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Ebay Stamps Sellers Are Not What They Use To Be Or Am I Mistaken?

 
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Posted 04/17/2021   3:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Cumer Canitez to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I remember the days from 2009, I had purchased lots of valuable stamps in a pile, some of the stamps' books had been loaded with so many valued stamps, but I now noticed these sort sales, there are almost None available, especially US 18th and early 19th century stamps, They are now being sold individually,

I don't know if it is against this platform's rules to mention eBay's seller but I think everyone who follows stamps sales on eBay will recognize a particular seller who is called NYS******,
I have purchased from this seller in the past and there used to be bulk sales with valued stamps, these days similar stamps are being sold individually by the same seller, and this seller doesn't offer the same way where I used to purchase from them,

I am just wondering if it is just me?...

or things have really changed significantly since then
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Posted 04/17/2021   4:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add NSK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
18th century stamps?
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Posted 04/17/2021   4:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, things have changed from 2009.

A more dramatic change occurred between 1998, when I first started buying on eBay, and 2005, when I began curtailing buying on eBay. eBay was a great place to buy in those early days, but the most reliable and reasonably priced European sellers from whom I bought, stopped selling to the U.S. Several of these sellers retired, but several others stopped selling to the U.S. because of so many "lost in the mail" lots.
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Posted 04/17/2021   4:17 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In my opinion NYStamps has a very poor reputation and state right in their Terms and Conditions that some stamps "may be expertly repaired". If you have previously purchased from them single, higher value stamps from them and NOT gotten them certified then you will likely be disappointed if you do or when you go to dispose of your collection(s).

You can search this forum and many threads about this seller. There are some good sellers on eBay including many who are also members here. Learning how to find quality sellers is as hard as learning how to spot quality stamps. eBay feedback is meaningless, some of the worse sellers have great feedback score ( eBay changes the feedbacks for them, you can go buy existing eBay accounts, you can pump up your own feedback score at will, etc.)

Finding good value on eBay is not 'sorting by lowest price first', it is about spending time and money finding good sellers and supporting them. And NYStamps is about as far from a good seller as you can get. Try kenr2, fairdinkumstamps, revenue-collector, deyes2, paperhistory, or many of the other SCF members, most are quality eBay sellers.
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Posted 04/17/2021   4:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cumer Canitez to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
NSK Sorry I meant 1870 1880 1890 etc.
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Posted 04/17/2021   4:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes every wants a deal when they buy but not when they sell. What you have observed is the sellers have been learning how to increase their return on their material via different marketing which means the buyer gets less of a steal deal on the material.

Feel free to move some of you extra material in bulk, low, low percentage of catalog prices. There will be a few buyers you will make happy. You'll be happy too, right?

Now if I found some find some inverts when buy stamps over the post office counter, should I sell them for face plus eBay costs to be fair to all the buyer who may want them? I got the joy of finding the inverts, should the buyers get the joy of getting them cheap from me?
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Posted 04/17/2021   5:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add oldboldandbrash to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It's not just eBay. Even estate sales. When they see stamps they go crazy. I tried to buy a garbage bag full of just the junkiest garbage stamps hoping for something interesting. Last day of the estate sale, closing in an hour, probably going to the garbage or free afterwards. And he wanted 25$... I could buy 1000 beautiful used US stamps for 12.99 on eBay. I've of course seen stamps way overpriced on eBay but I of course ignore them. Offerup is another place to look and you often see people sell one 3c Washington for 10$ because they found it in their mothers sock drawer. Nobody knows anything anymore unfortunately. And about Nystamps, we certainly do keep buying from them, so they certainly do keep selling the same way.
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Posted 04/17/2021   6:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Times have changed . There was a time when you could buy 4 or 5 boxes of stamps at auction for $350.00 and have fun all winter selling them . Now those same boxes cost $1900.00 and you need to price them carefully to make a profit .
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Posted 04/17/2021   8:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hoosierboy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Casual sellers who do not know the value of their material are fewer and farther inbetween today than in years past. Internet auction sites provide all who look a reasonabley acccurate snapshot of the selling price of most material.
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