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I BUY GREAT BRITAIN STAMPS
AND COMMONWEALTH AND FOREIGN

 
GREAT BRITISH EARLY ITEMS I WISH TO BUY
A comprehensive list of my buying requirements will be linked from this page one day (I hope).
In the meantime, I am very interested in buying any pre decimal individual stamps that are listed on this site priced at 50.00.
Please email me with details. If you have the capability to attach a scan of the item, then this will help in my making an instant offer if the item is required. 
Please keep the file size small, I will contact you if I need a better image.
Good GB single country collections are also required. Lesser priced items may be considered.
 
GREAT BRITISH MODERN ITEMS I WISH TO BUY
  PLEASE NOTE THIS IS MY STANDARD REPLY TO ALL EMAILS OFFERING MATERIAL AS BELOW 
MY APOLOGIES IF IT SEEMS IMPERSONAL, BUT I GET ABOUT 20 TO 30 SIMILAR OFFERS A WEEK AND SO CANNOT REPLY TO EACH ONE INDIVIDUALLY.
 IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING BETTER THAT FALLS OUTSIDE THESE CATEGORIES, THEN PLEASE SEND ME DETAILS.
 
MINT GB STAMPS
As a dealer I need Mint Great British Decimal stamps. I pay 50% of the face value for stamps with a face value below 1.00 and 60% for values 1.00 and above.
Minimum purchase is 50 face.
Stamps can have previously been mounted in albums, but all must have at least some gum. I DO NOT buy un-gummed/unused stamps.
p's cannot be included in the count. Therefore for example, if the face value of a stamp is 11p, it will be valued at 11p.
 In the case of Miniature Sheets, it is the value of the stamps, not the value printed on the sheet, as the extra cost was to go towards funding of International Shows.
 Stamps from 1966 to 1970 are very common and really have almost no value, as you can't even use them for postage.
 

MINT CHANNEL ISLANDS STAMPS
Decimal mint stamps in sets are worth 35% of the face value and single values or odds are worth 30%. Sets must be supplied so they are kept in units. These prices include Presentation packs and Booklets.

 

GB PRESENTATION PACKS
Decimal mint stamps in presentation packs are worth 55% of the face value of the stamps. Earlier packs I pay 40-65% of my retail prices for, depending on my stock level.
 

GB DECIMAL BOOKLETS
Decimal mint stamps in booklets are worth 55% of the face value of the stamps.
 

GB FIRST DAY COVERS


ONLY GB 2011 TO DATE FIRST DAY COVERS ARE REQUIRED AT THIS TIME. NO CHANNEL ISLANDS

I'm afraid that the world is awash with FDC's. It is one of Royal Mail's biggest money makers and the biggest loss maker for collectors. Supply outweighs demand by a huge margin.
10p a fdc from 1967 to 1995, 20p a fdc 1996 to 1999 and, 30p a fdc for 2000 to 2003, 60p for 2004 to 2005 and 1.00 for 2006 to 2010. 2011 to Date 1.75. This is only for full set covers, non hand addressed. They must be neat and tidy and does not apply to single stamped covers that have no value.
Please note: The above cover prices are only as a guide for you. I only need 2011 to date covers at this time.
Earlier FDC's at 40-60% of my retail subject to stock requirements.
 

GB USED STAMPS
I only buy used stamps that are in sets in very fine used condition and subject to my needs. I'm afraid that once again most modern stamps are regarded as very common due to supply outweighing demand. I therefore pay approx. one quarter of my retail price for these stamps. The approx. figure is based on the fact that I do not have the time to go through every stamp and work out an exact value.
 

GB PNC COIN COVERS
I pay 50p a cover above the face value of the coins for these covers.
 

GB PHQ CARDS

SORRY, NO CARDS, OTHER THAN DEFINITIVES ARE REQUIRED AT THIS TIME

PHQ cards from 1973 to 1975, please send details including condition ie mint or used. I regret that I do not buy cards from 1978 to 1992. I have literally hundreds of each set. Mint cards in sets only from 1976/77 and 1993 to date. I pay 50p per set. They must be in perfect condition with no knocked corners etc. Used cards in sets only from 1993 to date. I pay 75p per set. They must be in perfect condition with no knocked corners etc and no address.
The prices are based on a case of supply far outweighing demand.
 

COMMONWEALTH AND FOREIGN ITEMS ALSO WANTED
Whilst I only deal in Great British stamps myself, I have a friend who is a very active buyer of this material. generally most items of value are required.
 Please offer with details on what you have and your contact details and someone will get back to you.
 

ARE YOU THINKING OF PUTTING YOUR COLLECTION OR ITEMS INTO AN AUCTION?
If so, did they tell you all the facts, such as their selling commission from you, now normally 10-15%.
Yes they probably did, but I bet they didn't tell you about the buyers premium. This is normally 15% that is added to the buyers bill on top of the hammer price and is not disclosed to the seller. Oh, and there is VAT on top of both.
Therefore, when you eventually get paid, which can be several months after giving them the material, you will actually only receive 65% of the amount the buyer actually paid.
 
WHY SELL TO ME
I sell a huge amount of GB material from this site and am always having to replace depleted stocks. It is better for me to buy directly from the collector than it is going through a third party, such as another dealer or Auction House. 
Both will want to make their profit as well.
If you have already had an offer from someone, why not contact me to see if I will beat it. It doesn't cost you anything, other than a little bit of time.
 
SMALL LOTS OR COLLECTIONS 

Smaller lots or collections need to be sent to me. If you do wish to proceed, please see postal instructions below

Please advise though before sending any material and please adhere to my minimum purchase value for mint stamps for postage as shown above.
Failure to do this, may result in my returning the items to you, less a deduction of material to cover the return postage costs.
 
LARGE BULKY LOTS OR HIGH VALUE LOTS

If your lot is valuable and bulky then I may arrange for my Courier to collect it at my expense. Should you then reject my offer the goods would be returned to you. 
Finally if you are local to me then a home visit maybe arranged.
 
INTERESTED?
 Please Click here to contact me via the Feedback Form.
You can of cause, write or phone with details if you prefer.
 Payment is usually by return by UK cheque and only in Pounds Sterling.
I can also pay through Paypal if you wish, again only in Pounds Sterling.
Please email me before sending anything.
 
OVERSEAS SENDERS MUST NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

My GB VAT number - GB 756 683485 must be clearly marked on the package (not on the Customs Label) in large easy to read print. Failure to do this, will result in either my not collecting the item, in which case, it will be returned to you in about a month or so by your carrier, or my paying the Customs charge and then deducting it from the amount I owe you.
  
Any packages sent to me should be addressed to:

MARK SARGENT, PO BOX 4167, HORNCHURCH, RM11 1ZP, UK

Please DO NOT include the word STAMPS in my address details. It's safer.
Also please use a signed for upon receipt postal service, as proof of posting is not proof that I have received it.

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