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Where Do You Buy Kiloware?

 
 
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Posted 04/02/2019   1:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add stampboylife to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Newbie here, from USA. Please share any relevant experiences, sources, USD pricing, number of stamps to expect, by the lb or kg, on/off paper?
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Posted 04/02/2019   4:42 pm  Show Profile Check CanadaStamp's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add CanadaStamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A) Kiloware is best bought from auctions - not necessarily eBay - though that's a possibility. Personally I'd suggest you attend an auction in person - better prices and no massive shipping charge.
B) It comes by specific country and world.
C) It comes on and off paper - most often on - but is almost always specified. Mind you I've sold mixed on/off from time to time.
D) Watch for the note "minimum paper" - O/W you are buying high chunks of envelope.
E) Other key phrases: "clean," "non smoking" and "minimum xmas" and "low duplication."
F) obviously the number of stamps varies by the amount of paper, size of stamps and possibly other factors. But if you buy "5 kilos - clean - minimum paper" you should have a barrel of fun.

Personally I love kilo lots. They IMHO contain stamps that have never been examined cl,osely for postmarks and variety.
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Posted 04/02/2019   5:54 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If you're new to buying kiloware, follow CanadaStamp's advice. If you're new to stamp collecting, I shouldn't start with kiloware. Better to look for an interesting worldwide collection/boxed lot at an auction, which will avoid a lot of the duplication and removal from paper that tends to accompany kiloware.
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Posted 04/02/2019   5:54 pm  Show Profile Check KGV Collector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add KGV Collector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The formula I use for buying and selling kiloware.

Most mixes have around 4,500 stamps on paper per KG.

Off paper mixes are around 12,500 stamps per KG.

With kiloware numbers dropping dramatically as less and less people use the letter mailing system and also are not using stamps on their envelops.

Good unsorted kiloware is very difficult to find in this day and age.

Sadly it has been very common for people to try and soak the cancels off the stamps to sell them and this I believe has destroyed a huge amount of modern kiloware over the last 6 years in particular.

Biggest issue I come across with kiloware buyers is that they have had bad experiences in receiving lots of kiloware that had all the good stuff taken out only to leave stamps with very poor cancels. These comments come as I am thanked for the quality of our kiloware we sell mostly on eBay. It really is a stand out. Sad really!

My charity contact is telling me that in coming numbers for their kiloware has fallen around 50% on last years numbers. But the year is still young and some donators could very easily have just not sent their stamps in to the charity as yet.

Working with kiloware as it grinds to an end. Have sorted kiloware most of my life. The one and only charity contact that I still have could supply me with around 300kg per month 10 years ago now 5kg per 3 months is all I get of the very recent stamps on paper these days and sometimes as little as 2kg per 3 months.

To me stamping is all about kiloware. All my stock comes from kiloware. Kiloware stops so do I.
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Posted 04/04/2019   8:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add novato to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
where? still looking for a new Great Britain kiloware dealer, all my dealers passed years now...too sad
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Posted 06/03/2019   11:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add steevh to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It's very hard to get decent kiloware now, from whatever source.

Even a lot of the charity stuff I have bought from real charities has been bad -- they either have someone at the charity going through it, or collectors have donated their leftovers. Nothing worse than getting a lot of recycled kiloware!

Never buy anything without a picture of the actual lot, and try to determine if it has been heavily faced.
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