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Postage Stamps; Pricing

Postby martincymru » Tue, 08 Jul 2014 1:58 pm

20g 26c (1st Local)
40g 32c (2nd Local)

So when I buy one stamp do I give 25 cents or 30 cents and get what change?

Seems absurd not to price the stamp at 25 cents.

Btw the stamp has 1st local printed on face when there is no 2nd class for weight up to 20g. Confuses people into thinking there is a 2nd class option when there isn't.

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Postby PNGMK » Tue, 08 Jul 2014 2:53 pm

You give 25 cents or buy 10 at a time for $2.50. Postage is a sensitive issue - often read as a barometer of inflation. There once was a 2nd class for lightweight envelopes I believe - it's just a hanger on.

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:31 am

Or buy it via NETS.

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Re: Postage Stamps; Pricing

Postby JR8 » Wed, 09 Jul 2014 8:59 am

As suggested above it's a sensitive issue as you can imagine it being used in cost of living comparisons, and so on.

We just get 10 or so '1st local' postage lables, and keep them on hand. Beats having books of denominated stamps and having to buy additional, 1, 2, 3c stamps when they hike the rates (as seemed to perpetually happen in the US, and also in the UK, which introduced '1st' and '2nd' stamps quite some years ago now...).

I think the point is those lables don't indicate a value. They arguably look a bit like some random kiddy-stickers. So in place of that, they give some idea what they actually are. Perhaps if they were marked 'Postage stamp' it would be more literal... but then someone could ask 'But what kind of stamp, and what value... ?' ...

I can understand the question (you're an engineer right? ;)), but can you think of a better solution?

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Postby Max Headroom » Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:15 am

zzm9980 wrote:Or buy it via NETS.


If I recall, buying them through NETS, you pay a wee bit extra, correck not? Or was that the EZlink top-up, I forget.

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:27 am

Max Headroom wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:Or buy it via NETS.


If I recall, buying them through NETS, you pay a wee bit extra, correck not? Or was that the EZlink top-up, I forget.


I've never bought a single local postage stamp via NETS, but have bought International postage (still odd numbers under S$2). I never paid fees on that.

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Postby the lynx » Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:34 am

Max Headroom wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:Or buy it via NETS.


If I recall, buying them through NETS, you pay a wee bit extra, correck not? Or was that the EZlink top-up, I forget.


No you won't be paying extra but you need to make purchases above $3. I heard that this has changed since and you can buy just one stamp, but I haven't been buying stamps from SAM for so long (because I bought so much from the last time).


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