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Can't win for losing

The Stamp Collecting Report. I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Earlier this year, the U-S Postal Service started a three-year series of state and 
territory flag stamps.

They were supposed to be the postal answer to the U-S Mint's State Quarters -- stamps 
that would be used by non-collectors, and maybe interest them in stamp collecting.

There were distribution problems, however, and -- in my opinion -- not enough publicity 
and advertising.

The stamps come in the rolls that mailers like, but are TWICE as wide as roll stamps 
usually commemorative stamps.

Because they're twice as wide....a roll has only fifty stamps, not one hundred.

Some mailers were happy to spend only twenty-one dollars for a roll. So was a newspaper 
reader in Oregon... Until she opened up a roll.

"To my dismay," she wrote, "the stamps were twice the size. I was completely in awe, 
flabbergasted and confused as to why they keep raising the stamp prices and then they 
go and use twice the paper.

"Now why on God's green earth would they do that?" she continued. "What is the matter 
with these people? That is the most ignorant thing. I am at a loss for words, I could 
just scream." 

I'll bet the Postal People could just scream, too.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of the Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting, 
visit Virtual-Stamp-Club-dot-com

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