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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : Should I sort sell/swap stamps thematically, by country, by stamp or kiloware?

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Inverkeilorjohn
15 Nov 2014
02:23:10am
WorriedI have accumulated stamps since I was 7, and just celebrated my 70th.

Every stamp that came into my house, business etc was soaked and stored.

Over the past year I have started to sort them - now all are into countries. I am up to Germany with no duplicates and each country stored in stockbooks.

Obviously I have a lot of duplicates for swap and/or sale.

My question is what is the most successful way of presenting my duplicates.

Should I sort them thematically, by individual country with each stamp different, by kiloware by country or kiloware by worldwide.

What would members prefer to purchase and or swap?

I have already swapped stuff with two members successfully.

Regards to you all.


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TuskenRaider
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15 Nov 2014
01:44:36pm
re: Should I sort sell/swap stamps thematically, by country, by stamp or kiloware?

Hi John;

I see you have very recently joined. A warm welcome to you, and here's hoping you celebrate many more birthdays on here. I just joined myself in June or July of this Summer.

I seem to favor the approval sheets, and think they are less work than auctions. Some buyers frown on cheaper stamps in the auctions. If I have more than three copies of the same stamp, my plan is to list some in approvals by country, and some in approvals by topic. This way everyone gets a chance at my offering, no matter how they collect.

I'm currently sorting thru about 150,000 mostly world-wide stamps. About 17,000 are US and the rest mixed world-wide. About 10-30% end up in my albums. I have 7 volumes of Scott big blue, and 26 volumes of Scott Green Specialty albums.

I did a test sale of just two books of approvals, a small one of Great Britain, and a large one of US. The British didn't do so well but had little variety, and the US sold almost 40%, in two months, and had 6 or 7 different buyers.

Hope you enjoy your membership.

Keep on stampin'
TuskenRaider

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15 Nov 2014
03:36:58pm
re: Should I sort sell/swap stamps thematically, by country, by stamp or kiloware?

Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you're having fun! After all, this is a hobby. If one process seems tedious, try another. Small lots of stamps at a good price sell better than single stamps in the auction. Everyone loves a bargain.

Welcome to the group!

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