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The February 2010 Sales Talk column provided more information on selling tips.

Sell your retired sales books on our Clearance Circuits. See Details

UPDATE on Clearance Sales Books 5/2013

How to Sell

The APS Sales Division acts as an agent for members who wish to sell some of their philatelic material.

Selling is Easy!

  1. Purchase Supplies - Special sales books are used for selling thru the APS. The sales books measure 5 x 8-inches and are available in four different styles depending on the type material you are submitting (singles, blocks, or cover). Items larger than the book size of 5 x 8 inches cannot be accepted. You may also purchase low-cost mounts for use in the sales books.
  2. Prepare and submit your items - The seller mounts, describes, and prices items within each sales book, and sends the completed book(s) to Sales Division via insured or registered mail, depending on the seller’s preference for mail security.
    Need help with mounting and pricing material?
    Click here for detailed instructions.
  3. Items are received and prepared for circulation - The Sales Division checks each item for pricing, clarity of description, and proper mounting. Each book is then assigned to a category; given a unique APS book number; photographed (each page is photographed for the protection of our members); and an acknowledgement is sent to the seller.
  4. Circulation Time - Sales books are circulated for approximately 18 months (we offer the option of 24 months), after which, they are automatically processed for retirement and returned to the owner with payment for items sold. A book will be retired before eighteen months if there is less than $10 in unsold material remaining.

Payment and Charges

Payment is made to the seller upon retirement of the sales book, and after deduction of appropriate charges:

20% commission on material sold, with a $3.00 minimum per book.

2% insurance charge, based on the remaining value of submitted sales book at the time it is retired. (This provides complete coverage against loss or damage while the material is in the hands of Sales Division.)

Return postage.

Any fines levied by examiners for improperly identified items.

All Sales Division charges are deducted at the time of retirement and are itemized on the retirement statement.

Still have questions about Selling?

Below are frequently asked question, simply click on the question to see the answer. Or feel free to contact Tom Horn, Director of APS Sales Division (814) 933-3803 ext. 227.

I think one of the stamps in my retired sales book has been substituted or damaged on a circuit. What recourse do I have?

What do the entries on the backs of sales books mean?

Which catalogue should I use to price my stamps?

What percentage of catalogue value should I charge for my stamps?

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