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WHERE CAN I SELL MY STAMP COLLECTION?

  • AUCTION HOUSES

  • STAMP DEALERS

  • TRADE OR PHILATELIC SHOWS

  • SELL THEM YOURSELF ONLINE

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AUCTION HOUSE

THERE ARE MANY AUCTION HOUSES IN THE US AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD THAT SPECIALIZE IN SELLING STAMPS AND PHILATELIC MATERIAL. IN MOST CASES COLLECTIONS ARE CONSIGNED TO THE AUCTION HOUSE AND THE AUCTION HOUSE KEEPS A PERCENTAGE OF THE SALE. IN SOME CASES THE AUCTION HOUSE MAY OFFER TO BUY IT OUTRIGHT AND SOME OFFER FREE VALUATIONS.

IF YOU HAVE A VALUABLE COLLECTION THIS MAY BE A GOOD OPTION SINCE REPUTABLE AUCTION HOUSES HAVE A RELIABLE POOL OF STAMP BUYERS AND THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DESCRIBE YOUR COLLECTION ACCURATELY. MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE AUCTION HOUSE THOROUGHLY FIRST AND CAREFULLY LOOK OVER THE CONDITIONS OF THE SALE. YOU ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE YOUR COLLECTION IS CAREFULLY DOCUMENTED BEFORE LEAVING IT WITH AN AUCTION HOUSE. KEEP IN MIND TYPICALLY YOU WILL WAIT SEVERAL MONTHS UNTIL THE AUCTION IS COMPLETE TO RECEIVE PAYMENT. THERE IS ALWAYS A RISK THAT YOU MAY NOT GET THE PRICE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AT AN AUCTION, BUT OFTEN TIMES A RESERVE CAN HELP TO MEDIATE THAT RISK.

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STAMP DEALER

SELLING YOUR COLLECTION TO A STAMP DEALER DIRECTLY IS ANOTHER OPTION WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING TO SELL A VALUABLE COLLECTION. WHEN YOU SELL TO A STAMP DEALER YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO NEGOTIATE YOUR OWN PRICE. SOME STAMP DEALERS MAY ALSO OFFER A FREE STAMP VALUATION.  DEALERS HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH MANY COLLECTORS SO THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO SELL A QUALITY COLLECTION AT A GOOD PRICE, WHICH GIVES THEM THE ABILITY TO PAY A GOOD PRICE.

WHEN YOU SELL YOUR COLLECTION TO A STAMP DEALER GENERALLY THE DEALER WILL PAY FOR THE COLLECTION ON ARRIVAL SO THERE IS NO WAITING FOR PAYMENT.

 

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SELLING TO A STAMP DEALER CONTACT US ANYTIME WE WILL BE HAPPY TO DISCUSS YOUR COLLECTION WITH YOU.

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STAMP OR TRADE SHOW

ATTEND A STAMP OR PHILATELIC SHOW TO MEET COLLECTORS AND DEALERS. TALK TO A VARIETY OF PEOPLE AT THE SHOW ABOUT YOUR COLLECTION. IT MAY HELP YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR COLLECTION OR YOU MAY FIND A BUYER FOR YOUR COLLECTION. WE WOULD RECOMMEND IF YOU GO THIS ROUTE TO DISCUSS YOUR COLLECTION WITH MULTIPLE PEOPLE BEFORE SELLING IT. GETTING FEEDBACK FROM A VARIETY OF COLLECTORS AND DEALERS WILL GIVE YOU A CLEARER IDEA OF THE TRUE VALUE OF YOUR COLLECTION.

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SELL IT YOURSELF ON EBAY OR ANOTHER ONLINE AUCTION SITE

YOU CAN ALSO SELL YOUR COLLECTION YOURSELF ON AN ONLINE AUCTION SITE OR A SITE LIKE FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE. THIS MAY BE A GOOD ROUTE IF YOU CAN'T FIND A DEALER OR AUCTION HOUSE THAT IS INTERESTED IN THE COLLECTION. THIS METHOD CAN ALSO BE USEFUL IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO SELL YOUR COLLECTION QUICKLY.

 

ONE OF THE MAIN RISKS IN SELLING A VALUABLE COLLECTION THIS WAY IS UNDER-DESCRIBING YOUR COLLECTION, IF YOUR DESCRIPTION IS VAGUE OR INACCURATE YOU MAY NOT REACH THE RIGHT COLLECTORS. SO MAKE SURE TO DESCRIBE YOUR COLLECTION ACCURATELY, WITH AS MUCH DETAIL AS YOU CAN OFFER AND SUPPLY A LOT OF QUALITY PHOTOGRAPHS.

 

WITHOUT THE REPUTATION AS A STAMP EXPERT AND A REGULAR POOL OF STAMP COLLECTORS TO DRAW FROM IT WILL BE MORE DIFFICULT TO ENSURE YOUR AUCTION IS SEEN BY THE RIGHT PEOPLE. SO OFFER A CLEAR & ACCURATE TITLE, SINCE IT IS VERY IMPORTANT IN AN ONLINE AUCTION FOR SEARCHABILITY.

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