Where 51 = 52

I went into the post office this morning on the way to work to buy a book of ten stamps. The postal clerk sold me a book of 51 cent stamps, even though the official cost of mailing a letter is now 52 cents. He assured me that Canada Post will honour these old, less expensive stamps, for the rest of 2007. There’s some discussion of this here.


Lola's picture
Lola on February 1, 2007 - 16:09 Permalink

Apparently, you’re in the clear to use 51 cent stamps until the end of the year. Did the clerk charge 52 or 51 cents for the stamps you bought? The clerk I dealt with was telling me I would have to pay .52 cents for a stamp, but could send a letter with a .51 stamp. All very confusing, but at least I didn’t end up with a bucnh of one cent stamps.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on February 1, 2007 - 16:11 Permalink

I got charged for 10 x 51 cent stamps.

oliver's picture
oliver on February 1, 2007 - 20:16 Permalink

It messed with my mind to have to pay 15% GST on stamps in Ontario. It’s like a sales tax on withdrawing from an ATM.

Normie's picture
Normie on February 2, 2007 - 02:53 Permalink

They have somthing called a “P” stamp now. Instead of saying 51 or 52 cents there is a letter P. Its intended to be the standard rate of mailing a letter no matter how much stamps go up (in other words a P stamp is worth 52 cents right now next year they may be worth 54) you can still use them. So id say stock buy em up and stock pile em then in ten years start useing them haha! My luck Canada Post would have cancelled the program…. This P stamp is a good idea though. I would cost more to print 1 cent stamps and/or return letters lacking 1 cent postage in the long run. EMail is fun but theres still somthin pritty cool bout getting a letter in the mail…unless its a bill them are never fun!