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(9 News)   Holy cow! USPS stuck with 682M unsold 'Simpsons' stamps   (9news.com) divider line 121
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2012-08-21 05:58:46 PM
what are stamps?
 
2012-08-21 05:58:46 PM
USPS needs to start making these collector stamps Forever stamps. Noone collects stamps and noone's going to buy a book of stamps for a fixed amount when the price will go up in a year or two anyway.
 
2012-08-21 05:59:36 PM

WhippingBoy: "Holy Cow"? Have you even seen the Simpsons, submitter?


Blame the article's author, from whom the headline was blatantly stolen.
 
2012-08-21 06:01:14 PM
Just sell them for 44 Cents like normal and let the public use them as Forever Stamps (Simpsons Stamps only) .
Would recoupe the printing costs.and still make a profit.
 
2012-08-21 06:03:41 PM

ckevinc: Just sell them for 44 Cents like normal and let the public use them as Forever Stamps (Simpsons Stamps only) .
Would recoupe the printing costs.and still make a profit.


No it would not. You'd be spending $6.82 million to save $1.2 million.
 
2012-08-21 06:05:31 PM

puppetmaster745: How is something collectible if there's 1 billion of them?



collectible doesn't necessarily mean valuable.  Or destined to be valuable.  People collect worthless stuff all the time.  I know a guy who collects pencil sharpeners.
 
2012-08-21 06:06:22 PM
d'oh! i thought those would sell well!
 
2012-08-21 06:06:35 PM
A government agency pissing away money foolishly? Stop the presses. They're just following the example set by Barack Hussein Obama, so I guess you can't really blame them.
 
2012-08-21 06:08:38 PM
Ugly stamps are ugly.
 
2012-08-21 06:09:23 PM
They'd make a lot more money off commemorative stamps for prostitution: $.47 for the stamp, and an additional $10.00 to lick it.

/ba-da-bump
//tip your waiter
 
2012-08-21 06:12:01 PM
¡Ay Carumba! Thats alot of misspent d'oh.
 
2012-08-21 06:13:10 PM

downstairs: I only recently learned that stamps are now 45 cents.  I mail so rarely, that its hard to pay attention.  However, I've been mailing stuff for 44 cents all year.  Nothing ever got returned.
 
/not so CSB


No shiat. I'm pretty sure I've mailed stuff with 44 cents worth of stamps (still working on a roll of 42 cent stamps I found in my house last year supplemented with 2 cent stamps). Heck, I just bought a sheet of 2 cent stamps a month or so ago. I guess I need to get some 1 cent stamps next time I'm in town.

I assume the post office (as a corporate entity) has realized that it's dumb to try to collect that extra penny and they loose far more than they collect by quibbling over individual pennies. It also costs more than a penny per stamp to print all those penny stamps, distribute them, and sell them. That's why they finally came up with the "forever" stamps. It's just cheaper to deliver at the old rate than go after 1-3 cents per transaction.
 
2012-08-21 06:20:21 PM
I would have bought them? Where did they have them?!?!? My post office never has cool stamps, only stamps with stupid things like Elvis or Christmas stuff. Who cares?
 
2012-08-21 06:20:39 PM
i would buy these stamps. Heck, I would buy ANY stamp I didn't have to stand in line for! This morning I went to the post office and was informed that because of a "management decision" the machine in the front was no longer selling booklets of first-class stamps. For those, I now have to stand in line.

WTF. If the USPS can't even make it convenient to buy STAMPS, how do they expect to stay in business?
 
2012-08-21 06:20:46 PM
rookery.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2012-08-21 06:22:18 PM
Nothing is forever. Not even The Simpsons.

Collecting anything has also lost it's allure in these times when people are quick to cry how creepy this and that is. Or when people are determined to have as few possessions as possible. Or both.
 
2012-08-21 06:23:04 PM

TV's Vinnie: The STUPIDEST thing the USPS ever got involved in was 1. Sponsoring Lance Armstrong (who in France is using the US Postal Service??)


Ya know they do televise the Tour d France in the US... and he's in other promotions and races...
 
2012-08-21 06:23:58 PM
I remember stamps! Sigh. Nostalgia. It's not what it used to be.
 
2012-08-21 06:26:46 PM

austin_millbarge: TV's Vinnie: The STUPIDEST thing the USPS ever got involved in was 1. Sponsoring Lance Armstrong (who in France is using the US Postal Service??)

Ya know they do televise the Tour d France in the US... and he's in other promotions and races...



I can't stand Armstrong... but you can't argue that he's damn popular, and his fans will defend him to the death.
 
2012-08-21 06:29:59 PM

Cheesus: ckevinc: Just sell them for 44 Cents like normal and let the public use them as Forever Stamps (Simpsons Stamps only) .
Would recoupe the printing costs.and still make a profit.

No it would not. You'd be spending $6.82 million to save $1.2 million.


ok
 
2012-08-21 06:32:19 PM
So they produced something for less than an eighth of a cent, sold 318 million of them at more than 300 times that cost for roughly $140 million in total sales, and somehow managed to lose money?
 
2012-08-21 06:38:59 PM

Cheesus: USPS needs to start making these collector stamps Forever stamps.


They did, like a year-and-a-half ago. The Simpsons stamps were among the very last 'current rate but not forever' stamps.

But, yeah, collecting shiat. It's over. The past. I've been slowly eBaying and Amazoning off piles of inherited detritus from my folks. On all of those packages, I'm using dozens of stamps from the 1950s-early 1990s. They're not worth *anything* over face value. Believe me on this. Not a cent over, and won't be. I've put at least $1000 in 20-year-old-plus stamps on packages over the last couple of years.

The sad part of that isn't just the 'opportunity cost' (knowing what investing that $1000 in an index fund 30 years ago would have done), it's knowing that my parents were paying 18% interest on at least $1000 in credit card debt over those 30 years. While holding stamps. That are worth *face value*.

Yeah. Fark collecting anything but bits. My eventual goal is to fit neatly into a very, very small apartment by the time I'm 65.
 
2012-08-21 06:40:45 PM
It would help, the IG points out, if the postal service would limit its initial production, then print more as demand warrants.

Or you know, maybe put them in the machines in the PO lobby to be bought while the postage was still 44 cents? What does it matter what crap somebody is buying from there? It's postage.
 
2012-08-21 06:40:51 PM

austin_millbarge: TV's Vinnie: The STUPIDEST thing the USPS ever got involved in was 1. Sponsoring Lance Armstrong (who in France is using the US Postal Service??)

Ya know they do televise the Tour d France in the US... and he's in other promotions and races...


Yeah, but only gaywads would watch that.
 
2012-08-21 06:41:38 PM
Echoing what others here have already said... these commemorative stamps just need to be made forever stamps. I mail things so rarely nowadays that I only ever buy forever stamps....
 
2012-08-21 06:41:46 PM

Hoopy Frood: So they produced something for less than an eighth of a cent, sold 318 million of them at more than 300 times that cost for roughly $140 million in total sales, and somehow managed to lose money?


perhaps they should have bought Big Mac sandwiches for the WHOLE office.
 
2012-08-21 06:44:42 PM
They messed up.

D'oh!

/Obscure?
 
2012-08-21 06:49:57 PM
Can you still buy them? How? Where?

You'll never make the money back if you don't sell them at all. Perhaps sell them at a discount of 1c/stamp.
 
2012-08-21 06:52:23 PM
Holy cow??? holy cow? I think my mom submitted this.
 
2012-08-21 06:52:26 PM

robbiex0r: Can you still buy them? How? Where?

You'll never make the money back if you don't sell them at all. Perhaps sell them at a discount of 1c/stamp.


The Internet!
 
2012-08-21 06:55:42 PM

mod3072: I just mailed some bills the other day using Simpson stamps that I bought at the post office a few months ago. They look exactly the same as the ones in the article. I have no idea if they were $.44 or $.45 stamps. The bills didn't come back, so I guess that's a good sign?


I used to work in the remittance dept. of a Certain Major Utility, and they would pay a penny or 2 postage due to get your payment NOW.
/I'll probably get my lights turned off for telling you this-hope you appreciate it!
 
2012-08-21 07:09:01 PM
I just used my last Lisa stamp last week.
 
2012-08-21 07:11:31 PM

Rickj: All collectible stamps should be printed as "forever" stamps, where they are good for first class postage regardless of what the price of stamps are today. I don't know why the post office bothers to print anything other than their "forever" stamps.


As far as I know, all first class 1 oz. letter rate stamps are now forever stamps. They do need to keep other denomination stamps available for the people who wish to use up their old stamps and for the additional postage required for heavier pieces.
 
2012-08-21 07:11:42 PM

GhettoWinter: I just used my last Lisa stamp last week.


i bet my wookie :)
 
2012-08-21 07:12:00 PM
Solution to all the USPS's problems:
Beer stamps.
 
2012-08-21 07:15:11 PM
Reminds me of one of the funniest stamps.

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Selling stamps to random collectors is one of the sources of income for some little backwaters (systemically raping their children doesn't pay the bills apparently). Part of having a reasonably market to philatelists is keeping supply somewhat limited. I just love that this is one of the few things they had to commemorate.

Also, for bonus, my vote for the best stamp the USA ever issued.

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2012-08-21 07:17:48 PM
I wonder if Stampy had a stamp?
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Aim for the big hose coming out of his face!
 
2012-08-21 07:18:28 PM

Jimmysolson: Rickj: All collectible stamps should be printed as "forever" stamps, where they are good for first class postage regardless of what the price of stamps are today. I don't know why the post office bothers to print anything other than their "forever" stamps.

As far as I know, all first class 1 oz. letter rate stamps are now forever stamps. They do need to keep other denomination stamps available for the people who wish to use up their old stamps and for the additional postage required for heavier pieces.


Should have added ... on the end there.
 
2012-08-21 07:21:46 PM
First class letter mail to Canada and Mexico is currently $0.85. Wait for it to go up 3 more cents and then sell these stamps in pairs.
 
2012-08-21 07:22:56 PM
 
2012-08-21 07:29:17 PM

DemDave: So they release a stamp that isn't a Forever Stamp, which means the only people who are going to buy it are philatelists.

Then they're caught off guard when only philatelists buy it?


I know, right?

Don't they know that philately will get you nowhere?
 
2012-08-21 08:05:17 PM

scottydoesntknow: quatchi: beantowndog: Should have gone with Pogs.

I actually still have some Simpson Pogs kicking around here so I'm getting a real kick, etc.

Pfft, everyone knows the best Pogs were the Alf ones

/It's Alf! in Pog form


The Steve Allen Pog & I laugh at you.
 
2012-08-21 08:06:00 PM
My god, the USPS's death rattle is lasting a really long time.
 
2012-08-21 08:21:30 PM
Yet another in the rapidly growing pile of greenlit Copy-Paste headlines.

Between these growing more and more frequent and the Repeat tag, it's like Fark has given up even trying to respect its readers.
 
2012-08-21 08:28:46 PM
Why would anyone use a stamp that's not a forever stamp when forever stamps are available for the same price?
 
2012-08-21 08:33:20 PM

nytmare: Why would anyone use a stamp that's not a forever stamp when forever stamps are available for the same price?


because SIMPSONS..
 
2012-08-21 08:35:13 PM

FlashHarry: wait - when did fark start allowing exclamation marks in the headline?


They don't since the filter strips them out. However, an admin can insert one post-submission.
 
2012-08-21 08:42:48 PM
Simpsons Stamps? what year is it, 1999?
 
2012-08-21 08:43:42 PM

redly1: Simpsons Stamps? what year is it, 1999?


i thought we stopped counting years after 1999 cause of that Arnold Schwarzenegger movie end of days.
 
2012-08-21 09:13:59 PM
What?!? I loved them and bought them continuously until most of the post offices in my county sold out of them! Or at least they told me they sold out, those conniving bastiges.

Hell, I'd buy them NOW!
 
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