Saturday, May 07, 2011

USPS Gets Approval To Sell Gift Cards

According to Fox Business News, USPS will start selling gift cards on a trial basis next month at selected post offices.

Reporter Jennifer Booton writes, "The agency’s latest attempt to boost popularity comes in the form of little plastic cards. Starting in June, the cash-strapped agency will offer cards issued by American Express,  Discover, MasterCard, and Visa on a two-year trial basis at 2,000 post offices."

Jennifer goes on to say, "While gift cards for the post office may not be on the top of everyone’s shopping list, the cards may at least find some interest in certain niche markets. College students receiving packages from mom and dad and sending goods to and from school would likely welcome a free-shipping gift, as would consumers undergoing a move."

Although not mentioned in the piece, stamp collectors would also probably appreciate the cards as gifts from friends and family. Being able to use the card at the post office would solve the problem what to get  the collector who has "everything".... or who is strapped for cash and can't afford buy the latest new stamps.

Customers will be able to use the cards not only at post offices but at other places as well.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM