• Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   6 hours 25 min ago

    I feel used and abused by this whole mess. I live in a small town in Northern Wisconsin. I assumed a level playing field in the program. I have purchased over 400 packets of the stamp. When we were told randomly distributed I took that to mean exactly what it said. Then I found the 70% of these went to "major" markets and some were held out and just given out to customers. That is sure not a level playing field
    I am now thinking back to what was done with the mess that Postmaster Farley with the imperforate stamps were created and later what was done when the Dag Hammarskjold error stamps came out.
    I think that the postal service should do another run of the stamps with the center upright, sell them over the counter at the Post Offices, and just call it a day. This program was certainly not fair to all customers. Shame on the USPS

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 1 min ago

    Thank you very much for your response. I wouldn't normally question the cost of a commemorative print run. However, the creation of the 100 non-inverts necessitated the unnecessary creation of an entirely new press run, complete with a new printing sleeve, set-up, the actual press run and clean up, which would run into the thousands of dollars for 100 items.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 45 min ago

    Hi Tom, just to clarify, the Office of Inspector General is operating and responding to this blog, not the Postal Service. We are an oversight agency that is independent from the Postal Service. As such, we are interested in the opinions and viewpoints of collectors and customers. Several other comments have addressed the face value of the stamp, as well as the practical use of collector stamp issuances.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 48 min ago

    Mike, thanks for your comments. It’s interesting to compare and contrast the varied responses by collectors.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 48 min ago

    Thanks for your comments, Fred. During our audit, we did not find that the stamps given away were Postal employees or relatives of Postal employees. As our report states, the OIG also took issue with giving away stamps.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 49 min ago

    Soakable stamps and the frequent issuance of stamps are common themes from collectors who’ve responded to the blog. Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion, P.B.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 50 min ago

    Michael, thanks for your comments. Another outcry for the soakable stamps. It’s nice to know so many collectors have united thoughts on this subject matter.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 50 min ago

    Thanks for taking the time to share your viewpoints, Joseph. The blog responses have been as varied as your mixed emotions indicate.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 51 min ago

    Hi Ken. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Several collectors have written about similar issues regarding stamp availability at the Post Office retail counter. We retain blog comments for potential future audits or reviews.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 52 min ago

    Thank you for sharing your concerns, Steve. We’ve received several comments on the Circus stamps.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 52 min ago

    Thanks for your suggestions, Bill. The Postal Service is currently developing a plan to address the remaining Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets held in inventory. It may be costly to return all the stamp inventory in the retail units, since the Un-Inverted is comingled with the Inverted.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 53 min ago

    Hi Stanley. At the time of our audit, 23 Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets remained in inventory at the Stamp Fulfillment Services. The Postal Service is currently developing a plan to address the remaining inventory by August 31, 2015. Additionally, at the time of our audit, 57 stamp sheets remained in circulation and could potentially be purchased through Post Office retail locations.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 54 min ago

    Thanks, Wayne. We’ve received multiple comments on the face value of the stamps. Good to know what’s on people’s minds.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 54 min ago

    Tom, 70 of the stamp sheets were distributed to Post Office retail locations. At the time of our audit, 57 remained for sale. 30 of the stamp sheets were held in inventory at the Stamp Fulfillment Services. Because the 30 were held in a separate, secure location, the stamp sheets were readily identifiable when fulfilling orders.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 55 min ago

    Thanks for your comments, Craig. Soakable stamps have a big support among collectors.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 56 min ago

    Thanks for taking the time to respond to this blog, Gilbert. 57 Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets remain in circulation at Post Office retail units. 23 Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets are at the Stamp Fulfillment Services and the Postal Service is developing a plan on how to deal with the inventory by August 31, 2015.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 57 min ago

    Hi Edward. Thanks for your comments. We’ve noted that many collectors have expressed displeasure over the face value of the stamps.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 58 min ago

    Thanks for your comments, Jerome. 70 of the 100 Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets were distributed to Post Office retail counters. At the time of the audit, 13 were sold and registered and 57 remained available for sale. 30 of the 100 Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets were held in inventory at the Stamp Fulfillment Services and, at the time of our audit, 7 were registered and 23 remained in inventory.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   9 hours 59 min ago

    Hi Stewart. The blog is in response to the audit report issued by the OIG’s Office of Audit. Our objective was not to discipline employees. The OIG’s Office of Investigations is appropriately addressing those issues.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   10 hours 4 sec ago

    Lev, you are another advocate for soakable stamps. Thanks for taking the time to express your opinions. Again, many collectors share some of your opinions.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   10 hours 40 sec ago

    Thanks for taking the time to express your comments, Maurice. We appreciate your viewpoints, which mirror the viewpoints of other collectors.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   10 hours 1 min ago

    Thanks for your comments, Lothar. The Postal Service is currently developing a plan to address the remaining 23 Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets held in inventory at the Stamp Fulfillment Service by August 31, 2015. All other stamp panes have been distributed to Post Office retail units or previously purchased.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   10 hours 2 min ago

    Thanks for your comments, Todd. Several collectors have discussed the advantages of having a philatelist being involved in the process.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   10 hours 2 min ago

    Thanks for your suggestion, Matt. The Postal Service is currently developing a plan to address the remaining Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets held in inventory at the Stamp Fulfillment Service by August 31, 2015. You are correct about the stamp sheets in inventory at the Post Offices. At the time of our audit, 57 stamp sheets remained at the Post Office retail units.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   10 hours 3 min ago

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, John. Like you, others have suggesting printing more Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets. The Postal Service is currently developing a plan to address all the recommendations by December 31, 2015.

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