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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network Stations 
December 2-3, 2000:

Not so fast!

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Internet postage was the coming thing. They said we'd all 
soon be printing our own postage imprints right on our 
envelopes, filling up our personal computers and turning 
them into high-priced postage meters.

This, when many people still can't program their V-C-R's or 
don't even HAVE computers.

Recently, we saw signs that perhaps these forecasts were a 
tad optimistic. E-Stamp, one of the first companies, decided 
to pull out this past week. Stamps-dot-com issued a press 
release saying that shows it's the preferred system.

But Stamps-dot-com has had problems of its own, with a 
merry-go-round of top executives and a stock price that's 
fallen NINETY-SIX percent in a year.

Besides, it's much easier to tuck a booklet of stamps into 
your shirt pocket.

Sure, I think eventually everyone WILL be printing his or 
her own postage on envelopes...just not right away.

Meanwhile, now's a great time to get in on the ground floor 
and start a collection of Internet postage imprints.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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