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.
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?