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Reluctant Retailing.

The Stamp Collecting Report, Iím Lloyd de Vries.

The U-S Postal Service seems to be in something of a panic. Fewer people are mailing 
letters and bill payments...and the agency is forced to pay into a huge pension escrow 
fund. So it keeps hemorrhaging red ink.

Some of the cutbacks that are affecting stamp collectors, though, seem to be penny-wise 
and pound-foolish. 

My local post office isnít getting any new stamps Ė because some bean counter decided 
it has too many of last yearís stamps.

Other post offices arenít staffing stamp shows, saying they canít afford the overtime Ė 
and not taking into account the profit from the sales!

And now a district office is shutting down the Providence mail-order operation that 
caters to collectors Ė with hard to find varieties  and rates and individualized service.

The national stamp sales operation wonít do that. And itís not as if the Providence 
operation loses money.

U-S stamps are interesting and attractive...but why spend all that money designing and 
printing them, and publicizing them, and then make it difficult to get them?

Smart retailers know that if you want customers to buy your products, you have to make 
it easy to buy themÖ.not harder. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting, 
and more on this alarming trend, visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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