The Christmas stamps are in the safe

@Asylum (47312)
Manchester, England
November 19, 2017 12:14pm CST
As usual the Royal Mail has issued a series of Christmas postage stamps this year. I have a few Christmas cards to main overseas, so I decided to purchase the Christmas issue stamps for this purpose. I was aware that they were scheduled to be released in early November, so yesterday I called into the Post Office. When I enquired as to whether they had arrived I was told “Yes”, so I requested several Christmas stamps at £2-27 each. The counter assistant told me that she did not have any of that denomination, which seemed odd because logic would decree that all values would be delivered at the same time. I asked her when she expected the £2-27 issue to be available, so she went to ask a colleague. It transpired that all denominations were in stock, but the majority were being stored in the safe. Obviously I managed to attain the stamps, but cannot imagine why they were not available immediately at the counter. With items as time sensitive as Christmas issues it would seem logical to issue them to the counter staff immediately on delivery. They will still be valid in January, but clearly of less interest to people.
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@andriaperry (33250)
• Anniston, Alabama
19 Nov
That is strange, like someone will steal all of the Christmas stamps.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov
If they have a large amount of stamps then keeping some in the safe is reasonable, but not all of them.
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@Happy2BeMe (69867)
• Canada
19 Nov
Wonder why they are kept in the safe and not at the counter? Glad you were able to get them so you could get your cards out.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov
It made no sense at all to me. Being a Christmas issue makes it more important to have them available.
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@Happy2BeMe (69867)
• Canada
19 Nov
@Asylum yes you would think so
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Nov
That does seem strange. Bureaucracy at work again I guess and logic is locked in the safe with the stamps.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
20 Nov
The logic is hiding between the ears of some moron at the Post Office.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Nov
@Asylum And well-hidden in the convoluted recesses of a tiny mind.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
20 Nov
@JudyEv Yes, probably tucked behind a list of weird ideas.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
19 Nov
In a safe? My gosh, what a world we live in
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• Lakewood, Colorado
19 Nov
@Asylum Of course..same as here..never heard of them being locked in a safe
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov
@TiarasOceanView I hope that I never hear about it happening again.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
19 Nov
@Asylum Yes, it is rather disturbing dear @Asylum..I understand
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@marlina (62386)
• Canada
19 Nov
That was rather silly of them
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov
Quite illogical for a seasonal item.
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@marlina (62386)
• Canada
24 Nov
@Asylum Did they finally brought the stamps to the public area where they can be seen?
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
24 Nov
@marlina They transferred some to the counter. They are kept behind the counter and cannot be seen, but at least they are available.
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@Inlemay (17336)
• South Africa
21 Nov
I wish our country issued Christmas stamps - Christianity is the dominant religion in South Africa, with almost 80% of the population so you would think such a stamp would be issued. Ai Ai - Hello Barry
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
21 Nov
Britain has been issuing Christmas stamps for decades, so I assumed that most countries did. They make a difference when sending Christmas cards.
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@MALUSE (32928)
• Denmark
20 Nov
Are you a serious stamp collector?
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
20 Nov
No, as the old saying goes 'Philately gets you nowhere'. I am mailing several Christmas cards overseas and the recipients are fond of stamps.
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@BelleStarr (32085)
• Portland, Connecticut
20 Nov
That is very odd especially since International mail always needs to be mailed earlier.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
20 Nov
Exactly, some destinations will have a latest posting date during November.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
19 Nov
That does seem rather stupid, ridiculous in fact.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov
Yes, typical Royal Mail. Christmas stamps are more appropriate on Christmas cards than they will be in the early months of next year.
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@valmnz (13199)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
It does seem a bit strange that they didn't have even a small supply at the counter. Hope you got them okay in the end.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
5 Dec
The girl was not even aware that the stamps had been delivered. Once this was known she acquired some and served me what I required. However, she only acquired the denomination that I wanted, whereas she should have acquired a small amount of each denomination.
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@valmnz (13199)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
@Asylum don't deny the girl her exercise walking back and forth every time someone asks for them - probably more appealing than serving customers
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
6 Dec
@valmnz Anything is more fun than serving customers.
• Eugene, Oregon
5 Dec
I am sure that people will enjoy seeing those special stamps.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
5 Dec
I feel that using Christmas stamps for posting Christmas cards is worthwhile.
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• Eugene, Oregon
5 Dec
@Asylum I agree. It adds to the season.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
5 Dec
@JamesHxstatic It is supposed together reason that they are produced.
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@Srbageldog (5567)
• United States
20 Nov
That does seem odd. What good are the Christmas stamps if they are kept in the safe where customers cannot purchase them during the Christmas season?
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
20 Nov
It seemed even sillier to me that the assistant was not even aware that the stamps had been delivered.
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• United States
20 Nov
@Asylum That is silly. Seems like the post office would communicate better with its employees.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
20 Nov
@Srbageldog I would expect that this was a particular manager rather than the Post Office itself.
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@rebelann (32431)
• El Paso, Texas
19 Nov
You are a dying breed, most of the people I know don't send their cards, they hand deliver them and for anyone who is out of state they use an ecard via email or else Facebook. Usually that's about the only time they bother to go online.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov
This is true,but receiving an actual Christmas card is more likely to cheer someone up, even if only for a short while. This is definitely worth a little effort and a few Pounds.
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@rebelann (32431)
• El Paso, Texas
19 Nov
You make a good point @Asylum maybe I should do that this year as well ..... hmmm, now I'll have to peruse through my store of photos to find one that would be suitable as a christmas card.
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@garymarsh6 (12184)
• United Kingdom
15 Dec
Who wants to buy christmas stamps in January! Good lord someone is a bit brainless!
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
15 Dec
Typically Royal Mail. I have bought Christmas stamps in March, which is ridiculous.
• United States
10 Dec
Thank you for the lovely card! It arrived in time to enjoy it throughout the holiday. Merry Christmas!
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
10 Dec
You are more than welcome. I am pleased that you like it.
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@AmbiePam (46228)
• United States
4 Dec
That does seem odd.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
4 Dec
It seems quite pointless because it would mean that the4 Christmas stamps would be used in January and February instead of November and December.
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@GardenGerty (91152)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Dec
I guess they did not want to spoil the surprise by having someone sneak and early release. There is no explaining the postal service, for sure.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
2 Dec
Individual Post Offices do not receive stock until the release date.
@Shiva49 (9688)
• Singapore
28 Nov
Kept away too safely for use on time. Obviously lack of awareness - siva
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
28 Nov
More a case of lack of interest on their behalf.
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@Fleura (6225)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov
How odd, I wonder if that's just your local post office or a nation-wide thing? Makes me want to go and ask for some now!
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
23 Nov
I expect that this was just the local branch, but cannot be certain.
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• China
20 Nov
Christmas stamps seem to be selling like hot cakes.It is beyond me why they stored them in the safe.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
20 Nov
I doubt whether the person who placed them in the safe has any idea why.
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