Yes, they do have the "unpriced" 1st class stamps available, and now the first new 39¢ commemoratives out (interestingly, they managed to change the value at the last minute on the Chinese New Year stamp collection so those are coming out priced at the new rate). However, for some reason they have NOT bothered to get out the RATHER ESSENTIAL "second ounce"/"post card" 24¢ stamps. Hell, it took them until this past weekend to even update their web site to indicate that you would need an extra 1¢ stamp to go wih the 23¢ stamps they still had listed for post cards!
Why am I bitching, you ask? Well, I have sitting here a couple of large boxes containing 5,000 post cards which I just spent the past couple of days sticking mailing labels onto ... and I can't get the fucking postage I need to get the damn things OUT! I have tried three different "local" post offices to get the stamps (which, at this point, are going to have to be two stamps per, pretty much DOUBLING the time it's going to take me to finish this up) I need, and I've been Shit Out of Luck so far.
So, tomorrow I'm going to have to make a special journey down to the South Loop (well, beyond the South Loop, into the "over the river" zone) to go to the Main Post Office, where hopefully they will be able to sell me the needed 10,000 stamps.
I was told today that it's going to be another month before the new stamps are out. This is just fucking insane! The USPS should be prevented from activating a price increase until such time as it can provide stamps at the new rate! They really had their heads up their asses on this one ... even our delivery guy was saying that they didn't have the usual meetings for Post Office employees about it ... and (as posted about in here previously), I sure as hell didn't see anything about the increase until it was already in effect!
Bitch, bitch, bitch ... but I am NOT happy at the prospect of having to spend 12 hours sticking on 10,000 stamps instead of the 6 hours it would take if they just had the fucking 24¢ stamps ready!