Would you buy a FOREVER STAMP?

@ladyljs (1303)
United States
May 8, 2007 7:00am CST
I don't have copy and paste capability yet, so I will briefly tell you about the Post Office's plans to make a forever stamp. The costs of stamps has increased 13 times in the last 32 years, and the post office wants to increase the rate to 42 cents in the next year. Post office officials are thinking about creating a forever stamp, that could be purchased at 42 cents, but could be squirreled away and used at any time in the future, saving you, the consumer lots of money way down the road. I believe that the reason that they are offering this, is that they are so far in debt that they are trying to figure out a way to get out. I don't know if it will work...but I would probably buy some. What about you?
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
9 May 07
I reckon I would, but I wonder if I would have to buy a certain minimum like $500 worth...and then find out in a year or two that the usps is going under and there will be no more post office to redeem my forever stamps at. I understand that if gas prices go up 2 cents per gallon the post office spends an extra million per year.... but, I think they would not be losing so much business if they would keep the stamps prices lower. I know I would rather send a written letter than an e-mail, everyone likes to receive mail in their box, reminding them that someone is thinking of them. - but at these prices who can afford to? it is no wonder online bill paying is the way everyone is going. I think it is all a plan though... everyone switches to online payments, there is no exchange of money or "real" service. it is all heading towards eschatological and apocalyptic prophesies I am thinking.
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 May 07
thank you very much for the esteemed "Best Response" I appreciate it greatly!
@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
8 May 07
It looks to me like the post office is trying to generate more income. I imagine with email becoming so popular it's cut into the letter business. I'm sure other businesses like Fedex, UPS, DHL, etc are cutting into the profit margin of the post office too. Also alot of people are paying their bills online now instead of mailing them. I don't have any plans to buy the forever stamp. The other day when I was in the post office, there was a gentleman buying 2 or 3 books of them.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 May 07
yes, e-mails would have diminished letter sending to an extent. I think, though, that letters were already on the down slide, people were becoming lazier to send them. One thing though - while letters were fewer and farther between, package sending must have had an equally if not greater increase.....due to online shopping and auction sites.
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
15 May 07
I am definitely planning on getting some of these stamps as you can go to the post office website and purchase them. I am getting tired of them raising the cost of stamps, especially with the cost of everything else going up. They need to find another way to make money to get themselves out of debt. Many people are probably going to stick with email and text messaging and instant messaging as forms of communication.
@4cuteboys (4103)
• United States
10 May 07
I've heard of it, and yup i'd buy some. Its sort of an odd idea to me, but as long as it works, and saves money i'm for it. I probably wouldn't buy alot, but at least some.
@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
9 May 07
I think the 'Forever Stamp' is a good idea. At least that does away with having to affix the measly 1 or 2 cent stamps to letters and such. I don't send too many letters or bills, so this is a good option for me since the rate stays the same no matter when I choose to use it. I'm planning on buying a few books the next time I go to the post office.
• India
8 May 07
That is great. It is good to have forever stamps here. Don't bother of the copy pasting thing. If you have real time for us you can post this when you are at 500 or you can now spare some time in typing the whole matter just for our sake. Take care.
• Canada
8 May 07
here in canada our stamp goes up 1 cent every year in january. i bought a pack of stamps right before christmas, forgetting about the fact that i'll have to buy 1 cent ones in january. anyway when i got home and looked at the stamp, instead of a price number it had a P on it. this meant it was a forever stamp. i think it's a good idea. saved me the trip to get a bunch of 1 cent ones. now if i don't use them right away i won't have to worry about them not being the right amount next time.
@speedy1279 (2670)
• United States
8 May 07
If it would save me money than most certainly I would buy one. I think it is rediculus how the price of stamps has gone up over the years. I really think the post office needs to take a good look at thier services and come up with a way to get out of debt and make our lives easier and not so expensive.
• United States
8 May 07
i would buy some. i'm almost to the point where i'm actually going to squirrel away 1 cent stamps because it seems every time i buy the rolls recently,they raise it again.
@lpipe0240 (1162)
• United States
8 May 07
Yes, I will be buying them. From my understanding, they are already being sold, as the postage rate is to go up again 5/15. This is why I pay my bills online as much as possible. Use the post office as little as I can. That is why they are hurting so much. Online is cheaper and faster.