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How To Buy Stamps Under Face Value
Posted By Jim On 10/10/2005 @ 8:02 am In Personal Finance | 6 Comments
I was in a Costco the other day and bought a 100-set of 37 cent stamps for only $36.75 (or something like that; it was under face value). Never had I thought you could buy a 37-cent stamp for less than thirty-seven cents! Armed with the knowledge that this was even possible and access to the infinite knowledge that is the Google (yes, The Google), I went out in search of a way to buy stamps on the cheap. What I found was that because stamps never “expire” and because stamps are often sold at a discount at estate sales, finding discounted stamps is actually quite easy.
Each packet contains 12 stamps of two different denominations. No more than TWO stamps from each packet are required to mail a 37¢ First Class letter. Each packet contains stamps enough for 6 mailings. Each packet is clearly marked so you know which two stamp denominations to use to post your first class mail. You can’t make a mistake! These older stamps are great for dressing up your mail. Add interest to your mail … and save money at the same time!
Honestly, I think it’d be fun to be using stamps people haven’t seen before and at a 11% discount how can you complain? Minimum order is only $10 so I think I’ll be purchasing a few and seeing what happens.
Wondering how he gets them cheaper? He explains:
I spend $1000s for stamp collections and accumulations each year. Quite frankly, I am often amazed at the off-center, low quality stamps some “collectors” will save! I pull these low quality buggers out and set them to one side. I could never, in good conscience resell them to my customers. So I use them as postage. However, I have way more than I could ever use. So I am offering them as discounted postage. Frequently, I pay only 90% of face for large, modern accumulations and so I’m breaking even…although, sometimes I paid more and I’m taking a slight loss. But, my loss is your gain!
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