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[Costco] Canada Post Stamps - Buy "P" stamps while you can (price going from $0.63 to $0.85)

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I wasted a used P stamp submerging it in water but found this helpful video. Now to buy a can of WD-40. :)

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Bumping up an old thread, but have any of you cost-sensitive mail enthusiasts considered buying collector's packs directly from Canada Post website? Like this one:
http://www.canadapost.ca/shop/great-dea ... ution=e1s1

I found it by accident when looking to buy a specific design:
[IMG]https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/assets ... stamps.jpg[/IMG]

Super pretty, right? But the package contains a total of 33 stamps in it, 30 of which are P, the other 3 are 59 cents. Total price is still the same as it was when they were first issued, 0.59*33 = $19.47 - well below current book value of the P stamps, even if you discard the other 3 (though you can use them to top up oversized or US mail).

There are more collector packs on their website, I picked this one because I really dig the designs in this pack. I don't send a whole lot of mail but enjoy sticking a fun stamp when I do need it. :) Way better than having a boring roll of 100 identical stamps ;)


PS. I'm kind of surprised that no one of RFD seems to have noticed this loophole to buy P stamps at below book value. It's like a Ponzi scheme in the making ;)
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greenmoon wrote:
Apr 11th, 2014 11:34 am
Bumping up an old thread, but have any of you cost-sensitive mail enthusiasts considered buying collector's packs directly from Canada Post website? Like this one:
http://www.canadapost.ca/shop/great-dea ... ution=e1s1

I found it by accident when looking to buy a specific design:
[IMG]https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/assets ... stamps.jpg[/IMG]

Super pretty, right? But the package contains a total of 33 stamps in it, 30 of which are P, the other 3 are 59 cents. Total price is still the same as it was when they were first issued, 0.59*33 = $19.47 - well below current book value of the P stamps, even if you discard the other 3 (though you can use them to top up oversized or US mail).

There are more collector packs on their website, I picked this one because I really dig the designs in this pack. I don't send a whole lot of mail but enjoy sticking a fun stamp when I do need it. :) Way better than having a boring roll of 100 identical stamps ;)


PS. I'm kind of surprised that no one of RFD seems to have noticed this loophole to buy P stamps at below book value. It's like a Ponzi scheme in the making ;)
Where does it say it has 30 P stamps? Did you mean you ordered one to discover that most of them are P stamps?

This website says they're 59 cent stamps:

http://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/assets/ ... %20Env.pdf
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The PDF describes the names of the designs - it's for collectors, so they are specific like that. If you look them up, you'll see all but 2 designs (3 stamps) are P, they are listed as 59 cents because that's what they were worth when they were issued. The PDF file is just a copy of the back of the envelope; it was printed back in 2011 and never changed.

By "look them up", I mean, enter the name of the stamp + canadapost into Google and you'll come up with a page like this: https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/person ... orests.jsf

This one on the other hand, is not P:
https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/person ... livery.jsf

But I think it's just so damn cool anyway!

[IMG]https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/assets ... stamps.jpg[/IMG]
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The PDF describes the names of the designs - it's for collectors, so they are specific like that. If you look them up, you'll see all but 2 designs (3 stamps) are P, they are listed as 59 cents because that's what they were worth when they were issued. The PDF file is just a copy of the back of the envelope; it was printed back in 2011 and never changed.

By "look them up", I mean, enter the name of the stamp + canadapost into Google and you'll come up with a page like this: https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/person ... orests.jsf

This one on the other hand, is not P:
https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/person ... livery.jsf

But I think it's just so damn cool anyway!

[IMG]https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/assets ... stamps.jpg[/IMG]
I see. I don't want to look each stamp up. Since you ordered one, can you confirm what you said earlier about the package containing 30 P stamps and 3 59 cents?

If so, I think we have struck gold here. :)
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alanbrenton wrote:
Apr 11th, 2014 11:51 am
I see. I don't want to look each stamp up. Since you ordered one, can you confirm what you said earlier about the package containing 30 P stamps and 3 59 cents?

I think we have struck gold here. :)
Yes, this particular pack contains 30x P stamps and 3x 59 cent stamps. Took them a week to ship it, but only a day to arrive. Must have been looking all over the back of the warehouse for it ;)

PS. "struck out" is how they post images online - all stamps look like that online, on canadapost.ca, usps.com or any philatelic website. The stamps you receive are normal unused stamps with nothing crossed out.
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Apr 11th, 2014 11:55 am
Yes, this particular pack contains 30x P stamps and 3x 59 cent stamps. Took them a week to ship it, but only a day to arrive. Must have been looking all over the back of the warehouse for it ;)

PS. "struck out" is how they post images online - all stamps look like that online, on canadapost.ca, usps.com or any philatelic website. The stamps you receive are normal unused stamps with nothing crossed out.
Why do the enlarge image show the P's being strucked out?
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alanbrenton wrote:
Apr 11th, 2014 12:06 pm
Why do the enlarge image show the P's being strucked out?
Fraud prevention. All stamp images on all websites have their value crossed out so that you can't just download it and print it.
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can you post up a picture of the stamps you received, just want to confirm you struck gold. Was about to buy them new P stamps at Costco but if this is cheaper i will get them online from canada post. lol!
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I'm at work now, and can't take pictures, but I counted them many times and it all checks out. Can't wait to use them, though I will probably keep a couple of my favourites :)

I was browsing their collections some more and found this: http://www.canadapost.ca/shop/great-dea ... ution=e1s1

It's a pack of 43 stamps and they are ALL Permanent and still sold at the old value of 61 cents a piece. I'm not gonna buy it because I really don't need that many, plus they are mostly CFL themed, and it's just not my thing, but if you want to maximize pure postage value, that's a good set to get.
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I'm at work now, and can't take pictures, but I counted them many times and it all checks out. Can't wait to use them, though I will probably keep a couple of my favourites :)

I was browsing their collections some more and found this: http://www.canadapost.ca/shop/great-dea ... ution=e1s1

It's a pack of 43 stamps and they are ALL Permanent and still sold at the old value of 61 cents a piece. I'm not gonna buy it because I really don't need that many, plus they are mostly CFL themed, and it's just not my thing, but if you want to maximize pure postage value, that's a good set to get.
Thanks Greenmoon. I still have some P stamps and I'm only an occasional mailer but I ordered three of the earlier set. :) You saved me about 44% (pre-HST) on stamps -- (85-59)/59.
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alanbrenton wrote:
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Thanks Greenmoon. I still have some P stamps and I'm only an occasional mailer but I ordered three of the earlier set. :) You saved me about 44% (pre-HST) on stamps -- (85-59)/59.
I like how Canada Post always had the pricing of letters such that a USA bound letter cost ~2x domestic, and international - 3x domestic. So I just use 2 or 3 P stamps when sending letters outside of Canada. It's overpaying a bit, but at least I don't have to bother getting individual international stamps, which are pointless to stock up on if you don't mail often, since unlike P stamps, they require topping up after a year. With my set, I'll probably use the 59 cent stamps as top up when mailing to the States (even though at the moment, a P stamp only needs an extra 35 cents to mail to the USA).

PS. If people are gonna jump on it, jump on this one: http://www.canadapost.ca/shop/great-dea ... ution=e1s1
It has P stamps only and full of manly stuff:

[IMG]https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/assets ... lpane9.jpg[/IMG]
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I think most RFDers already bought loads of P stamps when the announcement was made and already "struck gold"

Still a good deal for the people who haven't loaded up on them.
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greenmoon wrote:
Apr 11th, 2014 12:50 pm
PS. If people are gonna jump on it, jump on this one: http://www.canadapost.ca/shop/great-dea ... ution=e1s1
It has P stamps only and full of manly stuff:
How much were the P stamps in 2011, 59 cents? I can't get the math to add-up to the price ($26.23) to figure out how many P stamps comes with it.

edit: 61 cents. Math and reading fail.
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How much were the P stamps in 2011, 59 cents? I can't get the math to add-up to the price ($26.23) to figure out how many P stamps comes with it.
This was 2012. 61 cents. 43 stamps.

For reference, a souvenir sheet contains all stamps in a series on a single sheet. Separate along perforations, lick and stick. The CFL stamps had 2 series, one containing 8 stamps, another containing 9. The "collector pack" contains one of each souvenir sheet, plus all the stamps cut individually from "peel-and-stick" booklets. So out of those 43, there will be (8+9)*2 = 34 CFL themed stamps.

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