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Posted 08/22/2021   6:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I broke the bulk buying habit starting late 2019 and have not looked back. Collecting is much more relaxing now that I am not obsessed with looking in the next album/envelope/glassine/pile/stockpage….wow, is it 0200 already....I have to get some sleep....I'll just look in one more box....Is that the sun coming up.....I have to stop this......
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Posted 08/22/2021   9:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't think I will ever break my habit of buying bulk lots ,it gives me something to do .Most of my money goes for specialised collections .

This past month I purchased two advance French Colonies collections , these both contained about 100 stamps ,so in just two days I will remount them into my collection . This gives me 3 months until the next auction . So I will buy a bulk lot to play with for the next three months .
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Posted 09/15/2021   2:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chris s to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The true solution is to move to a smaller house or an apartment. Many will as the expense of having one on a retirement income will become too much of a cost and hassle. Another enforced solution is poverty or a drastic reduction in your incoming revenue. A few other things to convince you to buy less and dispose of excess: help your friends and family with cleaning their parents' one family homes or watch some shows where people clean storage lockers of those who had to sell it with their contents out of necessity and see what these storage locker hunters come up with.

As one who is still relatively new, I have bought quite a few stamps but mainly singles with some mini-sheets. Yet I am surprised how quickly you can fill a Vario sheet. So lately I have been slowing down what I acquire and note what stamps I really want to save money to purchase. Oh, I still end up getting extras but having modest means and modest space helps keep things from getting out of control.

I have to say the one advantage coin collectors have is they can get boxes of coins and load up a car to a coin machine to get their money returned in bills to spend or deposit. Postage is a bit less fungible.
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Posted 09/20/2021   10:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sorsh to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
there's a fine line between being a hoarder and a collector.
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Posted 09/20/2021   1:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add APS-ISWSC Member to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
After not touching my collection from 2000 - 2019 due to business travel, I fully understand the issue. Since retiring, I have made a concerted effort to work through the mass. I have completed ROC, PRC, Germany, and Japan, and some other more-difficult countries, so I'm encouraged. The Chinas took 8 weeks, and I didn't get all the overprints. Germany took 6 weeks, Japan about 4. Persia / Iran now, Russia next ...

I do buy a little, but absolutely force myself to incorporate any purchases on arrival ...
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Posted 09/20/2021   11:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DrewM to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
When I retired five years ago (sigh), I went on a stamp buying spree. I mainly bought albums and collections for future use. Since then, I've largely stopped that since going through each collection takes weeks if not months. There are just so many collections, so many countries, anyone can collect if they don't devote eight hours a day to stamps. My basic approach is:

Any collection or other purchase gets looked at immediately and filed or stored properly. Albums go on my album shelves. Individual or groups of stamps go into my stock books, never left just in envelopes even glassine envelopes.

I only buy what I need, not what I "wonder" about. If I have two collections from a country, I don't buy another one until I've gone through those collections page by page to take out what I need.

All duplicates are either left in albums, on albums pages, or stored properly for resale later -- or to give away. I've told my wife to sell key albums and just to give away all the rest. I don't want her stressing. It's not a valuable "rare" stamp collection, by any means.

I keep inventories but only of what I "need," not what I "have" which is far too complicated. That way I don't buy duplicates by accident. I just use a World document and list catalog numbers of what I need to buy someday.

I have shelves for everything. Nothing is left in boxes and few things are on the floor. There are paper-eating insects that can ruin a stamp collection pretty fast. I also "bug bomb" my stamp room about every three months just for this reason.

When I'm finished with an album, and if I've removed all the stamps from it, I give it away or throw it away. I do not collect "clutter" and I do not keep stamp-related things like old binders, old pages, and so on "just in case" I might need them. I never need them. I keep only some old Scott binders since those I do use.
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