Tuesday, October 5, 2004
Postal Service Suspends PhotoStamps Program
The US Postal Service has suspended Stamps.com's popular PhotoStamps service, as it re-evaluates the program. The service allowed people to upload any picture for inclusion on a sheet of stamps. According to Stamps.com, the company shipped 130,000 sheets of stamps during its pilot run, and has a backlog of orders it said it expects to ship in the first quarter of next year. Stamps said that it has submitted a request to the US Postal Service to continue testing of the service, and expects that it may take up to 90 days to receive an answer from the USPS on continuing testing. The service had seen some earlier controversy where customers were able to order stamps with criminals and undesirable subjects as the personalized photos, which the company attempted to prevent by limiting the allowable images for the stamps service.