q: re-using postage stamps that come in the mail that have no ink on them

Hi,
I received a package in the mail with two one-dollar stamps, and two 37-cent postage stamps and there are no ink-lines from the post office on the stamps or the package, so I am wondering if that means I can get away with re-using those stamps, and I am also curious to know why there are no ink-lines. Did it forget to pass through the stamping machine? Every few years, I get an envelope in the mail that has no ink-lines on the stamps, so does that mean that whenever that happens that I can re-use the stamps, or is there a drop of ink that is unseeable to the naked eye? Thanks in advance.
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Also, is it illegal to re-use the stamps?
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Yes, it is illegal.
My grandfather, who was a very wealthy man, used to have his secretary soak the stamps off and glue them on new mail. I figured it cost him about $0.50 in wages to save $0.19 in postage (or whatever the rate was then) and illegal to boot.
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Chris Tsao) wrote:
-> Also, is it illegal to re-use the stamps? Yes.
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Chris Tsao wrote:

package from one place to another.
That fee was paid, and the stamps are the representation of that. (see also liquor bottles, cigarettes, etc).
Using them again would indicate that they ALSO are being used to pay for your thing to be sent. And you haven't made that payment. So you'd be stealing services from the Post Office.
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As understand it, even if they don't appear to be cancelled, the Post Office marks it with a clear material somewhere in the sorting process that renders it cancelled if used again.
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X-No-Archive: Yes
Chris Tsao wrote:

Yes, says the Post Office
http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/posters/pos5.pdf
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Chris Tsao wrote:

told me that she would receive letters from her mother and sisters and then take the stamps and erase the ink off the stamps and alway have fresh stamps to write back to her relatives..... of course she was about 12 yrs. old at the time.. if she got caught then the govt. agents would have just laughed at it and told her dont do it again.. i dont think they will treat you the same way unless you are 12 yrs. old?????
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On 02 Jul 2004 00:06:27 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Chris Tsao) wrote:

They most likely had been canceled using an UV sensitive ink and would be detected as such if used again!
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Chris Tsao wrote:

Try holding them under a black light.
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Chris Tsao wrote:

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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Chris Tsao) wrote in

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