What on earth is going on with Royal Mail? They spend a fortune on new security measures, overprints, codes, security slits and still the mail does not receive a cancel on a 40 - 50 % percentage the mail I receive here in Spain.
Perhaps it is because of the addition of the new self adhesive gum which is also a new security feature, after all said and done I ask myself they are difficult to remove from the envelopes (so RM think).
Take a look for your self all these shown above and below, they have actually been canceled with a wavy line and to are clearly forgeries. How come I ask myself, have these which have no phosphor bars been allowed to pass though the system?
These shown are just a small selection, I see several more Machin forgeries on eBay which have been delivered. In hindsight these should have been automatically rejected by ALF where as the genuine stamps should be canceled!!!
Judging by the price they fetch £1 or so there must be loads , perhaps hundreds and hundreds that get though the postal system. It Makes a mockery out of all that has been done by Royal Mail and the money spent. But then again looking at a brighter picture it gives collectors something else that is actually philatelic to look out for.