GB Buying Prices for Postage and Collectable Stamps

 

Our buying prices are regularly published in leading philatelic publications such as Gibbons Stamp Monthly, Stamp Magazine and Stamp & Coin Mart etc. The printed magazine adverts can go out of date fairly quickly therefore before sending any stamps please check here on our website for the most up to date prices. Prices are determined by supply and demand.

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GB Market Update and Blog - 23rd February 2024

 

First of all my I wish all our customers and suppliers the very best health and prosperity for 2024.

 

We urgently need to buy some 1st class and 2nd class barcoded stamps as at the time of writing we have nothing left to sell, so please help if you can.

 

I am very glad to report that we found Royal Mail's postal service greatly improved on the run up to Christmas. I am always so anxious on the run up to Christmas but this year I need not have been as there were hardly any complaints of late delivery from customers. Lets hope the Royal Mail are now in a prolonged recovery mode.

 

On the downside there appears to be much confusion as to what stamps remain valid for postal use and what are not. My main concern are reports of different standards being applied across the UK. Many Post Offices don't appear to appreciate that all Commemorative and Christmas Stamps from 1971 to date remain 100% valid for postal use. There is so much incorrect information being banded about and this is having an effect on postage sales.

 

If anything (at the moment anyway) there are more stamps getting through the postal network than we originally thought. I say better to be safe than sorry. Even this week we had two packages sent by suppliers who used Machin definitive stamps on standard mail and both were delivered without any mention of invalid stamps or surcharge, yet elsewhere I have heard of a few commemorative stamps being used which were then surcharged.

 

Royal Mail are now charging £5.00 per item if incorrect stamps are used. This seems excessive when a first class stamp is just £1.25. If recipient refuses to pay the £5.00 then item goes back to sender and they then have to pay the £5.00.

 

What is very important is that any clear or blatant errors being made need to be reported to Royal Mail Customer Services or Post Office Customer Services. That is the only way we will get problems sorted long term. I know I will be building our case file from customer feedback. Perhaps the Post Office and Royal Mail will give us users  £10.00 back for every error they make?

 

eBay Auctions

 

This week we are selling a good number of postage lots on eBay. We do this regularly just to test the market. We have been selling on eBay UK as a business seller since 2004 and I find this is the best way for us to confirm current market trends etc.

 

All of the postage lots are being sold as received and unchecked from a dealer in Germany. We always start lots low, usually just £5 or £10 for lots that in reality will sell for hundreds of pounds. I have proved time and time again that this business model leads to higher realisations because low staring prices generate lots of interest early on leading to more competitive bidding as each lot draws to a close.

 

The first to sell today (15th Jan) was a complete collection of GB unmounted mint commemorative stamps from 1971 to 1999 (face value £235) housed in a nice Royal Mail hinge-less album. This lot sold for £135.00. After eBay fees (11%) that's just 51% face value back to us. This result just confirms our feeling about the current lack of interest in modern GB stamps. When you factor in free shipment to the buyer I would now need to buy a similar collection at just 40% face value to make a 10% profit selling it on eBay. A few years ago we would have been paying 60% trade for the same collection.

 

This afternoon we sold a further two lots of mixed bags of GB postage (total face value £900.00) and each lot sold for exactly the same price as the collection above being just 51% face value after deduction of eBay selling fees (11%).

 

17/01/24: In the last couple of days we have sold another £1000 face value of postage all 100% valid for use commemorative stamps in mixed bags on eBay and once again we netted just 51% face value after fees. This percentage of face is almost written in stone it is so accurate.

We also auctioned a bag of mixed Machin stamps, which needed to be sorted for swapping via Royal Mail. Very disappointed that the Machin lot only netted us 35% face value after fees. This is a big blow as we did pay our supplier 45% face value for the stamps. It just goes to show we live and learn everyday.

The above low price does suggest you are likely to be financially better off spending time to sort and swap any Machin stamps rather than simply selling them. By doing this you should benefit from slightly higher prices when selling your new barcoded stamps.  It really boils down to how much you value your own time that is required to sort and present the stamps to the Royal Mail's Swap-out Team. You also have to factor in the waiting time (currently about 4 weeks) for the swapped stamps to be delivered back to you from The Royal Mail.

 

Advertising

 

Having been in business for nearly 25 years and advertised heavily throughout that period we now think it is time to pull right back from advertising, especially in the monthly philatelic press. 

 

We believe that most people now know that we have a regularly updated website and therefore would automatically go there for our latest buying prices.

 

Interest  in magazines is not what is used to be and with the demise of the Philatelic Exporter last year I guess the writing is on the wall. 

 

We still plan to be on Yell Ltd and in the annual Stanley Gibbons British catalogues but are dropping all other advertising.

 

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Media Communications

 

I am seriously considering introducing some video content or perhaps setting up a YouTube channel to help customers and suppliers understand GB stamps a bit better and to explain how the secondary discounted postage market through the Philatelic Trade actually works. 

 

I was recently asked to appear on the BBC, RIP OFF BRITAIN show (10th January episode) where I was introduced as a "Philatelist Expert" from Galashiels.  The topic was how to avoid buying and how to spot counterfeit barcoded stamps. It turned out to be quite an enjoyable experience which made me think I might try my hand at some media communications.

These counterfeit stamps keep popping up and it seems almost any stamp can be copied at will and imported into the UK very easily. This whole topic scares me to death as some of the fakes are so good they would fool 99% of the UK population including Royal Mail Staff and professional GB stamp dealers. 

For me the barcoded stamps are just so new we don't really know in some cases what the genuine stamps are supposed to look like. Who knows what genuine varieties the Royal Mail will issue. This is even harder for any stamps not supplied via the Royal Mail's "Swap Out Scheme" for example stamps like the £3.25 and £4.25 high values. We have been told that fakes of these exist but if you have not seen the genuine stamps how do you know what you are looking at?

 

The only way to be sure is to buy full sets of all barcoded stamps direct from Royal Mail and keep a reference book to use as a guide, which is what we have done. This could well be a good time to start a brand new specialised collection.

 

Please contact me at sales@philatelink.co.uk or 07510 312271 if you think this idea would work and any ideas you have for some useful content.

 

All the best until next update.

 

Dave Waldie - MD Philatelink Ltd

 

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Definitive stamps are no longer valid for postal use in the UK.

Click on the image below to get your copy of our detailed update on Machin Definitive and Regional stamps in PDF (Version 2) form:-

Commemorative and Christmas stamps will remain valid for postal use after 31st July 2023 however we are concerned that due to the sheer numbers of different commemorative stamps issued from 1971 to date that mistakes could be made leading to valid commemorative stamps being surcharged. We raised this issue with the Swap Out Team and they pointed us to a website which they appear to be using. The site is Collect GB Stamps. This site lists all of the decimal stamps issued from 1970 to 2023 and importantly clearly shows which stamps are definitive issues and those which are purely commemoratives. Perhaps we can use the content to tell The Royal Mail and Post Office staff if and when mistakes are made from August 2023 onwards.

Please note we have been treating all of the small size stamps (except for Christmas stamps) as definitive stamps even though technically some of them are actually commemoratives e.g. the Wilding 50th anniversary mini sheet stamps and regional stamps from smiler sheets.

Importantly the Royal Mail Swap Out Team have been swapping all of the small size stamps regardless (except for Christmas) so just be aware that perhaps all small sized stamps other than Christmas stamps might be deemed to be definitive stamps and end up being surcharged after July 2023. Royal Mail have been unable to provide a full list of stamps which will remain valid. Therefore, how this massive change will be effectively communicated throughout the Royal Mail Network and to all Post Office staff is a huge task and will no doubt take quite some time to bed in.

Best wishes to all - Dave Waldie

 

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The Royal Mail has confirmed that stamps containing the Queen's profile will continue to be valid therefore there should be no need for panic selling. Royal Mail issues guidance on stamps and postboxes (royalmailgroup.com)

At last the new barcoded stamps are starting to sell so we are keen to keep buying them in large quantities. New BARCODED British Stamps from 2021 onwards (philatelink.co.uk) 

Royal Mail link: Reinventing stamps for the future | Royal Mail Group Ltd

Please call 01896 759703 or 07510 312271 for more information.

Dave Waldie - Director Philatelink Ltd



 

1 - GREAT BRITAIN DECIMAL POSTAGE STAMPS

 


We always require GB postage; some values are more popular than others so please contact us first if the value your invoice will be £2000 or over.

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VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM 1st AUGUST 2023

When sending stamps to us please ensure that ALL small Machin sized stamps are COMPLETELY SEGREGATED as these stamps are NO LONGER VALID FOR POSTAL USE

WE PAY 40% face value for the above.

This includes ALL:

Machin Definitive stamps including 1st & 2nd class and 1p to £5;

Regional stamps from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland;

European and Worldwide stamps from sheets and booklets;

Basically any small (Machin sized) stamps from Sets, Miniature sheets and from Smiler sheets;

HIGH VALUE STAMPS including Machin's, Castle Stamps & £10 Britannia stamps.

PLEASE SEND DEFINITIVE STAMPS IN BAGS OF 50 STAMPS or less this is REALLY IMPORTANT as all of these stamps must be returned to Royal Mail to be exchanged for the new barcoded stamps.

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THE GOOD NEWS

Commemorative (larger pictorial stamps) and all Christmas stamps are the only stamps that now remain valid for postal use so we MUST ENSURE that our UK discounted postage customers only receive VALID Commemorative and Christmas stamps.

Royal Mail also told early on that 'E' Rate stamps from commemorative sets, miniature sheets and Christmas remain valid, as do all Post & Go stamps.

OUR POLICY going forward is not to sell customers any small "Machin" sized stamps of any kind as we think there is a chance they could get surcharged even if they are technically commemorative stamps. Better to be cautious until things settle down.

 TO AVOID DELAYS, PLEASE SEND YOUR

COMMEMORATIVE & CHRISTMAS STAMPS

MADE UP IN PACKETS OF 100

CONTAINING THE SAME STAMP VALUE. THIS MAKES THEM EASY TO COUNT.

SMALLER AMOUNTS ARE ACCEPTED BUT PLEASE WRITE CLEARLY ON EACH PACKET HOW MANY STAMPS ARE INSIDE. 

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SENDING STAMPS FROM OVERSEAS

 

If sending stamps from overseas including Euro zone (from 1st Jan 2021) please clearly print our VAT & EORI numbers on the outside of the package.

VAT No. GB 865933187

EORI No. GB 865933187000

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British Decimal Stamps VALID for POSTAL USE in the UK
use Commodity Code 4907001000

Customs declaration:

"Unused UK stamps valid as postage in the UK, sold at below face value. VAT exempt as per VAT Notice 701/8". Postage Stamps and Philatelic Supplies. 

All other Stamps/Covers NOT valid for postal use in the UK
use Commodity Code 9704000000

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tel landline: 01896 759703
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2nd Class = 75p, 1st Class = £1.25, 2nd Large = 1.55p, 1st Large = £1.95, Europe/Worldwide = £2.20

CATEGORY OF STAMPS
BUYING (% of Face Value)
 

New Royal Mail Barcode Stamps

1st Class - 60%
1st Class Large - 63%  
2nd Class - 68%
2nd Large Letter - 68%
Fixed Values 1p and 2p - 40%
5p to 50p - 48%
£1.00 to £5.00 - 65%
we don't have any £3.25 or £4.20 so these especially welcome. 

Commemorative, Post & Go and Christmas Stamps

Sorted by value in bags of 100 stamps
(smaller amounts accepted)
1st Class Stamps - 45% (all types)
2nd Class Stamps - 50% (all types)
2p to 65p - 40%
67p to £2.55 - 45%

Commemorative and Christmas Stamps

Made up in mixed bags containing £30, £50 or £100 face value

We pay 45% face value

Lots must include a wide range of different values.

Definitive and Regional Stamps inc 1st & 2nd

1p to £10 including all 1st class and 2nd class stamps.

(e.g. all stamps from 1971 to date which will not be valid for postal use after 31st July 2023)

1p to £10 fixed values we pay 35% face value

1st and 2nd class we pay 40% face value

Sorted by value and segregated into clear bags each containing just 50 stamps. We also need stamps with the 1/2p values segregated e.g. 50 x 7p, 50 x 7.5p (not mixed)
ABSOLUTELY NO Commemoratives, Christmas Stamps or Post and Go stamps to be mixed in with the definitive stamps.

'E' European Commemorative and Post & Go Stamps

These stamps will remain valid for postal use after 31st July 2023

Up to 10g, 20g, 40g, 60g and 100 grams

We pay £1.00 per stamp.

Commemorative Presentation Packs, Year Books

Prestige Booklets Only

We pay 45% face value

All Decimal Mint Hinged Stamps

We pay 40% face value

 
 

2 - Buying Gold - High Prices Paid

 

Gold Sovereign

Full

POR

Gold Sovereign

Half

POR

Gold Krugerrand

1 oz

POR

Gold Krugerrand

1/2 oz

POR

Gold Britannia 24ct

1 oz

POR

Gold Britannia 24ct

1/2 oz

POR

Gold 24 ct

per Gram

POR

Gold 22 ct

per Gram

POR

Gold 18 ct

per Gram

POR

Gold 9 ct

per Gram

POR



 

3 - Buying Europe and Worldwide Postage

 

Australia

£15

>per 100 $ AUS

Canada (32c and over)

£15

per $100 CAN

Canada (up to 31c)

£13

per $100 CAN

Germany

£30

per €100 Euros

Guernsey and Alderney

POR

1p to 20p

Guernsey and Alderney

POR

21p to £5

Isle of Man

POR

1p to 20p

Isle of Man

POR

21p to 50p

Ireland

£30

per €100 Euros

Jersey

POR

21p to £5

New Zealand

£11

per $100 NZ

Switzerland

£25

per 100 SFR

USA (up to 49c)

£20

per $100 US

USA (50c and over)

£23

per $100 US


 

4 - Great Britain Collectable Stamps

 
 

1840 Penny Black

£60

Fine Used 4 Margins

1840 2d Blue

£90

Fine Used 4 Margins

1929 £1 PUC Fresh and well centred

£225

SG 438 Mint Light Hinged

1929 £1 PUC Fresh and well centred

£200

SG 438 Very fine used

1929 £1 PUC Well Centred

£225

SG 438 Fine Used

1934 Photogravure Set of 11

£14

SG 439/449 MNH

1938-48 KGVI High Values Set of 6

£90

SG 476/478b superb MNH

1938-48 KGVI High Value 10s Dark Blue

£50

SG 478 Superb MNH

1938-48 KGVI High Values Set of 6

£50

SG 476/478b Fine mint light hinged

1948 Silver Wedding (well centred)

£4

SG 493/494 Superb MNH

1951 Festival High Values set of 4

£14

SG 509/512 Superb MNH

1951 Festival High Values set of 4

£6

SG 509/512 MLH

1952-54 Tudor Crown Wildings Set of 17

£11

SG 515/531 MNH

1953-70 Commemorative Sets Complete (Ord & Phos)

£30

Mint never hinged

1953-68 Wilding Stitched Booklets

8%

of SG Cat Value

1955 Waterlow Castles Set of 4

£25

SG 536/539 MNH

1955 Waterlow Castles Set of 4

£18

SG 536/539 MLH

1959 1st De La Rue Castles Set of 4

£110

SG 536a/539a MNH

1955-58 St Edwards Crown Wilding Set of 18

£23

SG 540/556 MNH

1957 1st Graphite Set of 6

£2.00

SG 561/566 MNH

1958-61 Wilding Graphite Set of 8

£18

SG 587/594 MNH

1959 2nd De La Rue Castles Set of 4

£20

SG 595/598 MNH

1963 Castles Multi-crown wmk Set of 4

£1.00

SG 595a/598a MNH

1959 2nd De La Rue Castles Set of 4

£18

SG 595/598 MLH

1959 Phosphor Graphite Set of 8

£15

SG 599/609 MNH

2d Phosphor Graphite with WMK ERROR

£25

SG 605a MNH

1960-67 Phosphor Wildings Set of 16

£1.50

SG 610/617 MNH

1970-75 Postage Due Set of 13

£2.75

SG D77/D89 MNH

1971 Machin Scandinavia Presentation Pack

£3.00

Very fine condition

1972 Silver Wedding 3p Traffic Light Gutter Pair

£1.80

MNH Unfolded

1973 Royal Wedding Set Traffic Light Gutter Pairs

£10.50

MNH Unfolded

1974 Tree Traffic Light Gutter Pairs

£5

MNH Unfolded

1974 Fire Service Set Traffic Light Gutter Pairs

£5

MNH Unfolded

1974 UPU Set Traffic Light Gutter Pairs

£5

MNH Unfolded

1974 Great Britons Set Traffic Light Gutter Pairs

£6

MNH Unfolded

1974 Churchill Set Traffic Light Gutter Pairs

£4

MNH Unfolded

1974 Christmas Set Traffic Light Gutter Pairs

£3

MNH Unfolded

1977 Machin High Values (Large) Presentation Pack

£15

Pack No 13

1982 Postage Due Set of 12

£1.25

SG D90/D101 MNH

1982 Postage Due Presentation Pack

£2.50

Very fine condition

1985 Scots 31p Type II Perf 14

£25

SG S51Ea MNH

1987 Machin Definitive (1p to 75p) Presentation Pack

£5.00

Pack No 9

1988 Castles H/V Presentation Pack

£5

Pack No. 18

1986 £5 FT Prestige Booklet opt 'FINLANDIA 86'

£50

SG DX9 fin

1991 Machin Definitive Presentation Pack

£4.00

Pack No 24

1992 Castles H/V Presentation Pack

£5

Pack No. 27

1993 £10 High Values Presentation Pack

£6.40

Pack No. 43

1994 'To Pay' Postage Due Set of 9

£3.50

SG D102/D110

1995 Castles H/V £3 Presentation Pack

£2

Pack No. 33

1997 Enschede Castles High Values Set of 4

£7

SG 1993/1996 MNH

1998 Machin Presentation Pack

£3

Pack No. 41

1998 Princess Diana WELSH Presentation Pack with insert

£3.50

Very fine with insert

2000 Her Majesty's Stamps M/S Presentation Pack

£3.50

Pack No. M03

2001 Submarines Retail Booklet

£4.50

SG PM2

2001 Submarines Retail Cylinder Booklet

£5

SG PM2

2001 20x19p Christmas Robin Smiler Sheet

£4

SG LS2 Perfect MNH

2001 20x19p Christmas Robin 'Consignia' imprint Smiler Sheet

£12

SG LS2a Perfect MNH

2001 20x19p Christmas Robin 'Consignia' imprint Smiler Sheet

£10

SG LS2a Minor Faults MNH

2001 10x1st Xmas Cracker Smiler Sheet

£5

SG LS3 Perfect MNH

2001 10x1st Christmas Cracker 'Consignia' imprint Smiler Sheet

£13

SG LS3a Perfect MNH

2001 10x1st Christmas Cracker 'Consignia' imprint Smiler Sheet

£10

SG LS3a Minor Faults MNH

2001 10 x 1st Smiles Smiler Sheet

£8.50

SG LS5

2003 £2.00 definitive stamp with '£' sign missing

£38

MNH pair with cylinder number.

2003 £2.00 definitive stamp with '£' sign missing in a cylinder block of six

£60

Mint never hinged

2008 First Post & Go Stamps

£4.50

Presentation Pack SG FS1/FS5

2010 Machin M/S

£15

SG 3023 MNH

2012 UK A-Z Sheet of Stamps

£22.50

MS 3308 MNH

2017 £5 Machin

£3.75

SG U3920

2017 £5 Machin Pack

£6.50

Presentation Pack No 105

Commemorative First Day Covers (Sets & M/S)

£1.50 each

Royal Mail Bureau Covers 2017 to 2022

Definitive First Day Covers

£1.00 each

Royal Mail Bureau Covers 2017 to 2022


 
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