Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you really need postage stamps but don’t have anywhere to get them? Perhaps you’re visiting our beautiful Cape Cod and want to send your loved ones postcards or trinkets.
Perhaps it’s a Sunday afternoon and the post office is closed. Or perhaps you just live in the middle of nowhere.
But whether it’s a friend’s birthday tomorrow that you almost forgot, or you need to apply for a job role that closes the next day… there are plenty of scenarios where we find ourselves needing stamps fast.
In this situation, you can find yourself desperate to find them. Stamps aren’t like milk – they can be somewhat harder to come by than other useful supplies. So with that in mind, how do you get the stamps you need quickly?
In this post, we’ll go over where to buy postage stamps, how to ensure you get the best prices and how to make proper use of them.
Where to Buy Stamps: Top Stores In Cape Cod
There are a few different stores and options when it comes to buying stamps. These should come to mind first when considering your options, so do a quick Google to see where the nearest one is for each.
The Post Office
If you’re wondering where to buy postage stamps, the first place that should come to mind is the post office. The good news is that most towns should still have post offices and even mot villages. People need post and the more remote and small your area, the more desperate this need is in fact!
For that reason then, you can usually rely on an area to have a post office and you can certainly rest assured it will sell stamps! Better yet, it will sell the best range of different stamps, it will sell the more collectable and commemorative stamps and it will sell them in bulk. It’s highly unlikely that the stamps will be sold out and you’ll find you can get them in larger quantities too as a result.
This is what a post office is for, so under ideal circumstances it is the first port of call.
Failing that, you can start to look at the big retailers. Target is the second largest discount retailer in the country, just behind Walmart. There are Targets in the vast majority of towns and cities, making this a very good place to consider looking. If you have one near you, then there’s a good chance that it will stock stamps.
Now this is where the first risk comes in. Target has a very strong chance of stocking stamps but there are a few stores around the country that don’t. That, and it’s always possible for them to be sold out. So to ensure you aren’t caught out, we always recommend calling in advance. Just to be sure!
Target also sells a whole bunch of other stuff. This is a great place for office supplies, for food and drink for the home, for clothes… you name it! Plus, it has a website where you can buy the stamps online.
Like Target, Walmart is a massive discount retailer and that means you can find stores in most places around the country. And because Walmarts are so big and so comprehensive, there’s a very good chance you’ll find stamps at most stores.
Another good place to try when wondering where to buy postage stamps is of course Staples. Staples is an office supplies and stationary store. They sell paper, envelopes, pens, paperclips and yes – stamps. Because there are so many supplies here, this is a particularly good choice. You’ll be able to buy the stamps and other items you need to send letters. Oh and again, you can also buy these stamps online. This is a good call for those that want to buy stamps in bulk. That way, you can avoid being caught out next time!
The problem with all the places we’ve listed is that they aren’t likely to be open on a Sunday, or late at night. Walmart is open pretty long hours but not indefinitely. And that’s why another good option is a 7-Eleven. As the name suggests, these are open from 7am to 11pm and are also open 7 days a week. So most times of day, you should be able to get your postage stamps.
The problem? 7-Eleven doesn’t always stock stamps. And because they’re smaller stores, they can sometimes run out. It’s a good idea once again to call in advance then, just to be on the safe side. But you might even be able to drive to one in the next town, if you’re really desperate!
Finally, if you can wait until tomorrow or potentially until this evening, then you can always try Amazon. Amazon has a comprehensive website and is another option for where to buy postage stamps. The best part is that it offers next day or even sometimes same day delivery for Prime members. It’s worth a try!
When buying stamps from stores, you should find you can get them for the same price you would pay at the post office.
The USPS (United States Postal Service) Consignment Program states that other stores are permitted to sell stamps but that they must do at the current postal price. You can check these prices online and that way be sure that you’re getting a good deal. The stores don’t get compensation and mustn’t sell them for higher – so don’t be caught out and if you notice the price is different from the price listed online, speak up!
How To Use Stamps
Once you have your stamps, keep them somewhere useful and be sure to top them up before you get to the last one. Stamps are attached on the top right of the envelope and should be fastened down securely to avoid them coming away while the mail is in transit. Don’t tear, damage or deform the stamp.
Note that stamps are valid as legal tender, though if you try to use one to pay for your bus fare, you’ll likely not be too popular!s