Barcodes and Stamps

Royal Mail announced recently that they will be adding a barcode section at the side of their stamps. The barcodes match the stamp colour and sit alongside the main part of the stamp with what Royal Mail calls a ‘simulated perforation line’ separating the barcode from the rest of the stamp. How many people will be tearing along that perforation line, I wonder?

The barcode must not be separated because it is an integral part of the stamp and it has to be there for the stamp to be valid.

So what about non-barcoded stamps? They will be phased out and stop being valid after 31 January 2023. If anyone has non-barcoded stamps they can swap them for the new ones with the Royal Mail’s ‘Swap Out’ scheme that starts at the end of this month, on 31 March 2022 with ‘details to follow’.


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