- There are many ways of selling your stamps outright. Many collectors sell their stamps directly to stamp dealers. They may also sell their stamps to auction houses who in turn break the collections down and sell them in their own sales. Collectors may sell their stamps to other collectors via stamp clubs or shows. It is not unusual for collectors to give or sell their stamps to friends or family.
- In selling your stamps outright, it is usually the collector that must determine the value of the collection. Unfortunately, many collectors do not have a good handle on current market conditions, so the process of evaluating the collection can sometimes be very difficult. If a collector relies on the dealer or friend to establish the selling price, they should have enough trust in that person to accurately determine the selling price. Needless to say, there is some danger in selling your stamps outright.
Advantages of selling stamps outright:
It is usually a quick process, with many times "cash on the barrelhead".
Most of the time, all the stamps are sold, leaving no remainders.
For messy or bulky collections, this may be the best choice.
Disadvantages of selling stamps outright:
Most often you will obtain the lowest price, or wholesale value for your stamps.
Somebody else will receive the profits or markup value of your stamps.
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