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Posted 07/17/2012   6:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add irishjack to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Is this the way of the future http://www.stamps.com/welcome/ Caught a TV ad in the corner of my eye just now, Just wondering if any of you receiving mail using this.
If I was not a stamp collector I sure be interested in this to mail letters.
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Posted 07/17/2012   7:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It is in use but I think that since the US version of personalized stamps (and/or labels) have that little bar code affair on them, which detracts from the appearance a bit, they will not catch on so much as to replace regular stamps.

Postage labels and personalized stamps in the USA being almost one and the same (albeit very collectible, I keep looking at them all, quite a nice selection out there, I have some Zazzle now), they are a bid to get that segment of the market that uses labels a lot and the personalized market, which, I feel, is everywhere, but just not very large.

A more or less easy way to personalize your postage for whatever reason.


Because of the way theu were designed (with the ever present bar code) they are not available to buy from outside the States.

I do have a wish taht someone in the USPS would push for the of making personalized stamp that other countries have , that produces some nice looking stamps without bar codes. France newer ones, Canada, Australia newer ones, Netherlands, Austria (super big market for these), a lot of other European countries, newer Russian break-off countries), etc.

I suppose there is always the question posed by people who have just seen personal stamps 'Can these be used for postage?' that the USA version of them kind of gets around by making them look like (and they are also actually) postage labels with a pretty picture on them. Sigh.

Ya take what you can get I and make do I suppose.
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Posted 07/17/2012   7:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Zazzle.com = the nice ones with perfs all around.
Stamps.com = the straight sided label-looking omes with perfs at one end.
Endicia.com (probably) (straight-sided 9same as Stamps.com) but without 'Stamps.com' printed on.

Sold on eBay as 'computer generated' 'computer stamps' 'photo stamps' 'zazzle' 'stamps.com' and so on.

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Posted 07/17/2012   7:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Some more Stamps.com ones



plus others, a label top right, a Mr Zip !, a real bird stamp, lower left, which I want now that I have seen it!

Some nice ink-jet cancels too. These folk should (oh my!) learn to cut around their stamps giving more room.

Two inches by four inches people!

I wonder if someone has made an online catalogue of sorts for all these types of stamps yet? There are a few out there, the Canada one anyway that I know of.

Words for Google and SCF Search to pick up: US, USA, United States, personalized stamps, personalised, computer photo stamps, personal stamps
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