Swapping them out, site now live here
Our non-barcoded stamps can be exchanged for the new barcoded version through the Stamp Swap Out scheme. The Scheme opened on 31 March 2022. To swap out your stamps, simply complete one of our Stamp Swap Out forms and send it back to us along with your non-barcoded stamps. The step by step process for doing this is explained below.
How to get a ‘Stamp Swap Out’ form
- If you have a printer, you can swap out up to £200 worth of non-barcoded stamps by printing out and completing this Stamp Swap Out PDFOpens in a new windowpdf, 2.07 MB. You can send this back to us free of charge, along with your stamps, by writing on the envelope Freepost SWAP OUT. No other address details or postcode are needed.
- If you have a printer, and more than £200 worth of stamps to swap out then use the Bulk Stamp Swap Out formOpens in a new windowpdf, 148.66 KB. We recommend sending this and your non-barcoded stamps back to us via a secure service with suitable cover. The address to send to is:
21 South Gyle Crescent
- If you don’t have access to a printer you can request a Stamp Swap Out form to be posted to you by completing this form online. The instructions for sending back to us will depend on the form you request.
'Stamp Swap Out' forms are also available from the Customer Service Point at your local Delivery Offices (but please note they will only have the forms for the up to £200 option). Or you can call our Customer Experience Team on 03457 740740.
Just a heads up in to Royal Mail having a 'shake up' in regards to how stamps are used and bascially after January 31 next year, stamps with the Queen's head and '1st' or '2nd' class written on them will no longer be usable and to redeem them, you will have to pay a surcharge.
There are some
exclusions though, so read belowand how you'll be able to 'swap' stamps from March this year.
''Households have until January 31 to use up any existing Royal Mail stamps - including seasonal ones such as Christmas stamps, under a major shake up to boost security.
After January 31 next year, stamps with the Queen's head and '1st' or '2nd' class written on them will no longer be usable and to redeem them, you will have to pay a surcharge.
The only exception is ‘special' commemorative stamps, such as the Doctor Who collection, as these will continue to work until after January 31, 2023.
Royal Mail will let you ‘swap out’ these stamps for free.
You will be able to exchange current stamps for barcoded ones for free under Royal Mail's new 'Swap Out' scheme, which opens on March 31, 2022 and will run until March 31, 2023.
This will be via a 'Swap Out' form on the Royal Mail website. You’ll then have to post the no longer valid stamps back.''
They're being phased out for barcode type stamps
''The rule change is because Royal Mail is moving to a more secure barcode system, which those stamps don't have on them.
Royal Mail says the barcode on the new stamps will provide “additional security features” that will support its efforts to improve the safety of the post it handles.
Each barcode will have a "digital twin" that can be connected using the Royal Mail app, although the barcodes will not allow users to track their post.
Non-barcoded stamps have already begun to be phased out. Post Offices and shops that sell stamps will receive stocks of barcoded ones over the next few months.
Each retailer will continue to sell their existing stamps until their last remaining batch runs out.
Forms will be available via a variety of channels, including local Customer Service Points; the Royal Mail website and via our Customer Experience team. Customers will be able to use a Freepost address. Further details will be announced shortly.''Source