Is this a new junk mail ploy.

  bumpkin 23:44 05 Dec 2018
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Looking through today's mail there was one from Barclays Bank, it appeared to have a 2nd class postage stamp on it which I thought was unusual. Junk inside of course. A closer look showed that it was not a stamp at all but something printed onto the envelope to look like one then postmarked with their normal cheap business code.

  AroundAgain 00:21 06 Dec 2018

Quite likely, bumpkin. Changes since GDPR, possibly

  BT 09:10 06 Dec 2018

..it appeared to have a 2nd class postage stamp on it

I've had mail from a number of sources with what appeared to be a 2nd class stamp on which was actually a printed version. Could possibly be a modern version of the 'Postage Paid' envelopes which we used to be able to buy from the Post Office years ago.

  Forum Editor 09:49 06 Dec 2018

"A closer look showed that it was not a stamp at all but something printed onto the envelope to look like one"

It's called a Printed Postage Impression, and it's widely used by businesses that send large quantities of mail. The system is licensed by Royal Mail; once a business has its licence, it can pay for however many impressions it needs online and print them on its own envelopes.

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