28.11.2016 - PostNL launches Post & Go stamp vending machines
After their introduction in 1989, Dutch ATM vending machines were used during a period of twelve years. In mid-2001 however, the sale of self-adhesive ATM stamps was discontinued. From then on, variable rate postage stamps could be created only at the counters of the Dutch post offices, by personnel of the post.
But now, after seventeen years in which they were unavailable, Dutch ATM stamps will be on sale once again, this time with a fixed postage rate. On 1 February 2017, special Post & Go machines will begin to produce them. On the same date a specialized Dutch stamp store, the ‘CollectClub-winkel’ in Bussum, will have one of the machines installed. Collectors who can’t wait can buy the new stamps even a bit earlier, that is when they pay a visit to the Filateliebeurs, a philatelic event that will be held on 28 and 29 January 2017 in Hilversum.
The machines that PostNL has bought are comparable with those that the British Royal Mail uses. There is, however, a difference: PostNL has adjusted the machines in such a way that they can print other items than just postage stamps. Two versions of the new stamps will be available: one showing a picture of tulips, the other one a picture of butterflies. Each version will have a print run of 212.500 stamps.