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How To Most Effectively Promote Piles Of Stamps.

 
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Posted 01/17/2022   12:26 pm  Show Profile Check wheelman's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add wheelman to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am trying to come up with a more accurate way to display and promote "piles/kiloware" of stamps.
The picture, 1 of 3, here is part of my latest listing but it just doesn't do it justice. It can be described any of a number of ways but the old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" definitely applies to lots like this. Not huge value stamps but there are dozens of $1-3 stamps in the "pile" There are at least 400-500 stamps and it just doesn't picture it that way. Glassines and pages are also pictured and that part is easy.
Any and all comments greatly appreciated.
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Posted 01/17/2022   12:37 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If there are 400-500 you can put them in stock-pages so that people can see what they're getting (which may or may not be an advantage to the vendor). Or you could spread these out wider, turn over the uoside-down ones and take more close-ups. But in my sad experience, you're always going to be in the penny a stamp range with this sort of lot.
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Posted 01/17/2022   1:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Willwood42 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
So it looks they are mostly Greek. You might want to sell it as a country lot. And if there are $1-3 stamps in the mix these could be highlighted on stock pages
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Posted 01/17/2022   1:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Willwood42 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I just looked at your listings and it seems you already listed it as Greece and displayed the higher values
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Posted 01/17/2022   2:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add moneil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thoughts from a buyer's perspective

I love lots like this, but I'm also looking for a good buy ~ okay, I'm looking for a bargain ; ~, and as GeoffHa described it, I'm mostly in the "penny-a-stamp" market. Also, in 2019 when I was getting my accumulation more organized, needed binders, and wanting to fill in some areas, I purchased 7 used Harris Citation albums, 5 on eBay and 2 at a stamp shop in Portland, OR. They contained a total of 38,554 stamps at an average price per stamp of .0113 cents.

With these additions to my accumulation, when I now look at a bulk lot of stamps I need to consider the probability of obtaining more duplicates to what I already have, especially if I can't visually "sort through the pile". Having a good idea of what's in the lot is important to me.

Some things that catch my eye, and may even nudge me from the "penny market" to the "nickel market" are:

Stamps laid out individually in rows, or on album pages, Lighthouse Vario or Grande pages, or stock book pages (even if the Lighthouse pages or stock book aren't included). This way I can see every stamp and develop an informed sense of how useful this lot would be to my collection, even assuming some duplication to what I have. I realize that this involves more work for the seller and they need to consider if this would be worthwhile.

If the stamps are going to be displayed as a bulk lot (as in the picture), spreading them out so more of the individual stamps are visible, and having them all face up is helpful to the prospective buyer. I don't have a good eye for looking at a pile and estimating how many stamps might be in the pile. I always appreciate a reasonably accurate count or estimate from the seller. If it is a mixed country lot it is nice if the description includes what countries are in the mix. If there are stamps of topical interest (I realize that this is a very broad area), that might be mentioned in the description. The lot's make up of postally used, CTO's, MH, MNH, BOB is all good information to have in the description and may persuade someone to take a closer look.

I am not assuming that you do this, but when a description says something like "the picture is representative of what you will receive", rather than the picture being what I would actually receive, while I appreciate that seller's honesty, that lot gets an immediate pass by.
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Edited by moneil - 01/17/2022 3:25 pm
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Posted 01/17/2022   3:04 pm  Show Profile Check wheelman's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add wheelman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the feedback guys. These are pretty much penny stamps that I tried to "enhance" the value by adding in a few 50 net values.
Definitely turn over the back sided ones. I placed the glassines for effect but there are still many more of the $1 - $3 ones in the loose pile.
Not sure how to list as a country lot but will find out now.
Taking a couple of hours to sort to stock pages would likely add to salability but the payback isn't there for something that I will be happy with a $10 return.
Leaving this one the way it is, other than the country lot idea, but will absolutely use your feedback for the next listing.
Thanks again all.
Paul
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Posted 01/17/2022   7:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob Roy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Two ways that I saw in eBay to attract buyers:
1) Promise (and deliver) an extra dozen or so stamps with a higher CV or over 100 y/o or so.
2) Promise a few mini-sheet/FDC/blocks like here:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/393829481939
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Edited by Rob Roy - 01/17/2022 7:22 pm
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