Recently, I got an order of stamps from a new dealer who was recommended to me and while I’m extremely pleased with the stamps that I got, I was about to throw away the envelope and I noticed that the stamps hadn’t been cancelled by the Post Office. For an organization that is in perpetual need of money and has to keep raising rates, apparently they don’t care about doing the easiest part of their job, keeping people from re-using stamps.
Clearly, someone with loose morals could soak those stamps off the envelope in a few minutes and send out more mail free of charge. Okay, granted, hardly anyone uses the mail anymore as it is, in fact, I was rather surprised that I had to send this dealer a check by mail, I don’t think I’ve personally written a check in a couple of years, I know we haven’t ordered checks in at least 3-4 years because they are pretty useless anymore. Maybe the Post Office is just getting used to printed postage labels which can’t be re-used. It seems like stamps are on the way out and most are being directed at the ever-shrinking collector market rather than the general public. I know that we buy, at most, a book or two of stamps per year, almost exclusively for sending out Christmas cards, but beyond that, we just don’t bother. The ugly stickers just aren’t interesting to me, I choose not to collect them or even pay the slightest bit of attention to them. I suppose it’s not that surprising that the Post Office doesn’t pay much attention to them either.
Yeah, I know this is just one example, but since I rarely ever get stamped envelopes, it could be a general trend as well. After all, this probably represents 100% of the stamped mail I’ve received this month and it wasn’t cancelled? Sorry, if this is how the Post Office works, I’m not at all concerned about their financial well-being, they don’t seem to be all that concerned themselves.