Post office sales of gift cards approved -

Post office sales of gift cards approved

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The post office has a green light to try selling gift cards.
   Pre-paid cards have become one of the most popular gift items and postal officials said in January they want to do more than just deliver them to the lucky recipients. The independent Postal Regulatory Commission approved a test of the postal sales plan on Thursday.
   The post office says the proposal calls for a two-year test, with about 2,000 post offices selling cards issued by companies such as American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. It will start in June.
   The test would be limited to sales at postal retail offices and the agency's website, and if the initial test works out, it would be expanded to several thousand additional post offices.
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