There are a number of key points that you’ll want to keep in mind when buying and selling stamps. Below you’ll find the four most important things to take into consideration when you find yourself in this position. Taking the time to learn a little bit about the trade of stamp collecting will allow you to enjoy the hobby to a greater extent.
The first of these, and maybe the most important of them, has to do with looking at the future value of the stamps. Collectors generally invest in stamps that have “real worth” (this means that they are worth a sizeable amount of money now) or “implied worth” (this means that they will most likely be worth a sizeable amount of money in the future). All of this is simply to say that you should carefully consider an investment in stamps before putting out the cash.
The second key point to buying stamps is location. This has greatly changed in the last 15 years or so, before which you were only able to buy and sell at local hobby shops or collecting shows. Now with the advent of the internet, you have a new ability to browse collections from all over the world, that is of both big time, professional dealers to other amateur enthusiasts and so on. While some people think that the internet could threaten the future of local hobby shops, it’s also a good idea to remember that many of the online dealers are hobby shop owners. So don’t be surprised when the next time you pay a visit to your local hobby shop, you find the own behind the counter and in front of a monitor. Online dealers are useful resources for acquiring stamps of all kinds.
The third key point to buying and selling stamps is research. While this may seem like a big word only used by serious buyers, it also applies to collectors of all levels. It simply means that you should think about what your buying, your investment, before making the purchase. A well thought-out stamp collection will grow with greater ease, if you take your time and plan some kind of strategy. This is why so many beginners start off with a packet of 1,000 or so stamps— it allows them to learn the ropes with a large quantity, and in this way, preparing them to purchase a high quality stamp. Magazines, books, catalogues and web sites all provide you with the information you need to figure out the value of a given stamp, or of a collection, if you’re buying a certain quantity at a lower rate then they would cost individually.
The fourth point is stamp trading. This can be useful if you’re planning on making a purchase later on, and are trying to acquire certain stamps that you might want to get rid of in the deal. Both local hobby shops and internet equipped dealers provide trading services. Other ways to find other traders include looking around in public bulletin boards and forums, joining web site mailing lists, searching for public chat rooms and actively emailing with inquiries. Trading can be an enjoyable way to learn about stamps and to acquire them for the growth of your collection.
Buying and selling stamps has been and continues to be a hobby that is loved by millions of people, spanning the globe. Collecting, in our time, is particularly interesting, in that collectors just like you can get in touch with others from distant countries, and is made easy be internet-equipped stamp dealers. Hobby shops are good places to go to check things out and see what they have to offer. See what you can find in your area.
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