Buying with Home Delivery Mail Sales
As an APS member, you can sign up to receive stamps with our home delivery service known as Stamp Circuit Mail Sales. Receive stamp selections tailored to your specific collecting interests delivered right to your front door! This allows you to examine the items, purchase what you want, and forward on what you don't. There is no minimum purchase required. The service is limited to U.S. members. All material being sold is owned by APS members.
6 Simple Steps to get started:
1. Select your areas of interest
We have more than 160 categories to select from. Submit a Circuit Request Form indicating your areas of interest. Also complete a one time Buyer's Next of Kin Contact Form (we ask for contact information of a friend or family member whom we can contact in the event we are unable to reach you).
2. Get assigned to a "multiple circuit"
based on your ZIP code you will be assigned to a circuit list for each category you select. Up to 10 names are added in order of receipt; names move up the list one space each time a new circuit of the same category is mailed – that way a different member appears first on this list each time.
3. Purchase a rubber stamp (not required)
You may write your APS # and initials in purchase spaces but a rubber stamp is more secure and legible. Therefore, you may consider purchasing a rubber stamp to mark the spaces in the sales book where you remove a stamp or cover for purchase. A rubber stamp impression should fit within a one-inch square space and should contain your APS # and initials or last name. Search the web for sites that offer one inch rubber stamps at a minimal cost. Discount Rubber Stamps offer the Excelmark 9022-B and 9022-D which may be good options for only $6.99. **(Again remember the stamp should be no larger than 1 inch x 1 inch).
4. Receive Shipments and Make purchases
Circuits are sent several times a year depending on the popularity and availability of the categories. The first person on the list will receive the sales books, purchase desired items, and mark the vacant spaces with his/her personal stamp. Circuits may be retained for a MAXIMUM of 7 days. If forwarded promptly, each circuit will complete its round in 6 to 15 weeks.
5. Submit Payment
A special report sheet is included in the package for each member on the circuit. This sheet is used to document purchases and to submit payment directly to the APS. If you misplaced the sheet or did not receive one with your circuit, click here to print one for remitting your payment.
6. Forward the Circuit to the Next Person
Within seven (7) days you should forward the circuit to the next person via USPS Priority Flat-Rate with USPS Tracking and keep your tracking receipt.
- If you receive the circuit in a small Priority flat rate box, obtain one free from the post office to forward the circuit. If you received it in one of our boxes in a Priority flat rate padded envelope, obtain these envelopes free from your post office.
- Use the appropriate address label provided to mail it to the next address on the circuit list.
- Send each shipment to the next person using Priority Flat-Rate with USPS Tracking (tracking is at no additional charge when using Priority flat-rate mailers). Be sure to get a receipt containing the tracking number and keep it with your records. Should the package become lost, this is your proof of mailing to the next person and relinquishes your responsibility of the material.
How Much Does it Cost?
Basically, it’s the cost of postage!
If you do not make a purchase from the selection, you simply pay the postage to forward/return the circuit – approximately $10 (covers USPS priority flat rate and APS insurance charge).
If you make a purchase, you pay the postage to forward it to the next designated addressee and pay a 5% buyer fee – this fee helps us to offset the processing fees. For purchases of $200 or more, the 5% buyer fee is waived!
Detailed instructions and rules are provided with each shipment.
If you have additional questions,
contact the APS Sales staff 814-933-3803 ext. 231 or email
Visitors to the APS Sales Division shopping in the circuit books.
Multiple Person Circuits
Most common circulated to members grouped by zip code. Use the Circuit Request Form.
Previously circulated books are discounted and sold on a buy-all-or-nothing basis. - Request form
Direct Individual Circuits
You may receive direct individual circuits. They are sent on-demand and cost an additioal $5. ...More details...
Local Club Circuits
APS chapter clubs may request sales circuits for their meetings. The circuit categories are based on the interests of the club's members. More details..
Special Chapter Circuit Insurance is available for coverage while the books are in your possession.
For members traveling in the Central Pennsylvania area and stopping at APS headquarters, the in-house inventory is available for browsing and purchasing. The 5% buyers fee and $2 insurance is waived on all in-house purchases.