Many collectors have come to prefer “never hinged stamps,” which show no trace of hinging or gum disturbance. In some cases, the price differential is 2-to-1 or more.
Hinging continues to be one of the main reasons for StampStore returns. Sometimes sellers list their items as “never hinged” when in fact the item was clearly hinged or there is gum disturbance. It is important to note that any gum disturbance negates the “never-hinged” price.
Sellers are responsible for the content of their listings and we count on them to properly describe the items. Often, customers have informed us that they note seller numbers of those individuals who continually list misdescribed items and they will no longer purchase from them.
So, accuracy matters! Sellers can lose business or even be charged fees from the APS for misdescriptions. For example, we recently had a seller list his item as “never hinged,” with a catalog price of $170. The buyer requested the item to be expertized; APEX returned the item as hinged – catalog value of only $80. Of course, the buyer rejected the item and was refunded all fees. The seller, in turn, was charged $30 for the expertizing fee for the misdescribed item.
Sellers should take the time to thoroughly examine items and list them appropriately for hinging and other flaws. Simply examining the back of the stamp under a bright light will often show if a stamp has been hinged. However, there are times it may be trickier to see. A 5X or higher magnifier will certainly help to see any gum disturbance or thins where a hinge once resided.
You may also consider using watermark fluid, which can help identify gum disturbance. If watermark fluid exposes a dark line across the stamp, then there is a crease or a tear. If there is a dark spot, no matter how small, this is a thin. Even the smallest tear or thin will affect the value of a stamp.
We welcome any members that haven’t tried selling on StampStore to submit items and turn your duplicates or unwanted items into cash. To learn more about gum, see Jay Stott’s introduction article on page 220 of this months American Philatelist.
Any member who submits 100 or more submissions to StampStore in March or April will receive a $10 discount on submission fees. This discount is redeemable two times. Any questions can be directed to [email protected].
Reminder to members receiving circuits: We have seen an increase in people writing inside and on the front and back cover of circuit books they are receiving. The books are property of other members and no comments should be written in the books.
This year we are looking to consolidate some circuit categories to better enhance your buying and selling experience. Any suggestions are always welcome.
2022 Dues Reminder
If you haven’t already paid your 2022 dues, please do so to avoid interruptions in receiving circuits.