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can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: April 06, 2009 03:10PM
Not stamps that have been stamped...stamps that have been put on an envelope than never mailed. Can i just cut them out ad put them on a new envelope?




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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: hal
Date: April 06, 2009 03:13PM
sure!
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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: billb
Date: April 06, 2009 03:13PM
I've glued them on.

Tape would make it difficult to cancel. Probably get rejected.
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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 06, 2009 03:16PM
. . .if never used. . .yes. . .use the gluestick if it won't stick no mo'. . .



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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: tronnei
Date: April 06, 2009 03:26PM
Provided the stamps have never performed postal duty (that is, you're not reusing "skips"--stamps that the canceling machine missed) then, yes, you can soak them off and use them. Problem is, most recent self-adhesive stamps cannot be soaked without destroying the stamp. YMMV.

Assuming you can get them off in one piece, do not attach them to the new envelope with tape. That may result in your mailpiece being returned to you rather than delivered.

Finally, the above only applies to postage stamps. You cannot cut off the indicia (there's a fancy word) from a piece of postal stationery or a postal card and glue it on to an envelope.
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Legally, no.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 06, 2009 03:32PM
They're good for one trip. But if they're not cancelled, who's going to know. It's not like you're stealing music.

If they're just put on an envelope that you didn't "use", you can use them. Though they could appear to be "reused", if not cancelled, you're good to go.



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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 06, 2009 03:35PM
. .. and as stated above don't use tape on the front. . .if they see anything visibly that it was restuck, they may void it. . .



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Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 06, 2009 03:37PM
What tronnei said.



You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

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except by believing all possible evil
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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: hal
Date: April 06, 2009 04:01PM
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NewtonMP2100
. .. and as stated above don't use tape on the front. . .if they see anything visibly that it was restuck, they may void it. . .

I've done it many times
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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: April 06, 2009 04:15PM
I thought so. It seemed i'd done it long ago...just didn't remember. Didn't seem like there would be a problem. i don't know what it is, but I've been messing up a bunch of envelopes lately and I'm like "damn! thats ANOTHER 42¢!"




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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 06, 2009 05:46PM
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bazookaman
I thought so. It seemed i'd done it long ago...just didn't remember. Didn't seem like there would be a problem. i don't know what it is, but I've been messing up a bunch of envelopes lately and I'm like "damn! thats ANOTHER 42¢!"

first, write the address on the envelope. Then check the address on the envelope. Then lick the stamp and apply.
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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: Dakota
Date: April 06, 2009 06:42PM
Anyone used stamps that can be printed? How does it work? Do you print them on a sheet?
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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: Psurfer
Date: April 06, 2009 07:00PM
I just got a Priority Mail mailer delivered w/the $4.95 stamp uncancelled. The stamp is one of those Stamps.com ones w/no real graphics, just the txt, a long # code, and an optical code-reading mosaic pattern. Can that one be "re-purposed"?
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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 06, 2009 07:10PM
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hal
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NewtonMP2100
. .. and as stated above don't use tape on the front. . .if they see anything visibly that it was restuck, they may void it. . .

I've done it many times


. . .you were lucky. . .they probably WON'T catch it but it happened to someone I know. . .they sent the letter back with postage due. . .the person went to post office and was told that it was due to the fact that scotch tape was in the front of the stamp. . .fact or fiction? who knows but why take chances. . .



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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: Acer
Date: April 06, 2009 08:52PM
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Psurfer
I just got a Priority Mail mailer delivered w/the $4.95 stamp uncancelled. The stamp is one of those Stamps.com ones w/no real graphics, just the txt, a long # code, and an optical code-reading mosaic pattern. Can that one be "re-purposed"?

Nope. That code number and/or optical mosaic is a unique identifier. I don't think they ever physically cancel those printed-on-the-spot labels, since it's already a one-use item the moment it is printed.
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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 06, 2009 08:58PM
I've glued a stamp on one time. The post office sent it back. Never again.



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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 07, 2009 12:38AM
Can that one be "re-purposed"?

No.


I don't think they ever physically cancel those printed-on-the-spot labels, since it's already a one-use item the moment it is printed.

Correct. It's like those Pitney-Bowes et al, postage meters that you use at work for the perks of free postage. That mail doesn't get cancelled either. Just look at your electric or water bills.



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And hope is a lousy defense.

There is no safety for honest men
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Re: can you "reuse" stamps?
Posted by: abevilac
Date: April 07, 2009 12:19PM
The key is the stamps can't be just cut out and glued on because if any of the original envelop is visible, for some reason, the PO is very good at catching those. I put a new address label on the envelop instead.
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