My stamp exchange

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My stamp exchange

  1. 1. A QUICK INTRODUCTION TO MY STAMP EXCHANGE
  2. 2. THIS IS HOW IT GOES…
  3. 3. STEP 1: Select 100-300 different, used stamps that You would like to send for exchange  Include no less than 100 stamps, but no more than 300 stamps.  Any size  Any country  Used stamps only (CTO or real-used)
  4. 4. STEP 1: Select 100-300 different, used stamps that You would like to send for exchange
  5. 5. STEP 1: Select 100-300 different, used stamps that You would like to send for exchange  Please, DO NOT include anything truly valuable for exchange unless you are willing to exchange it for (common) low/mid value stamps. I will not check catalogue values of any stamps coming in or going out.
  6. 6. Step 2: Prepare Your exchange sending  Place the stamps inside:  glassine envolope (preferred),  zip bag,  stock card / page,  or any similar product that helps to keeps stamps together when mailed.  Avoid excessive packaging and weight
  7. 7. Step 2: Prepare Your exchange sending  Fill and print this PDF-form and include it with the stamps.  The PDF includes also the mailing address where You should send your stamps.
  8. 8. Step 3: Prepare and send exchange cover  For best protection, it is recommendable to place a two-part postcard (or similar stiffener) inside the envelope. This will provide extra protection (for the stamps as well as the cover) against any damages caused by rough postal handling.
  9. 9. Step 3: Prepare and send exchange cover  Make sure everything fits in standard sized letter no thicker than 2 cm. This will save both time and money.
  10. 10. Step 3: Prepare and send exchange cover  Favour (large sized) commemorative stamps or other special issues to pay postage.  If possible, ask for hand cancelling.  They make a happy collector!
  11. 11. Step 3: Prepare and send exchange cover  If sending outside EU, please notice that You MUST include customs form CN22 to apply with Finnish regulations.  CN22 is available freely from any post office, and can be attached to any envelope or parcel (despite some postal workers will claim otherwise).  The value of stamps (including postage paid) MUST BE less than $20, otherwise custom fees are collected. I will not claim sendings held by customs that are lacking CN22 or have higher value than $20.
  12. 12. Step 4: The exchange  Once I receive your exchange cover, I will:  1) pick the stamps I like from Your sending  2) and add same number of worldwide items from my duplicates stock.  3) The stamps I have no use, I will return untouched “as is” with the new exchanged stamps.  4) For each and every exchange, I will make and publish a public summary (with photo containing some of the exchanged stamps) on the Stamp Collecting Blog. MeYou
  13. 13. Step 4: The exchange  Simple but effective exchange rules:  A commemorative for commemorative  A definitive for definitive  A miniature sheet for miniature sheet  A pre-1950s stamp for pre-1950s stamp  A CTO (Canceled-to-order) stamp for CTO-stamp  Etc.  No catalog value staring / counting!  No wish / exclusion lists MeYou
  14. 14. Some statistics about the exchange Started in year 2010 Over 25,000 stamps sent for exchange. On average 40-50% of stamps are exchanged. ZERO COMPLAINTS (Though few covers have been lost in transit) To view what my collection has (and what I need / don’t need), please view My worldwide stamp collection page
  15. 15. Questions  If You have any questions, please drop by at http://www.stampcoll ectingblog.com/stam p-exchange and ask. I will usually respond the same day.
  16. 16. Happy Collecting! That’s all there is!

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