US Post Office To Issue Forever Stamps

We have a sweet old gummy granny who occasionally sends us cute little letters wrought in exquisite lilac penmanship, filling us in on her knitting adventures or about the music box she just found at the church sale. Each one of these letters usually arrives emblazoned with a five cent stamp from 1967, followed by a nearly endless postage ellipsis of thirty-four penny stamps, each one clearly issued in a separate year. The supposed value of the postage our grandmother’s withered tongue affixed to the envelope? Thirty nine cents. Actual inflationary value? Probably a million dollars.

So good news for the future grannies of America: the US Postal Service is thinking about issuing a “forever” stamp. These would be sold at the same price as regular first class stamps but would last until the nukes start rocketing in, no adjustment necessary for future postage stamp price hikes. At least in theory — what with a social security system due for imminent collapse any time now, some customers are pretty skeptical of the US Government’s idea of “forever.”

Post Office Pitches New ‘Forever’ Stamp [Yahoo News]

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  1. RandomHookup says:

    An interesting idea, but only valuable for a smart shopper just before the price goes up. I’m sure the USPS hopes we hoarde them, saving 3 cents per stamp when the rates go up in 2032.

    Oh, and you won’t be able to use them on international mail because they won’t have a price displayed.

  2. The next thing you know they’ll start suggesting a flat tax! Those nutty government types…where do they get these strange ideas?

  3. Paul D says:

    The flat tax is a strange idea indeed. Makes my blood run cold.

  4. Timbojones says:

    This wouldn’t be the first time they’ve issued rateless stamps. I got a whole sheet of them a few years ago.

  5. Smoking Pope says:

    So I buy 1 billion of them for 39 cents, or $390 million (pocket change). I then wait 10 years when the rate is 80 cents and sell them for 60 cents, netting me a profit of $210 million.

    I’ll get right on this after I return these aluminum cans in Michigan.