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NickA12/06/2015 22:01:26
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I have returned to stamp collecting after a break of 33 years, this time because they demonstrate aspects of people & nations that I'm interested in from a research / presentation point of view ... yes I actually read the blurb on the cards inside FDCs and presentation packs! ... and have found letters and even some money in one.

I've also found that the temptation to stray into wheeler-dealering has led me off my original mission.

I popped into a nearby stamp shop the other day to find him packing up ... ebay was blamed, people are selling themselves rather than to him. Obviously he didn't move with the times as other dealers have done but apart from that it's all good news as far as I can see.

I can select what I want at my leisure, there are still bargains to be had and I see that the hobby is still sthriving with local clubs, fairs & auctions. Just wondered what other people feel, especially dealers?


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Paul Davey 113/06/2015 10:38:33
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Welcome Nick.

Perhaps thriving is too strong a word! However dealers who have moved into the internet era on ebay seem to be doing OK (other auction sites are available! Delcampe for example). They give global coverage. Trying to run a shop is a very difficult proposition now with expenses so high. To get enough passing trade you need to big in a large town or city where expenses are even higher.

Whilst the number of stamp collectors overall is perhaps declining, collectors of areas which overlap with social history & even art history are holding their own I feel.

The exhibition last month in London was certainly busy for traditional shopping.

Many clubs are struggling. Partly the declining number of members and partly finding volunteers to carry out all those little jobs that need doing. The average 70 year old might expect to enjoy a further 15 years of club membership but doesn't want to spend that time as treasurer!


Just my thoughts, Paul


ps: looking inside covers is always a good idea. In times gone by folk often kept a mint set of stamps inside a first day cover. I once found a collection of early South African booklet panes in an otherwise non-descript cover.

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NickA20/06/2015 22:48:30
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I was talking to a UK dealer today, he says he has a room FULL of unsorted stuff, he simply hasn't had the time, he has bought up other dealers' stock. The stamp fair I met him at was very sparsely attended, BUT in the 30 mins I was there I spent £35 with him & the other customer was up to £275. There had been at least one other spending customer that morning so, I suppose quality is better than quantity. He deals from home and does small scale fairs at village halls ... probably good sense if that's where your customer base is (retirees and young people) and enables all to save transport costs.

David Napier 111/08/2020 22:40:08
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I know these posts are 5 years old - but not sure where else to ask question

I have quite a few stamps I would like to sell - individual, rather than sets

I have looked on Ebay - which is easy enough to sell on, but wondered if there was similar but through something like stamp magazine itself



Paul Davey 112/08/2020 08:42:32
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Hi David

you could look at Delcampe too. Apart from these big two there are a few more localised equivalents. For example Ricardo in Switzerland covers it all but specialises in Swiss material. You can only sell if you are a Swiss resident but you can buy from anywhere.

A thought - many local stamp clubs still run a circulating packet where members (or non-members depending on the rules of the club) can mount material and it is circulated around the membership. You can often circulate the unsolds around another club. It is slow and sales are usually on the low side but it is easy and amenable to those 10p items!

Good luck!

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