The Machin 1st class and 2nd class strips purchased on February 1st, the day of rebranding with the new logo, have the text inset to the right compared with similar strips purchased on 17 February when the new Postal Heritage Transport stamps were issued.
Several people have reported this, and thanks for this image, which shows the original on the right and the realignment on the left:
Several readers also reported that it was not possible to buy anything other than 1st class 100g Postal Heritage Transport stamps from machine A001 at the Postal Museum. Museum staff assured buyers that this was not a mistake.
A Royal Mail spokesman later said that this move was designed to save money for collectors. They were told firmly that collectors are quite capable of making up their own mind what to spend money on and how much!
Collectors of the Transport stamps at Stampex were able to buy
- set of 6 x 1st, price £3.78Few collectors feel the compulsion to buy more than one of these - save perhaps for one of the two more expensive options plus a bureau pack.
- set of 6, one of each value, price £7.68
- set of 36: all values in all designs, price £46.08
Collectors don't need nannying by Royal Mail, especially not at the same time as they are selling an unnecessary miniature sheet at twice the face value of the stamps it contains.