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September 27, 2013 AT 12:50 pm

Postal hack – A step-by-step guide to profiting off a 3-cent hike on US postage stamps

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A step-by-step guide to profiting off a 3-cent hike on US postage stamps – Quartz.

Our plan is to buy 10 million stamps at $0.46 each and sell them at $0.48. The margins, of course, are small. If we buy 10 million stamps, spending $4.6 million, we’ll earn $200,000—a 4.3% profit.


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4 Comments

  1. We don’t have 4.6 million to buy 10 million stamps.

  2. "We don’t have 4.6 million to buy 10 million stamps."

    Neither does anyone else who thinks you can make a profit on get-rich-quick schemes.

  3. It will cost your $400,000 to store them, market them, hire the sales staff, and actually sell them………….

  4. First of all, the price increase is far from guaranteed, Every request for an exigent price increase has been rejected by the postal regulatory commission since the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act allowed the USPS to request them. Second, how do you plan on selling that many steps and do you really think people will go out of their way to save 1 cent? I highly doubt it. Third, your not taking into account any transaction costs incurred such as shipping. No way you will be able to sell that many locally so the transportation costs will be significant. It is a significant risk with little payoff.

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