Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Patriotic Quill Stamp??

Patriotic Quill Stamp

I was just tooling around the Beyond the Perf website, and thought I'd browse the 2011 Stamp releases just for the fun of seeing what's coming out next. (I do that sort of thing.) I'm really excited about a couple of upcoming releases, but this super-cool Patriotic Quill stamp completely flew beneath my radar! I am delighted by any meta-writing-related stamps, and of course a quill pen tickles my fancy.

I did some mad searching on the USPS Postal store website, and indeed this stamp was released on February 14, 2011. But the minimum quantity in which you can buy it is a coil of 3000! WTF?? Check it out. The cute little blurb ends with

This lively design will add a touch of elegance and a sense of timelessness to communication of many kinds. It may even inspire a new generation of "great American writings."

Good gravy! What kind of writing is it going to inspire if you have to lay down $1320 for a coil of 3000? I mean, I am a pretty darn huge stamp consumer, but even I am not going to buy in this quantity. Why not a sheet of 20? I totally don't get it. Thoughts from the postal experts?

21 comments:

  1. That is insane! I love buying my favorites in bulk, but that's a bit much!

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  2. I have to wonder who thought making the minimum quantity that high was a good idea! I use more stamps than most people I know, but that's ridiculous. Even if I could afford it I would never buy that many at once. I guess there are businesses that might want them, but other than that I don't get it either.

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  3. I know that my dad purchases the ridiculously large quantity(or his company AmEx card does...)for use at work on various mailings and such. They also purchase mass quantities of international rate stamps for their mailings to Switzerland and France. I was drooling when I saw their mailing supply shelves!

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  4. and to add insult to injury, they require you to buy that amount, and it isn't even a forever stamp...

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  5. Wow, that stamp is really awesome, and I think it's totally UN-awesome that they won't sell smaller quantities of it!!!

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  6. Check back, it looks like you might be able to purchase a strip of 25.

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  7. Marguerite, can you provide a link? I did check back, and I'm not seeing it.

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  8. Maybe a whole bunch of us can all chip in and buy a roll and divide it up...???

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  9. The only other option I can find is as a first day cover for $0.82 so Pam's idea is probably the best way to get some =D

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  10. Anyone who wants to coordinate the purchase and division of a roll, knock yourself out -- I am far too wary to handle that amount of money on someone else's behalf (and heck, wary of handling that amount of money on my own behalf)!

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  11. I wonder if the reason that stamp is only available in huge quantities and is not Forever is because it went into production prior to commemoratives being all Forever, or because there needs to be at least one definitive stamp for businesses. I'm sure the USPS doesn't want businesses to be buying rolls of stamps and having them be Forever.

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  13. Love the stamp but hate the price! What was the post office thinking!?!?!?!!? No way can I afford the price of that one! However there are some really nice stamps out this year. My birthday was a few days ago and the only thing I ask for was stamps and was fortunate enough to be given 4 lovely sheets...:):):)Ah life is good!!

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  14. These are gorgeous and would be perfect for sending letters and cards to American troops stationed overseas. I sent an e-mail to the USPS asking if there's a possibility to have them available in regular quantities, and I'll let you know if I hear back.

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  15. Already had a response to my e-mail. I haven't tried this yet, but a local supervisor for customer service replied that we can order the stamp in quantities of 25 by calling 1-800-782-6724.

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  16. Medical Librarian, thanks so much for the tip! I may have to try that. I was at my post office today, and the postal clerk had no idea what I was talking about when I was asking whether I could buy this stamp in smaller quantities at the P.O. itself. He hadn't even heard of this stamp. I grant you, he was my least favorite postal clerk, and I have had bad answers from him in the past, but it is quite possible that this stamp isn't sold in post offices.

    Anyone who tries the 1-800 number, let me know how it goes! I am very skeptical about giving out my credit card # over the phone.

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  17. Hi Missive Maven, it's your friend from Warwick :-) I ordered 50 via phone the other day, no trouble, and I am just waiting for them to come in. They charge $1 shipping for each strip. It showed up on my bank account as USPS. Hope that helps. I am using them for a special project for my brother, he was deployed to Afghanistan with the RI ANG a few weeks ago.

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  18. Weims, thanks for the report. Another blog reader contacted me directly to convey similar success.

    I am mystified why they'd sell over the phone and not online. And I still don't like giving my credit card number over the phone... so I'll keep my stance as a conscientious objector to that method.

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  19. Thank you so much for posting about this stamp and to all who commented! I'm new to your blog and reading old posts. Literally just tried to place an order online today for stamps on USPS.com. They're having a problem today. Didn't even think of calling. Didn't know you could get the wonderful stamp you blogged about in a smaller amount until I read it here. So, I called and placed my order! I am one happy lady tonight. Thank you all.

    Sharon

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  20. Sharon, welcome - glad to help, and hope you continue to enjoy.

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