A person can purchase stamps at the post office or order them online through the U.S. Postal Service. Stamps are also available at select grocery stores and other retail outlets.
The U.S. Postal Service sells stamps in all its post offices. Postage stamps are available at the office counter, and, in some locations, via a vending machine. Special stamps, such as collector stamps, are located in displays throughout the post office. Seasonal stamps are treated as regular stamps and are purchased from the postal worker at the counter.
Stamps are also available online on the U.S. Postal Service website. Various stamp designs, both usable and collectible, are delivered to the purchaser's mailbox when purchased online. A person can also purchase and print out postage for packages from the website.
Other options for purchasing stamps include grocery stores and other businesses. Grocery and department stores can buy stamps from the Postal Service and sell them to their customers. This is a courtesy for the store's customers, as the store must sell the stamps for the exact same price the Postal Service charges. Pharmacies, banks, office-supply stores and gas stations may also sell stamps. Growing in popularity across the country are ATMs that dispense both cash and postage stamps.