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Somebody in the Government of Benin realised that they could make money from Tourists wanting to post their postcards and letters from here.
They could make money - quickly. Very quickly.
So quickly that they already had printed the price of 200 CFA (30 Euro cents, 39 US Cents). Then they promptly printed 600 CFA over all of them. So tripling the price instantly! So all my cards seemed to require at least 1200 CFA.
Decide who your real friends are before you get here. Its hard enough finding postcards to buy. And they are not cheap either. Its actually cheaper to do all this from London than here!
Send La Poste du Benin a nasty letter or email. If you can get their website to work !
Updated Oct 2, 2012
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