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General Philatelic/Gen. Discussion : Selling stamps online

 

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bigcreekdad
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08 Jan 2022
10:52:22am
Several years ago, after I retired, I sold stamps on a site named Stampwants. It was fairly user friendly, and I sold a few hundred stamps over a few years. I quit selling when I started working again. I'm now back on the bench again and am looking for a new site to sell on.

Any recommendations?

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youpiao
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08 Jan 2022
11:01:43am
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HipStamp is, literally, the new StampWants. SW morphed into BidStart, which was bought by Stanley Gibbons, who ruined the site and it dissolved, leaving Mark Rosenberg, the creator of StampWants/BidStart free to start a new site, HipStamp. Quite a few Stamporama members, including myself, are HipStamp dealers.

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons

08 Jan 2022
11:01:46am

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Of course there is only one:- Stamporama!!

Give it a try here you may be surprised!!

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philb
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08 Jan 2022
11:49:27am

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I sell stamps here and covers on ebay...i think ebay would gobble up any profit on small stamp sales.

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08 Jan 2022
12:50:33pm
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Another option is Stamps2go. They charge no listing fee and offer a bulk listing tool. It is not an auction, but a buy it now system. I think the commission is 10%.

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Pogopossum

08 Jan 2022
02:08:32pm
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I've sold a few stamps through the APS Stamp Store. The cost is reasonable and it supports the Society.

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08 Jan 2022
02:39:02pm

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I sell on StampoRama, Ebay, and Hipstamp. I can't explain it, but approx. 1/2 of my SOR sales are to collectors in Canada, approx. 2/3 of my Ebay sales are to collectors in other parts of the world, and almost all of my HipStamp sales are to collectors in the USA. I don't like the way Ebay sends my Sale proceeds directly to my bank. My back doesn't like receiving very small deposits almost every day either.

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08 Jan 2022
03:39:05pm
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"My bank doesn't like receiving very small deposits almost every day either."



Change your payment frequency to weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

Seller Hub > Payments > Payout settings

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snowy12
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09 Jan 2022
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pogopossum wrote
I've sold a few stamps through the APS Stamp Store. The cost is reasonable and it supports the Society.
I was a member for a while but before I becamr a member,I did buy a few stamps but as a none member the postage too Australia was very prohibitive,plus the fact a lot of sellers wanted top dollar for their stamps.
Brian

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09 Jan 2022
08:41:14am

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Thanks Roy. I didn't realize I could do that.

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09 Jan 2022
11:41:21pm
re: Selling stamps online

" ... plus the fact a lot of sellers wanted top dollar
for their stamps. ...."


I was an APS member for twenty plus years (#54868) and
soon came to that same conclusion. Too much concern
with perfect entering and MNH. Or perhaps I just did not
have the ready funds then.

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10 Jan 2022
05:31:56am
re: Selling stamps online

Were the APS sellers pricing near catalog values?

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Pogopossum

10 Jan 2022
12:15:08pm
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I've found prices at the APS Stamp Store to be reasonable, and conditions varying greatly. I also subscribe to a couple of their circuit books where I think the prices are even better. Brian, I do think you are correct in that nowadays the postage costs to other countries add too much to the cost to make a good purchase a good deal. For those of us in the US I think it is reasonable and relatively prompt.

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philb
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10 Jan 2022
05:16:18pm

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The years i was receiving APS circuit books the prices were mainly 50 percent of catalog, but the seller realized much less after expenses and the APS took their cut.

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11 Jan 2022
09:15:40am
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"but the seller realized much less after expenses and the APS took their cut."




I too used to participate in APS's approval service, but the escalating cost of mailing the approval books to the next APS member increased the cost of those stamps I did buy well beyond their catalog value.

David

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons

11 Jan 2022
02:17:37pm

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When selling on or off line there is business worth doing and business that is not worth doing.

It all depends on your selling price and your costs.

Folks always add up the online costs such as listing fees, selling fees, payment fees, postage and packaging fees.

One cost that is "forgotten" is the cost of the item to the seller. The seller had to buy the item at some time or other.

Other "costs" that are never added is the time taken to source, describe, scan, crop or list an item, the cost of stationary/files to hold items before they are sold, the time taken to post an item and the losses incurred when an item is "lost in the post".




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12 Jan 2022
06:18:24am
re: Selling stamps online

There is more than one reason to sell online.

One is a business with the intent to recover costs (labor and materials) and even make a profit. Others may do it to get rid of duplicates or unwanted material without the intent to recover all the costs.

Stamporama began with 6 members in January 1996 with one idea -- trading duplicates among the members.

SoR seems to have evolved from the latter to the former for many selling here.

This is not a judgement.

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons

12 Jan 2022
08:37:28am

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"One is a business with the intent to recover costs (labor and materials) and even make a profit."



Stamporama is, without question, NOT the medium if one wants to make a business out of selling stamps.

Why?

The small number of paying members.

The small numbers of items listed for auction.

The restrictive auction rules placed on sellers.

It is however a great site to

"get rid of duplicates or unwanted material without the intent to recover all the costs."



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dani20
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12 Jan 2022
09:26:53am
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Some stray thoughts if I may. If the total focus of playing with stamps is to make it a business, there are many other ways to make a buck far easier. As a hobby for enjoyment, camaraderie, gaining knowledge and a joyous pursuit to last you as long as you live, there is no place like SOR.
Dan C.

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons

12 Jan 2022
11:14:24am

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"As a hobby for enjoyment, camaraderie, gaining knowledge and a joyous pursuit to last you as long as you live, there is no place like SOR."



Spot on!
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Tom in Exton, PA

12 Jan 2022
11:38:02am
re: Selling stamps online

"If the total focus of playing with stamps is to make it a business, there are many other ways to make a buck far easier. "



Amen! Selling covers on eBay is the hardest money I've ever made!

Then again, things that didn't sell in my quarter book on Stamporama sold on eBay with multiple bidders! It's the size of the audience.

Why do I sell?
First, it's fun. Fun to see who bids on what and why. I sent a ton of old covers back to the place they originated.

Second, I have a load of old covers I've owned 40-50 years. Its fun to see them go off to a new life!

And the few extra dollars I make get dropped right back in to things I want for my collection!





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psgStamper
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12 Jan 2022
07:46:38pm
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Of all the philatelic sites on the internet, I consider SOR the best! It is the one site where I can purchase and sell stamps simply for the joy of collecting. The core group here is friendly and knowledgeable. I find myself coming here several times a day. May SOR never change.

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snowy12
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15 Jan 2022
12:19:49am

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Before I joined APS as I mentioed earlyer I purchased 5 stamps from the APS ,I have just found the invoice back in 2017 Nearly $6-00 in non member fees shipping and handling fees close to $16-00 plus insurance for 5 single stamps ,as I said before a little over the top .I can send 500grams to the US at present cost for $13.50
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bigcreekdad

08 Jan 2022
10:52:22am

Several years ago, after I retired, I sold stamps on a site named Stampwants. It was fairly user friendly, and I sold a few hundred stamps over a few years. I quit selling when I started working again. I'm now back on the bench again and am looking for a new site to sell on.

Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance.

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youpiao

08 Jan 2022
11:01:43am

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HipStamp is, literally, the new StampWants. SW morphed into BidStart, which was bought by Stanley Gibbons, who ruined the site and it dissolved, leaving Mark Rosenberg, the creator of StampWants/BidStart free to start a new site, HipStamp. Quite a few Stamporama members, including myself, are HipStamp dealers.

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons
08 Jan 2022
11:01:46am

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Of course there is only one:- Stamporama!!

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philb

08 Jan 2022
11:49:27am

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I sell stamps here and covers on ebay...i think ebay would gobble up any profit on small stamp sales.

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hfbaker

08 Jan 2022
12:50:33pm

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Another option is Stamps2go. They charge no listing fee and offer a bulk listing tool. It is not an auction, but a buy it now system. I think the commission is 10%.

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Pogopossum

08 Jan 2022
02:08:32pm

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I've sold a few stamps through the APS Stamp Store. The cost is reasonable and it supports the Society.

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08 Jan 2022
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I sell on StampoRama, Ebay, and Hipstamp. I can't explain it, but approx. 1/2 of my SOR sales are to collectors in Canada, approx. 2/3 of my Ebay sales are to collectors in other parts of the world, and almost all of my HipStamp sales are to collectors in the USA. I don't like the way Ebay sends my Sale proceeds directly to my bank. My back doesn't like receiving very small deposits almost every day either.

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"My bank doesn't like receiving very small deposits almost every day either."



Change your payment frequency to weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

Seller Hub > Payments > Payout settings

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09 Jan 2022
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pogopossum wrote
I've sold a few stamps through the APS Stamp Store. The cost is reasonable and it supports the Society.
I was a member for a while but before I becamr a member,I did buy a few stamps but as a none member the postage too Australia was very prohibitive,plus the fact a lot of sellers wanted top dollar for their stamps.
Brian

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Thanks Roy. I didn't realize I could do that.

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" ... plus the fact a lot of sellers wanted top dollar
for their stamps. ...."


I was an APS member for twenty plus years (#54868) and
soon came to that same conclusion. Too much concern
with perfect entering and MNH. Or perhaps I just did not
have the ready funds then.

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10 Jan 2022
05:31:56am

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Were the APS sellers pricing near catalog values?

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10 Jan 2022
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re: Selling stamps online

I've found prices at the APS Stamp Store to be reasonable, and conditions varying greatly. I also subscribe to a couple of their circuit books where I think the prices are even better. Brian, I do think you are correct in that nowadays the postage costs to other countries add too much to the cost to make a good purchase a good deal. For those of us in the US I think it is reasonable and relatively prompt.

Geoff

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10 Jan 2022
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The years i was receiving APS circuit books the prices were mainly 50 percent of catalog, but the seller realized much less after expenses and the APS took their cut.

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11 Jan 2022
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"but the seller realized much less after expenses and the APS took their cut."




I too used to participate in APS's approval service, but the escalating cost of mailing the approval books to the next APS member increased the cost of those stamps I did buy well beyond their catalog value.

David

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons
11 Jan 2022
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When selling on or off line there is business worth doing and business that is not worth doing.

It all depends on your selling price and your costs.

Folks always add up the online costs such as listing fees, selling fees, payment fees, postage and packaging fees.

One cost that is "forgotten" is the cost of the item to the seller. The seller had to buy the item at some time or other.

Other "costs" that are never added is the time taken to source, describe, scan, crop or list an item, the cost of stationary/files to hold items before they are sold, the time taken to post an item and the losses incurred when an item is "lost in the post".




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12 Jan 2022
06:18:24am

re: Selling stamps online

There is more than one reason to sell online.

One is a business with the intent to recover costs (labor and materials) and even make a profit. Others may do it to get rid of duplicates or unwanted material without the intent to recover all the costs.

Stamporama began with 6 members in January 1996 with one idea -- trading duplicates among the members.

SoR seems to have evolved from the latter to the former for many selling here.

This is not a judgement.

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons
12 Jan 2022
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"One is a business with the intent to recover costs (labor and materials) and even make a profit."



Stamporama is, without question, NOT the medium if one wants to make a business out of selling stamps.

Why?

The small number of paying members.

The small numbers of items listed for auction.

The restrictive auction rules placed on sellers.

It is however a great site to

"get rid of duplicates or unwanted material without the intent to recover all the costs."



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12 Jan 2022
09:26:53am

re: Selling stamps online

Some stray thoughts if I may. If the total focus of playing with stamps is to make it a business, there are many other ways to make a buck far easier. As a hobby for enjoyment, camaraderie, gaining knowledge and a joyous pursuit to last you as long as you live, there is no place like SOR.
Dan C.

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12 Jan 2022
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"As a hobby for enjoyment, camaraderie, gaining knowledge and a joyous pursuit to last you as long as you live, there is no place like SOR."



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Tom in Exton, PA
12 Jan 2022
11:38:02am

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"If the total focus of playing with stamps is to make it a business, there are many other ways to make a buck far easier. "



Amen! Selling covers on eBay is the hardest money I've ever made!

Then again, things that didn't sell in my quarter book on Stamporama sold on eBay with multiple bidders! It's the size of the audience.

Why do I sell?
First, it's fun. Fun to see who bids on what and why. I sent a ton of old covers back to the place they originated.

Second, I have a load of old covers I've owned 40-50 years. Its fun to see them go off to a new life!

And the few extra dollars I make get dropped right back in to things I want for my collection!





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12 Jan 2022
07:46:38pm

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Of all the philatelic sites on the internet, I consider SOR the best! It is the one site where I can purchase and sell stamps simply for the joy of collecting. The core group here is friendly and knowledgeable. I find myself coming here several times a day. May SOR never change.

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15 Jan 2022
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Before I joined APS as I mentioed earlyer I purchased 5 stamps from the APS ,I have just found the invoice back in 2017 Nearly $6-00 in non member fees shipping and handling fees close to $16-00 plus insurance for 5 single stamps ,as I said before a little over the top .I can send 500grams to the US at present cost for $13.50
Brian

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