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I was in the university when I received an sms with a picture of a newspaper article. I rushed to check out if the story was true, and it was indeed: another attempt of the Swiss Post authorities to trade the use of stamps for something more convenient – and that may increase their profits further. Well, this story works like this: you download an app in your Smartphone and get a code you receive per sms which you can write on a letter cover and conveniently send it in the mail.
Not only is this bad news for a stamp collector, but it also costs a bit more to send than the current price for sending postage at the counter. Now, as a business idea it is not bad at all. The convenience of sending a letter without having to either buy stamps or go to the post office seems good for costumers, and having the costumers to the job of the post office clerks apart from paying a premium for that may actually be brilliant.
I have been frustrated with my local post office for quite some time now. Apparently the stamp demand is higher than the supply and they almost never have the newest issues when you don’t go for it in the first day of issue. Apart from that, I always have to teach the clerk how I want stamps cancelled (so its not a big mess covering up the whole picture) – something that involves the clerk almost always going to the back of the office asking the manager for help (for some reason). Not surprisingly, they always look confused when I say I am a stamp collector.
Well, in a chat with a lady at my stamp dealer’s in Luzern I found out I shared the frustration of others, who never understand why they sell mobile phones, children’s books and even lamps at the post office, but lacked not only philatelic material but also stamps themselves (mostly the commemorative ones and short-term issues).
I know the Swiss Postal Authority was not the first and will probably not be the last to introduce this technological service into their portfolio. Maybe this is what worries me the most: stamps becoming collectible items only.
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