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‘Kind of hilarious’ Australia Post blunder

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Australia Post offers custom-made stamps, but one business owner got less than he bargained for. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles

A small but vital detail managed to disappear from an Australia Post product, earning the agency a ribbing from one affected business owner.

Not just the domain of your nanna and nostalgic collectors, many Australians still use stamps.

On April 3 this year, the price of an ordinary small letter stamp went up 30 cents to $1.50.

Australian online collectibles trader David likes adding the personal touch of custom-made stamps bearing his company logo.

Assignment Freelance Picture An Australia Post printing blunder omitted the dollar sign when\n stamps went up from $1.20 to $1.50, rendering them invalid. Picture: Nine News
An Australia Post printing blunder omitted the dollar sign when stamps went up from $1.20 to $1.50, rendering them invalid. Picture: 9 News

But he got a shock when the 2000 custom-made stamps he ordered came without the actual dollar sign printed on them.

David, who spoke with 9 News, said he didn’t even notice the misprint at first and started sending them out.

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But Australia Post emailed him, saying the missing dollar sign made the stamps invalid, an oversight David found “kind of hilarious”.

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Serial April fools prankster, Jim Penman of Jim’s mowing, cleaning, dog washing etc. fame played a rouse in 2023, declaring he would secede from Victoria, establish Jimland and had his own stamps printed. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nicki Connolly

“I was waiting eagerly for them to come up with the new pricing, and then I ordered them the next day,” David said.

“They had one job, to change the two to a five, and they messed it up,” he said.

“You would think that after so many years of having these stamps that there would be quality control and yet this slipped through for almost a month – it’s kind of crazy.

“Everyone makes mistakes but it’s a bit embarrassing for them.”

Australia Post told 9 News a printing error was to blame.

“A printing error resulted in a small number of personalised stamps being misprinted,” an Australia Post spokesperson said.

The postal agency has apologised and provided refunds, but a stamp without a dollar sign is non-compliant.