What To Do With Unused Stamps

May 27, 2009 


Release No. 09-095 


By Anne Murray, Postmaster Ft Myers/Cape Coral
Richard Barber, OIC Naples

Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, FL — Now that postage has increased to 44 cents for a one-ounce, First-Class stamp, what should you do with all those unused stamps? The answer is simple—use them! The value of the stamp will always be the value indicated on the stamp. All you need to do is purchase additional value stamps (likely 2-cent stamps) and use both on your envelope.

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Now’s the time to sort through all those unused stamps that have been accumulating in a box or drawer. You can use them any time. Any combination of stamps may be used in meeting the postage requirements. You may think it looks “tacky” to have a variety of stamps on your envelope, but the Post Office encourages you to utilize all the stamps you have.

And if you should happen to find any of those non-denominational A-H stamps that were issued a number of years ago, here’s the letter, the year it was issued, and its value: A, 1978, $.15; B, 1981, $.18; C, 1981, $.20; D, 1985, $.22; E, 1988, $.25; F, 1991, $.29; G, 1994, $.32; and H, 1998, $.33. A one-cent makeup stamp (a weathervane) was also issued in 1998.

For more information about purchasing stamps, stamps by mail, postal regulations, a free subscription to USA Philatelic magazine, Post Office events, the location of the nearest postal store or contract unit, or for answers to your specific Postal Service questions, contact USPS at 1-800-275-8777, or visit www.usps.com.

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