The USPS released a 10˘ Pears stamp in rolls of 10,000:
If you like the stamps but don't want to pay $1,000, there's another option. The USPS "caves" in Kansas City offer unfolded strips of 500 at face ($50) plus $1.30 shipping for philatelic purposes. I just ordered a strip, but the steps to do so are not obvious, so I thought I'd share them.1.
They are only
available by phone. In the U.S., call the USPS at 1-800-STAMPS24 (which is 800-782-6724) to order. I don't know if shipping is available outside the U.S. — if you know, please post in the comments. 2.
You will need the SKU for the strip of 500. It is 799315
You will need your account number. You may not know your account number, but if you've ever ordered from the usps.com website, they have assigned you one, and they can look it up for you by a previous order number, which you can find in your "Order History" on the site. Ask them to look it up for you.4.
You will need to confirm your billing and shipping addresses and your credit card info by phone.5.
Your "strip" (which they will presumably coil for you) will arrive in about a week, they said. Out of an abundance of caution, I didn't purchase any other stamps in that order. I wanted to minimize chances of damage in the mailstream."But I don't need even 500 10˘ stamps! I just need a few!"
Are you sure? First Class postage is $0.49. Use five stamps and you lose a penny. Use all the stamps to mail one hundred letters (five stamps at a time) and you've lost a dollar.
On the other hand, dealers are charging double face for singles, with a greater premium for PNC5s and PNC9s. Eliminating shipping costs from the calculations (because dealers may charge it too), you break even if you plan to order ten singles from a dealer. If you plan to order more singles than that, or order a couple PNCs, this is a better ROI, if you have a way to use up the extra stamps."But I don't have a way to use up the extra stamps!"
Are you sure? 500 stamps is 100 letters, and you'd be using fewer than that, because you'd be keeping some."I'm still not going to mail that many letters!"
So, cut up your strip and set aside PNC5s or PNC9s, and sell those or trade them. Let you be the one making the profit instead of the dealer."I still don't...!"
OK, sorry to waste your time. But I bet this will be useful to someone else.
I'm going to be ordering some first day covers (instructions here
); setting aside some PNCs to trade; and using the rest for postage. Let's hope they do a better job with the FDCs than they did with the Quilled Paper Heart stamps! Here's my cachet:Hope this helps!