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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 10:50am     #1
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Re-using unused stamp
I have a couple of self-addressed stamped envelopes that were sent to me from businesses. I don't plan to respond and think it's a waste to just throw the envelopes away. Is there a way to remove unused stamps from envelopes or can you just cut the paper around it and glue/tape to the envelope you plan to use?

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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 11:05am     #2
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I've cut the paper before and had it work...you can also steam off the stamp.

Try putting the Iron on steam, and holding it over the stamp. (don't rub it) Then after a bit, hopefully the stamp is loose, and you can sorta peel it off.

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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 11:07am     #3
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maybe one of the postal people here can answer your question. i thought you could not reuse stamps but i dont know.
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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 1:03pm     #4
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I'm not here to tell anyone what s/he should or should not do, but it's a federal crime to reuse a stamp. This info is just for anyone who reuses or considers reusing stamps.

http://www.usps.com/publications/posters/welcome.htm

http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/posters/pos5.htm
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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 1:10pm     #5
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Once a postage stamp has been used......it is a Federal Crime to:
1. Remove, attempt to remove, or assist to remove cancellation marks from postage.

2. Reuse a stamp whether cancelled or not.

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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 1:11pm     #6
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I may not have said it right, but they are unused stamps. Were never used, just are affixed to envelopes. I also have a few that I had addressed and never sent so I'd like to place them on letters now.
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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 1:11pm     #7
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I don't think she is talking about reusing it. I think she is saying it was stuck on an envelope, note used and now she wants to put it on another envelope. Therefore, it isn't a used stamp...
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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 1:15pm     #8
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I think you should be able to use a stamp if it's never been mailed off. I have had to pull stamps off envies that I've addressed wrong (put my addy and the sweep I'm mailing off to on occassion). It was a pita and they were just put on. Only advice I have though it to do it verrrrryy carefully. maybe if you cut it off and glued it on another envie? Not sure if that would work.
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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 1:18pm     #9
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As a former stamp collector, I'll tell you the secret.

Trim the envelope down a bit and then place it luke warm water. the stamp will come off and then let it dry.
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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 1:21pm     #10
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Cut envelope around stamp. Soak stamp with envelope paper in warm water. In a few minutes pull stamp off. Let stamp dry. Glue back of stamp and use on envelope to be mailed.
I have done this many times.

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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 1:22pm     #11
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There is this stuff called "Un-Du"
it will remove the stamp from the paper and when it dries the stamp will be sticky again.
You canbget it at Wal-Mart, Target and craft stores.
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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 1:24pm     #12
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Un-Du is great!

I keep a bottle on hand for removing price stickers, tape marks from glass, etc. It is also wonderful for removing unused stamps.
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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 1:25pm     #13
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i had this problem not too long ago. What i did was just carefully peeled them off. I suppose you could cut them out then i took a hot glue gun and glued them back to another envelope and i had no problems

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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 1:56pm     #14
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I know that there will be some debate about this, but I think once a stamp has been placed on something (envelope, package, box), then it is considered already used. (This would be the case for something that was mailed to you. If you've addressed something incorrectly, I would just put an blank address label over what you wrote and re-address it.) Mom2myboys quoted from the links I posted, and the key phrase is "whether cancelled or not."

Last edited by sweeppanda; June 4th, 2006 at 6:37pm. Reason: Emphasizing one sentence for those who might interpret incorrectly what I said
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  Old  June 4th, 2006, 2:03pm     #15
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It would appear that you are right Panda. But why does the PO mail obviously uncancelled stamps that have been glued on envelopes?
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