Has anybody tried to buy stamps lately? What's with the post office? Ordinarily I use very few postage stamps ... I always use email when I can, I pay most of my bills online or drop off the ones that are local because they're only a block from my house. But sometimes you've just gotta have a stamp! I usually keep some around but discovered that I was out when I had some insurance papers that absolutely HAD to go out in the mail ASAP. I live in a very small town, and the only other town in this county is even smaller, but each has their own post office - I go by both on my way to work. Both post offices open at 8:30 and close at 3:00 -and if you work out of town (like most people here do) they're not open yet when you leave for work and closed by the time you get home. They're open on Saturdays but you have to be quick because it's only for 2-1/2 hours! But always before you could purchase stamps from a vending machine in the lobby - they'd be tempermental and sometimes would run out, but usually they'd work. THEN, they purposely disabled the almost brand new stamp machine in the P.O. in the smaller town. Who knows why, but they did. THEN, the one in the post office near my house started being "broken" all the time and almost never worked. THEN today ... I go in the post office and there's a sign taped to the machine ... it says that by March 19th, this machine would be removed. The U.S.P.S. in their infinite wisdom has decided that "... THIS TYPE OF MACHINE NO LONGER MEETS THE NEEDS OF THE CUSTOMERS OR THE POSTAL SERVICE"! It would meet the "needs" of the customers just fine if it worked! What I "NEEDED" was one lousy postage stamp! And how hard is it for them to put stamps in a vending machine so people could buy them! Is that some big financial burden for the post office? It goes on to say that you can come in during the hours they're open or buy stamps online (and wait for them to be delivered). Hey folks, I have to take an hour off work to come in when you're open! Thanks a lot! I was only mildly annoyed before, but that sign just burned me up! Is that some type of "government speak" that translates to "We're the Post Office and we don't give a rat's rear!" Yeah, I'll go on Saturday and buy a little book of stamps so I have some on hand. But some day I may run out again, just when I need one, and then I'll get mad all over again! Just my little vent for the day ... I feel better now!