Online selling and buying advice sought from sellers, collectors

Philatelic Foreword by Jay Bigalke

There has certainly been an increase in the online sale and purchase of stamps and philatelic products this year. I have heard from many online sellers who use eBay, Delcampe and HipStamp that their sales for this year are significantly higher.

I’ve also noticed that I keep finding new and interesting material, some of which looks like it came out of cabinetry, you might say.

All of this led me to think that our readers might appreciate some tips related to selling and buying online.

When it comes to selling, there are a lot of angles and topics to explore. For example, for someone who only wants to list one or two items, how do you create the image? Photograph or scan? How do you find the prices? What information do you include in the description? Are some categories stronger than others right now?

For order fulfilment, is there advice on packing and shipping?

On the buying front, there are also different strategies. Do you bid right away or wait until the last second using a sniping program? Are seller feedback important to your purchase? Do you only buy non-auction items? How do shipping costs influence your decision making? Is a high quality scan important or is a photograph enough? (An example of a photographed item is shown nearby.)

All of these questions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this topic. I welcome feedback from readers on selling and buying.

Depending on the comments received, responses may be published in more than one column in future issues of by Linn. Collectors can email me at [email protected] or write to me, Linn Stamp NewsBox 4129, Sidney, OH 45365.

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