• Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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   2 weeks 4 hours 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   2 weeks 6 hours 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?   2 weeks 7 hours 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   2 weeks 10 hours 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   2 weeks 11 hours 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   2 weeks 13 hours 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.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   2 weeks 15 hours ago

    Personally, I thought the upright Jenny was a great idea. I purchased panes of the stamps that I would not have otherwise bought, solely in hopes of snagging one. Unfortunately, I was buying them from the Stamp Fulfillment Center, which we now learn was not putting them in circulation. I will buy future ones over-the-counter. I use the Jennies on the rare occasions when I have to send a Certified Mail item.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   2 weeks 15 hours ago

    I oppose issuance of stamps that are not generally available to all who wish to purchase them. I have collected for over 40 years, and have tried to maintain a complete collection of US stamps. However, the upright Jenny as well as last year's special Circus Poster stamp that was available only to collectors who bought the USPS's year set have left two holes in my otherwise collection that is complete back to about 1940. The USPS has gotten me to reconsider whether I ought to continue to collect new issues.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   2 weeks 16 hours ago

    It is one of the best ideas to come out of the USPS for a while. It has given the hobby lots of publicity among the general public. Let's do this about every five years or so for a special occasion stamp. And also, forget the youngsters, we should focus our attention on middle age.d people who are more likely to be taking up a new hobby and who have money and time to spend on the hobby of stamp collecting

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   2 weeks 1 day ago

    I spent over $600.00 buying several inverted Jenny souvenir sheets so I could find just ONE of the Un-inverted varieties. I wanted to find an Un-inverted stamp sheet so bad because I could sell the mint sheet and use the money from the sale to buy a house for my wife and kid since we live in tight two bedroom apartment. I was never able to find one and my dreams have all but gone up in smoke. Then I read in Linns that two people who bought some of the Jenny invert stamps got randomly picked to receive the special Un-inverted stamps while I was spending nearly every spare dollar I could get just to find one. Say what !? Why couldn't I have been picked to receive one!? For years I have been buying stamps from the USPS and the back of the my philatelic catalog it says that I am a loyal and valued customer to them. My family and I have been struggling to get into a house since we've been married because my job doesn't pay enough and we need to show the bank that we have saved up enough cash - the opportunity to obtain one of these Un-inverted souvenir sheet varieties could have been the ticket and changed our lives.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   2 weeks 1 day ago

    At first, I was very excited about the upright Jenny's. That is, until I read about USPS randomly sending them out to customers who ordered online. I felt cheated in a way as the chance of pulling one became much harder. I decided to use all that I had collected to send gifts to my family. I don't think I would collect something similar in the future.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   2 weeks 1 day ago

    I think the Postal Service should get out of the business of intentionally trying to create collectibles. They should issue stamps that are collectible and not collectibles that are stamps. Having an issue that can't be reasonably obtained by the public should be outside the bounds of a postal service entity. Further, as more information is revealed on this item, it apparently wasn't as random as originally indicated but rather some were held back to distribute in other ways.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   2 weeks 1 day ago

    I used to think the government was a body of individuals you could trust to make good decisions and do what is right for the people. At least that's what I worked for as a government employee for 36 years... The US Postal Service has an amazing job every day delivering mountains of mail and parcels, and they are trying to do it without tax dollars to keep it solvent. I must say for the difficulty they must be facing they are doing a terrific job of it. However, now with the distribution of postage stamps made in direct violation of its own rules, I have to question the leadership of the postal service and its decision on the two dollar inverted bi-plane stamp. Does anyone think that introducing this intentional "error" stamp will increase the interest of new collectors? I fear all you have done is drive more collectors and potential collectors away. Where do new collectors come from, children! Start them young.. But what child is going to shell out $12.00 (and who knows how many times) to try and secure the error pane. Very short sighted of the postal service leadership. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY... Nothing else...

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