Forever Stamps: Don’t Buy The Hype AKA The Late, Great USPS

Posted: May 13, 2007 in Forever Stamp, Government, opinion, politics, Post Office, stamps, USPS

In case you missed it, starting May 14th it will cost you more to send a letter then it did the previous week. The postage rate will now be 41 cents instead of 39, which for those of you who suck at math is two cents more expensive. This means that now you must go out and buy yourself some lovely two cent stamps. Lord knows that everyone hates that chore. Wait a minute! The Postal Service has read your little mind and has felt your grief at having to buy two cent stamps. Enter the FOREVER STAMP!!!

Forever Stamp

What, pray tell, is the Forever Stamp? The Forever Stamp is the newest stamp on the block, and it is so cool that it is good forever! No need to go out and buy those annoying two cent stamps or stick twice the postage on a letter anymore. With the Forever Stamp, you simply buy it and use it. You never have to worry about the cost of postage again.

Now, I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that the Forever Stamp is a great idea, and why didn’t good ol’ Ben Franklin think of it? Now I agree with you that the Forever Stamp is a great idea, but I disagree with the implementation of the idea. I will now take the time to explain to you why I think it is stupid and sucks, so that you don’t have to think for yourself.

First and foremost, I believe that the Postal Service has done it’s job and should be closed. Now before any Postal Worker’s decide to go, um, postal on me, hear me out. The USPS was founded to provide a service that couldn’t be matched in the private sector. It was very good at this service for a very long time, but the demands of a modern society and the competition from the private sector are destroying it. This year, even with the stamp hike, the USPS will have a 5.2 BILLION dollar deficit. Let me remind you that it is you, Mr. Taxpayer, that is supporting this institution.

Second, there is no price difference between a Forever Stamp and a regular stamp. The whole idea behind the stamp is to make it something special that people will buy to avoid their stamps expiring, but with no difference in price why would you buy the regular stamp? The Post Office is all excited about this stamp because they feel that it will led to an increase of stamp sales right before a postage hike as people feel like they are getting something for less. The USPS are betting on people buying them in bulk and giving the USPS the money that they would spend over the course of a year or more of stamp buying right now.

Smart move, poor excution. With no difference in the cost of a Forever Stamp and a regular stamp it would be absolutely stupid of someone to spend the same money on a stamp that will not be good forever. It would be like buying a car that deprecates when you can get a car that doesn’t for the same price. Please don’t use the excuse that the 41 cent stamps are pretty because no one looks at the damn stamp on a letter!

If they truly wanted it to be something special they would only offer it right before a hike, and they would charge a penny more then the current cost. You , Johnny Customer, would still save money since they are cheaper then the upcoming cost, but you, Susie Post Office, wouldn’t devalue the product by having it out all the time. However, this is a government institution we are talking about, and smart and government do not go hand in hand.

So there is my argument on why this idea is so great and yet so stupid. I know that I will never buy a regular stamp again since it would be just too stupid to do so. I have nothing against the USPS, but I feel that their time is coming to an end. I will toast you, fair Postman, as you ride into the sunset!

  1. tim says:

    You are right, the forever stamp is a ploy by the USPS to get people to buy stamps in bulk, even so, there is no guarantee on the spec of what “First-Class letter” means. They can easily set things up to make it so you need 2-3 of these to send stuff out. Already it comes with shape and machineablility restrictions. Tricky tricky.

  2. cpusmc says:

    You have to love Government mandated monopoly’s. Easy to change the rules to the game when you are the only one that can play.

  3. Phill says:

    I bought into the hype, I was weak and in need…. can I be forgiven.

  4. With all this new money the USPS is getting after this latest rate hike, you would think that with this new forever stamp they could get a picture of bell that wasn’t broken.

  5. The Boss says:

    Or maybe not lose the 5.2 Billion Dollars…..

  6. PPC MAFIA says:

    one moment please!

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