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Scott Burton
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Oh, I see Donald how Curtis got the $2 (well $3 with the right math). Perhaps the USA do not have "permanent" stamps and he doesn't see that the price difference (savings) increases dramatically in 3 months.
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It never hurts to save...good job guys!

I heard about one guy, I'm not if he's still doing it, but he bought tons and tons of forever stamps way back when. Anyway, he makes a full-time living selling them on Ebay now, grossing over $200,000/year!

I guess it's fairly common for people to "invest" in stamps when they know a price increase is coming.

- Kevin
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On 2013-12-12 15:17, dearwiseone wrote:
It never hurts to save...good job guys!

I heard about one guy, I'm not if he's still doing it, but he bought tons and tons of forever stamps way back when. Anyway, he makes a full-time living selling them on Ebay now, grossing over $200,000/year!

I guess it's fairly common for people to "invest" in stamps when they know a price increase is coming.

- Kevin


Yes, I think this is why they Canada Post is working to pull all of the permanent (forever) stamps off the market right away to prevent hoarding and perhaps some future re-selling of stamps. Usually price increases are only about 2 cents but this is the biggest change ever.
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Here's info about how the prices were supposed to change from 2009-2014:

http://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/aboutus/......plan.jsf

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Gentlemen if you are doing postcard mailings look at addressed admail through canada post generally 20 cents cheaper than regular stamps I just sent 1600 cards for 708 dollars that is a savings of a few hundred dollars. Sure there are some rules to figure out and you have to be pretty specific on your cards but I have not seen a response drop or any effect other than being able to send more for the same price.

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Thanks for the post Jesse, I was not aware of that. It will be interesting to see whether those rates go up significantley as well come March. But I will be looking into it.

I do know our post card rates were higher than the U.S. and an over size post card sent by itself was a lot higher, but put that same card in an envelope with a couple of other pages and it went out at the reguler letter rate.

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Yes, they have "Forever" stamps in the U.S. But it is a scam. You can only use them once.

Bazinga!
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Smile

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I rather invest 2k in investments that increase value at least 6 to 15% a year and pays 3.5 quarterly and a few times double in value in 6 months or less. lol


But enjoy licking your stamps. LOL
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Curtis last checked return on my cards was over 780% ROI that is a good investment.
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I bought 10 rolls of "P" stamps (each roll has 100) yesterday.

The odd thing about buying them with the intention of not using them until after April 1st, 2014, is that I still need to buy more stamps for my other mailings between now and the end of March (that might be another 1000 or so pieces).

Another thing is that I don't usually buy my stamps at Costco, because I don't like that they sell plain-looking stamps... I prefer fancier stamps.

- Donald

P.S. Our stamps are adhesive backed, so no licking. Smile
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On 2013-12-13 00:27, Jesse Lewis wrote:
Curtis last checked return on my cards was over 780% ROI that is a good investment.




That awesome, now image the return if you just kept doing them and not spending 5 hours to save 2 cents. lol
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Now THAT was a good point Curtis, well taken.

B

(But actually it does not take 5 hours to save the $1000, see Scott's post above.)
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Way too much thought into this.... lol
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I purchased enough to last me through 2014. 10 minutes saved me around $1,000. If you have the money on hand it is a much better return then any interest you will be getting in the bank.
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Curtis just doesn't get it. Although I'm sure he thinks he does.
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I've stocked up on items before: Creative Magic props, magician's rope, hat tears, mouth coils, animal balloons, wood disks for personalized magic tricks, wands and magic tricks for magic kits and BOR sales, toner, ink, brochures, business cards, novelty million dollar bills, stamps, etc.

The only thing different in this case, is that we are waiting a bit before using these "special" stamps.

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Curtis just doesn't get it. Although I'm sure he thinks he does.


I do get it...

But you are missing my point, the return on the money (stamp wise not the jobs) is very little, while you can have a greater return in investments with the $2k-5k you are spending. If you spent 5k in twitter stock at opening day it would be about $12k....

Yes, of course by a few rolls of stamps before they go up in price, who wouldn't if they are at the post office and knowing it will go up and you have lots of mailings.

My point is.... don't sweat the small stuff too much.
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On 2013-12-14 15:19, Eldon wrote:
Curtis just doesn't get it. Although I'm sure he thinks he does.


I do get it...

But you are missing my point, the return on the money (stamp wise not the jobs) is very little, while you can have a greater return in investments with the $2k-5k you are spending. If you spent 5k in twitter stock at opening day it would be about $12k....

Yes, of course by a few rolls of stamps before they go up in price, who wouldn't if they are at the post office and knowing it will go up and you have lots of mailings.

My point is.... don't sweat the small stuff too much.





Good point. Now I get it.
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Fair enough curtis. Initially I thought you were saying that mailings in general were a bad investment. For me it is not a matter of saving a few cents but about $4000 over the course of the year which is well worth my time. By the way my mailing does not cost me in time as everything is printed and stamped in mass quantity by a pro-printer. No time investment except picking up the phone and saying send em out. 3-6 days later the calls start coming.

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