Video: Linns Stamp News Monday Morning Brief for June 9

Published on Jun 8, 2014

Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses a few significant events in the stamp world last week and what to look for in the coming week.

This week’s stories for June 9, 2014, include:

• The June 24-26 Siegel Auction Galleries sales
• Scott catalog update
• Italy’s stamp honoring Nutella
• A Canadian stamp for actor Mike Myers

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USPS disputes article that questioned value of Village Post Offices

Linns Stamp News recently published an article entitled “Village Post Offices — are they really worth it for the USPS?“, questioning the viability of the VPO program. Now the USPS has posted a response which claims that a few of the author’s statements were incorrect:

A recent contributor author article in Linn’s Stamp News questioning the value of Village Post Offices (VPO) contained incorrect statements.

In a reply, USPS set the record straight:

Regarding the article titled “Village Post Offices – are they really worth it for the USPS?” dated May 30, 2014, USPS would like to address some incorrect information by writer Stephen Bahnsen. The U.S. Postal Service announced the concept of the Village Post Office in July 2011 as a way to continue providing convenient access to postal products and services in more rural communities across the nation.

The VPO program has been very successful. We have opened more than 600 VPOs since the program was announced. Additional information about locations can be found at usps.com/villagepostoffice.

The VPOs sell postage stamps and Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes, two of the most requested products we offer.  There are pay differences due to the locations of the VPOs and whether or not they offer PO Box services. The Glenn, MI, VPO has several hundred PO Boxes on their premises, which is why we pay them $9,200.They are the only VPO paid at that rate. 

The Gratiot, WI, VPO was sold to a new owner this past March and may have run out of stamps, since this was their first month in operation. While this may happen occasionally, it certainly isn’t a trend. The Postal Service paid the 63 VPOs in Indiana a total of $79,880, as of April 30, and they sold more than $262,000 in stamps. 

Clearly, the VPO program is working. Village Post Offices are making revenue for the Postal Service and serving our customers at more than 600 locations.

via Misinformation on Village Post Offices corrected.

Video: Linns Stamp News Monday Morning Brief for June 2

Published on Jun 2, 2014

Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor-digital media Jay Bigalke discusses a few significant events in the stamp world last week and what to look for in the coming week.

This week’s stories for June 2, 2014, include:

• Haunted Canada series debuts
• Scott catalogue update: updates to Tunisia values
• Some press sheets off sale June 30
• Linn’s Stamp News/Scott Publishing Facebook page

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Video: Linns Stamp News Monday Morning Brief for May 5

Published on May 5, 2014

Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Michael Baadke discusses a few significant events in the stamp world last week and what to look for in the coming week.

This week’s stories for May 5, 2014, include:

• 2013 U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll results
• Canada RMS Empress of Ireland stamp issue
• Scott catalogue update• Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries May 20-21 auction
• USS Arizona Memorial press sheet

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