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Is This A Legitimate Usage?

 
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Posted 09/14/2020   6:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add bobplates to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I received a package of glassine envelopes from an active eBay seller the other day. It was franked with scrap postage at the Priority Mail Envelope rate. The biggest part of that postage was a $5 official mail stamp(O133).

Is this a legitimate usage? I did not think that you could use official mail stamps on this type of commercial mailing.

Bob
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Posted 09/14/2020   7:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I do not think official stamps can be used for anything but official mail

Peter
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Edited by Petert4522 - 09/14/2020 7:26 pm
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Posted 09/14/2020   7:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Theoretically that is true, but in practical terms they have certainly been used on commercial covers at times. I remember having a large cover from a year or so back with about 50 low value official coils used on it; it came from an eBay purchase. It had other postage as well, but they were accepted.
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Posted 09/15/2020   09:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wtcrowe to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The key is that it was on a package with other stamps. Most postal clerks have no idea of the rules. I have received packages with Special Delivery stamps and they are not valid as Special Delivery no longer exists. The head clerk at my Post Office had never heard of the Special Delivery service. I have also gotten Express Mail packages with postal counterfeits paying part of the postage. They slip by due to the number of stamps on the package.
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