• Reply to: Rethinking Mailbox Access   1 week 1 day ago

    Hi There thank you for being here for us sirs.Say one little thing I think you should know about.I live in Moreno Valley Calif.My mail box has been ROBBED broken into many many times,Not only mine BUT others also,The Mail Box is in front of my House right by my Driveway.They use a crowbar or something to that affect to break into the Boxes here.It has been going on for a very long time now.And I and others here in my area are really tired of getting our mail STOLEN.I and others here have Called the Moreno Valley Post Office to report it.They DONT do a thing about it.They say Call the Local Police we call them and they say call the POST OFFICE OK?The Post Office have Postal Police right?Postal Inspectors right?They sit up there in there air conditioned area looking at and watching the Postal Workers right?The Post Office WONT fix the Mail Boxes Broken into,They say it is our Fault it happened.We have to put New locks on the Mail Boxes ourselves.Way Dont the Postal Inspectors get Off there BUTTS and come and check on this PROBLEM?I Know they are there because I went to the F.L.E.T.C. Training center the same as they did ok?Only I was a Customs Inspector.PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS SOON.A very concerned person.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    I agree that gifts should NOT be allowed. I feel that the inverted Jenny helped the Post Office and stirred interest in stamp collecting and could be done again in the future.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    The "Upright Jenny" has now reduced The US to the level of the Sand Dune Countries or the blocked issues of the German Democratic Republic. Intentionally creating errors puts a big stigma on the USPS. Not only in violation of internal rules, this lowers the respect of the worldwide philatelic community.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    The issue originally was overpriced, resulting (I think) in suppressed sales. Hiding the right-side-up panes may have increased sales (I bought more), but irritated those of us who are "completists". Having all the current issues is now virtually impossible unless you have $50.000 laying around - I don't.
    The curious thing is that the general public (at least those I know) seemed unaware of the panes (unless they visited a post office with a poster hanging somewhere) and even more unaware of the "error" panes.
    Regarding the types of activities that would enhance the philatelic program: I like the idea of reproducing old postage stamps, but assigning them values that have no relationship to rates makes them uninteresting to the public.
    Years ago, I worked with our local post office to visit elementary schools where presentations were made to young children about stamps, letters, and the concept of communicating with family and friends. I think that such a program would still be valuable even in the age of twitter, etc.
    Instead of just advertising package services, include information in your ads about new stamps.

    Thanks for asking.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    Have collected stamps for 60 years and find these "lottery program" efforts ill conceived. As previously suggested, these are not real rarities but contrivances promoted to separate collectors from their money. If you want to promote the hobby and, hence sell more stamps to collectors, produce stamps with a high caliber art and perceive engraved features.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    I bought 100s of the Jenny invert panes online from the Postal Service, but it now seems that there was NO chance of getting an upright pane. I feel cheated.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    Years ago we had Farleys follies and this is just another abuse of the printing process. It is unfathomable that she would have the stamps printed and then split up and stuck in a bunch of sheets printed correctly. This is tantamount to outright fraud. One has to wonder how many other stamps are printed with errors and kept by employees and officials to gain a substantial increase in the price and sell them through dealers. How many first day covers were made with the errors? Reissue the errors and have a great number of them back dated to eliminate the financial advantage that some collectors and dealers have gained.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    It should not be the job of USPS to influence the market! Your answer demonstrates the wrong thinking that pervades the philatelic services of USPS. It is your job to create meaningful and beautiful stamps, and to serve the philatelic community, not to influence the market for intentionally created rarities. This must stop!

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    The extremely rare upright then inverted Jenny created by USPS should be corrected like the Legends of the West error was corrected. Why the top 50 markets? That excluded many outlets. I have an almost complete collection of United States stamps issued as intended and have no hope of ever getting one of the rarities that you created. You should print a significant number of additional upright then inverted Jennys and make them available by lottery.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    This issue was and is nothing but a rip-off to collectors. I am a stamp dealer and have heard nothing but
    complaints from my customers about this issue. Please, USPS, recognize that the pool of collectors is continuing to grow smaller by the year and that young people are not taking up philately. Issue quality engraved stamps that strongly correlate to important people/events in U. S. history if you wish to keep the current collectors for new U. S. issues.
    I hear frequent complaints about the "label" appearance and poor print quality for most new U. S. stamps.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    Like many others, I am incensed that USPS takes advantage of collectors by making fake rarities. I like the Jenny stamps, but it is wrong to take advantage of collectors by making a few rare stamps that few to no collectors will ever have the opportunity to obtain.

    If anything, USPS should realize that collectors are your best allies! We buy stamps that will go unused to build a collection of treasures we love and value. USPS could take example from other countries and their philatelic services. For example, Canada. I can purchase a quarter pack of singles of every issue, including self adhesives, on a standing order. I don't have to buy 4 of every issue to get one stamp! In addition, they don't issue so many new stamps per year that it becomes a burden to younger collectors on limited budgets. If you hope to attract new collectors, you need to consider that they have many other options for hobbies.

    While I am responding to this report, I would like to add that I think it is unconscionable that you only issued the perforated version of the Circus souvenir sheet with the annual book. We should not have to buy a product we neither want or need just to get a stamp issue. This is taking advantage of people you should be catering to! Stop the nonsense. Think like a collector. As it is, I am on the verge of just saying no more US collection! It isn't worth the playing the game you are playing.

    Hoping that you will fix this inappropriate approach to philately,
    Don

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    I think the intentional creation of a rarity is a terrible idea. It is almost a spit in the face of all the collectors who buy new issues.

    The execution of the idea, notwithstanding the wisdom of the idea, seems to have violated the postal service's own rules. The ones responsible should be held accountable.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    I think that it was a great idea; just the type of innovative thinking that the USPS needs. Do it again!

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    The error in creating and marketing the inverted Jenny stamp was the corruption of the original design by re-valuing the stamp to a non-usable rate just to wring money from the collectors. For this reason, I bought one cover but refuse to but the entire sheet. The error was compounded by the deliberate creation of 100 'upright' panes which will end up in the hands of a privileged few, never be used for a postal purpose, and by their scarcity assume an artificial value that benefits those privileged few. When the Postal Service came out with the Pan American invert reprints in 2001, they appended 4 'labels' denominated at 80 cents each, also a non-regular rate for any manner of ordinary mail, just to wring more money out of the collecting public, also. When I actually used one of those 80-cent 'labels' to frank a large envelope, the Post Office did not even recognize it as a stamp and returned the item for postage, because the design was so uninspired and so inane.

    Also, as a matter of feedback unrelated to the inverted Jenny, I stopped buying the year-end "Yearbooks" after 2009 (I had been getting these every year back into the 1970's) because the Postal Service was unrepentant and unresponsive to my complaints about selling damaged product in the included stamp packets. In those situation in which the stamps were produced without a separable backing sheet to facilitate separation of single stamps, they repeatedly clipped the die-cut 'perfs' by straight-cutting to separate the stamps in the pane. The continuation of this practice demonstrates an arrogance and contempt for collectors that is turning many of us off.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    Any product produced and promoted by USPS should be fairly available to a reasonable number of collectors, with advance notice of the item promoted. The inverted Jenny sheet rarity sharply violates my sense of fairness. The use of a lottery to make a philatelic item hopelessly out of my reach diminishes my enjoyment of my hobby.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    This is a good and sensible suggestion except for one thing -- the primary missions of the USPS are to sell MINT stamps and discourage the collection of USED stamps. 'Nuff said.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    I RETIRED FROM THE POST OFFICE & HAVE COLLECTED STAMPS FOR OVER 70 YEARS. WHEN THIS UPRIGHT PANE THING STARTED I SAID IT WAS A VERY VERY BAD DEAL. OFFICIALS THING THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT & RULED ONLY APPLY TO OTHERS.

    GIVING 3 PANES AWAY TO COLLECTORS WAS ANOTHER BAD DEAL. AGAINST EVERYTHING THAT WE WHERE TOLD TO START WITH. HOW WERE THOSE PEOPLE PICKED?

    THOSE PEOPLE THAT STARTED THIS DEAL NEED TO BE BROUGHT UP ON CHARGES AND REMOVED FROM OFFICE.

    MAKE SURE THINGS LIKE THIS NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    My comments will go against the prevailing sentiment, but I think that the upright Jenny was actually a good idea in concept... but was utterly mismanaged.

    Knowing now, after the fact, that the sheets were NOT distributed randomly as originally reported, thus my virtually having no chance to find one, makes me regret my purchases. Yes, I might have purchased a few sheets out of interest, and yes I can always use them for postage, but I would not have purchased as many as I did.

    Furthermore, the holding back of a large swath of upright sheets, combined with the (rigged?) random giveaway to favored customers just makes me livid. That was unconscionable.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    Got USPS tons of publicity. It's over and done with, so quit obsessing about the methodology. If the IG doesn't like the way the deal went down, change the law (and put some teeth in it) and GET OVER IT. It's a RARE day that the consumer gets a little unexpected benefit, so cut out all the hand-wringing and concentrate on reining in the FLOOD of new issues and varieties that drives long-time collectors away by the thousands. Any "investigation" at this late date is a huge waste of time and money and umm, brainpower, none of which are in ample supply at Headquarters.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    While it was a shameless ploy to drive up stamp sales, It did create huge interest in the collecting community. With us old stamp collectors dying off at an alarming rate, I guess we have to take the bad with the good! I would be much more concerned with the USPS honoring drug users and dealers, and those who committed suicide by drugs and alcohol. And don't get me started on Wilt Chamberlain. We all know what he was famous for, besides basketball. Are these the people who we want representing our country on our mail?

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    Deliberately creating a philatelic rarity is fraud, pure and simple. And holding back a few of the rarity for a privileged few is aggravated fraud. As a collector I'm willing to forgo all rarities rather than be granted an artificial rarity. If the USPS wants to encourage new collectors it should produce soakable stamps and let the newbies start the way the rest of us did — going through discarded envelopes for new stamps to add to a fledgling collection.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 1 day ago

    Issue a couple million upright Jenny panes, printed exactly as the first ones, just like you did with the Dag Hammarskjold stamp. Also, no more intentional rarties.

  • Reply to: What’s in Store for Neighborhood Logistic Services?   1 week 1 day ago

    The USPO has made a series of errors over the past few years. Ist they took out the stamp machines. Now everyone who requires just a stamp must now wait in line with the PO bread and butter clientele who are there to do business shipping packages. Many is the time I watch a retail shipper walk out the door headed to UPS or Fed-Ex as opposed to waiting in line behind 30 people who just need a stamp or a change of address card. Next some moron decided to take the already reduced personnel out from behind the counter and place them in the lobby to greet customers inquiring "why are you here today?" Are you kidding me? I'm not dropping off my laundry and pretty sure I can't make my bank deposit here either. Many many times leaving a single solitary clerk at the counter as the customers continue to pile up. It's not unrealistic for shipping a parcel to suck up 45 minutes of your time just to ship. Ridiculous. Moving on - I have to laugh every time that commercial comes on with those cheery friendly post office delivery people telling us we should just give our packages over to them. Laughable at best. And here is the biggest reason that will never work much like the extra 4 digits on the zip code that no one uses. They refuse to scan your packages when you fork them over. In their ignorance or laziness they just aren't smart enough to comprehend how the system works. If the package isn't scanned in when I hand it to you - my customers don't know I shipped it in a timely fashion. You may now proceed to stack them up at your house for Christmas gift giving. They have those scanners because they use them (hopefully) when they deliver packages. At my store once - I handed over 3 packages for pick up. The carrier picked them up off the counter and proceeded to walk out the door. I stopped him and asked him if he was going to scan them. He turned around - smiled at me and said "don't you trust me?" Actually - I told him no and asked for them back. I never bothered him again to do his job that the taxpayers paid him to do. Not paid by the taxpayer you say? Hooey - you show me any other company in the USA that can operate billions of dollars in the red year after year and still remain open. The fault of the post office not running in the black is the fault of the employees and their bloated pensions and benefits. Any other business would have gone out of business a long time ago.

  • Reply to: A Golden Opportunity?   1 week 1 day ago

    I absolutely think the USPS should get into providing banking services. What a huge source of untapped revenue!
    Of course the banking industry would hate this. Take away profit from them. If they are against it, it will probably be great for consumers.
    They could offer all kinds of banking products including payday loans. The only places that offer these right now charge outrageous interest rates of 200% and more. Insane!
    I think this would be a huge money maker for the PO. I'm all for it!
    Thanks for reading.

  • Reply to: The Postal Service and Its Obligation   1 week 1 day ago

    I am not a lawyer, but this is what I would do.
    First, make sure she IS taking your packages. How do you know she's taking them? As you can see from many of the comments on this thread, there is a problem with the post office not delivering packages correctly or when they say they will (even though mail articles - like things from the DMV - go through fine). One time I was expecting a package and when I returned home it wasn't there. But there was no "missed delivery" note. A few minutes later a knock came at the door and my neighbor said the USPS carrier had GIVEN her my package since I hadn't been home, and can I please take it as it was large? Why, if my neighbor wasn't so honest, the post office could have lost me hundreds of dollars. At a different apartment packages I specifically asked to be left at my door, were left at the manager's office. Again, no note for me, but after a few days the manager would call saying, "when are you going to pick this up?" I asked the post office to just leave them at the door and they were basically like, "we'll do whatever we want with your packages"

    However - if you are 100% sure she is taking your packages, I'm pretty sure you can make a police complaint.

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