They decided, with some logical thought, that their standing order customers would not want between 55 and 75 additional sets of Post and Go stamps, and said, therefore, that they would not be available through the philatelic service but only in person. Needless to say, some collectors decided that they would like to fill their stockbooks - and Guernsey Post's coffers - and complained.
Guernsey Post have now sent a letter to subscribers, an extract of which is shown below.
The first underprint on the Lighthouse stamps on the 21 st April will also be provided as a standing order item to customers.
Due to the number of ships visiting we recognised that it would be unreasonable to expect our customers to purchase every underprint which is why we initially stated they
would not be available from the bureau.
However after receiving feedback from numerous collectors we are now willing to take orders for the cruise ship underprints. However we would like to stress that these will not be a standing order item and orders will need to be placed for them separately. Please use the form enclosed or contact our customers services team at your earliest convenience on +44(0)1481 716486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that due to the large amount of administration required for these orders theSo, they listened, and they acted. And I hope that people who really want to have a complete collection will be pleased with these arrangements. A collectors strip will cost £3.70 + 50p admin up until 1 st May 2017. From 2nd May 2017 due to an increase in postal rates each strip will be £4.06 + 50p. So a complete set will cost approaching £300. One of the options offered is to have stamps for the first visit only for each ship.
dispatch of all cruise ship underprints will be in September after our cruise ship offering has ended. Also each strip will incur a 50p administration fee in line with our current GG02 products.
Beware the slippery slope, though. Will you buy next year's, and those from Gibraltar as well?