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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 20:22:42 pm 
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I got a lovely cover this week, for an overweight packet, that has SOLO franking of the highest face value USA stamp ever issued .. the current new $18.30 Bixby Creek Bridge .... Correct rate, for Regd air over weight packet, used in correct period, with clear June 2010 cancels.

I am going to offer this here today elsewhere as a nice postal history item. A USA $5 Prexie top value solo use is worth $1,000s today! SOLO useage of high values is most popular. To Australia, possibly unique.

Put this aside for the future. The USA changes these high values VERY fast -- the $17.50 "Old Faithful" seemed to come and go in a year, so who knows when this one may vanish?


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OK Glen - I'll take a punt on this

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 20:27:27 pm 
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That took less than 2 minutes ... close to a world record here!

A nice piece for the future Darrin.

SOLD!

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Call it "USA $18.30 stamp" and please order via:

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I thought i saw an $18.35 one from the states. :lol:


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Probably goes up 5 cents every hour Panda

Order and Funds sent Glen !

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That took less than 2 minutes ... close to a world record here!

A nice piece for the future Darrin.

SOLD!

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Call it "USA $18.30 stamp" and please order via:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 20:37:22 pm 
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Darrin,

Do you want this cover to go with Glen's one, i will mail it to you if you email me your address. ( outside the board)

doughtymj[at]hotmail.com

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I love these mini pieces of American art.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 20:59:22 pm 
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Generous offer pandadog28. 8)

Now here is where i am perplexed.

DJM likes real stamps, nice postally used. Great - yet used a $10.15 worthless frank (above) to me recently on a packet.

pandadog28 collects and revels in collecting postally used Australia Decimal covers, and cheerfully pays $100s each at times for a single cover, and yet to me uses pre-paid Reg'd envelopes I (angrily) toss in the bin.

I just do NOT get it??!!! There is a major disconnect here? :shock:

Collect and buy them and pay good money - and then use totally worthless junk on your own sendings? It perplexes me.

There would be NO used covers or postal history in 20 years time from 2010 if we all did that!

If there is one thing I hope they'll write on my tombstone it will be -

"He battled all his life to get stamp collectors to use useful STAMPS on their mail!"


I think I do more of that than any other dealer on this continent, and hopefully a little of it rubs off on others. 8)

For 30 years I have written of this in magazines, and for 3 years have pushed it hard here as well.

Pandadog's carton left 9am today with 2 of these below under plastic. As will DJM's book if he wishes, bear 2 of these.

In both cases they are worth MORE than $5 each when you get them. *TOTALLY FREE POSTAGE* to you. Indeed you both make a PROFIT on the parcels!

Tomorrow's Reg'd mail will tell me if pandadog28 has lifted his game any. :lol:

Sorry for the "name and shame" here, but it just struck me as odd that worthless meter franks and pre-paid Reg'd envelopes are still to this day used among Stampboarders when mailing things - even from folks who clearly appreciate real postal used STAMPS!

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Yeh, Yeh - have a go at the lazy guy :oops:

That's what you get for telling the P.O to send something for you, they go the label.

I'll send it myself next time and put a few hugs and kisses on it just for Glen.

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Oh dear :oops:

We have new owners here at Glen Iris p.o and i can tell you now that they are not interested in stuffing around with me asking for stamps on prepaid registered, delivery next day guaranteed envelopes.

To be perfectly honest im not sure that they speak much english either, a real blight on the service industry here. I had to jump out of a cab the other night as i could not get the driver to understand my destination.

Dont call me racist either, come down to my p.o and have a looksee.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 22:19:20 pm 
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Well folks YOU are the customer and if YOU ask for stamps .. stamps is what they will give you!

If they handed over a $10.15 meter frank to me I'd sweetly say - "sorry I want a $10 stamp on there please - and a light cancel too if you do not mind".

Even at Glen Iris. :lol:

No skin off their nose, but it does take them a minute or two to cancel the label, so you can bet they will learn FAST!

To be honest EVERY active member on this board is often sending mail and Registered at that. Why they do not buy 50 labels now before the rate rise end month for $2.30 each, and not pay 30% more at $2.95 a single sure beats me!

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Existing rate on left. New rates on right.


Not only SAVES you LOTS of money but is super convenient .. you can add stamps to a packet or envelope, add a Reg'd label and drop packet or letter in a red letter box at your convenience then.

Could not be simpler. 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 22:21:50 pm 
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Not only SAVES you LOTS of money but is super convenient .. you can add stamps to a packet or envelope, add a Reg'd label and drop packet or letter in a red letter box at your convenience then.

Could not be simpler.


I thought Registered Post had to be lodged over the counter, as you had to pass in the white form?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 22:28:32 pm 
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I thought Registered Post had to be lodged over the counter, as you had to pass in the white form?


Hell no. Has NEVER been that way.

I drop urgent things into Red boxes all the time, and keep a note of the number and track it on line if needed. - http://auspost.com.au/track/

The last par here clearly says dropping into a red box that simply might mean "delays" which is nonsense ... they arrive next day most times.

I mailed a heavy album 7pm last night, affixed $10 stamps, and it arrived with no issue 9am today 50 miles away.

The SIZE of what you can fit into a red box is astounding. A Thick Seven Seas album in a padded bag . . NO issue.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 22:34:34 pm 
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Cool. :D Well I just learnt something new. 8)

Yeah the slot on the boxes is pretty big. :mrgreen:


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I think the ' Guaranteed next day ' ones have to go in the yellow box or over the counter. So they say anyway.

Point taken though Glen , i won't do it again. I honestly didn't think you had time to deal with incoming used stamps though.

Darrin, parcel sent mate.


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Glen, while we discuss postal service and stamps.
Does the PO have to put stamps on International parcels, say to Switzerland?
Here at the Entrance, they bluntly refuse to do that!

The parcel goes with a ugly receipt! :evil:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 22:38:53 pm 
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Glen, while we discuss postal service and stamps.
Does the PO have to put stamps on International parcels, say to Switzerland?
Here at the Entrance, they bluntly refuse to do that!

The parcel goes with a ugly receipt! :evil:

Peter


Peter, Your PO should use stamps if you ask them.

Using stamps does take an extra 10 seconds for the PO staff though, so you do need to be really specific about wanting stamps. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 22:56:30 pm 
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Glen, while we discuss postal service and stamps.
Does the PO have to put stamps on International parcels, say to Switzerland?
Here at the Entrance, they bluntly refuse to do that!

The parcel goes with a ugly receipt! :evil:

Peter


Of course they do, especially if you ask specifically for nice stamps BEFORE you do anything else.

A FU $20 It'l with light cancel is a delight.

Tooler in Georgia USA posted these up on another thread that I mailed him!

A $25 packet totally "FREE" as far as he was concerned.

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This is what I call, FREE postage to the U.S..

Received this package from Glen today with these very fine International Post stamps, along with the Australian Post pack they came in.

It just doesn't get any better than this :D

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Just a comment on the $18.35 US stamp... I was helping my neighbour across the road, sat down for a coffee and a tim tam blah, blah. Anyway saw his wifes anniversary gift packaging on the counter - a smallish box that has 2 of these stamps on it with a Int'l Reg label a $0.00 printout label and other stuff.

I think I'll go chop some wood for him and ask for a pretty please?

Worth keeping, showing?

Glen, I'm guessing the value is that it's used and on its own? Rather than having more of them?


Also I sent last March a $240.00 airmail box to South Africa covered in International Stamps. Actually ran out of room on the box with all the other paperwork! Use stamps, no problems, even put a couple of recent sheets on there of normal issues, no worries = VERY happy and rather excited customer who now has some large high value used blocks of stamps!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 23:49:08 pm 
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Greg .. soaked (in lighter fluid) off parcel these are still valuable if used.

The SOLO use really added to the appeal I'd guess.


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For all those who have ordered Australia 2013 mercandise I have used the $2.30 labels for Registered mail [As Glen says, silly not to] however I have used stamps on the rest (majority) which have been at 4.35 or 5.60 rates.

I specifically went and paid for the $5.00 stamp on heavier parcels of $5.60.

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I recieved two huge boxes from Glen 2 weeks ago, and I asked if he could use those C.T.O. stamp sheets in plastic for protection ... Glen neatly put a few of these $5- minisheets (colonial heritage empire) on each box as requested, and I recieved them in perfect CTO condition.

I thanked Glen, and told him I do not have a digital camera, or else I would have posted the photos here to show how cool they now look in my albums.... :D 8)

Where possible and if it allows we should all adopt this method, and I guarantee many receivers of mail will have a big smile ... Surprise someone at the other end.. :o :P

Cheers Mick1965.. 8)


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Hi there folks

I would like to share with everyone a Super-Lame email I received from someone yesterday regarding this very subject. I am pretty bummed-out about it to be quite honest, and would like to have some input on how to respond ?

Here is my email:


Hi there,
I would like to request the shipping be paid with stamps please. I am
a collector so I don't mind paying large for shipping when I get some
used stamps!! I truly appreciate it!

Regards,

Shawn K

Here is the load I got back:

Thank you, Shawn. We do use postage labels - cheaper for us - especially
when you consider we can add USPS tracking for less than 25 cents, rather
than 75 cents. Postage, also, is about 10% cheaper.

We pay for the tracking - you do not. We previously used most of my mint
sheets to send packages (probably used $8,000 in postage) and we received
very favorable comments - but the cost has become prohibitive.

We are sorry.

I was a postage stamp collector for nearly 40 years, so I can appreciate
your comments. But it just becomes a fact of cost.

This really upset me, the guy tells me he used to use stamps, but can't anymore, and he used to collect them? What the ......

I was thinking a decent reply to this email would be:

I hope you choke on the fifty cents you save from not using stamps when sending items to stamp collectors.

or

That is really a shame, as I only give Negative feedback to sellers that choose to use postage labels when sending items to stamp collectors.

What do you think? Anyone got anything better for me? I am totally up for some more ideas

Have a Good One,

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Skilo54 just remember, "what goes around comes around"....
You were nice enough to ask politely, so do not give up, and i'm confident others will adopt this method... 8)


Cheers Mick... :wink:


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Skilo54 just remember, "what goes around comes around"....
You were nice enough to ask politely, so do not give up, and i'm confident others will adopt this method... 8)


Cheers Mick... :wink:



Thanks Mick! I always keep that in mind, truly :)

I won't be sending any nasty emails as I have vented my frustration to like-minded individuals, and chilled a bit ;)

The fact still remains that I have now wasted some good scoots on a printed piece of paper. I'll videotape me burning it and post it for everyone to see :lol: The items will hopefully put a smile on my face :)

have a good one,

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Your mention of negative feedback gives one a fair idea of the place of origin.

When dealing with commercial sellers I state that if stamps are used they will get further business. If not, they will not be hearing from me again. This is polite, and to the point. :!:

It is also one reason why a lot of the sellers on this board get repeat business. The dollar will win out eventually, or the Euro or whatever. :idea:

Regarding Switzerland I think you have to use labels for overseas if registered.
Could someone please verify that, I'm wrong quite often! :mrgreen:


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Glen, while we discuss postal service and stamps.
Does the PO have to put stamps on International parcels, say to Switzerland?
Here at the Entrance, they bluntly refuse to do that!

The parcel goes with a ugly receipt! :evil:

Peter


If I had to pay $120 postage on a big parcel I would much rather this than a $120 printed label. :)

The condition is not perfect, but for a large parcel mailed overseas, this is probably normal condition for postally used blocks. :mrgreen:

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I bet very few used blocks of 12 of that $10 issue exist. :D


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The SIZE of what you can fit into a red box is astounding.


In the smaller red boxes you can fit a 12" vinyl record in cardboard, which is quite impressive! They don't quite fit in the larger (taller) red boxes though, as the mail slot isn't quite the same.


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