Friday, May 2, 2008

Stamp machines licked by too-high cost, too few users

The postage stamps are still around. But the vending machines that dispense them are going the way of the singing telegram and the Pony Express.

You will still be able to buy stamps at the counter or by using a credit or debit card at full-service Automated Postal Centers in some locations. But by May 12, all but a few of the Postal Service's coin-fed stamp machines will have vanished from area post offices, another victim of rising costs and falling patronage.

"There are two reasons why the Postal Service is removing its vending equipment," says Gary Sawtelle, a spokesman for the Central Florida district, which includes Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. "The equipment is . . .

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