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|Thread: Post here first! (Sandbox)|
Hi Tracey, welcome to Dodo land
As Minxy Carmen has stated this is a regular question asked in here with no real way of answering it.
One is to do your own research via the Library or the internet which is all time consuming and will either make you a budding stamp collector or a newcomer to Ebay
Getting them valued is risky but you need to find a local stamp club, collector or even a auction house will do this but of course this all cost money and the pros and cons are a minefield.
In order I would look online for a stamp club first just simply for advice.
The problem with stamps is their diversity of category.and is so understandable why you maybe finding it confusing, geez even hardened collectors can find this!
All I would say is please do not make a snap decision and just take your time and seeing what you can find out.
Searching the internet is all about playing with words with stamps you cannot find. Most world stamps can be sorted by year and country. One of the easiest ways is going to the local Library and getting the Stanley Gibbons simplified world catalogues which there is 6 and you will get the bulk of the stamps sorted that way. But it is all time but can be fun as well as a pain.
The other thing with stamps is, you really need to see them so they can be properly assessed and this means they will have to leave your sight at some point if getting someone to value them for you.
If I have missed anything the people in here will say so.
If we can help explain deeper just ask away.
|Thread: Great rarity|
See, now on a wow factor you scored 5/5 seems like they stopped doing that feature on here, maybe they did not like criticism of their favouring RM with the verdicts!
All my good stamps come from abroad unless I win the comps in here then you get them.
They also sell well on Ebay I might add?
I don't know if RM read these sites but I have to admit the scribbling seems to have stopped! I've had a few adhesives lately all cancelled properly.
|Thread: Foreign branch postmarks|
Hi Trev just looked up these and there is a whole flippin use for these the closest I got to your two shown was GB Freemasons but I somehow don't think so.
I would assume the stamps are not English but Indian as stated but looked up Indian FB and theirs tend to be diamond shaped! So maybe these have come in from abroad and have GB cancels on them?? But going by what I have just searched I would say these are different Dept cancels.
Sorry I cannot be of much help Trev but I have never seen these before, very interesting. I came across a web site GB which also had very similar markings these were for newspapers however and had the wording with what I would call a rugby ball cancel.
Hope someone can come up with the real meaning though looks like a good subject to read up on.
|Thread: WORLDWIDE 40G|
Hi Paul, I wrote to the Editor of the mag and he did not know either. Ha ha ha the BBC eh.
Emmm yes I am still recovering from my customs experience , so wrong people your right. However i would love to know if at customs they have a postal dept on hand as they are not allowed to open mail without them present to do so?
|Thread: Foreign branch postmarks|
Hi Trev, well other than stating the obvious you would think its down to different places/offices with different shaped stamp marks?
Never seen these before so I cant help I'm afraid, are these Indian stamps?
|Thread: Landmark Buildings|
Not really, maybe a nostril but not a nose. Could be a hat? You need to ask Prince Charlie as he gets off on this type of thing.
|Thread: WORLDWIDE 40G|
Well an update for you!
Since replying to RM's email I have now had a further 2 emails passing me from one department to another to another? Now if I was on the phone doing this I would have been probably on it waiting and listening to music and getting no where fast and I guess 20 to 30 mins.
Whilst all this has been going on, I have had a brainwave. If I think about this logically and yes I know in todays world, this is an extremely dangerous to do, as the post an go label is done on weight and not cost or price, the fact RM have increased the weight limit to 20 - 60gm from 20 - 40gm the label itself is still valid up to 40gm minimum.
The area of risk, should you want to try it, is to push your luck and go for 60gm limit which from what I am experiencing in communication with RM you could probably get away with but the problem will be customs the other end of the process and should they contest it!!!
|Thread: Shattered illusions and shattered lives|
I agree with your sentiments but I think once you move away from the war as such we lesson the thought.
this was 2016 set below
2015 SET BELOW
2014 SET BELOW
As you can see the difference is way different to previous years maybe RM thought there had been enough?
|Thread: New start looking for advice|
@ Gillian thats OK I'm single I won't tell
|Thread: Found my collection after 45 years|
Not from what I can remember no it was not. I recently did a search for Japan and China stamps and I saw a lot of mine and they were not cheap. I had no idea at all about stamps it was just my childhood collection.
Very few of these were purchased they all came from and through my fathers small business on parcels and so forth.
Lots were from around the world, had i known i was going to collect Diana I would never have sold it.
|Thread: WORLDWIDE 40G|
@ Trev sorry I missed your post.
I used a Pre Decimal £1 stamp on an Item to the USA and never had a problem, if I could remember the buyer I would ask them to send the envelope back to me, because that would really be worth something!!! But I wonder what the chances are of it being post cancelled anyway!!!!
I am aware sorting offices do not cancel envelopes with old style stamps like my 15,5p etc stamps, they either get scribbled over or not at all.
Also using stamps from stamp packs even modern usually slip through un-cancelled.
The girls at my P.O do stamp/cancel them there and then when I post at counter and get Proof of Posting slips.
I also know that there are times when the sorting office ask the P.O to do this as well because every now and again you see them all doing it at counter.
Curiosity will get the better of me and I no doubt will phone them, just got to work out whether cheaper by mobile or by landline, my sever is damned expensive landline connection and per min charges.
I got some things on Ebay at the moment and will see if I can get one of the girls and see what they say, I might even be able to persuade one to find out for me through their side and they might call for me on their phones lol lol lol.
OK, wrote to editor of stamp magazine, same answer, yes it is still valid but where or how is ??????
Now if you ever want an example of incompetence this has to be it, for however the stamp world may pride itself on knowledge its us the collector who will always come up with the answer.
I emailed RM asking for an 0800 number or an email, NO REPLY.
So it now looks like the only option I have is to phone RM and that is not going to be the answer, I need this in writing not over the phone rubbish where by they can come up with any old rubbish, which basically I think it will be because Im pretty much sure they will tell me something which is not true.
What I have got to do now is find the web site I was on and find the value of what this post and go World Wide was @ 2013 price and funnily enough after much searching on the internet I have come full circle to an item from this very site. In 2013 the post rate of Post an Go label 40g World Wide was £1.88 it actually dropped by 2p in the price rises of that year. So now I have the answer but now I have got to get this out of RM as proof and correct.
Just looked at todays prices and its £2.27 and I am going to assume that Post an Go is issued at standard rate post and not economy?!
So there are a number of ways at looking at this problem.
1 If you send an item World Wide which weighs up to 40g there should be no problems because that is what the label is valid for even though today there is no category. The Label is based on Weight not Price? However whilst it would go through our mail and customs O.K I'm not so sure of the other end.
2. The real problem is using the label as part payment I.E £1.88 (March 2013 price) and then topping it up to £2.27 (47p 2017 price) which is what I would normally do, if up to 60g. Or using it internally as a value of £1.88 on normal UK post, I think using it for that I would draw attention to the purpose and Im not actually aware we can use them for this purpose, its a bit of a grey area, I know I have used E stamps to Europe and topped up but not internal UK or indeed World Wide.
So this Christmas one of my USA friends is going to be a guinea pig for using these labels, I know most my Christmas cards are over 20g so it will be interesting to see what happens, in the meantime my only option to finding out its real value or use is phoning RM at an extortionate phone rate and pressing buttons and listening to Beethoven for 10 mins waiting for someone to speak with!
To be frank I reckon it may well be worth putting one on Ebay and seeing if anyone bids at least this way you will get a collectors worth on them?
Yes I been there to with the walk of shame. The (P.O) girls have got used to me however and trust me and I always say "you can count if you like" but we tend to stand gossiping over the many varieties of stamps, mainly old issues and you can see the steam coming out the ears from the queue behind.
As I say, one of the guys there, always, when sending overseas, always wrote the value next to any stamps and even what class or size. He did tell me once why and that probably goes back to what Trev wrote about they may not understand what value our 2nd, 1st & E stamps are worth when overseas as per post n go as well.
Geez Alex your going back some years with SASE, I think the last time I used that was maybe late 80's, used to be very common when entering competitions as a kid though or applying for coupons and so forth, or even things from TV or radio, oh boy now there's a trip down memory lane?????
Just back from the P.O and guess what?????
YEP I don't know, we only work for RM!!!!!! Unfortunately it was not one of the girls because they would have been more helpful. I explained what I have done and the reply and his answer to that was "they probably don't know"
Now I know this happened way back in 2014 but you would think someone would know and his conclusion was, "only RM will be able to give you the answer and in fact you do need it in writing."
So this is it Britain today and another laughable comment was "The sorting office probably will do exactly the same, some will let it go and some won't" and I know this is true because I mistakenly put an air mail label on a surface mail and it still got there in 7 days!!!
Whilst you may think this is good, if your selling something and the buyer gets hit at there end with a charge of under payment, you'd be liable for all charges!
SO, when and if I ever do find the answer I am going to have to write alongside the label exactly what is bracket of shipping it fits or value.
Hey Trev you wanted an answer to RM and this issue, here is a reply I sent an email to RM about this this!!!!
Thank you for your email.
Unfortunately we are unable to answer your question as the Post and Go labels are not something that have been available through Online Postage or Click and Drop, I have looked into who may be able to help and think the Stamps and Collectable team are the department you need to contact as they do have some for sale online, their contact number is 03457 782677.
If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.
Now if I could be bothered to spend 20 mins pushing buttons 1, 3, 1, 3 and spending 15 mins listening to music and then being shoved around from dept to dept and at local rate, I may do it but seeing as I do not have the inclination to put up with the BS of these companies and their routines I can't be bothered. So this is incompetence for you and just how very very stupid RM is.
As I have said before, millions of people lost their lives for this country and it really makes you wonder why, when we have this BS in a modern day world.
I shall ask the PO girls if they can help but I do not hold much hope there either.
Edited By Julian on 20/07/2017 12:03:30
|Thread: Shattered illusions and shattered lives|
I think this is just a half hearted attempt by RM and a pretty poor one. Dressing up this foul war and loss of life is why people forget! Its the shock of images that will keep the memory alive.
|Thread: WORLDWIDE 40G|
Yes I had this issue with the change in decimal currency as well with the £1 & 2 pound stamps. The E stamps are valid I know that because I use them and their value is £1.17 at today's rate and like ALL stamps with no values hold their value even if prices go up.
The problem with post and go is, not only were they no value but they did have the stipulation of weight which is where we enter the problem, A site I found last night stipulated that a 40g world wide was worth more than its current value now, and this would seem because RM have changed the G limits of course one is restricted and the other (price) is not a very clever ploy by RM.
You would be right with the Post Office, they would not know, I have a sneaking suspicion that these 40g labels must be valid for the 2014 change 20 - 60g value as I believe there is still a World Zone 1 & 2 structure!
To be honest I reckon these will probably hold more value on Ebay than what they are currently worth lol,
Below 4 examples of Post an Go Lables
I am not sure about the NVI issue Trev that does not make sense, I regularly use 2nd & 1st on my Europe mails as I have said with the E stamps because I use them for my daughter and birthdays cards for children etc. And just another memory has entered my head, one of the regular staff ALWAYS writes the value of ALL stamps shown along the top of the letter so if you had 2 x 2nd = £1.12 and a 5p = total £1.17 he would always write along side or underneath the stamps the value, and I also know they tend to do this when using 1st class stamps for 2nd class value which again I do a lot with parcels. So I sort of understand your comment now about why you have been told that?? But its not actually correct.
And another thing he introduced me to was Canada mail, Canada like the senders address in the top left of the envelope and then the recipients on/in the middle. They would return mail if not done this way!
Ha ha ha I even had to explain to the Post Office counter yesterday in fact, of the value of a 20g post an go label!
Edited By Julian on 13/07/2017 10:23:47
Edited By Julian on 13/07/2017 10:34:48
Hmmmmm as an addition to this I have just found the prices but I am still in a mess, they were changed in 2014 but I cannot see RM holding the value of these worldwide issues in their price range today!!!! This sort of applies to Worldwide 20g as well, I thought they would just slot in to the price of what it is now but that would decrease their value from what I see, or maybe this site has wrong prices????
Hi all, can anyone tell me what the situation is with post an go worldwide labels and what their value is? I see RM have changed their price scale but is now 20 to 60g. I've searched the web to no avail for finding the old price and indeed where if at all, it fits now anyway, as there is no 40g price and I do not wish to assume anything lol lol.
Has anyone got an up to date cat which tells you the value because I reckon its only going to be worth that value of old, or does anyone know that is fits into the 20 - 60g price?
I don't know when they changed this its been a fair while since I used zone 1 & 2 mail.
|Thread: Thermochromic Stamp USA|
Hi Alex, yes there was a number of countries on this site and smell ones as you state. Its funny as you go along in this stamp world just whats happening. I believe it said that the Magic set was a novelty set so I'm not sure whether this constitutes for real postage even though the RM printed them. I also don't believe I seen the other set which Trevor said but again it was on this site so they must have. I just been back on this site and found a miniature sheet of weather for the U.K and I have seen this but not known it was this Thermochromic issue.
India have also brought out a coffee flavour stamp. I cant find the stamps I mentioned to Trev again but there is a whole lot more of UK issues and a whole swathe of similar issues of stamps. I never knew.
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