WEB SITE Stamps get customized on Internet
Consumers can mail or e-mail pictures to be printed.
Stamp collecting may never be quite the same.
Proud new parents can have pictures of their newborns printed on stamps for birth announcements. Dog lovers can have pictures of their pooches stamped on their letters.
But none of these can be purchased directly from the corner post office.
On Tuesday, the Internet distributor of software used to print stamps from home, Stamps.com, launched its newest Web site: Photostamp.com, to which consumers can mail or e-mail pictures to be printed on certified stamps, for about twice the cost of a regular stamp.
The added cost goes to the printing and shipping of orders, which are available in denominations between $0.23 and $3.85.
"I think the main target for the product is mainly consumers who are parents and grandparents and pet lovers and people who like to travel or want their own image on their postage," said Stamps.com chief executive Ken McBride.
McBride also said that his company, which is privately held but regulated by the U.S. Postal Service, will not print pictures that are pornographic, libelous or of a political nature. Nor will they print logos for companies other than the ones who own them.