Richmond County Daily Journal
The stamp machines at local post offices are going the way of punch calculators and typewriters, so mailers will have to obtain their stamps during business hours.
At the Rockingham Post Office, the stamp machines have already been shut down and all the merchandise and money removed from them.
“(The United States Postal Service) has issued nationwide that they are removing all of the vending machines, so this isn’t just something that’s happening in Rockingham or Richmond County,” said Rockingham Postal Officer-in-Charge Randy Lambert.
He explained the machines have grown obsolete over time, and the USPS has encountered difficulty obtaining the parts to fix them when they broke.
However, individuals may still purchase stamps at the post office, they just have to do so during regular business hours - 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“The convenience of buying your stamps here at the post office is still here at the window,” Lambert said. “We know this will mean more people at the window, and we’re going to be staffing accordingly.”
He did say there are options being looked at to replace the machines so people can buy stamps while the post office is closed.
“They have these new machines called automated postal centers that you can use to mail items, buy stamps and do other things, and it takes debit and credit cards,” he said.
Lambert said there is no verification the Rockingham Post Office will get one, yet.
“That is definitely something we’ll be looking at in the future,” he said.