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"Free" Parcel Shipping Stamp Frankings From Glen Stephens

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 13:20
by stallzer
I received a Parcel from Glen this week and I was looking forward to see how Glen franked his parcels, but now I guess I won't know about this one.

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They put the shipping label and lots of packaging tape directly over what appears to be a block of Stamps. Is there anyway to safely remove this ?

Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 13:36
by Allanswood
Robert, was it FedEx or Aus Post?

That's a AusPost docket on the top.

Aren't the stamps under plastic? They normally are sealed under plastic by Glen after being cancelled.

Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 13:44
by stallzer
Allanswood wrote:Robert, was it FedEx or Aus Post?

That's a AusPost docket on the top.

Aren't the stamps under plastic? They normally are sealed under plastic by Glen after being cancelled.
After further review..... :oops: :oops:

Thanks Greg.

Now someone please delete this thread before I make a bigger fool of myself :lol:

Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 13:46
by aethelwulf
Glen always 'hides' the stamps under the shipping label. As he warned me by email about my last parcel from him "use a box cutter and surgeon precision to cut the plastic pouch open".

I can see the block of stamps peeking up above the top of the registered post label.

Apparently there were 'incidents' of parcels arriving with the stamps stolen out of the plastic pouch, so now they're well hidden, and postal workers seem to know so little about how things work they won't question why there's no stamps/computer label visible on the box. :o

Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 15:37
by Tassie_Stamps
Sealing the franking inside one of those small bags really is a great idea. :D

Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 20:13
by uncadonego
Yes, I received my post of the month prize just this morning. Stamps well hidden.

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Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 20:14
by uncadonego
Carefully peel away label slowly and neatly, and voila! Underneath is all the shipping costs you paid....

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Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 20:16
by uncadonego
Glen sends parcel franking to you in the form of an immaculate condition second shipment of stamps!!!!

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Just like getting two sets of stamps for the price of the one!!!!

Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 20:18
by uncadonego
Bang-a-rang! That's a nice way to get sent your shipment!! :D

Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 21:35
by uncadonego
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Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 21:35
by uncadonego
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Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 21:36
by uncadonego
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Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 21:37
by uncadonego
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Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 21:37
by uncadonego
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Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 21:38
by uncadonego
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Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 21:38
by uncadonego
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Re: Shame on you Fed Ex

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 21:39
by uncadonego
Pretty soo...weeeet!! Huh? Yes, you know it..... Some mod should change the title of the thread to: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback" 8) :wink:

Re: Shame on you Fed Ex or "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payb

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 22:53
by Allanswood
Ahem...How about not blaming FedEx then? :D

Re: Shame on you Fed Ex or "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payb

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 22:58
by stallzer
Allanswood wrote:Ahem...How about not blaming FedEx then? :D
Had I been smart enough to figure it out before the sand in the hourglass ran out, I would have changed the title to "I can't figure out how to get a shipping label off"

I have personally written an apology to Fed Ex. I was very pleased to find what was under that plastic and label, not to mention what was in the package and I really should include a big Thank you!

To Glen - please list me as another VERY satisfied customer. :)

Re: Shame on you Fed Ex or "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payb

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 23:32
by Lambinator
Is that real toning/rust on the corners?

Or is that a deliberate part of the printed stamp design, to make it look authentic, i.e. to make it look old?
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Re: Shame on you Fed Ex or "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payb

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 02:14
by uncadonego
They intentionally make it look like that.

Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 13:43
by crosscrescent
Yes,

Glen always goes that extra mile to make sure you get nicely franked stamps and I like his hiding the stamps behind the plastic sleeve/cover.

Got one recently and although the postie bent the envelope to fit into my small postbox, I was able to still retrieve the $5 Heritage miniature sheet, which was nicely cancelled, put it in one of the SG catalogues, piled up about 1.5 feet of other heavy books on them and a few days later, when I looked at it, most of the creases were gone.

Thanks Glen.

Appreciate the effort.


Andrew

Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 13:51
by KevinHedley
stallzer, I will blush with you. :oops: :oops:

I came oh so close to throwing the baby out with the bathwater, Fortunately I made some comment about it and Glen let me know that part of his procedure requires the customer to play 'hide and seek'.

I treasure my $5 Colonial Heritage all the more :!:

Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 14:05
by stallzer
Good to know that at least I wasn't the only one :) Luckily I was saved by the members again and was able to to pull these nice little CTO sets out, Thanks Glen !!

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Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 14:21
by crosscrescent
It makes stuff sent by Glen all the more interesting.

Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 16 Jul 2011 14:11
by GlenStephens
Stallzer .. good to see you found the "hidden" postage sheets. :)

They are worth easily the $40 face value when neatly cancelled like that I think you'll find, so "free shipping" bascially on a heavy lot. :D

Glen

Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 18 Jul 2011 05:02
by Old Yeti
I remember that a while ago Glen posted a scan of a piece of a package wrapping with many (12?) 2pound Roos and as many 1pound Roos as postage plus some other make-up pre-decimals - I am wondering now if it was one of Glen's ancestors that sent that package!

Great scans!

:)

Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 19 Jul 2011 01:53
by aethelwulf
Methinks Glen has too much spare time on his hands, that he can spend the time on creations like this one from a veryyyy heavy parcel recently received. :D :D

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Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 19 Jul 2011 02:02
by GlenStephens
And all the stamps above have original gum. 8)

Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 01:18
by uncadonego
I'd be interested in seeing some of the good stuff others received, if anyone still has it and hasn't sold it to get back their shipping costs! :lol:

Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 07:59
by fromdownunder
uncadonego wrote:I'd be interested in seeing some of the good stuff others received...

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Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 09:59
by GlenStephens
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Am pleased to report many members take the trouble to use lovely franking to me as well. 8)

Member Maureen mailed me this gem recently.

With that absolutely massive Canada $10 "Blue Whale" zip code corner single, and 6 of the scarce and huge $8 Grizzly.

All lovely cancelled at WHITE ROCK B/C. Franking $C58.

EMS tracked Express Post label and backstamps on reverse.

Gem postal history cover for the future - anyone who likes this kind of piece please contact me.

Glen

Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 10:11
by aethelwulf
B.C. does have a lot of grizzly bears. 8) :)

Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 04 Aug 2011 21:52
by Berlin-Gus
Hi Glen,

Greetings and thanks for the VERY FAST service -- Mailed Monday July 25, received in Canada on Wednesday, August 3. Not only that August 1 weekend was a long weekend and the post office was not open on August 1.

It must have taken the POLAR ROUTE to reach Canada.

And if that is not all, 30 blocks of AAT stamps, totalling 120 stamps for the postage - and all hand-cancelled

Absolutely amazing. What else can I say ... I am a truly happy camper.

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but wait, there is more too come ...

Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 04 Aug 2011 21:54
by Berlin-Gus
More from the same parcel ... and well protected full gum inside the plastic pouch!! THANK YOU!!

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Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 05 Aug 2011 04:58
by AMark
Those are wonderful Berlin-Gus.

Cheers!

Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 05 Aug 2011 14:23
by uncadonego
Wow, you just got free topical collections on sailing vessels, animals, and flight! 8)

Re: "Glen Stephens Shipping Cost Payback"

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 03:56
by GlenStephens
uncadonego wrote:Wow, you just got free topical collections on sailing vessels, animals, and flight! 8)
And all with full gum. :)

Some things like 10c Killer Whale - face 40c is cat £8 used etc

Re: "Free" Air Parcel Shipping From Glen Stephens

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 08:29
by Jack
Am I not wrong? The nice Canada is material used in period?

Re: "Free" Air Parcel Shipping From Glen Stephens

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 09:18
by Berlin-Gus
You are absolutely correct. Those stamps are still current right now. Both the $8 and the $10 are not stocked by many of the franchised retail postal outlets.

At the corporate post offices you may have to ask, and if they do not have any in stock they will have them in the next day or two, at least that has been my experience.

Re: "Free" Air Parcel Shipping From Glen Stephens

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 13:39
by crosscrescent
Glen,

That cover from Canada is a really nice one.

Re: "Free" Air Parcel Shipping From Glen Stephens

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 16:38
by Global Administrator
Jack wrote:Am I not wrong? The nice Canada is material used in period?
Yes, it sure is. The $10 is the largest stamp (by MILES!) ever issued by Canada. Indeed is is probably one the largest stamps issued anywhere on, the globe for postal use.

I bought a specialist cover for a client this month from a large Canadian auction, who told me Registered air post was $20.

I asked if they might be so kind as to source a full sheet (2 stamps!) of these quite massive new $10 Whale stamps, and use that on the sending.

Here is the end result below. An absolute cracker - genuine postal use in period, and postally used full sheets on cover will be classics of the future.

The stamps have survived perfectly, and this New Brunswick PO seems to be the only one in Canada NOT using the ugly Rectangle cancels!

I've asked at some Canadian PO when mailing from there for a circular cancel to be used please, and they tell me no such thing was on hand.

Anyway, it goes to show that even the largest shippers CAN and DO take care if asked nicely - many thanks to Eastern Auctions. 8)

The other postal used covers I had with $10 Whales on them sold fast, and have added this one to stock at $A30, so will MAKE money on a Registered packet - which is how I hope all sendings from me are regarded by recipients. "Free Postage". :)

Glen
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Re: "Free" Air Parcel Shipping From Glen Stephens

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 17:07
by hutch
So lovely Glen. Can't wait to get my parcel and see what treasures you've put on it.

Re: "Free" Air Parcel Shipping From Glen Stephens

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 17:17
by crosscrescent
Glen,

The above Whale cover SOLD to me. :D

Sending payment in a few minutes time.

Thanks.


Re: "Free" Air Parcel Shipping From Glen Stephens

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 20:06
by GlenStephens
Canada Whales mailed flat today to Andrew with RIGID piece of board to ensure it can't be bent over, as last sending was by his PO. :twisted:

These Butterfly sheets are great - they even have sparkle flakes in the wings!
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Re: "Free" Air Parcel Shipping From Glen Stephens

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 20:09
by jam78
GlenStephens wrote:Canada Whales mailed flat today to Andrew with RIGID piece of board to ensure it can't be bent over, as last sending was by his PO. :twisted:

These Butterfly sheets are great - they even have sparkle flakes in the wings!
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All these photos are making me want to buy something from Glen just for the franking!

Re: "Free" Air Parcel Shipping From Glen Stephens

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 20:44
by uncadonego
Oh Glen, please tell me you sent me one of those bugs and butterfly sheets in my Canada Yearbook parcel, please!

Man, those are s-o-o-o-o awesome!!! :!: :!: :!: :D

Re: "Free" Air Parcel Shipping From Glen Stephens

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 21:20
by GlenStephens
Don .. I thought most of Canada loved Meter Franks as they use them to me so often, so I asked them to pop one of those on your parcel.

It was a nice WHITE one tho .. and who has a $50 Meter in their collection after all! Gems of the future I can bet. :lol:

Re: "Free" Air Parcel Shipping From Glen Stephens

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 21:26
by uncadonego
AAAAGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! :evil: :shock: :evil: :shock: :evil: :shock:

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: "Free" Air Parcel Shipping From Glen Stephens

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 22:02
by GlenStephens
But they did cancel it LIGHTLY. :idea: