• Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 7 hours ago

    Thank you for your comments, Gregory. The Postal Service issued the Inverted Jenny souvenir stamp sheet on September 22, 2013, to celebrate National Stamp Collecting Month in October. Our reference to September in the report correlates with the issuance of the stamps.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 7 hours ago

    Thank you for your comments and suggestions, Rita. We hope our report has highlights some key issues surrounding the distribution of collector stamps. We are not currently planning an audit or review benchmarking foreign philatelic initiative; however, we welcome your comments and may use suggestions in the future.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 7 hours ago

    Thank you for your comments, Wayne. We hope our report has highlighted the issues surrounding the creation and distribution of a philatelic rarity.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 7 hours ago

    Thank you for your comments, Bernice. The scope of our report did not address the types of images used on collector stamps. We are currently not planning additional audits or reviews in this area. However, we appreciate your viewpoint and archive comments for potential use in the future.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 23 hours ago

    I believe that this issue should be again printed and sold to everyone. Printed from the same plates as the originals with no differentiating.
    It was a mistake to begin with and should be rectified.
    Thank you,
    Tom Roberts

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

    The willful creation of rarities is inappropriate for the long term sustaining of the hobby. Regarding the remainder of both the common inverted and rarer noninverted panes they should be collected and sent to the USPS station at the American Philatelic Society (APS) (Bellefonte, PA) for exclusive purchase by that organization for their mailings over several years. Any of the rarer panes purchased would be auctioned off for the benefit of the APS. There is no revenue loss to the USPS. The APS justly deserves this support by the USPS for all the publicity it provides to the hobby which results in hundreds of millions of dollars per year in revenue and considerable profit to the USPS.

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

    Some sympathetic clerks worked for philatelic windows and a couple of special post offices in Arizona and Rhode Island. The bureaucracy killed everything. I guess they don't want more stamp sales. The local stamp window required a 2 week advance notice for appointment. No thanks. It's gone.

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

    Do you remember when the USPS ruined a real rarity by making a full run of it for everybody?
    Somebody found a sheet/pane of Dag Hammarskjold commemoratives with inverted yellow background and announced it too early, while the stamp was still in production. The USPS simply inverted the yellow "on purpose" and made another complete run of stamps. I have used them for postage, since there were so many.

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

    Basically, this is just one more example of the USPS heading in the wrong direction. From impossible-to-soak peel and stick products, to incredibly boring subject matter, to poor quality product, to retail sales policies that make it difficult for the individual collector to purchase a simple block of 4 for most stamps (where one is kept and the other used for postage) …….It all adds up. As a collector for over 50 years, I have stopped collecting US stamps. Bottom line……They continue on a path that will degrade all collections.

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

    I believe the creation of the intentional rarity was a bad policy decision. The Postal Service is, and in my opinion should be, in the business of moving mail. This may require printing postage stamps, so that is an appropriate activity. Creating collectibles is not an appropriate activity as it is unrelated to the business of moving mail. If the Postal Service seeks to raise money through collectibles, I believe it should license it's stamp designs to the myriad of private companies that create collectibles as part of THEIR business models. This is a very simple method to separate the printing of necessary postage from creation of collectible products, while still preserving the ability to create revenue for the Postal Service.

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

    reprint the stamps like the dag h stamp as this stamp will never be accepted as being legitimate and considered a scam stamp. the usps should make upright copies immediately or stamp collecting will be considered a joke.

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

    I also strongly feel that the Postal Service was wrong to create an instant rarity. If you recall, when the Hammerskjold error was discovered, the Postal Service issued more stamps so that there wouldn't be a rarity. They should do the same with the upright Jennys, i.e., issue millions more. This would make a few current holders much poorer, but would satisfy the bulk of the philatelic community, and remove the stigma.

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

    I think its a rip off !!!! Same with the circus stamps in the yearbook.
    Its not your job to create rarity stamps that only a few people can ever get. Its you job to deliver the mail.
    Its tricks like these that people who already collect stamps quit and why new collectors don't start.
    Look back at the mess the post office found themselves in when they make stamps for Pres Roosevelt.
    I myself have cut way back on US stamps because of this foolishness and putting my interest in other counties.

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

    Hi Inspector General

    It´s time to stop to suck stamp collectors and get serious as it still wont get USPS on the feet.
    Why don´t you concentrate on your core business instead of closing post offices and
    tricking American citizen? I got tired of your stamp policy and quit the American new issues
    and get a new issues service for peanuts for North Korean stamps and added Vietnam and
    Mongolia and I still pay less. What happens when USPS violate its own rules? You ask the
    people what they think, huh? Well here you got my answer - RESIGN and someone more competent
    can clean up the mess and consumers´ rights can be protected or maybe you want more cleaver ideas
    how to make "smart fixes". Well, no from from me budy!

    Cheers,
    Kalle

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

    Pure USPS greed - the $2 price of the stamps ($12) for a sheet was strictly a revenue generator. Add in the rare 'un-inverted' sheets, and I decided that collecting mint stamps wasn't for me. Of course, collecting used stamps is a challenge now that they can no longer be soaked from the envelope. USPS is definitely not stamp collector friendly.

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

    Concerning the upright Jenny, I am disappointed that the PO did not follow policy when it issued these stamps, although the PMG should have authority to issue a deviation. More importantly, I believe it is criminal that the postal authorities did not comply with their public commitment to disperse randomly the upright panes. Besides retaining panes at KC (Kansas City), it is my understanding that the "random" panes only went to the busiest offices. The people responsible for rigging the system should at least be fired and, preferably, be prosecuted, especially if they have since resigned.

    Going forward, I believe it would be best for the hobby if the PO stuck to only issuing stamps at face value in quantities adequate to remain on sale for a minimum period of 6 months.

    The PO should issue more APV stamps/labels. These should be expanded (using the British Royal Mail "Post and Go" stamps as an example to follow) both in terms of varying the stock and the values.

    Concerning the imperforate press sheets of commemoratives that are issued routinely in very limited quantities, these imperf stamps should be made available in standard sheets the same size as sheets of the normal stamps. Most of the press sheets are too expensive for the average collector. To pretend that the press sheets are intended for interior decorators , in my opinion, is nonsense. If I want a conventional sheet of any of these stamps, I have to buy them from a dealer at about 3x face value - I am not willing to do this.

    I find that the packaging of stamps which I buy from KC should be improved. Too often, the sheet of cardboardwithin the transparent packet is not large enough to protect the stamps and sheet corners and edges get wrinkled in the mail. Usually, I ask my local post office th exchange the stamps, if they have them in stock.

    I do not enjoy buying stamps from KC. The people who take the orders by phone are not at KC and do not understand philatelic needs. They may record special requests but these rarely make it to the person who fills the order. When following up with staff at KC, most of the time, again, I encounter people who are not sympathetic to collectors' quality requirements. Years ago, when it first opened, KC was the Philatelic Bureau and staff were trained appropriately; occasionally, I am lucky and encounter one of the old-timers and then all goes smoothly. My recommendation is that a dedicated philatelic team be established at KC. It is my opinion the the PO's chronic need to save money is costing it money because of loss of orders due to inadequate customer service.

    I hope this helps

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

    At first blush, the Un-inverted Jenny sheet idea was very exciting - even to this 71 year old - lifelong colector who still fondly remembers the 1956 Fipex Show in New York City. The US stamp program oftentimes falls into the malaise of boring, familiar commemorations & kiddie issues. One of the adrenaline-rush aspects of collecting is the "hunt". Just the possibility of obtaining one of the limited edition sheets was quite exciting. That feeling, however, did not last long. Realizing the slim-to-none chance of acquisition, euphoria changed to bitter anger. Completeness, you see, is quite imortant to us. Sure, only one collection can technically be complete ( i.e. the Z grill ), but this was on more obstical to the endevour.
    The USPS can still salvage this mistake. You got it right for the Dag Hamersholdt & the Legends of the West issues by making the issues available to all colectors. You'll make a lot of us very happy !
    Thanks,
    Grampa Bill

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

    I thought the idea was unique but have been deeply disappointed to learn that some panes were given out as "gifts". How could those panes have been found if they had been distributed "randomly"? Clearly the panes were NOT distributed randomly and thus this project has left the USPS with a "black eye".
    This project should never be repeated again. This is no better than the Circus stamps that you could only buy if you purchased the year album. The USPS is making it harder for collectors, no wonder there are fewer young collectors of US stamps.

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

    The USPS should be held accountable to their own rules; this organization should NOT be in the business
    of creating intentional rarities. The "upright Jenny" program as it was implemented should never have been allowed to happen - HORRIBLE idea! Stamp collectors have for decades been loyal supporters of the US stamp program and have maintained a mutually beneficial relationship. But no longer - the USPS seems determined to destroy that relationship. Go back to issuing stamps with appropriate designs, that can be easily soaked off in water, and are widely circulated - available to everyone who wants them. Other nations are winning awards for their beautiful, well-designed stamps; it's too bad that, with few exceptions, our are so poorly designed, and are in a few cases, downright ugly!

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

    There is no need to generate interest among the non-collecting world. The reason collecting is down is that the things that most attract collectors have been systematically removed from release; namely engraved stamps featuring mostly if not entirely American history and accomplishments of Americans. The Post Office has gone for cheaply made self-adhesive issues that look more like a child's sticker than a stamp. The attempt to be more culturally aware has backfired; why did we honor a non-American artist from Mexico who disliked this nation? The Post Office is acting like a musical group that changes style to follow "fads". It attracts new people but alienates the very fans that got the group where it is. There should be no artificially created rarities, no collectables that are available only in annual collections. And for heaven's sake, can't we force the printers of self-adhesive stamps to properly roulette issues so that individual stamps can be easily detached? I'd tear up any contract where the printers can't manage this. Finally, no commemoratives of living people. Imagine the uproar today if the post office had issued a set of "living comedians" that included Bill Cosby? The reason we wait for a time after death is to make sure there were no skeletons in the honoree's closet.

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

    Utterly dumbfounded. Like others have already said, the USPS should not be in the business of creating rarities. All items produced should be available to the general public, no matter the variation of any of them. An idiotic proposal that unfortunately came to fruition.

  • Reply to: What’s an Internet of Postal Things?   1 week 2 days ago

    Hi! Today morning i checked may mail box and i found key in it which is for the locker (i don't kw what it call as ). The locker number was not easily recognizable and i thought that key might be for the locker below may mailbox. Now the key is stuck in wrong locker and i haven't my package. What should I do? Or will the postman solve the issue. Not getting what to do

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 2 days ago

    I didn't even know about it until I saw the news piece on CBS Sunday Morning where they were talking about the man who bought hundreds of the sheets so he could find one of the upright sets. I didn't think it was a BAD thing that the postal service did, but I did think they did an awful job getting the word out about it. In my opinion, collectors, buying stamps to keep, taking them out of service, have been keeping the postal service afloat for years. I think they should do more - such as "limited editions" that they might sell out of - targeted to collectors. Like movies, book characters, cats, dogs, birds, butterflies, etc. Thanks for asking.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 2 days ago

    USPS should not be in the business of creating rarities. You rightly pointed out that was a violation of USPS's own rules. There is a simple step that could help create the new collectors that USPS needs to help sustain the hobby. That would be to once again produce stamps that are soakable. By printing stamps on paper that allows a used stamp to be soaked off envelopes, USPS would create a way for their stamps to be used twice. Once for postage and then saved by collectors. It is the way that thousands of youngsters became stamp collectors. It would reinvigorate the hobby for collectors - old and new assuring USPS of a strong and growing collector base.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 2 days ago

    I think that issuing only one hundred upright sheets was a real mistake. To add excitement to the release no fewer than 100,000 should have been issued to give collectors a reasonable chance of buying one from the Postal Service. I don't think it is too late to reprint the upright Jenny sheets. You could change the date on each stamp from 2013 to 2015 so that the original rarity could still be distinguished from the reprint. But then everyone could have one.

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