Discussion Forums - USPS Postal Regulations USPS Postal Regulations

Topic: Uncancelled stamps

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Uncancelled stamps
Date Posted: 7/13/2009 2:24 PM ET
Member Since: 7/29/2006
Posts: 240
Back To Top

I received two books today with groups of postage stamps of various denomentations on them.  Neither of the blocks of stamps was cancelled.  Beyond it maybe being unethical, could I cut them out and reuse them? 

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 2:36 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2006
Posts: 6,633
Back To Top

it's theft if you reuse them.

I've heard tell that sometimes the PO cancels stamps with invisible ink, but I don't know whether or not this is true or how widespread it is.

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 2:38 PM ET
Member Since: 8/13/2008
Posts: 13,147
Back To Top

Not legally. It is completely against the law and some people had their accounts closed here for admitting to reusing stamps. I would steer clear.

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 3:51 PM ET
Member Since: 7/29/2006
Posts: 240
Back To Top

Ok, thanks for the advice.  It's so hard to not reuse them! But I will be good :)

Date Posted: 7/14/2009 11:16 AM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2009
Posts: 1,564
Back To Top

Definitely illegal. 

Date Posted: 7/14/2009 2:07 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
Posts: 14,167
Back To Top

I've reused stamps that haven't been through the mail...changed my mind letters and the like.  But once they've been used, cancelled or not, it's best to resist the temptation.

Date Posted: 7/14/2009 11:07 PM ET
Member Since: 9/11/2005
Posts: 905
Back To Top

It is definitely illegal, but the stuff about cancelling with invisible ink is not true.  Soaking off stamps and reapplying with a glue stick (with stamps that had been attached to letters but never sent or similar) is quite legal and no problem.  The other is illegal, but almost untracable.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 10:24 AM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2006
Posts: 6,633
Back To Top

thanks for clearing that up, Winston. :)