Warning: Stamps that say '1st' or '2nd' class are going to become unusable from 31 January 2023

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Re: Warning: Stamps that say '1st' or '2nd' class are going to become unusable from 31 January 2023

Post by pihilp » Fri Feb 18 2022 9:33pm

I have loads of saved unfranked stamps, particularly from the Christmas period.
Will I trade them in ?
I'll certainly try, if they remain unused
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Re: Warning: Stamps that say '1st' or '2nd' class are going to become unusable from 31 January 2023

Post by Richard Frost » Tue Feb 22 2022 9:02am

More news on this.
Barcoded stamps are being phased in this year; the non-barcoded stamps phased out. You will still be able to use non-barcoded stamps until 31st January, 2023.

Because the new stamps are bigger, the number of stamps in a book will be changing from 12s and 6s to 8s and 4s

Royal Mail will exchange non-barcoded stamps for barcoded stamps. Royal Mail is launching a ‘Swap Out’ scheme at the end of March where you’ll be able to exchange unused non-barcoded stamps for the new barcoded variety via a Freepost address
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Re: Warning: Stamps that say '1st' or '2nd' class are going to become unusable from 31 January 2023

Post by Sarah » Tue Feb 22 2022 10:08am

Are you on the TNS postal panel? I am, which is one of the reasons why I have so many unused stamps (they "pay" us in stamps for some of the activities)!
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Re: Warning: Stamps that say '1st' or '2nd' class are going to become unusable from 31 January 2023

Post by Richard Frost » Tue Feb 22 2022 10:16am

Sarah wrote:
Tue Feb 22 2022 10:08am
Are you on the TNS postal panel? I am, which is one of the reasons why I have so many unused stamps (they "pay" us in stamps for some of the activities)!
Yes, although currently resting. I have plenty of stamps although I do tend to use them to send out stuff I sell on Ebay. As there is over a year before they will not be valid. I personally do not see a problem using them.
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Re: Warning: Stamps that say '1st' or '2nd' class are going to become unusable from 31 January 2023

Post by Sarah » Tue Feb 22 2022 10:25am

I likewise use stamps for items sold on ebay, but don't sell very much. Just experimented selling some stamps however the prices are rubbish - sale price only about 60% of face value, dropping to around 40% after fees and other costs (no promo on this occasion, unfortunately). So definitely want to be swapping as many as possible!
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Re: Warning: Stamps that say '1st' or '2nd' class are going to become unusable from 31 January 2023

Post by Richard Frost » Tue Feb 22 2022 10:29am

Yes, Stamps are plentiful on Ebay so not worth selling there at all. I suspect prices will plummet in the short term because of the Post Office announcement.
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Re: Warning: Stamps that say '1st' or '2nd' class are going to become unusable from 31 January 2023

Post by blythburgh » Wed Feb 23 2022 8:38am

Richard Frost wrote:
Tue Feb 22 2022 10:29am
Yes, Stamps are plentiful on Ebay so not worth selling there at all. I suspect prices will plummet in the short term because of the Post Office announcement.
Worth buying them and exchanging them for the new stamps then
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Re: Warning: Stamps that say '1st' or '2nd' class are going to become unusable from 31 January 2023

Post by Richard Frost » Wed Feb 23 2022 8:39am

I do not want to buy them. If anything I would have a surplus rather than a deficit. I want to get a reasonable return on them if I decided to sell them.

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Re: Warning: Stamps that say '1st' or '2nd' class are going to become unusable from 31 January 2023

Post by xrppzi » Wed Feb 23 2022 8:54am

expressman33 wrote:
Thu Feb 10 2022 8:34pm

Royal Mail will let you 'swap out' these stamps for free
You will, however, be able to exchange current stamps for barcoded ones for free under Royal Mail's new 'Swap Out' scheme, which opens on 31 March 2022 and will run until 31 March 2023.

To do this, you just need to fill in a 'Swap Out' form from its website (the page isn't live yet), or call it, or get one from a local delivery office (not a post office though). You'll then have to post back the stamps you want to swap to a Freepost address.
There is a problem with this - we have sent stamps in the post before and they got lost. When we contacted Royal Mail and tried to claim for the loss, we were told they count as cash which is not reclaimable.
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Re: Warning: Stamps that say '1st' or '2nd' class are going to become unusable from 31 January 2023

Post by fanny15 » Wed Feb 23 2022 1:05pm

xrppzi wrote:
Wed Feb 23 2022 8:54am

There is a problem with this - we have sent stamps in the post before and they got lost. When we contacted Royal Mail and tried to claim for the loss, we were told they count as cash which is not reclaimable.
If it was a sizeable amount, wouldn't using Special Delivery have this covered up to £500 ?
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