As I was writing this post, I did not know that cost of postage increased yet again. It is now $.49 to mail a one ounce letter. Fortunately, the flat rate box has stayed the same at $5.80.
While I was mailing out one of my packages to Cardpool using the method outlined in Saving On Postage the clerk noticed after I paid that I had prepaid postage for $.60. I told him it was fine and we’ll work it out for next time. When they reduce the Cardpool postage that would reduce your out of pocket expense from the $5.80 to $5.20 for a 10% savings.
After I wrote the aforementioned post, a friendly reader explained to me that if you buy your postage on eBay with the old gum stamps (where you have to wet the stamps) you could save anywhere from 30 to 40% off. This could be a huge opportunity to reduce your costs to mail out your packages to the gift card exchanges. The downside to these type of stamps is that you must go to a clerk to validate the postage.
The reader cautioned that you have to be aware that there are counterfeit stamps floating around and mentioned to especially be wary of the ones with the QR code. Other printed postage can also be suspect of counterfeits as reported.
The good thing as quoted in the article is if you’re an unknowing buyer it seems like there are no repercussions, except for a returned letter to sender.
Manufacturing or knowingly selling fake postage stamps is a federal crime punishable by fines and/or up to five years in prison. Fortunately for me, it is not a crime to unknowingly purchase fake stamps.
Here is what I did with the latest package I mailed out to Cardpool:
Out of pocket, I paid $1.66 for postage. I shielded the QR code because I don’t want it to be like the stolen bitcoin and my address.