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Reusing Unfranked stamps

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LittleMissRayofHope Tue 07-Apr-15 09:24:29

If I get a letter and the stamp hasn't been franked by RM I peel it off and keep it. I then use it the next time I post a letter.

AIBU? Friend thinks I am. She said I'm basically stealing from RM. I guess I can see her POV.

Thought I would ask here!

BullshitS70 Tue 07-Apr-15 09:27:04

Oh FGS, the PO charge so bloody much for stamps these days, I couldn't give a monkeys if they lose 60p or however much a stamp is

LittleEsmeWeatherwax Tue 07-Apr-15 09:27:53

Done it.
Would continue to do it if I had the time!

Gatehouse77 Tue 07-Apr-15 09:28:38

Nah, have done it before and would do it again. Just one of those 'things' that I don't go out of my way to do but if the opportunity presents itself, he'll yeah!

Nolim Tue 07-Apr-15 09:29:40

If you are sending mail without paying for it, well, yes, you are stealing.

SquirrelledAway Tue 07-Apr-15 09:32:59

If you know that the stamp has already been through the postal system then it's fraud.

pollypocket123 Tue 07-Apr-15 09:34:56

So many saints on here hmm

Snozberry Tue 07-Apr-15 09:38:35

shock you reused a stamp! A STAMP! I'm calling the police.

PotteringAlong Tue 07-Apr-15 09:39:10

I always do it!

PrimroseVilliers Tue 07-Apr-15 09:40:07


God some people on here just make me howl. Get over yourselves you pious bunch.

I don't send letters very often so don't do this but could not give a flying fuck who does.

Ilovenannyplum Tue 07-Apr-15 09:43:40

I reuse them. And sometimes I pinch a sweet before paying for my cinema pick and mix.
Living life on the edge over here wink

LittleMissRayofHope Tue 07-Apr-15 09:44:51

Ilovenannyplum gringrin

OnIlkleyMoorBahTwat Tue 07-Apr-15 09:45:34

Can those who think it is OK to reuse stamps please explain who it is and isn't OK to steal from and defraud please? I'm confused.

Stamps aren't expensive. You can post a letter in the Scillies and it will be delivered in the Shetlands a day or two later for 65 pence or whatever a stamp costs these days. A bloody bargain in my book.

CalamitouslyWrong Tue 07-Apr-15 09:46:15

I don't care about people reusing in franked stamps but I'm amazed that anyone bothers to check the stamps on mail they receive to see if they can be reused. It's like something off extreme cheapskates.

DisappointedOne Tue 07-Apr-15 09:47:25

"Can those who think it is OK to reuse stamps please explain who it is and isn't OK to steal from and defraud please? I'm confused."


SomewhereIBelong Tue 07-Apr-15 09:51:15

OnIlkley - someone thought defrauding by £25 for a zoo was ok on the "I lie to get my 4 Year old in free" thread. So I'm guessing they would think 65p on a stamp was fair game.

some don't pay - we honest folks pay more

LittleMissRayofHope Tue 07-Apr-15 09:58:41

I don't check them, but I happen to notice if they are franked or not as I tear off all stamps. My DM collects them to give to charity... I'm not sure what they do with them but that's probably why I notice.
Just never thought about it before!
Now that someone has pointed it out to me it seems like a really silly thing to do. Now it's been pointed out I feel a bit wrong.

Just wondered what the consensus was

mewkins Tue 07-Apr-15 10:04:21

We have had a debate at work about whether unframked stamps have a secret mark on them that shows that they have been through the system. Does anyone know?
(Yes,the hours fly by in our office!!)

SilentCharisma Tue 07-Apr-15 10:06:48

No, unfranked stamps do not have a secret mark.

You can reuse them and no one will ever know, provided you do it neatly enough.

Greymalkin Tue 07-Apr-15 10:11:30

I was listing a big bundle of used franked stamps from round the world on eBay the other week and there are tonnes of people selling bundles of used unfranked UK stamps - and they sell really well!

I'm surprised ebay allow it actually

Aeroflotgirl Tue 07-Apr-15 10:12:20

Go for it, tge price of stamps is daylight robbery anyway!

WineCowboy Tue 07-Apr-15 10:14:55

mewkins DH thinks that too!

SquirrelledAway Tue 07-Apr-15 10:24:09

People doing it on a large enough scale have been prosecuted for it: here.

There are also stories of reused stamps being spotted by RM staff and the recipient being billed for postage and a handling fee.

EBay sellers try to get round it by stating that the stamps are for collecting purposes only, or some such.

Yokohamajojo Tue 07-Apr-15 10:28:31

Me and my dad who live in different countries, managed to send a letter 3 times back and forth with unfranked stamps, it became a bit of a sport!

christinarossetti Tue 07-Apr-15 10:40:07

My mother has been doing this for decades. We had to be 'extreme cheapskates' as we were living in poverty and every penny mattered.

Apparently, in addition to the slight perforations that stamps now have that make them more likely to tear if they're removed, the glue is different and it's harder to just soak stamps off an envelope.

As I see it, it's the Royal Mail's responsibility to have systems that prevent people reusing stamps if they don't want them to. If these systems don't work and unfranked stamps get through, then for me they're fair game.

Reusing one stamp a week isn't quite the same as setting up a counterfeit business in the garage, but I suspect that there are plenty of people who would equate the two.

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