• Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 3 days ago

    Thank you for expressing your views and opinions, Tom. Your comments will be considered for potential future audits or reviews in the Philatelic world.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 3 days ago

    Bill, we appreciate your interest in stamp collecting. Your suggestion for soakable stamps is an interesting concept. Currently, we do not plan to initiate future audits or reviews addressing collector stamps. However, these comments are archived and may be used for future projects.

    Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  • Reply to: A Golden Opportunity?   1 week 4 days ago

    I am a retired postal clerk. I have always felt that the Postal Service is missing a tremendous opportunity to make a lot of money by offering an express money order and I submitted a formal suggestion regarding this matter over 15 years ago. Basically, a customer could purchase this express money order and have it sent electronically to any Post Office and be immediately available to whomever the customer identifies as the receiver. Very similar to what Western Union does. However, considering the number of Post Offices, this service would be far superior. Additionally, the service could be expanded with an additional fee to allow the money order to be delivered to an address if so desired. Its really a no brainer. Why are we not doing it!

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    If the USPS is going to produce a stamp, it should produce sufficient quantities so that everyone who wants the issue can buy it at a reasonable cost. The USPS should stop creating these artificial rarities. I think that they discourage people from collecting stamps. It certainly has discouraged me. These same comments apply to the imperforate stamps issued over the last few years.

    With respect to enhancing support of philatelic programs, I think that the USPS should consider issuing fewer stamps.. They issue too many stamps and the subjects have become trivial. There are so many stamps that it is hard to keep up with all the new issues. Fewer stamps and more significant subjects would allow time for more publicity and generate more interest for the stamps issued.

  • Reply to: A Golden Opportunity?   1 week 4 days ago

    Postal banking is an idea long overdue for implementation. This is an opportunity for the USPS to show underserved communities that someone is interested in their financial difficulties and is willing to help. Think of all the potential new postal customers which could be generated simply by the USPS being willing to do something that the banking industry will not...help who cannot afford the fees of most banks or live in areas served only by currency exchanges and payday lenders. This is a win for everybody.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    Katherine, we appreciate your interest in stamp collecting and thank you for your sharing your ideas on future collector stamps.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    Thank you for your suggestion, Stuart. At this time, we are unaware of any planned future printing of the Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    Thank you for your response, Grannybunny. We appreciate your interest in stamp collecting. At this time, the only way to potentially receive an Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheet is to make a purchase through a retail Post Office.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    Thank you for your comments, Dennis. At the time of our report, the Postal Service had 80 stamp sheets in inventory (or at least were not registered purchases). Our recommendation 2 asked the Postal Service to develop a plan to address the remaining stamps sheets. The Postal Service plans to have an action plan in place by August 31, 2015.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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

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