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Posted 01/11/2017   08:49 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add jogil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
The New Year brings certain philatelic descisions like whether to renew my memberships in some stamp societies (BNAPS, RPSC, etc.), whether to continue my subscription to stamp newspaper (CSN) and whether to buy the latest newest CDN stamp catalogue (Unitrade). This is all in addition to any stamp purchases that may be contemplated. With a limited budget, it's hard to decide.
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Posted 01/11/2017   09:08 am  Show Profile Check Petert4522's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Jogil. It gets a lot easier if you are on a limited budget!

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Posted 01/11/2017   09:39 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kirks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Jogil:

This is a great topic. I remember a similar discussion a couple years ago (or maybe it was just in my head).

I've been an APS member for several years. For a while, I was a member of both BNAPS and RPSC. After the first couple years, I dropped RPSC. I figured, as a (US) American, I would let APS be my primary source for "world" philately coverage. I opted not to pay another society for similar coverage.

I have remained a BNAPS member because it focuses specifically on Canadian philately. The coverage is often advance in nature and I consider myself a novice, but I really enjoy the quarterly publication.

I've been a Linn's subscriber since the days when it was a giant oversized tabloid. As it continued to get more and more expensive, I was on the verge of not renewing. However, the online version is a substantial savings over the printed editions. And after a rough start, the online viewer/software is now user-friendly, reliable, and readable.

Some time ago, I purchased a three-year subscription to Canadian Stamp News (CSN). After the initial three year, I renewed for an additional two or three, but I eventually stopped. I enjoyed the articles, but during my subscription, I saw the paper get thinner and thinner. Some of the regular columnists felt like friends and I hated to let them go. But I felt like Trajan Publishing was slipping in its commitment to CSN. I'm not bashing Trajan; I know all printed periodicals are really struggling to stay alive. But bottom line, I reached a point where I didn't think a couple of columns were worth the subscription price. Since I stopped subscribing, I believe the Editor left CSN. Has the paper changed significantly?

Once, out of curiosity, I subscribed to a year of American Stamp Dealers (ADSA) magazine. Since I'm not a dealer, I knew it wouldn't really "fit" me, but I got a good deal and thought I might glean some good info. As I expected, there were a few good articles, but 90% of the content was not relevant to me. And it seemed that 25% of each issue was obituary pages for dealers who passed away. Those would certainly be relevant to the other dealers in the community, but not to me. I really never intended to be a regular subscriber, so I didn't renew. There are other collector here who say they enjoy ADSA Magazine.

Well, that's my 2 worth
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Posted 01/11/2017   09:44 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add qaman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I find my self in the same situation and will be stopping my publications I receive. I have established a few buyers I continue to buy from but am cutting that back also. I need to spend time on putting together what I have instead of just storing in boxes for future fun. One area I have stopped with is new US just cannot justify these, I will work on back of the book especially ducks and I have a lot of revenues to go through and identify. I started doing WW 50 years ago then went to US but I still have the desire to work on WW so this is where I will concentrate, I have about 25 plastic shoe boxes with WW in them many separated by country so I need to get these in books and I need to get rid of all the doubles, I always wonder why I need to have 30 of one stamp??
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Posted 01/11/2017   09:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kirks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Jogil:

I'll add another 2 about Catalogues...

My first collecting interest was USA stamps. I stopped collecting new issues in 2000 so my 2011 Scott Specialized is likely the last catalog I'll need.

After USA, I started collecting Canada in a similar manner: mint for the modern stuff, used for classic stuff that I could afford. Likewise, I decided the year 2000 would be a good stopping point -- new issues were consuming all my budget. However, I have purchased a couple of modern Unitrade Catalogues, including the 2016 edition. I did this because I really enjoy the catalogues; I care less about current values, but I learn so much just from reading them.

Finally, although I'm not really a commonwealth collector, I purchased an SG 2014 Commonwealth & British Empire Stamp Catalogue 1840-1970. It has paid for itself with many hours of enjoyable reading.

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Posted 01/11/2017   10:18 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I know ikeyPikey's test is to compare the cost of whatever printed ephemera one's buying to the cost of a film and a meal. Mine is often what I could buy for the price if a cup of coffee-flavoured milk in Starbuck's. In most cases, I'd opt for the magazine or the secondhand book rather than the coffee. Of course, you have to make sure that you're not applying the test every ten minutes or so, as you browse 1p books (with 2.80 postage) on Amazon. In fact, as I speak, a young person in California is packing up a copy of a travel book by Norman Lewis and sending it to me for a gross price of 2.81. Who needs caffeine anyway?)
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Posted 01/11/2017   11:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I scaled back my philatelic investments/involvement by a lot many years ago. Prior to that, I was a member of at least 10 societies - thoroughly enjoying all of them. When I sat down to evaluate how much I was paying for all of that fun, however, I realized that it was just too much.

I am now and plan to always be a member of the APS and the USPCS. Those two societies most closely represent my main philatelic interests. As much as I would like to be a member of other societies, I now resist that urge.

I used to get Linn's, but, much like my local city newspaper, the content reduction over time got to the point to where it simply wasn't worth paying for anymore. Sad.
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Posted 01/11/2017   11:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The only change I have made is to subscribe to US Stamp News since it has a column on US varieties by Rudy de Mordaigle This is an area that Linn's does not cover in depth enough and the USSS society focuses more on research so discussions on peak/valley's, etc. rarely get mentioned. PNC3 has some of the best modern coverage in my opinion for modern US specialists but that is mostly around coils.

I subscribe to the digital Linn's but it is getting smaller (44 pages this week). I had resubscribed last year. I would not pay to have a printed copy.

I am also now a dues paying member of this forum.
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Posted 01/11/2017   11:44 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I will probably drop APS membership. I was mostly joined to support the hobby but frankly there are much better, more relevant ways for me to spend my time and money helping the hobby.
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Posted 01/11/2017   12:05 pm  Show Profile Check adcaplan's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add adcaplan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I decided not to renew my sip (Society of Israel Philatelists) membership. Last year, they switched from a printed magazine to online only. They had previously gone from 6 issues a year to 4. The problem was they never let anyone know when they posted the new updates, so I ended up never knowing when it was available. Since there is no fresh content on the site on a regular basis, it wasn't one I visited regularly, so it became something that I didn't use at all. Now, I am revisiting the annual question, do I collect new issues this year or not? Every year, I give serious thought to stopping, but I haven't yet.
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Posted 01/11/2017   12:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add JLLebbert to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Like angore, I subscribe to USSN for access to Rudy de Mordaigle's Modern Varieties column. I subscribe to Linn's digital edition. I belong to APS & USSS but am contemplating dropping out of the latter. I think the money can probably be better spent elsewhere (like supporting this forum). Almost every year now I consider whether to stop collecting modern US and start concentrating on classics. But the plethora of new issues produced each year are still a good bit cheaper than most of the early US that I might like to acquire. Still, at some point in the not too distant future, a stopping point must be reached, either as the result of conscious decision or due to the vagaries of life.
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For me, I'm a life member now of APS so don't have to pay dues (43 years end of next month). I write a couple checks each year to APS to support & for tax write-off; and subscribe to print copy of APRL quarterly.

I get Portu-Info for Portuguese (26 years this year as an ISPP member). Also MEPSI for Mexico (5 yr. member); Polonus for Poland (4 yr. member); and Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library (6 yr. member). I did renew BNAPS for a second year, and the Newfoundland study group. Not sure I'll keep it after 2017. Linn's print subscription is always a "game time decision," meaning do I renew or not. Will figure that one out in May/June. Definitely do not want the Linn's digital edition.

GeoffHa: "who needs caffeine anyway?" Not me. Never drank coffee and gave up Diet-Coke in Nov., 2014. Have felt much better since.
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Posted 01/13/2017   10:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Anthraquinone to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I buy a new Unitrade every 4 to 5 years. With the exception of about 30 pages I am not interested in what comes after page 270 and there is not usually that much change in the earlier pages. BNAPS ans CPSGB subscriptions are kept up though.

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Posted 01/13/2017   11:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add howell1018 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm a member of APS and will continue that probably until they figure out I died without notifying them. I subscribe to Linn's as I have for probably 40 years and will continue to do so, although this thread has gotten me to seriously consider dropping the mailed copy and go to the online version since I spend so much time glued to the computer anyway. I retired about 6 months ago and my outlay for stamps new to my collection is minimal. I collect U.S. and my commemoratives are complete as well as airmails. I collect used primarily prior to 1890 and those items I still need are in the 4 figure range plus not very exciting so my expenditures are few and far between. Been thinking of going back to my origins and collecting worldwide, but I know my inheritors will never see any return at all on those purchases.
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Posted 01/13/2017   11:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add FitzjamesHorse to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am seriously considering joining one or even both of the specialist Irish societies.
I was a member of one for a few years in the 1980s.
Generally speaking I subscribe to the Groucho Marx statement. "I would never join a club that would have me as a member". I dont think it is a straight trade-off in terms of value for money. I take the pessimistic view of the future of Stamp Collecting and maybe its time to stand or fall together.
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Posted 01/13/2017   12:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rustyc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My only real decision this year was whether or not to renew my long-time subscription to Linn's, which has become the least relevant (to me) of all the stamp publications I receive. After reading this thread, I resolved my dilemma by switching my subscription to digital only. Also, regarding Kirk's comment about the ASDA magazine. I think maybe the content has changed in recent years and is now more collector-friendly. It's one of my favorites.
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