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Are US Semi-Postal Stamps Also Forever Postage?

 
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Posted 02/05/2020   2:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add lpmiller to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
US semi-postal stamps are non-denominated and only say "USA First Class +" indicating their mailing rate/category. They don't have "Forever" written on them. Perhaps I'm over-thinking this, but it would seem that they should also be Forevers. I have a number of extra ones and would like to use them on letters at the current postage rate, and just wanted to make sure before mailing. Are they "Forevers"?
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Posted 02/05/2020   2:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No. They are valued at the First Class rate in effect at the time of issue.
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Posted 02/05/2020   2:53 pm  Show Profile Check matttodd1's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add matttodd1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As a practical matter, my local postal clerks treat them as forever stamps. That may not be correct though, it sounds like. It would be interesting to see if anyone has a postage due cover, based on this.

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Posted 02/05/2020   4:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Trainwreck to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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They are valued at the First Class rate in effect at the time of issue.

I believe they are valued at the First Class rate in effect at the time of purchase. I guess you're supposed to be on the honor system to add additional postage if you purchased them years ago. The Breast Cancer Awareness stamp has been around since, what, 1998?

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All US semi-postal stamps issued to date have a defined issue value of base postage and that is what is charged by the USPS. Time of purchase does not change the value.
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Posted 02/05/2020   4:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Trainwreck to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
From the USPS website.

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The price of a semipostal stamp pays for the First-Class™ single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus a tax-deductible amount to fund causes that the Postal Service determines to be appropriate and of national public interest.


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according to the USPS quotation listed above. The "value" of the stamp is based on the date that YOU purchased it. So if I purchased a stamp on on 1/26/2019 the cost of the stamp and the value would be 50c and would remain 50c even though the rate changed to 55c the next day. It's all based on the honor system. I guess for those First Class semipostal that are no longer autherized to be sold could be determined to have a definate vlaue, but the ones currently on sale couldn't
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Posted 02/05/2020   7:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The value of these stamps does not change constantly based upon purchase date. To understand how this works go to the US semi-postal section of the Scott catalog and read the footnotes. Each issue is a bit different and the valuation can get somewhat complex.
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