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Postage Stamps!


Blurf. Or maybe Blarg.

Definitely Gah!

I have need to send a *gasp* snail mail letter. After composing, printing, assembling, finding a damned envelope, I needed a stamp!

I for one danced in the streets when the whole concept of "Forever" stamps came about. And I know for a fact we have numerous Forever stamps floating around here! One is UBER cool: it's the Eclipse stamp, and that is heat-sensitive, you can make the Sun's shadow disappear with your thumb.

So, I need a stamp. And my safari locates a handful of stamps, not one of which is a flippin' Forever stamp!

I dug around in my purse and found ONE Forever stamp. I hope it has enough stickum to at least stay on through the cancellation machine.

I googled and found a website which would tell me the value of the stamps I found.

Okay. The stamps that actually SAY "1 c" (I don't have a cent-sign on my tablet), I shall assume they are worth one cent. While I have quite a few of them, I don't think I have enough to add up to the present fifty-cents postage.

I have "H first class" stamps. They are worth 33-cents. I have the "H rate make up stamps." They are worth all of a penny apiece!

And finally, I have the "2006 First Class" stamp with the Statue of Liberty. Those are worth a whopping 39-cents each!

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Old 12-02-2019, 11:13 AM
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I'm pretty sure I still have some twenty-nine cent regular postage stamps. Checking online, I see that the last time postage was twenty-nine cents was 1991.
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:42 PM
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I have one (1) 0.10 CHF stamp. I bought it when stamps went from 0.90 to 1.00 (domestic), but I had one extra.

It used to be possible to put coins in the stamp machine and get a stamp of whatever value you wanted. They got rid of those machines many years ago.

And my husband went to the post office last Saturday. Only afterwards did it even occur to me to ask him to get Christmas stamps.

Bah humbug!
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:56 PM
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I have a few 17-cent stamps, from the days when they charged less for the second ounce.
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:50 PM
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... I don't think I have enough to add up to the present fifty-cents postage.
It's 55˘ now.

I have a gazillion stamps of all denominations, going back to when the 1st class rate was 3˘.
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Old 12-02-2019, 08:00 PM
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Godammit, postage went up a nickel between 11:06 AM and 7:50 PM?

"I'D LIKE TO SEND THIS LETTER TO THE PRUSSIAN CONSULATE IN SIAM BY AEROMAIL. AM I TOO LATE FOR THE 4:30 AUTOGYRO?"
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Old 12-02-2019, 11:43 PM
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Once upon a time, out of all the postage stamps in circulation, some were pretty cool, and people used to collect them. I suspect that with fewer stamps around, collecting them might get prohibitively expensive for someone who wanted to get into that hobby.

Anyway, as for sticking on ancient stamps found in your purse: you can use mucilage, or those glue sticks that come in a twist dispenser. Probably even white paper glue will work. It doesn't really matter unless it's a valuable stamp the recipient will try to detach (dissolving the glue with benzene and so forth).
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Old 12-03-2019, 12:17 AM
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I buy stamps in those 20-or-so booklets from time to time. For a long time I've paid most of my bills by telephone, so I only actually used one snail-mail stamp per month, plus the occasional one-off bill. I try to buy colorful stamps when I do buy.

So recently I saw some purdy stamps on display and, thinking I was running low, bought a couple booklets.

Surprise, surprise. Turns out I already had a few booklets from the last time I did that. And furthermore, the last bill I used to pay by snail-mail I have recently started to pay by phone too.

So now I'm stuck with what is probably a lifetime supply of Forever stamps. (Would the OP like me to send her some? )

Here's a tip: I tried paying bills on-line some years ago, and eventually discovered that most or all such bills can also be paid by telephone. I found, furthermore, that paying by phone actually seems to go quicker and easier than paying on-line. Just one straightforward (usually) menu to plow through with straightforward questions to answer. No need to log in and then navigate through multiple web pages to complete the payment.

I suggest that anyone who pays bills on-line, give a try to paying by phone instead. You might like it.

In California at least, the same happens with annual vehicle registration renewal -- Do it my snail-mail, or on-line, or by phone. Here too, by phone was quick and easy. I think you can even do the same with drivers license renewal.
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Old 12-03-2019, 01:18 AM
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Nice thought, Senegoid, but I already have a fistful of Forever stamps, including those way-cool Eclipse stamps!

Alas, I cannot pay by phone. I'm too decrepit. But I have been paying by computer since 1998!

I used to pay every-damn-thing by check! Now when I need to write out a check, I have to teach myself how to do it all over again!

"What does my signature look like again?"

"How do you spell VOW? "

"Whatthe date? 19-what?"


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Old 12-03-2019, 02:20 AM
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What do you have lurking in the dark corners of your house?

Bunches. There's even a Statue of Liberty 3 cents. Every now and then run across that thing and wonder "Now what?"
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Old 12-03-2019, 05:39 AM
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Bunches. There's even a Statue of Liberty 3 cents. Every now and then run across that thing and wonder "Now what?"
Now you use them, unless you are saving them up for some reason. I'm sure you have an old friend who would be happy to get a cool postcard, or unexpected letter.
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Old 12-03-2019, 05:56 AM
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A collection of various spiders, a bunch of mateless socks belonging to either the ex or the vaderling, assorted legal documents of varying vintage and the other sorts of random crap one would expect but no stamps. On the rare occasion these days that I need to send a missive via the services of the USPS it's probably something legal related and needs to be sent certified mail so I don't actually keep stamps around the house anymore.
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Old 12-03-2019, 06:02 AM
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I have a bunch of 1 cent stamps lurking around here. I thought about plastering them across a Christmas package, but these days you go to the post office and the print a bar code to slap on the box - or is that UPS? I don't know for sure, I so seldom send anything by mail these days.

I do pay my rent by mail - the post-mark serves as proof you got it in on time. Saves having to chase down the office guys who are mostly not in the office, their doing stuff like mowing the lawn or cleaning out the gutters or the like.

Sometimes I pay my credit card bill by mail (I pay it off at the end of the month, assuming I use it at all, which I don't always) but there's a branch of the bank on my way to/from work so sometimes I just stop and pay it in person (the bank branch remembers me - probably from the month I paid my CC bill with singles and spare change, in cash - it was a small amount, what can I say?) I paid my car insurance by phone this year (I pay it all up front, then don't have a bill for 12 months). I pay my internet bill on-line (seems appropriate somehow).

I guess I'm that rare bird that actually uses all my options. I like having options.
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Old 12-03-2019, 06:41 AM
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Among other things, I have an entire unused ROLL of 3,000 1˘ stamps. They're pretty, showing a Tiffany lamp. I'll probably die before I use them.
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Old 12-03-2019, 09:55 AM
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Among other things, I have an entire unused ROLL of 3,000 1˘ stamps. They're pretty, showing a Tiffany lamp. I'll probably die before I use them.
Oh, you win, you win!

The roll might even have value to a collector some day!

Or in a million years, it will turn into diamonds?


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Old 12-03-2019, 11:31 AM
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I wonder what would happen if you put an 8 by 7 block (minus 1) of 1-cent stamps on an envelope and tried (possibly in person) to mail it?
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:38 AM
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I wonder what would happen if you put an 8 by 7 block (minus 1) of 1-cent stamps on an envelope and tried (possibly in person) to mail it?
As long as the address is fully readable, it'll go through just fine.

Stamp dealers get rid of excess stock by sending out purchases in envelopes covered in stamps all the time. It's sometimes more fun to look at the envelopes than what you're buying.
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:51 AM
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I buy a stamp and in my head I say "I'll buy a couple more so I'll have them" Nope. Never find them again.
Recently I've just resorted to buying an envelope with a stamp already on it, at the
counter in the post office, use it right then. And move on.
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:47 AM
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We still send birthday cards to our kids and their spouses and our grandchildren. I don/t think we pay any bills by mail, but it is possible. The motor vehicle bureau wants you to add a $4 handling fee if you pay with a cheque in the mail.
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I bought a sheet of commemorative Civil War stamps, thinking they might be worth something someday. So far, nope... I wonder if I can still find them.

Other than that, I don't think I have any stray stamps. There's a partial book of forever stamps that gets used for the rare item that can't be processed on line. Oddly enough, it's faster for me to mail a check to my credit union in FL than wait for the credit union here to process an electronic transfer. (I think they just mail a check also. Insane, right?)
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Old 12-04-2019, 01:26 PM
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I used to pay every-damn-thing by check! Now when I need to write out a check, I have to teach myself how to do it all over again!...
There are websites which explain how to write out the numbers on checks. I use them 4-5 times per year. Which is how often I have to write a check.

I do not sign checks. My signature was not accepted by the bank, so now my husband always signs the check.

And after he signs the check, I go find an envelope, stamp, etc. and then walk the check over to the post office.
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Old 12-04-2019, 01:38 PM
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Now you use them, unless you are saving them up for some reason. I'm sure you have an old friend who would be happy to get a cool postcard, or unexpected letter.
Post card rate is now 35c. That'll mean twelve 3c stamps to cover it. It will literally cover your post card.
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Old 12-04-2019, 01:43 PM
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Before forever stamps, if the stamp price went up I'd just use 2. It probably cost me 5 bucks over the course of a few years, but I'm young enough that I never sent that many things by mail to begin with.
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:48 PM
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Post card rate is now 35c. That'll mean twelve 3c stamps to cover it. It will literally cover your post card.
If you tried to mail that in person, do you think the clerk would go postal?
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There are websites which explain how to write out the numbers on checks. I use them 4-5 times per year. Which is how often I have to write a check.

I do not sign checks. My signature was not accepted by the bank, so now my husband always signs the check.

And after he signs the check, I go find an envelope, stamp, etc. and then walk the check over to the post office.
Ok, Ms. Die-C- out with it. Why won't the bank accept your sig? You in witness protection or the Mafia or something?
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Old 12-05-2019, 11:33 AM
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Ok, Ms. Die-C- out with it. Why won't the bank accept your sig? You in witness protection or the Mafia or something?
I did a signature card for my bank approximately 2 weeks after getting married and changing my name. My signature 15 years later didn't look like my signature back then. My husband's been signing the same name for much longer and his didn't change during those 15 years.

Regarding stamps, I bought Christmas ones. Supposed to be church windows. I'm not convinced.
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