Are (barcoded) Large 1st and Large 2nd class stamps any use?

I have a significant number of barcoded 1st and 2nd class large letter stamps which I've 'effectively' bought at historic prices . The idea was these could be an inflation proof method of sending parcels.  However, Royal Mail charge far more to send a parcel using these stamps than buy the postage via the internet, so the saving could be marginal. Moreover they seem to offer a free collection with the latter method, although I've never used this and I'm not sure how exactly it works. 

So the question is, might these stamps still prove useful due to potential inflation busting rises in costs of postage in the future, or could (should) I attempt to resell them?


  • Brie
    Brie Posts: 9,211
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    You'll be able to use them for a few years to come at least is my guess.  Always used to use the non barcoded ones no matter when they were bought and for how much and always worked ok.

    If you sell them you'll have to do so at a discount so might not actually be worth while.
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