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Forever stamps...

Here's an idea my brother came up with... why doesn't the Post Office make ALL stamps "forever stamps"? That way they would not have to update and print new ones every time they raised the rates. Would save a lot of money.

Why not? Seems logical to me.

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There are some reasons for the denominated stamps

The 'forever stamps' are great for standard 1st class postage but what about times when size/weight requires something different?
Also, I'm told that foreign post offices dislike the 'forever stamps' because they want to have the value of the postage explicitly stated due to their varying rules.
I'm sure these problems could be solved if the post office really wanted to but I don't know how big a deal it is.

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They could just have different class designations...

They remain constant while prices fluctuate.

I don't understand why it's an issue for foreign post offices.

I think it would save money.

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I am told that they do this in Britain now...


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First Class post stamps and Second Class post stamps. No dates, no amount, just generic First and Second class.

Even if the stamp was purchased years ago, the Post Office guarantees the value of the stamp at today's prices.

It was a staff suggestion some 20 years ago and was taken up because it saved the Post Office literally millions of Pounds over any extended period.

The member of staff who suggested it made a tidy sum out of it as well, as a reward; Happy


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I hope they do it here. I am sure my brother will be glad to share the reward with me.

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I would guess

that the reprinting of stamps is the smallest cost at the USPS.
Union slugs #1 cost.

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The cost of laboUr

is a large part of every product...whether Union or not.

Do I detect a note of envy in your post?

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