Postal Updates

By Bill McAllister, Washington Correspondent

Postal Service reviewing SFS minimum order requirements

June 04, 2015 04:08 PM

  • The U.S. Postal Service is reviewing Stamp Fulfillment Services minimum-order requirements for its stamps, including plate-number coil stamps such as the Ferns forever coils issued in 2014, top, and in 2015.

By Bill McAllister, Washington Correspondent

The United States Postal Service is reviewing all of its minimum order requirements imposed by its Stamp Fulfillment Services mail-order center, a spokesman for the agency told Linn’s June 4.

“Our goal will be to develop policies that are both consistent, and as accommodating to customers as possible,” said USPS spokesman Mark Saunders.

His comments came after Linn’s questioned whether new minimum requirements have been imposed on the purchase of plate-number coil stamps.

Matt Mancuso of San Francisco complained in a letter to Linn’s published in the June 1 edition that he was told by an SFS employee that he would have to purchase a strip of 250 of the 2015 Ferns forever coil stamps to receive an unfolded plate-number strip of 11.

Mancuso was quite upset at the change, calling it “excessive,” and said he might quit collecting stamps after more than 50 years.

After his letter was published, a second collector told Linn’s that the minimum order requirement for an unfolded plate-number strip of 11 had been raised to 500 stamps.

“When our review is complete, the information will be posted in the Postal Bulletin,” Saunders said. “If there is a change to current policy we will also provide the effective date.”

Saunders made clear that the status of current SFS orders would remain unaffected.

“While policy is being reviewed, there are no order delays as a result of that review process,” he said. “No customer orders are being held."