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Posted 12/18/2018   04:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Torin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Are stamps with water damage or coffee stains still usabale for postage?
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Posted 12/18/2018   06:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
At your own risk?
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Posted 12/18/2018   06:46 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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1.3 The following are Invalid for use
d. U.S. stamps that are mutilated or defaced; cut from stamped envelopes, aerogrammes, or stamped cards; covered or coated in such a manner that canceling or defacing marks cannot be printed onto the stamps; or overprinted with an unauthorized design, message, or other marking.


Roll the dice if a postal employee will consider them damaged, mutilated or defaced.
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Posted 12/18/2018   09:46 am  Show Profile Check CanadaStamp's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add CanadaStamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Take your items to the post office and have them hand cancelled. Done deal.
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Posted 12/01/2020   4:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Torin to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I realize that a cancelling or defacing machine probably won't be able to read a damaged stamp such as the one in the enclosed photo. However, if a sheet with stamps in that condition were placed on a box to be hand cancelled at a post office, would a USPS employee deem them not valid? I ask because I see listings for damaged stamps on auction sites and they sell, so I'm wondering if people use damaged stamps when mailing at a post office?





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Posted 12/02/2020   6:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Torin to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The following is a customer support ruling on torn postage stamps, which doesn't apply to the photo I posted in the message above, but it's interesting that the ruling uses the word common sense. I wonder if common sense would apply to the stamps in the photo above regarding defacing?

https://pe.usps.com/text/csr/PS-281.htm

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