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A new way to advertise ...
Thad Parsons, Photographer, Student/Intern
Oxford | UK | United Kingdom | Posted: 11:44 PM on 09.22.04
->> http://photo.stamps.com/
http://photo.stamps.com/support/faq/about/index.html#cost

This looks interesting but it is not cheap. On the other hand, it is something that can get a little extra attention (like when you are sending a portfolio) to a package or letter. In my opinion, this is not something that I would use on a normal basis (I don't even use snail mail on a regular basis).

What ya' think about it?
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Liane Rebeka Gersich, Photographer
Naperville | IL | USA | Posted: 12:58 AM on 09.23.04
->> Thanks for the link Thad!
I actually heard about this on the radio and that was the first thing to came to mind...Logo.
I do send a lot of my stuff snail mail b/c I like the presentation better than email or fax. I think the prices would be worth it, not as high as I imagined.
My dad collects stamps and I thought maybe this would be a nice gift for him. His very own stamp!
I wonder how much they will be worth in 25 years?
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David Johnson, Photographer
Social Circle (Atlanta) | GA | USA | Posted: 6:56 AM on 09.23.04
->> I would bet some photographers start getting requests to use their images for this purpose. I friend of mine who recently got married thought using a wedding photo as a stamp would be a cool idea on their thank you notes.

I could see the same type of thing developing for graduations, party invitations, product announcements, etc.
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Rachael Golden, Photographer
Rockville | MD | USA | Posted: 7:40 AM on 09.23.04
->> This is a fantastic idea. However I noticed on the upload photo page it says that they will not accept photos of adults and teenagers, only of children who appear 12 or younger. Does anyone know what this is about?
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Damon Moritz, Photographer
Woodbridge | Va. | USA | Posted: 7:57 AM on 09.23.04
->> I found this on the Holland Sentinal's web site:

The Smoking Gun Web site, which prides itself on posting exclusive information online, made it its mission to get as many objectionable images approved for stamps as possible. It submitted a photo of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, spies for the Soviet Union who were executed in the 1950s; a photo of New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey with rumored lover Golan Cipel; and even a college yearbook photo of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber. All were approved and promptly placed on stamps.

Excerpt from:
http://www.thehollandsentinel.net/stories/090804/fea_090804066.shtml
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David Johnson, Photographer
Social Circle (Atlanta) | GA | USA | Posted: 7:59 AM on 09.23.04
->> I think the policy against adults and teenagers is new. Their reasoning isn't discussed in the Terms and Conditions. Maybe they are concerned about someone using another person's image without their consent. It may be a reaction to some customers printing stamps that used "objectionable" images.

http://www.suntimes.com/output/tech/cst-fin-ebiz23.html


While Stamps.com is a privately operated business, they have to maintain a good working relationship with the USPS. I believe the USPS is very particular about persons that they honor with a stamp and the digital policy is probably an attempt to preserve that honor.
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Michael Stevens, Photographer
Phoenix | AZ | USA | Posted: 6:37 PM on 09.30.04
->> This new program may be done ...

http://www.stamps.com/company/news/20040929/
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Jason Grow, Photographer
Gloucester | MA | USA | Posted: 11:59 PM on 09.30.04
->> For the past couple of years I've hired one of those bi-planes to tow a banner with several of my portfolio images and my web address -- at first I didn't think it would really work, but I'm beginning to see the results. The trick is finding the location where a substantial number of photo editors are not only outside at the same time but also looking up...
jg
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Ron Hawkes, Photographer
Camden | Me | USA | Posted: 5:50 PM on 10.01.04
->> I have been a Stamps.com customer for years and received an e-mail from them yesterday that this test is done. The US postal service will now evaluate the test and make a decision on the future of Photo Stamps.
As Liane made reference to it looks like it would be great for stamp collectors and using your logo on.
Ron
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Richard Ritari, Photographer
Gainesville | FL | USA | Posted: 8:39 AM on 12.13.05
->> I just got a flyer from http://www.PhotoStamps.com, so it would appear they are back in business (After having their initial test printing approved by the USPS earlier this year.) This really does look like a great marketing tool.

Also please note that U.S. postage rates go up (.37 -> .39 & .23 -> .24) as of 1/8/06.

Richard
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Adam Hemphill, Photographer, Student/Intern
Willimantic | CT | US | Posted: 7:27 PM on 12.13.05
->> When the service first came about, it was apparently not uncommon for stamps to be made featuring serial killers and the Unabomber and the like... Perhaps that has something to do with it.
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Damon Moritz, Photographer, Photo Editor
Woodbridge | Va. | USA | Posted: 8:03 PM on 12.13.05
->> According to their content restrictions you agree not "to upload, order for print, or otherwise transmit or communicate any material that is to be used for business advertising or notices;"

I guess you can't use it for publicity, advertising or marketing.

- Damon
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