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Subject: stamps not canceled on packages
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 10:44 PM ET
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have you noticed that very often the stamps are not canceled when you get the package?

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 10:50 PM ET
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No I dont really pay attention. Out of curiosity why do you ask?

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 10:52 PM ET
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just a heads-up, reusing those stamps is actually fraud!

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 10:56 PM ET
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That is quite a common phenomenon.  I think they miss them on about 1/3 of the packages.  It is illegal to reuse them, since they have already done what they contract to do----i.e. pay for mailing priviledges.   However (!!!)  if you cut the paper they are attached to around them and soak them in warm water for 20-30 minutes, they will soak off---even the self-adhesives of today.  You can reattach them to packages, envelopes etc. with glue and nobody will know the difference.  Remember that you didn't hear it from me and I don't recommend it, and it is definitely illegal, but .....................

If you attach stamps to package, envelope etc. and don't send it off, you can salvage the stamps and soak them off as above and use them on another package or envelope.  This is NOT ILLEGAL and it is often the only way to recover from mistakes without losing the postage.

Last Edited on: 2/2/08 10:58 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 11:06 PM ET
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i just wondered if it was just packages coming to my area (ie, my PO) rather than a nationwide pattern. i would assume that the stamps should be postmarked when the package is mailed from the sender's PO.

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 11:26 PM ET
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I get a lot of packages where the stamps aren't cancelled but someone (my mailman?) has taken a ball point pen and slashed across them!   

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 12:29 AM ET
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I have also received a lot that weren't canceled. They are occasionally marked through with a pen.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 3:34 AM ET
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The majority that I get aren't cancelled. And there are no markings on them either.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 8:04 AM ET
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I get a lot that aren't cancelled either.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 8:45 AM ET
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perhaps 95% or the ones I get aren't cancelled but, as a Christian reusing them would not be the honest thing to do.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 9:52 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/3/2008 11:13 AM ET
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most of mine come with the metered postage (or APC machine).  I've seen ones with stamps that aren't cancelled but I am too lazy to even try and remove them to reuse (not that I would). 

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 2:25 PM ET
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Media packages aren't processed on cancelling machines as stamped letters are. That's why they aren't cancelled.  And a conscientious postal employee has marked through them with a pen to protect postal revenue.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 11:39 PM ET
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oh, of course it makes sense that the machines would not be able to cancel a thicker package as compared to a letter. would have to be hand-canceled i suppose...


Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:47 PM ET
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Cozi, that's what my mailman does, too (slashes through all of the stamps with a ballpoint pen).

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 2:27 AM ET
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Petvet --

YES!!!  I've  noticed that and wondered if anyone else had as well. It seems to happen mostly to books that have the printed delivery confirmation coding on them.

In the past six months or so, I've salvaged about $50 or more of uncancelled stamps. Of course, the post office prohibits anyone from reusing them on outgoing mail, so I'd never ever suggest such a thing!  But ......