PhotoStamps – The Popular Personalized Postage – Returns!
Turn Digital Photos – Babies, Pets, Memories – Into Postage
LOS ANGELES – April 26, 2005 – Stamps.com® (Nasdaq: STMP), the leading provider of Internet-based postage services, today announced the return of PhotoStamps, the popular form of postage that allows consumers to turn their digital photos, designs or images into valid U.S. postage. PhotoStamps is expected to be available under authorization of the U.S. Postal Service for a year-long market test beginning May 17, 2005. Stamps.com will begin taking pre-orders immediately for PhotoStamps at its Web site www.photostamps.com. All pre-orders placed between today and May 16, 2005 will receive a special collectible first day of release insignia, and will be shipped at the beginning of the test.
“Consumers embraced PhotoStamps from the very first day of the initial market test,” said Stamps.com president and CEO Ken McBride. “PhotoStamps offer parents, grandparents, pet lovers, travelers, and hobbyists, a great way to share their favorite digital photos. We are very excited about PhotoStamps’ return.”
People can use PhotoStamps to create customized postage with pictures of their children, pets, vacations, celebrations and more. PhotoStamps can be used as regular postage to send letters, postcards or packages and is currently available for the most common mail rates in denominations ranging from $0.23 to $3.85. Each sheet includes 20 individual PhotoStamps.
To order, consumers simply upload a digital photograph or image file at www.photostamps.com, customize the look and feel by choosing one of ten different border colors to complement the image, select the value of postage and place the order. The interface is fun, functional and incredibly easy-to-use.
With the new market test, Stamps.com is introducing a redesigned look for PhotoStamps with a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. The overall dimensions of each individual PhotoStamp remain unchanged at 1 3/8 inches high by 1 7/8 inches wide. Stamps.com is accepting personal images or photos that meet its content guidelines, including babies, children, teens, adults, pets or other personal images. Users who order PhotoStamps must explicitly agree to abide by the PhotoStamps Terms & Conditions, available at www.photostamps.com/conditions.
PhotoStamps is a patented Stamps.com product that couples the technology of PC Postage with the simplicity of a web-based image upload and order process. PhotoStamps was extremely popular during the initial market test which was announced on Aug. 10, and ran through Sept. 30, 2004. During that 7 1/2 week period, more than 2.75 million individual PhotoStamps were ordered. Pets and children were the most popular categories of images submitted.
Stamps.com (Nasdaq: STMP) is a leading provider of Internet-based postage services. Stamps.com enables over 350,000 customers to print U.S. Postal Service-approved postage with just a PC, printer and Internet connection, right from their home or office. The Company targets its services to small businesses and home offices, and currently has partnerships with companies including Microsoft, CompUSA, EarthLink, HP, NCR, Office Depot, Vendio and the U.S. Postal Service.
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