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Paul Davey 102/01/2021 18:42:58
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Just to add the Overseas rates are not increasing this time.


Fred Sellars02/01/2021 18:59:07
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Their generosity is overwhelming ! Fred

Fred Sellars03/01/2021 12:21:26
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Some months ago, in fact it was on the 4th of June 2020 that I commented on this thread of the various incorrect county addresses that both the PO and Royal Mail had allocated to various towns within the county of Greater Manchester, apparently, they appear to be oblivious as to their errors and have still not rectified them.

It was back in 1974 when what was mainly Lancashire had it's boundaries changed due to legislation along with many others in the UK.

Here is the parade of such cock-ups appertaining to services given for some of the towns in Greater Manchester >





At least they get one right with Stockport !

img_20210102_172246.jpgThis is possibly just the tip of the iceberg throughout the country.

Do you know which county you live in ?

Ask the mailman or the post office if you don't ! Ha-Ha-Ha 😂 . Fred.

Fred Sellars07/01/2021 11:57:11
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For the correct locations of the above councils you only need to look for "map of Greater Manchester" on your search engine.

I'm surprised that the post office and Royal Mail have not already done so, after all it's not rocket science, or is it ? Maybe that's not the case with postal authorities. Fred.

Fred Sellars16/02/2021 11:07:47
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Hear we go again with "fools and horses" issued today with 4 1st class + 4 @ £1-70 with another 4 stamps in the miniature sheet to complete the set, giving a total outlay of £15-30.

The unlucky winner 🏆 being Royal Mail

The lucky loser being the British stamp collector.


Neil Barrett 316/02/2021 11:41:43
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But for the real completist = there's more:

Prestige Stamp Book: £21.70

Souvenir Folder: £24.99 (contains two First Day Covers and reproduction scripts)

Medal Cover: £19.99 (or £99.99 in Silver)

Presentation Pack + Prestige Book + Medal Cover: £47.89 (save £10!)

Collector Sheet: £9.60

Press Sheet: £78.55

Counter Sheets: between £25.50 and £102.00

And to prove that people do buy them.... Del Boy Gold Stamp £49.99 - already showing sold out of all 1,981 issued.

Fred Sellars16/02/2021 12:00:37
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The gold stamp that you mentioned Neil was not issued for postal use due to its price, but for speculators being a limited edition.

That is the only reason why it has sold out. Fred.

Neil Barrett 317/02/2021 11:20:45
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Posted by Fred Sellars on 16/02/2021 12:00:37:

The gold stamp that you mentioned Neil was not issued for postal use due to its price, but for speculators being a limited edition.

That is the only reason why it has sold out. Fred.

And that sort of reinforces RM focusing on the "collector of X" rather than "collector of stamps" market - it works. As you say, it does make one wonder - were they bought by/for OFAH fans or those who think they can re-sell at a profit. Time for a quick look at eBay - I find 27 currently on sale at prices ranging from £77 to £399.95. Only the first of these has any actual bidders though... I reckon a lot of these speculators might have to wait a few years to see their profit.

Similarly, there are lots of Star Trek and Star Wars presentation packs on eBay priced over face; but how many will sell at the asking price, I wonder....

Fred Sellars19/02/2021 11:27:41
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Good morning Neil, this 24ct gold trinket in the form of a stamp, have you any idea as to it's actual weight ?

Just curious ! Fred.

Neil Barrett 319/02/2021 15:26:10
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Good Question Fred! If people don't buy it as a collectible, maybe the scrap metal value will increase....

I do notice that one of the eBay sellers at £150 seems to have at least 10 to sell. So that was clearly a planned investment on their part.

I guess the logic is:

1) People who are interested in stamps already know the issue is coming and pre-order if they want it.

2) People who are not specifically interested in stamps only see the issue from the press; decide they want it (or want to gift it) find there are none at the PO when they go, so they look for them on eBay and pay over face value.

3) Some of Group 1 pre-order multiples with the plan of selling on to Group 2.

I have occasionally thought about trying this - ordering one for me and one to sell - but there are so many about that it isn't really worth the effort. I'll just wait and buy at less than face value in a year's time and use for postage.

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