Taxpayers stuck with 682 million unsold 44 cent Simpsons stamps, because Post Office raised price of stamps to 45 cents. DOH
posted at 8/16/2013 9:43 PM EDT
Remember, these are the same geniuses who will run your health care...
Wait, maybe the stamps could be "bundled" for sale with unsold Government Motors Chevy Volts, three for a dollar!
The U.S. Postal Service wasted $1.2 million in printing costs by selling less than a one-third of the 1 billion commemorative stamps of The Simpsons, Bloomberg news reports.
Bloomberg’s Angela Greiling Keane writes that the inspector general of the money-losing USPS singled out overproduction of commemorative stamps as one example of not properly gauging the needs of customers.(Customers who now need and use use email, you dolts.)
The 44-cent “Simpsons” stamps, which sold in 2009 and 2010, came in five designs, featuring Homer, wife Marge, and children Bart, Lisa and baby Maggie.
One problem, the IG notes, is that the stamps are tied to their 44-cent price, and became unwieldy for customers when the price of mailing a first-class letter went up by a penny.
Yeah, asking “is there going to be a stamp price increase in the near future” might have been something to consider. But maybe they should keep selling the 44 cent Simpsons stamp and just package it up with a one-center commemorating the history of inventory management.
The Inspector General, temporarily demoted to Captain Obvious, recommended this:
It would help, the IG points out, if the postal service would limit its initial production, then print more as demand warrants.