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General Philatelic/Gen. Discussion : Stamp Show Strategy

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Snick1946
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26 Mar 2019
12:32:25pm
I plan to attend PIPEX in Portland in May; that is across the country but I am tying it into a vacation to the Pacific coast.

I am curious as to how others who have done something similar handled your purchases. Did you mail them back home to yourself in a Priority envelope? Can you do that right at the show if USPS has a booth? I usually take a small duffel bag with me to local shows with my checklists, etc. I will need to figure a way to cut back on that to conserve space. (We are flying there and back) . In general is philatelic material safe in checked baggage?

Any input is welcome!
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londonbus1
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26 Mar 2019
05:39:33pm
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I always come back from UK visits with loads of stamps/albums/catalogues. I take what I can in my hand luggage and the rest carefully packed in the checked-in bags.
Never had a problem.
en route I usually look at some stamps or covers and it's amazing how much interest there is from fellow passengers !

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Snick1946
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29 Mar 2019
11:08:34am
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Thanks for the input. One factor for me is that the show will be early in my trip, we plan to drive down to California and will be staying at different places along the way. My question I guess would be, do the USPS counters at these shows provide mail service? Could I bundle my show purchases and mail them in a Priority box to myself back home? Or do they just sell stamps at those?

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29 Mar 2019
12:47:30pm
re: Stamp Show Strategy

The answer is no, USPS does not provide general mail service at show sales counters. They sell stamps and collect stamped covers with show cachets to mail to you, but that's it. You'll have to find a USPS location offsite or on the route of your drive.

I usually travel with a laptop backpack, and anything I buy at a show has to fit in it. I prefer to hand-carry everything home.

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Tom in Exton, PA
29 Mar 2019
02:02:42pm
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I travel from PA to Utah every two years for a big model car hobby event. People do get out of hand with their purchases and find novel ways to get it home.

I know one fellow who brought home his purchases in his carry on and checked baggage... he sent his dirty laundry home via UPS!

If you are going to ship home stamp purchases via Priority Mail, be sure there is someone to receive it on the home end. I've seen mail holds ignored and the last thing you want is a big priority box sitting out front of your empty house!

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londonbus1
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30 Mar 2019
05:58:12am
re: Stamp Show Strategy

The last post reminded me in some small way of the time I made Aliyah back in 1991. I was so afraid of putting my collection in the crates that went by ship that I took all my Stamps and stamp stuff with me on the flight over. So my hold luggage and hand luggage was full of stamps, catalogues and books while my clothes and other essentials went on the two-month long journey by ship !!
I was on a special flight so none of my luggage was checked, but had it been the Customs officials would have thought I was a bit 'cuckoo' arriving with stamps and nothing else !!

Londonbus1

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30 Mar 2019
05:28:02pm
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" ... it's amazing how much interest there is from fellow passengers ! ...."

When I traveled, I would always have some stamps either from stock or new purchases, handy and would purposely seek out a decent cafe to sip some coffee and munch on the national equivalent of a toasted bagel.

Carefully out would come the stamps to be laid out as if I were studying them. Almost always it caused someone to open a conversation that frequently led to a friendship of some sort that was far better than the folks who hung out in sailors bars.
In one port it led to meeting a young lady (girl actually) and a budding romance that lasted the four or five weeks I was there and a stamp correspondence for the next five or six years. All it took was quiet patience and the willingness to deal politely with the language barriers. Another amazing thing is how many people can speak a little English, and where that seems insoluble the the number of people with some English skills, who will step in and try to help.
Stamp collecting may have become a bit out of favor in he USA but it is still a unifying hobby world wide.

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angore
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31 Mar 2019
06:16:27am
re: Stamp Show Strategy

If you stop your mail, you do not need to worry about no one being home. This obviously does not apply to UPS, FedEx, and contract delivery services.

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ikeyPikey
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31 Mar 2019
12:53:36pm
re: Stamp Show Strategy

Quote:

"... If you stop your mail, you do not need to worry about no one being home ..."



Kinda depends.

If your 'regular' letter carrier is out sick, the substitute (who will be slower at setting-up the route's mail for delivery) may not be allowed to check for vacation holds & forwards, as the extra time would make the supervisor's stats look bad.

Honest.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey (who wonders if they will patch the vacation holds and forwards onto the scanning system that is now being used AFAIK only for informed delivery)
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Tom in Exton, PA
02 Apr 2019
11:05:09am
re: Stamp Show Strategy

Quote:

"If you stop your mail, you do not need to worry about no one being home. This obviously does not apply to UPS, FedEx, and contract delivery services."



STOP can be a subjective term. My daughters both moved out of our NJ house a few months ago. It's been sitting vacant with a For Sale sign on it. A good portion of their mail still gets dropped off there, no matter how many times they've gone to the local PO to complain!

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ikeyPikey
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02 Apr 2019
11:47:48am
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Never complain to the local PO; they just nod politely, and go about their cost-restricting business ... as they are instructed to do.

Written complaints to the Postmaster Washington DC will get counted, and counted again as they pass down the hierarchy ... and only things that are counted can ever count.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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Snick1946
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12 Jun 2019
11:28:54am
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Just an update; I did manage to mail my purchases home in a flat rate Priority box. I stopped at a PO in an Oregon coastal town. There was room left over in the box so I also mailed back a catalog I'd used at the show. My mailing made it back to Omaha in two days. This might not be practical in all cases but it worked out fine for me.

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