What is the Vending Machine Removal Initiative?

The United States Postal Service® is continuing to remove retail vending machines from the Post Office™ and other retail locations around the country, an initiative that began in October 2006. This will enable the Postal Service™ to focus more on the ways people prefer to buy stamps today.

Today, customers have a wide range of quick, easy, and convenient ways to buy U.S. postage stamps including online 24/7; by phone; at pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores; and through self-service kiosks (formerly Automated Postal Centers® or APCs). Therefore, fewer people have been using stamp vending machines every year. Some machines have as few as two customers a month.

Some of the machines are 20 years old. Mechanical breakdowns are becoming more frequent. Replacement parts are scarce because they are no longer manufactured. In short, the vending machines are often more expensive to maintain than the value they provide to our customers.

A notice will be posted on machines, at least 30 days in advance of removal, listing nearby Post Offices and other locations where customers can buy stamps. There will also be a reminder of all the other ways postage can be purchased. These include the following:

  • To order stamps by phone, please call 1-800-STAMP24 (1-800-782-6724). Customer service representatives are available as follows:

    Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

    Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET

    Sunday: Closed

    Holidays: Closed [Click here for Postal Holidays]

    • In addition:
      • The hearing-impaired TTY number is (1-800-877-8339).
      • To call from outside the U.S., the telephone number is 1-816-545-1000.
  • The order can be Faxed to 1-816-545-1201.
  • By filling out Stamps by Mail order from, available from the letter carrier and at the local Post Office.
  • At more than 25,000 commercial retail establishments. For a list, go to www.usps.com; click “Find USPS Locations”, then select “Alternate Locations to Buy Stamps” from the "Refine Search"  pull-down menu.
  • At more than 15,000 banking and credit union ATMs.
  • At thousands of self-service kiosks nationwide.
  • From your rural carrier, if you are on a rural delivery route.

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