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Posted 09/23/2019   1:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add gjmmaddog to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'm new to the hobby, so please excuse a basic question.

USPS stills offers various stamps in the issue year I cited, available at face value. However, when I look those stamps up in Scott catalog and/or certain Stamp Dealer catalog, the price to purchase is at a higher multiple of face value.

Question - why are such recent issues (last 5 years) that are available direct from USPS at face value, being cataloged much higher.

Thanks in advance
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Posted 09/23/2019   1:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The catalog price is like a retail price - stamp dealers have to make a living.

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The catalog value is a retail price. A dealer price. It takes the cost of doing business in mind. Overhead, advertising,labor, etc.
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Posted 09/23/2019   1:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gjmmaddog to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, but here's where I'm confused. Those stamps are still available at USPS at face value. Why would one purchase those from a catalog.

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Posted 09/23/2019   2:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Scott catalog for example does not sell stamps. A catalog is just for reference for now and the future.
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Posted 09/23/2019   6:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Also, you normally won't be able to buy just one of a stamp from the post office or their Postal Store site. It will have to be a sheet/pane or a whole booklet. Dealers will sell you singles.
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Posted 09/23/2019   7:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jkelley01938 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
gjmmaddog,

I generally buy from the post office. Be careful using the USPS Online Store. If you want a stamp (a stamp) you have to buy a sheet of twelve or twenty. Not very cost effective.

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Posted 09/23/2019   7:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
For many getting to a Post Office is difficult. Very time consuming. Difficult parking. Long lines. Will they have the stamps in stock? Will they sell singles? Hours of operation may not be convenient. Time is money. What is your time worth getting a few stamps?
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