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Distribution Dilemma

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

There seem to be some problems getting stamps into U-S post offices this year.

There are always some when there's a rate increase, because of all the new stamps that
are issued. But this year seems worse than usual.

Even some commemorative stamps from series that are always popular  like Lunar New
Year  aren't making it into post offices that WANT them  even after requests from
their postmasters.

There's no official explanation, but with all the Postal Service's fiscal problems,
I think many experienced people in the supply chain may be retiring  getting out while
the getting is good.

If there are stamps you REALLY want  like that Year of the Snake or the round Forever
stamp for international mail  there's a solution: Order them directly from the Postal
Service's sales center. Call 800-STAMP-24 or go to U-S-P-S-dot-com, then click on "SHOP."

You'll pay an extra dollar-75 but you'll save on aggravation and gas. You won't have to
drive around to different post offices.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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