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Where can I buy stamps? The most comprehensive guide for you to purchase stamps

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When we write postcards or letters, we often have the problem: where are my stamps? I remember putting them here. Where are they now? The same thing happens to me all the time. Since I am too lazy to drive to the nearest post office, I think about where I can buy stamps other than at the post office. If you think that the post office is the only place where you can buy stamps, I would like to share my solution with you and hope that the following tips will help you save time when it comes to the question “Where can I buy stamps?”.

Yes! You can buy stamps at the nearest ATM or banks

Some banks and credit unions sell stamps through their ATM. It depends on location, but the next time you make a transaction, check to see if they offer stamps. At Bank of U.S. Bank and Fifth Third, you can filter your search for ATMs or branches on their websites by location of stamp sales.

In addition,  you can buy stamps in the following banks:

Fifth Third Bank
  1. Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bank (5/3 Bank), the principal subsidiary of Fifth Third Bancorp, is an American bank holding company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  1. Key Bank

KeyBank, the principal subsidiary of KeyCorp, is a regional bank headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. It is the only major bank headquartered in that city. KeyBank is ranked 24th on the list of largest banks in the United States.

  1. Wells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo & Company is an American multinational financial services company headquartered in San Francisco, California, with an operating headquarters in Manhattan and executive offices throughout the United States and internationally.

  1. U.S. Bank

U.S. Bancorp is an American bank holding company incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the parent company of the U.S. Bank National Association and the fifth largest banking institution in the United States.

If you happen to have such a bank near your house, you can buy stamps there. Or the next time you’re out, see if there’s a bank nearby.

Yes! You can also buy stamps online or philator

 

1: Buy stamps on USPS.com

The Postal Service’s website offers a wide selection of stamps, such as U.S. Flags stamps, Flowers stamps, and Holiday stamps (e.g., Christmas stamps) and themes (e.g., Bugs Bunny, American Outdoors, and the moon landing), as well as famous Americans such as Gwen Ifill, Sally Ride, Walt Whitman, and Arnold Palmer. You can search the site by color, shape, theme, face value, etc. You’ll not buy fakes through this channel.

2: Buy stamps from Stamps Dealers

Stamp dealers are a good source of used stamps and often offer inexpensive packages of many different stamps from around the world. If you collect these stamps, you should visit the stamp dealers in your area. They will always surprise you. How to find them?

Just look in your Yellow Pages under “Stamps for Collectors” and find out how to approach them.

3: Buy stamps from The Internet

There are many online stores like Forever Stamp, Amazon Store, eBay, etc. You just need to find your favorite stamps here and order them online. Be careful not to buy fake stamps. The advantage of this channel is that you can find a wide range of stamps, far more than on USPS.com.

4: Buy stamps from Pen Pal

This is an exciting way to get stamps. Find a pen pal, maybe your friends or relatives, you can send each other letters with cool stamps.

5: Buy stamps from Stamps Show

Search for stamps and meet other stamp collectors at stamp shows. You can find all of this at the American Philatelic Society. You can usually find dealers, enjoy exhibits, and attend conferences and seminars during the show. Enjoy the fair and buy stamps at the same time.

I believe that the question “where can I buy stamps” has already been solved by the above channels. But what if you want to buy something special, through the above channel you can buy the normal stamps. So you can ask:” If I want to buy unique stamps, where can I buy these stamps?”. Unique stamps: I do not know if printing your own picture in the stamp is unique enough. In fact, there is a kind of stamp called personalized stamps.

pitney-bowes

What is personalized stamp?

A personalized stamp is a postage stamp or rubber stamp or dry stamp with an adjacent label on the left side on which an image or text of the purchaser’s choice can be placed for a fee. Stamps vary from country to country. Some are regular stamps with a personalized label attached by perforation on the left side. In other cases, the stamps are more like one-piece personalized stamps with a colored design on the postage paid impression.

One can insert almost any image. For example, an attempt was made to make missing persons known on the stamps. In the U.S., personalized stamps (also known as personalized postage stamps) are technically a form of meter stamps and are administered by the USPS. When you use personalized stamps, a scanning machine at the post office scans the postage value of the personalized stamp and voids it.

Sounds like fun, does not it? Imagine your friend receiving a letter with their picture or a stamp with your picture. Believe me. They will remember that letter for the rest of their lives!

Let me guess. Your next question might be -“Where can I buy these stamps?”

Personalized stamp vendors, including Pitney Bowes, Endicia and Stamps.com, are authorized to create, transmit and print the postage paid bar codes, ensure images meet USPS standards, market and sell custom postage and fulfill customer orders.

Partners such as Zazzle can approve imagery, sell and fulfill orders, but must work with an approved vendor that creates the postage indicia using an approved postal tracking system.

Partners such as Fuji can market, sell, and fulfill orders but are not authorized to approve imagery or print postage and must work with an authorized vendor who creates postage indicia using an approved postage verification system.

So you can buy your personalized stamp through Petney Bowes, Stamps.com, Zazzle.co and Fuji, which offer USPS-approved personalized stamps through Stamp Expressions, PhotoStamps and ZazzleStamps or Yourstamps.com. At Zazzle.com, a medium personalized stamp costs $8.95. (Much more expensive than the regular stamps).

Next time you want to ask, “Where can I buy stamps? “

Check it all out here, and then buy stamps.

 

 

Reference:

[1] Wikipedia -Personalised Stamps

[2] Where to get stamps -USPS

[3] Customized Stamp -Zazzle

[4] Where to buy postage stamps, including the post office, online, and big-box stores – Insider

[5] Where to get stamps-American Philatelic Society

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