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Beginner's Guide To Ebay Stamps

Nov 24, 2007
Ebay stamps have made stamp collecting an affordable hobby. Often times, one can find great deals at a fraction of the cost -- with some stamps costing as little as one cent! Additionally, stamps can be traded or sold on the site as well, giving their collectors the ultimate target market to maximize profits.

With bids starting as low as one cent, it's crazy not to check out the Ebay stamps page! To get started buying stamps on Ebay, just register, browse the categories or type keywords into the search engine.

When you find an item you like, place a bid and select maximum amount you're willing to spend, then Ebay will bid on your behalf against other bidders. Or you can choose the "buy it now" option and you'll have to pay the - buy it now price - to avoid all competition. Buyers can pay with a credit card, checking account, mail or through PayPal.

Curious people, who may not necessarily have the desire to buy at this time, can still obtain information on them by following one of several links the Ebay stamps page provides:

1) the American Philatelic Society,
2) the PSE authentication center,
3) the American Stamp Dealers Association or industry publications.

The education and popular stamp terms pages host a wealth of information for beginners. For the committed hobbyist, a whole community is created to share one's passion -- with stamps chat rooms, stamps seller alerts or newsletters, as well as collectibles forums.

For sellers, Ebay stamps attract the perfect target market and allows online bidding (much like an auction) so sellers may actually make more money than their asking prices! The process is relatively simple too. First, the seller will have to look around and decide what to sell. After registering, prospective sellers just upload photos and descriptions of their items, turn on email notifications and wait for the bidding to start.

Sellers can get paid immediately by PayPal, track all listings through the "My Ebay" section and even print labels and postage from their personal computers. Bulk listing and management tools make it easy to track one's offers.

Some people may choose to open an Ebay store, which gives them email marketing, free reporting and lower fees. Ebay also offers free business consulting to help new members get started. Whether collecting or selling, Ebay is a great starting point!

Ebay is the perfect way to add to your collection. However, be aware that Ebay may not be for everyone. You will have to enter some sensitive information into Ebay's secured site, with which not everyone is comfortable.

Since sellers are from all over, buyer beware! Check out the seller's credentials and ratings before buying. There are certain protections on Ebay, but it's not infallible. You may also have to wait a long time for your investment to arrive in the mail.

Ebay stamps can increase the size and quality of your collection ten-fold -- of course, in some ways, it's not as easy as just buying at an actual auction or store.
About the Author
Mike Selvon has some great stamp collecting articles for the hobbist, where you can find out more about ebay stamps. We appreciate your feedback at our stamp collecting values blog.
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