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HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR HOBBY

Millions of people all over the world collect stamps as a hobby,

and the number is growing every day.

It is indeed an exciting and rewarding hobby, and it can also be

extremely profitable.

The price of stamps vary with supply and demand due to the number

of collectors increasing. The price of stamps is steadily rising,

as the supply of stamps diminishes and more people want to

acquire them.

Most people start a collection for the pleasure and education

just like any other hobby, but this hobby offers a financial

reward as well, as collections experience a steady increase over

the years.

It is possible to start your own business if you are experienced,

and already have a good size collection. For information about

becoming a dealer, write to the

 American Stamp Dealer's Association

 147 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036.

HOW TO START:

Some people very early in life collect stamps, it often begins as

a gift of a small package of stamps given to a child, and the

child becomes a collector for life. As the collection grows, some

tools become essential:

* Stamp album

* Hinges

* Magnifying glass and tongs

They can be obtained from a stationary store or your local stamp

dealer.

You can find albums at any price, starting from about $5.00 to

the most expensive one at about $200.00.

Stamps Should always be handled carefully, because the condition

is a very important factor to determine the price of resale

value.

The various grades of stamps are: mint, very fine, fine, good and

poor.

Specimens in outstanding condition often sell at many times their

catalog value, which is the reason you should not mishandle any

stamp, which could drastically reduce its value.

If you want to know if you have valuable stamps in your

collection and are really serious about pursuing this hobby, you

can buy the Scot's Standard Postage Stamp catalog which lists

every stamp in the world. This is a three volume encyclopedia and

is the complete reference. You can also consult it at your local

library if you don't want to go into the expense for the time

being.

To start your collection, ask everybody you know to save you

stamps they get from different countries, also go through old

letters and small boxes hidden in your attic, chances are you'll

be surprised at how much you find. Other cheap sources of supplies

are flea markets and garage sales. Start swapping when you have

doubles. There are many philatelic clubs all over the country and it

would be very advisable for a serious collector to belong to one. This

way you will become educated in the field and learn everything you can

before you spend money on your collection. Stamp clubs also provide

their members with possibilities to exchange and sell your stamps.

You should also read as much as you can about stamps by

subscribing to a philatelic magazine.

WHERE TO SELL YOUR STAMPS:

Stamps are like any other commodity, you can always go to a

dealer who will offer you the current wholesale value of your

stamps,  but you can do much better by selling to other stamp

collectors by advertising in magazines and newspapers specialized

in stamp collecting.

Check several current issues of those magazines, it will enable

you to compare the ads with what you have to offer.

If you want to buy stamps as an investment, try to buy a few

moderately expensive stamps a year. Always buy quality instead of

quantity, and diversify, do not invest heavily in a single area.

It is our opinion that stamp collecting is one of the best--and safest--ways

to keep up with inflation.

 

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