Ian - Norvic wrote:
"This isn't a new Royal Mail issue, it's simply Earl Shilton scouts climbing on the Smilers bandwagon to raise funds for their very worthwhile cause. I sold bankrupt goods to help our troop, somebody has come up with a different idea. If stamp collectors wish to buy what are actually personalised Smilers sheets that is up to them."
OK Ian I see your point and will digress a little. But, and this is a big but! I get so angry at Royal Mail for allowing these issues in the first instance. At the end of the day this is all about R.M profit and in my humble opinion is helping to ruin this great hobby (once called philately) now jokingly called confetti collecting.
I have to say something even if its just on this blog . I know I am not alone in my opinions. I also know that any letter to powers that be would fall on deaf ears. So I will not waste my time writing to them direct.
So even if we let private smiler sheets off the hook, what about these?
30 April 2009 Smilers for Kids - 4 x generic sheets . Big Ears, Wild Cherry Flower Fairies, Jeremy Fisher , Little Miss Sunshine.
All these sheets contain 20 x 1st class stamps and labels. Why on earth call these smilers for kids? Royal Mails claim "They are trying to encourage more youngsters to collect British stamps."
If this was the case they could format these to a set of 4 on a miniature sheet which at face would cost less than £2.00 How much pay does a child get these days from running a paper round? These sheets retail at £8.50 each, times this by four equates to a whacking £34.00.
I don't know about you and your kids, but how on earth can parents or children afford to collect these. This is a hell of a lot of pocket money for a kid to spend on a few bits of sticky paper on one day.
My last word on the subject!
Wise up Royal Mail make these issues more affordable to children or risk losing the collectors you have managed to convert already! The word "Con" should be highlighted !
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