August 15, 2016

Canada Post’s Star Trek swag: Boldly blowing taxpayer money on licensing fees

David MenziesMission Specialist

The other day I beamed down to my local post office and was greeted by a vast display featuring stamps, posters, booklets and postcards, all bearing a Star Trek theme.

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, so Canada Post is celebrating Trek’s “Canadian connection.” Captain Kirk hails from Montreal, Scotty’s from Vancouver and the guy who played Klingon Captain Kor is from Toronto.

But why pay mega-licensing fees to an American studio to produce Star Trek swag given that the post office has a state-sanctioned monopoly on printing stamps?

Also, if they're wooing stamp collectors to buy extras for their collections, why not print stamps that don’t require licensing fees from rights holders?

Is this Star Trek promotion just some cosmic vanity trip?

An arrogant state-sanctioned monopoly ventures into space to boldly blow money like no one has ever blown money before.

Photo Credit: Canada Post

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commented 2016-08-16 15:38:43 -0400
Drew Wakariuk,

Please post my quote where I said that “Ghostbusters would be a huge success”.

Thanks, fuckface.
commented 2016-08-16 02:06:09 -0400
Cameron i am a huge trekkie , i am not insulted by this. Tax money is not to be wasted.
commented 2016-08-16 02:04:00 -0400
Michael Mann you mean like the way the new Ghostbusters was a huge success like you said LMAO!
Canada Post has a monopoly , that is how they make money.
commented 2016-08-15 21:47:52 -0400
Why was CP sponsoring the Olympics………..why do they do whatever they do………..return on investment!!!!!;,,,,,,,,,,,,but for whom ?//
commented 2016-08-15 20:26:40 -0400
Speaking of Star Trek and Canada Post…
Two days ago, and for the 2nd time in a year, I tried to order the complete original Star Trek TV series on DVD from when a good buy came up. For the 2nd time in a year I couldn’t get it delivered to even GD at the local PO where I have a box – no home delivery out here (30 k round trip from home) I live in a remote area of the central interior BC (400 k round trip to Williams Lake for groceries).
The PO blames and blames the PO…still no delivery!
According to the Post Mistress it turns out some remote areas are affected and some aren’t…?
…and the local PO can’t get most of these collectible – read; increasing in value over time – stamp sets, and they are surprisingly popular to collectors…
I ended up ordering the DVD set – painlessly – through the Williams Lake Walmart…it’ll be here (GD local PO) thursday, and no delivery charge…

DARYL HERMAN commented 8 hours ago…
Of course sir, you have the correct perspective here. Oh Canada…
commented 2016-08-15 15:35:05 -0400
Cameron Robock commented – “So rebel is now insulting Trekkies”

Rebel doesn’t need to insult Trekkies, they do a fine job of it themselves being obsessive-compulsive delusionists – but I will admit Star Wars nerds are far more developmentally impaired – they’re some sort of mutant uber-nerd
commented 2016-08-15 15:28:06 -0400
I bet they collect the whole set in Vulcan Alberta.

Personally I’d like to see a stamp showing Kokanee lake. Bet it would sell big in western Canada.
commented 2016-08-15 15:19:11 -0400
The reality is that Canada Post is probably make a ton of money off Star Trek and thus, it’s completely worth it.

I know Americans that would buy the Canadian stamps as a Star Trek collectable.
commented 2016-08-15 15:16:23 -0400
Daryl Herman,

Yes, I am sure stamps with oil rigs and pipelines would be HUGE sellers over things that are popular.

Are you stupid – Canada Post would lose money on that.
commented 2016-08-15 15:10:28 -0400
So rebel is now insulting Trekkies. Just the number in Canada buying will increase the revune of Canada post for stamp sales. But rebel would rather insult that group including conservative Trekkies.
commented 2016-08-15 13:14:59 -0400
No worries Thomas Pratt, I’m old, but still think often of the Jules Vern stories of old science fiction novels that totally intrigued me as a young boy – and now reflect that I am really living in the realms portrayed by Jules!! …and we are experiencing in today’s world, things which are portrayed by Star Trek. Space travel, hi-tek communications – etc.
commented 2016-08-15 12:56:44 -0400
My two cents. I have a neighbour who works in the Philatelic industry. I am told Canadian stamps are highly prized collectibles the world over. I see this initiative by CP as a calculated risk that should my neighbour be correct, will turn a tidy dollar for them. Nothing ventured, nothing gained…….
commented 2016-08-15 12:53:31 -0400
I am sure that I may get tarred & feathered, but even though I am a large C Conservative I love Star Trek and just about anything connected to it.
commented 2016-08-15 12:19:19 -0400
Science fiction!!?? Really?!
Maybe if CP began promoting the Site C dam or the Energy East pipeline and/or worthwhile, wealth (economic & social) producing projects – maybe just maybe it would be a more worthy and accepted promotion.
Lawrence is absolutely correct – whenever the Libtards are in power this country does a nose dive – economically, morally and status in the world – heralded by Sean Pensons & Jay Kellys and Ron Christensens – except for our buddy Ron) and his lunatic ilk who have the NWO mindset being pushed by the UN.
When are people going to wake the hell up and take stock of who the United Nations are made up of?? Pretty much all the executive branch are displaced despots from 3 rd world Islamic countries, who’s only desire is to unify the world with Islamic ideology & to load their already over stocked bank accounts. All the libtard subversives living in Canada need to be expunged to these Islamic countries for a minimum of 6 month visit period – I’m sure their small minds would be greatly expanded to the point of them rejecting their anti-civilization / suicide philosophies. Those that are still libtards will have their Canadian citizenship’s revoked.
commented 2016-08-15 11:10:22 -0400
I have a 40-something year old nephew that has a whole room, with cathedral ceilings, dedicated to Star Trek. It actually takes up half of his house. The place that I currently live in could easily fit into that space. I told him that I thought it was a bit eccentric, but it’s his life, and he can spend his money on whatever he wishes to. though I can’t help thinking that there are people starving in the world, and he is focused on Star Trek. And he’s an engineer to boot!
commented 2016-08-15 10:58:30 -0400
hey Kieth, I’m not 80 and i am pretty sure the eighty year olds aren’t wasting what little money they have on buying fancy stamps, that’s something the brainless millennials would do , so take your vitriol and shove it up your ass. people living on pensions don’t have money to waste and we have to share the wealth with turdo’s muslim invaders and that includes our health care system where turdo’s muslims get better health care than us Canadians ,the contempt you young people show to the older generation is astounding considering it was my generation who worked hard all our lives, paid lots of taxes and had no entitlements like we see now a days and had no expectations of the hand outs your ilk expect and get from the governments, most of us have never had any welfare and have never even received one dollar of UI and i contributed for over 30 years into a private sector pension plan only to see half of it wiped out in 2008 ,so lay off the disrespectful remarks , you sounded like penson or j kelly
commented 2016-08-15 10:30:28 -0400
You have to assume that some kind of business study was done before the programme was approved and that the study indicated that the sale of Star Trek memorabilia would prove profitable. If that was the case, and because Canada Post is a corporation trying to show a profit, I can understand the decision. After all the market for stamps featuring cute bunnies, moose, the northern lights and images of her Majesty is probably filled up. So go for it C.P.

Having said that, I am also on record as having said that the whole of Canada Post and it’s alleged services are an anachronism left over from the first half of the last century and could easily and more profitably be performed by the private sector. The best thing that could happen to Canada Post would be to have it’s monopoly on the delivery of mail rescinded and thrown open to the private sector. After all, judging by what turns up in our mail boxes every day, Canada Post is nothing but an advertisement in the form of fliers, general delivery envelopes and other forms of advertisement delivery system. It really needs to go private.
commented 2016-08-15 09:54:20 -0400
Sean Penson commented 32 mins ago
Oh well, it’s just money. It’s not as if Canada Post is broke, or going through any labour-management tensions at the moment

commented 2016-08-15 09:53:30 -0400
LMFAO!!! Some fucking 80 year old is living out their childhood days buy collecting this “sticky paper with pictures on it” crap.

Canada Post – what fucking loser fest. Another embarrassment for Canada.

But then again, we are gold medalists in trampoline. FAWK!!!! LMFAO!!!!
commented 2016-08-15 09:30:15 -0400
“Oh well, it’s just money”

Yup, a true blue idiot socialist. No wonder the Canadian economy nose dives when socialists are in power since this is the typical attitude of the socialist left.
commented 2016-08-15 09:21:41 -0400
Oh well, it’s just money. It’s not as if Canada Post is broke, or going through any labour-management tensions at the moment