing a letter. That makes him just the type of customer the U.S. Postal Service wants to please with a policy designating all new first-class stamps as "forever."

Beginning in January, all new stamps good for 1 ounce of domestic first-class mail will forgo a printed denomination and be acceptable for the typical letter regardless of the current postal rate.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: postage; stamps; usps

1 posted on 12/29/2010 6:25:38 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

I thought they started issuing stamps without denominations on them about 5 years ago.


2 posted on 12/29/2010 6:28:18 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: JoeProBono

In other words, stamps are now a hedge against inflation and will retain their value no matter what happens to the economy. They are as good as gold.


3 posted on 12/29/2010 6:30:36 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: JoeProBono

I wonder how long it will be before we see the headline: “Post Office will no longer honor Forever stamps”.


4 posted on 12/29/2010 6:32:39 AM PST by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

If you are willing to take a piece of paper with the promise of the government on it over gold.....good luck!


5 posted on 12/29/2010 6:32:40 AM PST by Gadsden1st
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To: ClearCase_guy

Actually, it seems to me that they can change the price of the stamp, but not have to change the face of it, and it will still be a “forever” stamp.


6 posted on 12/29/2010 6:33:12 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: JoeProBono

What do they mean NEW, I have been buying these same forever stamps for at least a year.


7 posted on 12/29/2010 6:34:21 AM PST by Ditter
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To: WayneS

They were.

The stamps did not have a printed denomination/designation, just the words “first class” on them.

I still have a few from prior to the last increase.


8 posted on 12/29/2010 6:35:28 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: JoeProBono

Who puts stamps on letters to send messages? Other than a few Christmas cards, most of what I get through the Postal Service is metered mail. Personal messages come by e-mail.


9 posted on 12/29/2010 6:36:57 AM PST by jmcenanly ( "We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him." -Samuel)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Yes, and the only remaining restraint (the cost of printing a new denomination stamps) is gone.

I had German Air Mail and surface mail stamps from the early 1930s with black over stamps that were used to keep up with their hyperinlaction. The highest one was a 10 Mark stamp with a 1,000,000 Mark over stamp.

Are we officially headed in the same direction?

10 posted on 12/29/2010 6:39:37 AM PST by Nip (TANSTAAFL)
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To: JoeProBono

Does this include the new Reagan stamp?
: )


11 posted on 12/29/2010 6:42:12 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (Y'all had enough, yet?)
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To: jmcenanly
Most of my personal messages come by telephone. I still get invitations and thank you notes by regular mail. The very least of my correspondence comes by email.
12 posted on 12/29/2010 6:42:54 AM PST by Ditter
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To: ClearCase_guy
Well, not really.

The Post Office has a nasty habit of redefining a typical envelope. Things that used to go for the standard first-class rate now cost more than double that rate. (E.g. a 5x7 flat envelope with a cardbord stiffener inside.)

ML/NJ

13 posted on 12/29/2010 6:43:46 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: WayneS
I thought they started issuing stamps without denominations on them about 5 years ago.

From the fine article:

"The Forever Stamp, first issued in April 2007 and featuring the Liberty Bell, was designed for use regardless of changes in postal rates. They are sold at the prevailing price of domestic first-class postage.

The Postal Service says that 28 billion Forever Stamps have been sold since, generating $12.1 billion in total revenue. The stamps without denominations already account for 85 percent of its stamp program, the service says. "

This article is about the first commemorative stamps without a denomination.


14 posted on 12/29/2010 6:45:29 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Nip
hyperinlaction

I'm glad Bush didn't say that, what with "strategery" and other Bushisms now cliche parts of the language.
15 posted on 12/29/2010 6:45:53 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Ditter
Yep. I have been doing so for the past 3yrs.

Are they in limited supply when printed every year.
I ask for them but sometimes they are not available at our grocery postal outlet.

I suppose I should be saving them for down the road when the cost of mailing goes even higher.

Which is possible it could go up extremely as more people turn to doing paperless mailing via the net,

If costs go to high the govt will have to get out of the postal service.

Between private package service and internet paperless transactions using the USPostal service in time could become history.

16 posted on 12/29/2010 6:48:57 AM PST by Global2010 (Pisces at hospites tribus diebus foetebunt.....)
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To: ozark hilljilly

17 posted on 12/29/2010 6:50:49 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: ozark hilljilly

The new Reagan stamp - out in February - will carry his likeness, his signature and be marked “Forever”. Ronald Reagan - Forever. Nice.....!!


18 posted on 12/29/2010 6:50:52 AM PST by Donkey Odious (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Yo-Yo

Oh. Thanks.

Maybe I should read the WHOLE article before posting...

[Insert ‘Sheepish Grin’ Icon Here]


19 posted on 12/29/2010 6:54:07 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Yo-Yo

People need to watch it if using these forevers with no denomination for International mail....I believe these mailings require actual denominations.


20 posted on 12/29/2010 6:57:38 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: JoeProBono

Somehow I think that Post Office and First Class do not go together.


21 posted on 12/29/2010 7:10:25 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: 70th Division

I wonder if they will next introduce the new “Day” stamp, so that they can raise the price of postage to “Forever and a Day”!!


22 posted on 12/29/2010 7:15:09 AM PST by catman67
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To: Donkey Odious

Washington Times:

"If it was “morning in America” for President Ronald Reagan, a new commemorative postage stamp due in February to mark “the Gipper’s” birth centennial will forever view the sunrise.

The new commemorative stamp, whose design was unveiled Monday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., always will be valid for a 1-ounce first-class letter, the U.S. Postal Service confirmed. It officially will be released at the library on Feb. 10, 2011, four days after the 100th anniversary of Reagan’s birth.

Texas artist Bart Forbes did the portrait, based on a 1985 photograph of Reagan taken at Rancho del Cielo, near Santa Barbara, Calif.

The design was published first in Linn’s Stamp News, a hobbyist publication. Earlier this year, Linn’s broke the news that a Reagan Centennial postage stamp would be released.

Although the preliminary design shows a 44-cent value, the postal agency recently announced that all commemorative, or special, issues will be inscribed with “Forever,” instead of a face value, meaning they would sell for the then-current first-class rate but would remain valid for first-class mail even when rates increase.

A USPS spokesman who asked not to be identified by name said a revised version showing the “Forever” inscription will be released Dec. 28.....


23 posted on 12/29/2010 7:17:10 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: catman67

How about the “Going Postal” stamp?


24 posted on 12/29/2010 7:33:35 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: JoeProBono

I think it was a good move and will make it easy on customers.

We use the US Postal service as well as FedEx and UPS a lot. I find the US postal service to be highly efficient, easier to use and more cost effective for many packages than the other two services, so I’ll not be bad mouthing them.

Yeah the PO has some problems but so do FedEx and UPS and Wall Street (the bastion of capitalism). I’m not a fan of big government but I’m even a lesser fan of big business and especially if it is too big to fail. We need to break up many of these big businesses back into smaller competing businesses.


25 posted on 12/29/2010 7:36:02 AM PST by apoliticalone
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To: 70th Division

26 posted on 12/29/2010 7:44:12 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Can I buy vodka with them?


27 posted on 12/29/2010 7:45:14 AM PST by listenhillary (20 years in Reverend Wright's church is all I need to determine the "content of his character")
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To: JoeProBono
Thank you for that, finally. I have plenty of stamps in the draw that just saw "First Class" on them and I haven't a clue what denomination they are or how much more postage I need. Annoying.

On the other hand, I can't wait to buy oodles and oodles of "Ronald Reagan Forever" stamps to send to all my liberal friends.

28 posted on 12/29/2010 8:02:34 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: JoeProBono
Post office marks new first-class stamps 'forever'

They will come to regret this, if the day comes when that stamp is worth more than a $20 bill.

29 posted on 12/29/2010 9:08:07 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (I've giving up Facebook because of OPSEC issues.)
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To: Ditter

They mean ALL NEW stamps good for the base First-class postage will be “Forever” stamps, not just the Liberty Bell stamps that have been sold for a few years at the same time as 44-cent Simpson stamps, 44-cent Black Heritage stamps, 44-cent holiday stamps,. . . and the 42-cent stamps they replaced.

I recently bought a book of “Holiday Greens” “Forever” stamps.


30 posted on 12/29/2010 9:08:23 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: JoeProBono

But are they reusable?


31 posted on 12/29/2010 9:11:27 AM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: The_Reader_David

32 posted on 12/29/2010 9:14:26 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"In other words, stamps are now a hedge against inflation and will retain their value no matter what happens to the economy. They are as good as gold."

Think about it...it's just a loan to the postal department. They're (USPS) spending tomorrow's money today.

33 posted on 12/29/2010 12:32:09 PM PST by blam
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