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When is a Forever Stamp not Forever

January 31, 2018

The post office has a monster machine.  The one that’s supposed to do everything, but does nothing well.   The lines were long, about twenty minutes.  So I gave in to the temptation to use the machine to buy stamps.

I was able to successfully buy stamps, but of course the machine had a nasty surprise waiting!  It took my money before letting me know that the machine prints the stamps, so they could fade over time.  I was buying enough stamps to make sure I didn’t set foot in the post office before New Year – what was I going to do?  I frantically tried to cancel my purchase, with no success.  This is the type of thing that makes people hate technology.

I ended up storing my stamps in an envelope and hoping they didn’t fade.  Fortunately, I used up the stamps within four months without a problem.

 

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