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auldstampguy
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22 Feb 2014
01:40:43pm
Hi Everyone,
Now that the Approvals have been up and going for two months, the Approvals Development Team have been wondering how it has been going for you as buyers. Are there things that we could change in the Approvals system that would make it easier for you to find the stamps that you are interested in? Are there any particular things that we could change that would make it work easier for you?

We can't promise to include all requests, but we can promise to look at all requests and suggestions and to implement what we can.

Regards ... Tim

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22 Feb 2014
10:30:33pm
re: A Question for Approvals Buyers

Kudos to all....

How about, upon retiring a book, an option to send the whole remainder to auction..

Just a bit more programming to do with your spare time Happy

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22 Feb 2014
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"How about, upon retiring a book, an option to send the whole remainder to auction.."



I would disagree with that. Since there is no way to remove the images of the "sold" items, the potential for misunderstandings with the viewers/buyers of the remainder would be enormous. Doesn't matter what disclaimers are added, or labels used, if people see it, they won't read the fine print and will expect to receive everything they see.

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22 Feb 2014
11:24:32pm
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"will expect to receive everything they see."



Ok Tim..... Roy just made your job a whole lot harder..... now we need an obliterator to obscure or erase an image when an item is sold in the approval books before we can send them to auction.... WITHOUT the seller having to do any extra keystrokes
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23 Feb 2014
09:50:42am
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"How about, upon retiring a book, an option to send the whole remainder to auction.."



The seller already has this option, if he/she elects to do so. It is very easy to take existing scans and delete the images of the "sold" stamps, and then use simple HTML language to embed the scans into the Auction description section. Takes some effort, but is a good idea. Thanks mike, I might very well try it on one or more of my retired books!

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23 Feb 2014
01:59:58pm
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"How about, upon retiring a book, an option to send the whole remainder to auction.."


Isn't that redundant as the Approval books where designed for lower value issue's. Just lower the selling price and mark the Approval book "Reduced" or "Retire" the book and move the remaining issue to another book.
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23 Feb 2014
02:39:53pm
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Bobby, Ross..... you guys are wanting to make just too much work of this.....

I say Tim should be able to come up w/ a one click move.


Seriously Ross,

I have some books I'm putting together that will have some very high value covers, if they languish too long.... I'll them go as a lot

Mike


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23 Feb 2014
02:57:58pm
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Mike,
Your high value cover's should go the auction section and take advantage of the BIN feature. I believe that the Approval books where designed for lower value items in mind to help clean up the auction section.
Ross

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23 Feb 2014
03:05:13pm
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"Mike,
Your high value cover's should go the auction section and take advantage of the BIN feature. I believe that the Approval books where designed for lower value items in mind to help clean up the auction section.
Ross"



You're right.... I'm looking at the books as a surrogate store. This week I'm on vacation, I have some time to goof around... back to work and I won't have the time for running auctions

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24 Feb 2014
09:19:27am
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Hi Mike,
I don't have the ability to break the image up into individual lots. Also, the description on the Approvals pages are at an absolute minimum, they just wouldn't work in the Auction. Pushing the left over Approvals material into the Auction, is not in the spirit of what we were trying to do with the Approval, so I'm afraid this won't happen.

Regards ... Tim.

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24 Feb 2014
08:34:18pm
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Thanks Tim.....

This started out as more tongue-in-cheek than serious thought... it struck me as a pain in the * to keep recharging books. The books if properly done, should about sell out with very little value left.....that's my hope anyway.

This is a very cool setup, I'll bet some very clever ideas will show the longer this goes on....

Again my compliments to the team for the implementation.

Mike

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25 Feb 2014
01:53:25pm
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It would be nice if sellers would all put the numbers on the left of the stamp.

I noticed that some are on the right side of the stamp and this is confusing and could lead to purchasing the wrong stamp.

A bonus would be if the sellers would list the catalogue number for the stamp they are selling.

Doug

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25 Feb 2014
02:17:36pm
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Good point, Doug. Stamp numbers should be easily associated with the stamp they represent. Since I overlay the numbers onto my scans, I usually place the number so it touches the stamp it represents. Those who use paper slips to number the stamps could do the same. Those who mount the stamps and then enter a number for each on the sheet should place each number very close to the stamp it represents so that there is no confusion.

As to catalog numbers, that is just not practical as there are too many different catalogs.

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02:53:15pm
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Catalogue numbers if used would need to state which catalogue eg. Scott, SG, etc.

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25 Feb 2014
03:23:09pm
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Still not practical, Doug. It would force everyone to purchase catalogs. Many collectors do not have access to catalogs, and taking your collection to a library to prepare approval books does not seem doable either.

Plus, since I use overlays, it would more than triple the time it takes me to assemble a book.

Then there is the fact, as I have observed over the past 50 years, that a very large percentage of collectors misidentify stamps routinely because they do not know how to properly detect watermarks, perfs, paper types, etc. And then there are the collectors who cannot accurately interpret catalog entries.

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25 Feb 2014
04:41:32pm
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I agree with Bobby. One of the reasons I like Approval Books and seems to be one of the reasons that people enjoy my books is that I don't catalogue them, I just put a very low price on most of my books and if someone gets an advantage and finds something worth more than the 5 or 10 cents that they paid - due to watermarks, varieties, etc. Hats off to them. There are some that I do go through and catalogue or at least check to see what Scott lists them at - but to be honest, I simply don't have the time or patience (I'd rather put my time into doing that with my own collection). The Approval Books for me is more for fun - sorting the stamps and putting them up for others. When I look at the Approval Books, I simply find something that catches my eye and grab it - I don't look according to Scott #s.

Just my nickel thoughts.

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25 Feb 2014
06:52:49pm
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"Bobby: they do not know how to properly detect watermarks, perfs, paper types, etc."


Amen


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"Kelly: I just put a very low price on most of my books and if someone gets an advantage and finds something worth more than the 5 or 10 cents that they paid "


Where's the clapping emoticon???

Yes, cheap items don't get the same effort




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05 Mar 2014
12:40:48pm
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Because I only recently returned to stamp collecting, I have a lot of empty spaces in my albums that can be filled by inexpensive stamps. The approvals books are ideal for this purpose. I can buy a large quantity of stamps at a low total cost, and do it quickly. In that regard, I think the approvals are working they way they were intended to work.

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08 Mar 2014
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As a buyer, sometimes I jump right into a book and start looking at the stamps. When I begin to find stamps that I would like to buy, I realize that I need to look at the seller's T&C. However, I don't know of a way to be able to go to that page without exiting the book. Would be nice to be able to check out the T&C while staying in the book.

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09 Mar 2014
10:21:39am
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At the bottom of every page is a large blank area where I encourage all sellers to put their terms of sale. It doesn't take long to copy and paste this to every page and it is a considerable courtesy to the buyer, and that can only be good for all involved.

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09 Mar 2014
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I second Peter's suggestion. My rather lengthy conditions are in that space on every page and no one has misconstrued my conditions of sale over the course of many transactions.

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09 Mar 2014
12:34:18pm
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Good idea Michael,
I'll add a link to the terms and conditions at the bottom of each page.

Regards ... Tim

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09 Mar 2014
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Thanks, Tim. A lot less "cut and paste" in my future!

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12 Mar 2014
04:24:21am
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" .... A bonus would be if the sellers would list the catalogue number for the stamp they are selling. ...."

Some time ago I read an explanation about minimum value listings in catalogs. The explanation was that today a seller could not possibly afford to sell even the most common stamp for less than $0.25 when heat, light, telephone and other expenses are considered.
Now in the club approvals there are still expenses of time and so on, although not what a professional dealer would encounter.
Taking the time to catalog the stamps that are currently being offered at $0.05 to perhaps $0.15 would simply make the nickel and dime sales impractical. Can you imagine the time consumed to determine which of several varieties a common stamp is, especially when both variations are quite common and the complaints from some seller who thought he was getting the item listed at $0.35 and received the cheaper example that is listed at
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The original idea, if memory serves me correctly was to create a simple almost non-labor intensive outlet for items simply too cheap to put in a bid auction except in bulk.
It would also take the fun of a seller out of getting a few dollars for these common stamps that would have to be priced out of the market if offered singly.
And as for the buyer, the fun is in finding some nice stamps to fill some gaps at a minimal price.
I enjoy opening the cyber approval book next to the appropriate album and filling spaces, some of which have been empty for years. I can find shades and some fly-specs and hope for that example with a slightly different perforation or watermark. At the low selling price so what if it is not what I hoped it would be, but the fun stays there.

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12 Mar 2014
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I agree with you Charlie - that's why I don't bother cataloguing anything that goes into my approval books - I do on occasion look in the catalogue to double-check what I have as there have been several instances where the stamps were higher than $5.00. In those cases I will list them at higher than my usual $0.05-0.15 stamps. My theory is - if someone gets something they are not expecting - aside from if there is damage to the stamp that I missed when I was putting the book together, they have only to gain if they only paid $0.05 for the stamp.

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12 Mar 2014
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I was on the fence with catalog vs. no catalog numbers. I found, although more time consuming, to use this not only as a selling platform but a learning platform. Heck you have to look up the stamp to find out it's only a minimum value issue's so it really only adds 1 more step to the process. I find it a "Win Win" for me.
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12 Mar 2014
03:34:44pm
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"Heck you have to look up the stamp to find out it's only a minimum value issue's so it really only adds 1 more step to the process."


Ross, you are assuming that when I prepare a page of, say, 10¢ stamps I am concerned about minimum value. I have been doing this a long time (55 years since I purchased my first Scott catalog), and while I may not be able to always tell what is and is not a minimum value stamp, I can usually tell when a stamp catalogs less than a dollar (which is usually my criteria for 10¢ stamps). And if I miss a few and send a $5 value stamp out to be sold for 10¢, that's OK by me.

If a seller wants to enter catalog numbers, that is fine with me, and as a buyer I appreciate it. But I am going to do whatever keeps my time and expense to a minimum with the approval book stamps.

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