this is not a criticism, I am just astounded why collectors still
attempt to make their own databases by typing in general information.
I can understand specific databases linking scarce stamps, their auction prices, dates of sale and auction houses.
or, specific varieties of ephemera or items B.o.b.
But general stamp inventories, typing in those details, I would find extremely time consuming, and in the end a folly.
The work has already been done, it exists in stamp catalogues
all that hard work, laid on a plate for you.
For example you collect Japan, one can simply buy the latest Scott Japan Pages from Chirok, say $20
have your pages scanned (SEARCHABLE) to *.pdf. ( free or low cost program)
There you have it. A portable database, priced, and pictured
You purchase Canada Scott 87 and wish that to be in your owned database, simply highlight the text in the database in yellow or whatever, there you have it,
Highlight those numbers you are missing, or wish to purchase in green, or whatever.
What it won't do, is give you a flattering catalogue value of your total collection (it is a moving target anyhows depending on the current climate)
Next time you feel frustrated by the vast amounts of data you need to fill, give this some consideration.