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Over Production of Commemorative Stamps Costs USPS $2M a Year

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The United States Postal Service is on track to lose $15 million this year and one reason is bad planning.

The USPS bet big that a stamp commemorating the TV show The Simpsons would be a mega seller.  The agency ordered one billion Simpsons stamps, but only managed to sell 318 million of them during 2009 and 2010.  That left a surplus of 682 million stamps at a cost of $1.2 million.

Similarly, the Postal Service ordered 500 million "Flags of our Nation" stamps, but only sold 120 million of them during 2010 and 2011.  That led to a waste of 380 million stamps and $716,000.

If the USPS were to cut back on the over production of such commemorative and special issue stamps, it could save roughly $2 million a year.

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