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(9 News)   Holy cow! USPS stuck with 682M unsold 'Simpsons' stamps   (9news.com) divider line 30
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2012-08-21 05:46:56 PM
6 votes:
By the way, "Holy cow?" Shouldn't that somehow be more like "Don't have a cow?" Or even possibly "USPS forced to eat Bart's shorts" or... something actually related to the Simpsons?
2012-08-21 06:38:59 PM
2 votes:

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 06:20:39 PM
2 votes:
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 05:57:52 PM
2 votes:
The STUPIDEST thing the USPS ever got involved in was 1. Sponsoring Lance Armstrong (who in France is using the US Postal Service??) and 2. these stupid tie-in stamps. You KNOW the studios are wanting a significant cut for every stamp sold, and that reduces any real income the USPS would make.

Just get back to delivery the mail and selling stamps, get rid of the merchandizing crap, and maybe, just maybe, the USPS might get back in the black again.
2012-08-21 05:48:15 PM
2 votes:
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.
2012-08-21 05:44:49 PM
2 votes:
What they need to do is sell the stamps for the 44 cents each and allow that postage to actually be valid.
2012-08-21 02:42:48 PM
2 votes:
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2012-08-21 01:57:52 PM
2 votes:
Futurama would have sold better.
2012-08-21 01:54:51 PM
2 votes:
How long was postage 44 cents? A week? Week and a half?
2012-08-21 10:32:54 PM
1 votes:

jtown: 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.


actually they still deliver the mail, but try to stick the receiver for the difference in postage. I know this as my wife does a really dumb holiday "card exchange" with her online friends who can't seem to put the correct postage on the things. So we end up with the cards and a little envelope asking us to leave 13 cents (or whatever) to pay for the difference in postage. Since it is only a few cents I generally put it into the envelope and leave it there for the postman to pick up the next day, though I suppose there is really nothing he could do if I didn't (I like our postman though).
2012-08-21 08:35:13 PM
1 votes:

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 08:28:46 PM
1 votes:
Why would anyone use a stamp that's not a forever stamp when forever stamps are available for the same price?
2012-08-21 08:21:30 PM
1 votes:
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 07:22:56 PM
1 votes:
2012-08-21 07:21:46 PM
1 votes:
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 07:15:11 PM
1 votes:
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 06:55:42 PM
1 votes:

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 06:32:19 PM
1 votes:
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 06:26:46 PM
1 votes:

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 06:13:10 PM
1 votes:

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 05:54:06 PM
1 votes:
You would think that these would've sold out quickly.....15 years ago.
2012-08-21 05:49:05 PM
1 votes:
I bought one pack. Then they were gone. No more to be bought. Then got desperate and used them with one cent stamps.

I love the post office, but come on. Print commemorative stamps as forever stamps.
2012-08-21 04:41:09 PM
1 votes:

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

Holy crap, I didn't even realize that. Nice catch.


I think you can use them within a headline, just not at the end
2012-08-21 03:51:17 PM
1 votes:

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


Holy crap, I didn't even realize that. Nice catch.
2012-08-21 03:43:03 PM
1 votes:
wait - when did fark start allowing exclamation marks in the headline?
2012-08-21 03:09:28 PM
1 votes:
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
2012-08-21 02:34:39 PM
1 votes:
If they had included Barney, Mo, Burns, Hans Moleman, Comicbook Guy, Grandpa and Jasper they would have sold out.

Who wants a freakin' Maggie stamp?
2012-08-21 01:55:23 PM
1 votes:
I'd buy them along with the 1¢ stamp.
2012-08-21 01:54:43 PM
1 votes:
I would have gone with a "D'oh", perhaps in a pun form such as "Guess how much D'oh the USPS wasted"
2012-08-21 01:54:40 PM
1 votes:
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service wasted $1.2 million in printing costs by selling less than a one-third of the 1 billion commemorative stamps of The Simpsons, Bloomberg news reports.

That's not very much for the USPS. Usually they like to target their waste numbers a little higher.
 
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