Thousands of Royal Mail stamps will become unusable within months when a new system is introduced and some of these will be left with thousands out of pocket.
Customers have been warned that their 1st and 2nd class stamps will be unusable from January 2023 as Royal Mail begins rolling out a new barcode system to replace the traditional postage stamp system.
Royal Mail will introduce new ‘reinvented’ stamps after a successful test of the new designs.
A special barcode will be added to the side of the stamp, Royal Mail will initially still have the Queen’s head as a main feature of the stamp, although whether this is still the case remains unclear after Her Majesty’s death aged 96 last week .
The barcode makes it possible to view videos, messages and much more information, all available in the Royal Mail App.
The current non-barcoded stamps will be phased out but can be used until January 31, 2023.
According to Royal Mail, the barcode will also help introduce “additional security features” and “pave the way for innovative services for our customers”.
Royal Mail announce exchange scheme as postage stamps are phased out
To help with the changeover, Royal Mail offers an exchange system.
The Swap Out program runs from March 31, 2022 to March 31, 2023.
To ‘Exchange’ simply fill out a form on the Royal Mail website. The site isn’t live yet, but Royal Mail has moved to reassure people it will be soon.
Money Saving Expert founder Martin Lewis has long recommended stocking up on stamps to beat annual price increases.
A MoneySaver told the website: “Older folks, like my late father, are used to getting stamps out of the booklet and keeping them in drawers and just won’t realize that after next January they won’t be usable.”
Special stamps are not affected by the change.
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