The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) has announced it will be getting a fully functioning Royal Mail Post and Go machine on 3 December 2012. This will make the BPMA the first place to get a permanent Royal Mail Hytech Post & Go machine outside of a temporary exhibition environment.
The BPMA Post and Go Machine will only accept credit and debit cards and is only available for use by visitors to the BPMA.
The Faststamps will be overprinted:
The British Postal
Museum & Archive
Unless there is a change of heart and mail-order facilities are provided through the BPMA shop, the scope for many collectors away from London, and especially outside the UK to obtain what they want with this overprint is slim, and they will have to rely on dealers.
This is a bad thing. Royal Mail and Post Office Ltd are creating a limited-access market when they know that collectors worldwide are interested. I understand that one or more of these machines is already lined up to be at a major south of England stamp fair next spring.
So with an apparently ready market for these (look at the eBay results for the first sales from Perth) dealers can probably pay their table fees simply by spending some time at the Post and Go machine and selling the output !
It's not sour grapes - I could go to that show. But I suspect many collectors will be content with what they already have! Several of our customers have declined Perth's output.
Note: unless somebody at BPMA makes these available to mail order customers we are unlikely to have these before January, or maybe even late February after Stampex. We will not be producing FDCs.
UPDATE 1 December: we've been told that the overprint will read only
The B P M A
============================================================Update 5 December: BPMA have advised that they are selling blank BPMA envelopes for 50p, and that
"If people hand their covers to the Search Room staff by mid afternoon they can get our special handstamp."