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Nicholas Andrews03/08/2018 13:28:10
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Royal Mail has taken to cancelling stamps with a biro or felt tip pen thus rendering the stamps worthless. When purchasing stamps from dealers they invariably use several commemorative stamps on the envelope as a " thank you" for the order. I have a number of such envelopes with all stamps cruelly obliterated by biro or felt tip pen. I used Royal Mail's complaints procedure to no avail. It seems extraordinary one part of Royal Mail actively promotes stamp collecting and another part destroys the product in this way. I am sure other collectors must have suffered similarly. I welcome suggestions how we might discourage this practice. Arguably its understandable at a busy Christmas (which is when pen cancellation was often found) but should not happen at other times.

Billy Broadland03/08/2018 15:42:19
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

This subject has been aired on this forum and many other websites numerous times.

Many collectors, myself included, have contacted Royal mail requesting the use of date stamps in preference to a biro or felt tipped cancellation.

If you are lucky enough to get a reply it will probably be along the lines of " the stamp has to be canceled so it cannot be reused."

We don't mind the stamp being canceled with a proper cancellation but to be defaced to me is just laziness.

However there are some in the hobby who now consider this type of cancellation to be part of postal history.

Paul Davey 103/08/2018 17:04:49
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There was much discussion in the magazine on this subject recently.

If you have an electronic subscription worth a read. In short there was a campaign e-mailing complaints to Moya Green, the outgoing chief executive of Royal Mail. Rico Back, the new guy will presumably be receiving these now! His email address is readily found with the aid of your favourite search engine!

clivel04/08/2018 21:38:29
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It is not just Royal Mail. I recently purchased some stamps from The Netherlands. The sender had taken the trouble to use a very nice selection of stamps on the envelope - unfortunately completely ruined by an over-enthusiastic Dutch postal worker who had attacked them with a ball point pen!

Clive

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