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Subject: using a stamp printed from the APC
Date Posted: 9/27/2008 1:42 PM ET
Member Since: 5/7/2007
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I used to print off a couple of stamps at a time (the more common postage amount) for future use when I would use the APC feature.   That way I figured I could potentially save myself from having to go inside the PO if the next requested book was the same price to mail.   I never had a problem, until I visited a different post office and the person at the counter made a comment about the date that I printed the stamp.   I think it was dated about 3 weeks earlier than that day.   She said that I shouldn't do that.  That any stamps printed using the APC should really be used the same day they are printed.  

Later, my husband and I were talking about it, and we didnt' get why I need to use it right away.   It's not like the price of the stamp is going to change over time.  If I bought a printed stamp for say, $2.41, it's still going to be worth that amount whenver I use it.   So any idea why she thought I need to use it the same day?

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 3:37 PM ET
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I believe with postage meters (company/privately owned) & the PO counter labels, the rule is in place for Accounting/Public relations reasons - putting something into the mail stream later than the date on the meter makes it appear that it took longer to deliver than it really did, giving the PO a poorer delivery time record.

In the case of APC's, I have heard that the date is meant to be a date of sale, not a date of mailing & you're allowed to do as you have done. The individual you spoke with is confusing APC postage with meters/PO counter labels. It can still be a PR problem for the PO as your recipient would assume the date you mailed the package was the date on the APC label & therefore it took 4 weeks to get to them.

Scott out.

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 4:45 PM ET
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I've only had this issue at post offices where there is no APC.  My feeling is that the date on the stamp is purchase date and that's all.

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 10:44 PM ET
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the date on the APC stamp is just the date you bought the stamp not the day you have to use it

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 3:15 PM ET
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Kellie, I've run into this as well.  This thread http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=120350 has a link to something on the USPS website that says you can buy APCs ahead of time and use them later. 

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 5:51 PM ET
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My post office said they just need to cancel the APC stamp on the date you mail it.

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 12:48 PM ET
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MY PO is actively tryign to get more people to use the APC, and they make a big deal about how you can buy multiple APC stamps and then post your packages later from home.