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USPS Oig Stamp Fulfillment Services Report (06/15/2016)

 
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Posted 06/26/2016   09:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add wt1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
While we all may have read bits and pieces of this in philatelic media and websites, I only recently read the entire account of this "audit" of what happens to off-sale items at the USPS Stamp Fulfillment Cneter, including discounted sales, inventory management, etc., etc.

https://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/defau...T-16-001.pdf

It is also of interest to note that as per the date of this document (06/15/2016) not only did the USPS sell Harry Potter stamps to Royal Mail at a discount but since they have yet to receive any payment for it, the current situation in the UK suggests that this will result in even a further loss to the USPS.

I found it an interesting read of what happens (or doesn't happen) behind the scenes at SFS.
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Posted 06/26/2016   09:59 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Actually, Royal Mail will be paying more, in expensive $, whilst USPS should be receiving the same. What are the Harry Potter stamps?
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Posted 06/26/2016   11:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Or, Royal Mail has its own foreign currency accounts, in which case they'll pay with cash from prior sales in U$D. Cheers,
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Posted 06/26/2016   12:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What are Harry Potter stamps? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._K._Rowling
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Posted 06/26/2016   12:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
H.P. stampshttp://www.collectgbstamps.co.uk/ex...s/?issue=648
Edited to explain that the Royal Mail stamps are examples of H.P. stamps. See bcljr column for the actual U.S. stamps
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Edited by redwoodrandy - 06/27/2016 12:27 am
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Posted 06/26/2016   12:59 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Still confused. Did USPS print stamps for Royal Mail?
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Posted 06/26/2016   2:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
GeoffHa,

I think we're talking about these stamps:

https://about.usps.com/news/stamp-r.../welcome.htm

You'll have to ask RM why they wanted them.

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Posted 06/26/2016   4:57 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ah, I didn't realise that there was a US issue. I'm sure Royal Mail did well selling them on, although it may now lose on the exchange rate.
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Posted 06/26/2016   10:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add raywrio to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sorry, but I don't mean to hijack the thread, I thought that no living person can be presented on an American postage stamp.
Am I mistaken on this issue?
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Posted 06/27/2016   12:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This article is dated 2011. Please note!http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news...s/50553180/1
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Posted 06/27/2016   08:15 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
raywrio,

Various exceptions are rationalized as not being about the living persons as themselves. The Iwo Jima stamp depicting the flag raising was based on the iconic photo of real people, but the stamp was not about them, per se. The 1952 stamp depicting women in the military was based on a recruiting photograph of real persons (but models, not actual women in the military). There are lots of different ways that images of living people have appeared on U.S. stamps, but the stamps were not honoring the persons, but something else. So the "rule" is meant to not use stamps to honor living persons as themselves, and not to mean that the imagine of a living person can never appear on a stamp.
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