Canada Post Permanent Stamps

Concept: 4 out of 5
Execution: 3 out of 5
Yeah, but: The UK got to it first.

The Long Version: Canada Post's Permanent Stamps are almost two year old, and have been a tremendous improvement over having to add those annoying 1-cent stamps every twelve months. Canada Post printed some 430,000,000 of those little cheapies in the six years before they went to the new system.

Known generically as a "no-value indicator" stamp, these little gems make life so much easier. Envelopes look better without a gaggle of little ones tagging along, and I get to forget all about how much our current postal rate is when I find a few stamps hidden at the back of the drawer. Canada Post gets to print far fewer stamps, and everyone wins.

Good ideas spread: the same basic system can also be found in a couple of other countries, like the United States, Singapore, Finland, Israel, Belgium, France, Norway, Monaco, and Sweden.


  1. Buy Low, Sell High.
    It's like trading commodities or stocks with every letter.


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