Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I just don't understand some people

A while back I had this IPY sheet from Finland on auction, you know where.
After some serious action from 5 or 6 bidders, this sheet realized, yet again, a higher selling price on auction then what I am selling it at my store.
3 days ago I received an email from one of the bidders asking me for a "second chance". I responded that I could not do it because I would loose too much at his final bid.
He got back to me offering me $3.50 for the sheet. at the beginning of this blog I mentioned that my intentions were to be transparent in my opinions and dealings. and this not only on this blog but in all my dealings.
So, I'm selling this sheet at $3.95, I explain to this customer that if he orders from the store and uses his coupon code for an instant 15% discount he would be paying $3.36 for the sheet instead of the $3.50 he is offering. Moreover I offered him to combine his winning lots with his purchase at the store.
Guess what? I haven't heard from him in 2 days. Can somebody explain to me the logic of some buyers?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

So you still think eBay is the best place to shop!!

On July 6th 2009, Canada started a new 3-year series featuring well-known Canadian Roadside Attractions. This sheet represents the first 4 attractions and there will be 8 more coming in the form of souvenir sheets of 4 in 2010 and 2011.
The selling price for this year's issue is 4 x $0.54. This is our current 1st class internal rate for up to 50gr. So, the cost for the sheet is $2.16 plus taxes, yes dear readers, we do pay sales taxes on our stamps, making a total of $2.44 canadian for this souvenir sheet.
So why am I asking you the question above?
Yesterday I was browsing different dealers on eBay and this one person has these stamps in his eBay store selling at $3.09 USD.
Not only is he taking advantage of his customers but to make matters worse he sells these stamps as a block of 4 and not as a souvenir sheet. Now why is he doing this , I don't know but I do know that this seller has a 100% positive feedback, he's a Power Seller and, if you ask me, simply stealing from buyers also at a 100%.
In his description he mentions that the sheet has been issued at only 250,000 copies. So what? Most Canadian souvenir sheets are issued at 250,000 copies, nothing unusual or exciting about it.
Now here is the kicker. His S&H charges are $2.00 for Canadian destinations, $2.50 for US destinations and finally $3.00 for the rest of the world. Plus, an additional $0.25 per extra items.
Can you now tell me if you did a good deal by ordering this set of 4 on eBay, when you can have a complete MNH Souvenir Sheet from me at $2.80 plus $0.85 S&H to Canada, $2.10 to the US, and $2.50 to the rest of the world. And if you want more than 1 sheet it will not cost you a penny more in shipping charges.
Come and visit me at http://stamps4yourpleasure.auctivacommerce.com and start saving today. This item will be listed at the above mentioned price in a couple of hours.
Furthermore, tomorrow I will put it up for auction on eBay at $0.99 and let you know the results in 7 days.

Monday, July 13, 2009

How to find these and many more stamps?

Just a reminder about my store. You can reach me by following this link:


If you wish to start saving right away, communicate with me at:

edek01@distributel.net indicate "Customer Loyalty Program" in the subject line and I will send you a pamphlet in .pdf format which will indicate to you how to start saving your hard earned dollars on your very first order and all orders thereafter.

Since I don't believe in "one-time" offers you will discover that I am looking at forging long-lasting relationships with all my customers and having loyal customers is worth a lot to me. and a lot to you in the form of escalating discounts.

Another booklet from Cyprus

Also in last week is this booklet of 8 stamps from Cyprus. It comes unfolded and has, inside, a description of the usage for the two different values.

If you have no interest in booklets, although they always make a nice addition to any collection, you can consider purchasing only the stamps which come from a sheet and not the booklet.

Prestige booklet from the Netherlands

The Netherlands in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA) has recently issued this awesome Prestige Presentation Booklet containing no less than 9 different stamps and a wealth of information.

All 9 stamps are presented in a mini sheet format of 3 stamps per sheet.

Each group of 3 stamps comes with a beautifully designed descriptive opposing page written in English.

As a matter of fact, the whole booklet is written only English and probably designed to appeal to the international market.

These 3 stamps above are the last in the booklet and as you can see the first one on the right represents the official logo for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Scott Catalogue - 2010 - Vol.4

According to Lynn's Stamp News, the Scott Catalogue 2010, Volume 4 contains more than 23,000 price changes.
Even as a stamp dealer I do not bother buying the Scotts every year, but I feel that this year it is worth the expense due to these high numbers of price changes.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Scott Catalogue - 2010

The 2010 Scott catalogue, Volume 3, for countries G - I has recently been released. almost every country included in this volume have price changes.

Most notably, Germany with 6,200 changes, Indian States 5,400 changes, Hungary 2,111, Italy 1635, Guadeloupe and Indo-China with 629 and 551 respectively.

Good news for collectors of Hungary, you can now find prices for the popular imperforated issues of this country.