In Tom Droege's post a link was included. That may be contrary to SCF rules. If deleted by the moderator, I included the text from the link. If there is part of the quoted text below than fails to pass the "no promotion rules" especially if less than 50 posts, please snip as needed moderators, but the balance of the quote is on point for this topic.
This from Tom Droege at StampAuctionNetwork. First there seems to be sense that we are rolling in revenue from the Auction Companies. We do not get a percent of anything. All our sales are posted at a fixed fee. We do well enough, but it is no gold mine.
You can read the full explanation of the price increase here:
Important News from StampAuctionNetwork
In 1994, we created the first marketplace for stamp auctions. It has grown to be more than any one might have imagined. Together we have changed the face of stamp auctions with online catalogs, online bidding, live bidding during auctions, and now access to the largest database for stamps.
To continue delivering on our mission to provide the best experience and tools to the philatelic community, on April 1st, 2022, StampAuctionNetwork will move to a subscription service.
With your support as a subscriber, StampAuctionNetwork will:
Incorporate new technologies to enhance your experience.
Enable us to add staff to continue offering LIVE phone support and other services.
Keep the site Advertising Free.
Continue to create and enhance bidding tools and resources.
Develop programs to attract new collectors of every age.
Add a StampAuctionNetwork Community for peer to peer connections.
The basic membership will be $49.95 / year to bid, search, or use any of the interactive features of StampAuctionNetwork. Free access to all online catalogs at StampAuctionNetwork will still be available to all.
Click (here) for Sign up Information
To encourage early registration, you can signup and we will include a one year subscription to BASIC extended features for $49.95 / year (a $79.95 value). If you were thinking of signing up for Extended features, this would be the time to do so. We also will continue our 25% discount for signing up for Premium Extended features. Your memberships will auto renew at those prices unless you cancel.
These are your options if you do not already have a paid account.
Membership (best value). Become a member by signing up for BASIC Extended Features (value of $79.95 / year) for $49.95. After April 1st, StampAuctionNetwork Membership will be $49.95 / year and BASIC Extended features will be $79.95 / year.
Sign up for BASIC Extended Features for $7.50 / month. If you want a low monthly payment, this is it.
A discounted Membership plan at $19.95 / year is available for infrequent bidders. If you have placed less than 50 bids (lifetime), you are eligible.
Free 1 year membership. At any time, you can sign up for a free 1 year membership. Free 1 Year memberships are also available to anyone that has used Unattended Live Bidding.
Sign up for Premium Extended features at either $29.95 / month or $325 / year, discounted from $39.95 / month or $420 / year
We are grateful to the stamp collecting community for joining StampAuctionNetwork over the last 28 years. I enjoy running the site and helping collectors build their collections. Recently I had an interaction with a collector who had been searching for years for an obscure version of an old Scott specialty album that he wanted. We had set up a saved search and just a couple weeks ago, he received a notice from a firm in England that had what he needed in an upcoming auction. He would not have found it otherwise.
You can follow this (link) to sign up and to see an explanation of each of the service levels. If you have signed up for another plan before, it will show you your current plan. We also have a (video) that explains each of the options and will be offering Zoom sessions to ask questions in person.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me by email or phone.
By the way, no website is free of costs. At minimum it requires an altruistic owner, begging for donations, sale of ads, sale of stock or pay to play; at maximum it becomes a multi-trillion dollar company.
For me it will be interesting to see if Kelleher now moves off the SAN site as did Siegel; even though Kelleher just recently moved over the SAN.
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