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Harvey
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03 Oct 2021
01:32:55pm
Three new Poland books came in today and I thought "why not have a look?". I checked them out and found about half a douzen stamps I didn't have. When I checked, every one of them had already been claimed. I guess all Poland collectors are also missing the higher values in a few of the series! I guess I'll have to be quicker next time, is there any way to have your computer make a loud rude noise when a stamp you are looking for becomes available??
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jmh67
03 Oct 2021
04:00:24pm
re: Is every collector missing the same stamps as me?

Not sure about the computer making noises in the event of something becoming available, although I guess it should be possible to automatically scan auctions or other offers. Some major programming may be required.

As for the question about the stamps, well, it is a simple matter of statistics. Higher values are usually printed in lower quantities than ordinary letter or postcard rate stamps, and if they are used on large letters or parcels, are more likely to suffer destruction. Aggravatingly, there are values which some countries had deliberately printed in lower numbers and/or sold to subscribers only.

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Jansimon
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03 Oct 2021
05:49:21pm

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re: Is every collector missing the same stamps as me?

Of course Martin is right, but I recognize the feeling. It has happened more times than I can remember that I looked to a page in the approvals and found that there was only one stamp on it that I would like to have and exactly that particular stamp was the only one sold from this page...

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04 Oct 2021
05:54:30am
re: Is every collector missing the same stamps as me?

I always wonder if there are dealers or other resellers that buy issues on SOR to resell elsewhere. Certain stamps (usually MNH) always seem to sell quickly. There must be a least one buyer that buys these up within hours of a book post. SOR has a new book notification email feature but it is not instantaneous.

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Jansimon
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04 Oct 2021
06:45:07am

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re: Is every collector missing the same stamps as me?

If that's the case and he has a market for them, why not? A win-win situation if you'd ask me.
For me buying on SOR to resell elsewhere is not a viable strategy. The other way round works a lot better.

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Tom in Exton, PA
05 Oct 2021
08:08:26pm
re: Is every collector missing the same stamps as me?

Yea, I noticed.

When I put together some approval books, and hid a few plums within, hoping that the person hitting on that one would round out their order with more stuff! Ya know, like the grocery store that would put milk on sale in hopes you'd buy your order there once in the store.

Nope, within hours of posting, someone would go in and buy the few plums and nothing else!

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06 Oct 2021
03:53:25am

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I do that as well occasionally, when I have a selection from a country where most of the stamps are minimal value. If I see a few with c.v.s of $1 I don't bother and just put them with the 10 cents stuff and yes, those are always picked first.
Well, good for the buyer, I suppose. Happy

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06 Oct 2021
06:08:27am
re: Is every collector missing the same stamps as me?

My comment about dealers was an attempt to offer an explanation on why some stamps consistently sell quickly while others (the Monaco discussion) do not sell as consistently.

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Tom in Exton, PA
08 Oct 2021
12:35:55pm
re: Is every collector missing the same stamps as me?

Remember back in your youth when you'd go to a friend's house and thumb through their record collection. And it was mostly the same albums you had? Same thing here! Big Grin

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08 Oct 2021
12:39:41pm
re: Is every collector missing the same stamps as me?

My record collection was mainly Donegan and Dylan and classicals, friends did not have the same taste, usually Stones, Moody Blues, Beatles and such like.

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