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Sales, Swaps, Auction & Approvals/Auction Disc. : Buyers! Which do you prefer ...

 

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philatelia
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08 Dec 2020
12:17:10pm

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If given a choice, which would you prefer?

Cheaper shipping using old postage

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More expensive shipping using recent commemoratives?

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08 Dec 2020
03:13:09pm
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the latter, with appropriate seasonal seal affixed and tied

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08 Dec 2020
03:18:19pm
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The former, since I don't collect any recent stamps.

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08 Dec 2020
03:49:07pm
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The 2nd choice.

Easy choice.

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pigdoc

08 Dec 2020
06:18:06pm
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A tracking number.
Don't much care about the postage used.

That said, tracking numbers are not very useful for finding a lost item. The USPS does not devote much effort to this. Might deter potentially deviant postal workers, however.

But, at least the seller cannot say he shipped it when he didn't.
I suspect this is a reason for non-performing sellers to be so anxious to issue a refund, in hopes that they can realize a few more $$ on the item the next time. Heck, they even get the seller's commission and the PayPal fee refunded!

Call it "bottom-feeder's regret"

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08 Dec 2020
06:50:30pm
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Option 3 - free postageBig Grin

Seriously though, it matters little. The stamps arrive in Australia either uncancelled or pen cancelled. Most of my mailings from the USA end up in the rubbish.

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Harvey

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08 Dec 2020
06:52:14pm
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It's funny, I've bought many items on Ruby Lane and E-bay over the years and have never had an item lost. I have had two DVD sets lost on the way from Amazon. I guess it's just pure luck, I'm sure there are some people out there playing games. By the way, I've been knocking on wood since I started writing this!!

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08 Dec 2020
07:04:49pm
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The latter, used very recent stamps are hard to get unless I mail them to myself...

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08 Dec 2020
08:35:00pm

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"used very recent stamps are hard to get"



It is just as difficult to find Mint ones!!
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09 Dec 2020
08:38:32am

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Sheesh, that would be really frustrating, Ian.

Over here I order from the United States Postal Service “Cave” several sheets of the latest large, multi stamp issues. I opt for the issues that I think will see the least usage. I have to pay a small shipping fee, though, which is one of the reasons the recent postage option increases the handling fees charged.

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09 Dec 2020
01:14:39pm
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Cheaper postage.

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09 Dec 2020
04:25:45pm
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As a buyer I am fine with a printed, tracked label and no stamps. I try to be considerate of the fact that some sellers may have trouble getting to a PO and/or have other reasons to use the convenience of a tracked printed postage label.
My opinion is that shipping decisions (including the postage method) are up to the seller unless other special arrangements have been made. I have seen some buyers get upset that stamps were not used and I do not understand why they feel so strongly about this; for me the only thing that matters is that the parcel arrives safely and in good time.
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09 Dec 2020
09:27:10pm
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"I have seen some buyers get upset that stamps were not used and I do not understand why they feel so strongly about this;"



I think it may have something to do with the sentiment expressed in amsd's footer quote:

"Save the USPS, buy stamps; save the hobby, use commemoratives"



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10 Dec 2020
03:19:49am
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There is no evidence that philately will die if snail mail goes away.

A majority of our society is no longer agrarian yet gardening is still popular. Few folks use railroads to get around but this has not killed off the scale train hobby. We all drive cars yet there are also stables and horses in every town and city. Studebaker and other independent auto manufacturers went away yet this segment of car collecting remains strong today. The music industry has moved to digital yet spinning old vinyl remains popular. The world has migrated the majority of our collective knowledge and information to digital yet every town and city has a library and every house has books in them. Stampless covers went away when the postage stamps were introduced in 1840 yet there are still plenty of people who collect them today.

If a person stands back and views postal history as an evolution of human communication, which is exactly what it is, then the postage stamp is understood to be just one small part of the bigger picture. Communications between human will always exist and will never go away. But when humans figure out how to colonize space it is pretty unlikely that anyone will be dropping letters in mailboxes between planets.

In other words, human communications is not going away; just like everything else it is changing. But changing the way we do things does not ensure that enjoying our little pieces of paper will go away. Stamps are a part of our communication history and heritage and this fact will never change.
Don

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Liz

20 Dec 2020
09:06:19pm

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I prefer cheaper everything. LOL

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21 Dec 2020
07:35:32pm
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51Studebaker said, "…it is pretty unlikely that anyone will be dropping letters in mailboxes between planets."

The way things are going, it is pretty unlikely that anyone will be dropping letters in mailboxes anywhere! Let's hear it for physical distancing, vaccines, face masks, and Spanish sherry! (To my wife: "Hey, don't take that bottle away! It's not empty!")

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philatelia

APS #156650
08 Dec 2020
12:17:10pm

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Buyers ...

If given a choice, which would you prefer?

Cheaper shipping using old postage

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More expensive shipping using recent commemoratives?

Thanks for your feedback!

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08 Dec 2020
03:13:09pm

re: Buyers! Which do you prefer ...

the latter, with appropriate seasonal seal affixed and tied

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Harvey

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08 Dec 2020
03:18:19pm

re: Buyers! Which do you prefer ...

The former, since I don't collect any recent stamps.

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copy55555

08 Dec 2020
03:49:07pm

re: Buyers! Which do you prefer ...

The 2nd choice.

Easy choice.

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pigdoc

08 Dec 2020
06:18:06pm

re: Buyers! Which do you prefer ...

A tracking number.
Don't much care about the postage used.

That said, tracking numbers are not very useful for finding a lost item. The USPS does not devote much effort to this. Might deter potentially deviant postal workers, however.

But, at least the seller cannot say he shipped it when he didn't.
I suspect this is a reason for non-performing sellers to be so anxious to issue a refund, in hopes that they can realize a few more $$ on the item the next time. Heck, they even get the seller's commission and the PayPal fee refunded!

Call it "bottom-feeder's regret"

-Paul

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DaveSheridan

08 Dec 2020
06:50:30pm

re: Buyers! Which do you prefer ...

Option 3 - free postageBig Grin

Seriously though, it matters little. The stamps arrive in Australia either uncancelled or pen cancelled. Most of my mailings from the USA end up in the rubbish.

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Harvey

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08 Dec 2020
06:52:14pm

re: Buyers! Which do you prefer ...

It's funny, I've bought many items on Ruby Lane and E-bay over the years and have never had an item lost. I have had two DVD sets lost on the way from Amazon. I guess it's just pure luck, I'm sure there are some people out there playing games. By the way, I've been knocking on wood since I started writing this!!

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joshtanski

08 Dec 2020
07:04:49pm

re: Buyers! Which do you prefer ...

The latter, used very recent stamps are hard to get unless I mail them to myself...

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Brechinite

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08 Dec 2020
08:35:00pm

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re: Buyers! Which do you prefer ...

"used very recent stamps are hard to get"



It is just as difficult to find Mint ones!!
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philatelia

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09 Dec 2020
08:38:32am

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re: Buyers! Which do you prefer ...

Sheesh, that would be really frustrating, Ian.

Over here I order from the United States Postal Service “Cave” several sheets of the latest large, multi stamp issues. I opt for the issues that I think will see the least usage. I have to pay a small shipping fee, though, which is one of the reasons the recent postage option increases the handling fees charged.

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smauggie

09 Dec 2020
01:14:39pm

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Cheaper postage.

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09 Dec 2020
04:25:45pm

re: Buyers! Which do you prefer ...

As a buyer I am fine with a printed, tracked label and no stamps. I try to be considerate of the fact that some sellers may have trouble getting to a PO and/or have other reasons to use the convenience of a tracked printed postage label.
My opinion is that shipping decisions (including the postage method) are up to the seller unless other special arrangements have been made. I have seen some buyers get upset that stamps were not used and I do not understand why they feel so strongly about this; for me the only thing that matters is that the parcel arrives safely and in good time.
Don

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09 Dec 2020
09:27:10pm

re: Buyers! Which do you prefer ...

"I have seen some buyers get upset that stamps were not used and I do not understand why they feel so strongly about this;"



I think it may have something to do with the sentiment expressed in amsd's footer quote:

"Save the USPS, buy stamps; save the hobby, use commemoratives"



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10 Dec 2020
03:19:49am

re: Buyers! Which do you prefer ...

There is no evidence that philately will die if snail mail goes away.

A majority of our society is no longer agrarian yet gardening is still popular. Few folks use railroads to get around but this has not killed off the scale train hobby. We all drive cars yet there are also stables and horses in every town and city. Studebaker and other independent auto manufacturers went away yet this segment of car collecting remains strong today. The music industry has moved to digital yet spinning old vinyl remains popular. The world has migrated the majority of our collective knowledge and information to digital yet every town and city has a library and every house has books in them. Stampless covers went away when the postage stamps were introduced in 1840 yet there are still plenty of people who collect them today.

If a person stands back and views postal history as an evolution of human communication, which is exactly what it is, then the postage stamp is understood to be just one small part of the bigger picture. Communications between human will always exist and will never go away. But when humans figure out how to colonize space it is pretty unlikely that anyone will be dropping letters in mailboxes between planets.

In other words, human communications is not going away; just like everything else it is changing. But changing the way we do things does not ensure that enjoying our little pieces of paper will go away. Stamps are a part of our communication history and heritage and this fact will never change.
Don

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Liz

20 Dec 2020
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I prefer cheaper everything. LOL

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21 Dec 2020
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re: Buyers! Which do you prefer ...

51Studebaker said, "…it is pretty unlikely that anyone will be dropping letters in mailboxes between planets."

The way things are going, it is pretty unlikely that anyone will be dropping letters in mailboxes anywhere! Let's hear it for physical distancing, vaccines, face masks, and Spanish sherry! (To my wife: "Hey, don't take that bottle away! It's not empty!")

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