Typically rectangular and printed on adhesive and embossed paper, some modern stamps are self-adhesive and many modern post offices use computerised postage paid labels instead. Notwithstanding this more technological approach, stamps retain their appeal for many. As collectible items, they are appreciated by amateur enthusiasts and serious philatelists alike. Postage stamps date back to the Victorian era in the UK, for example, when in 1840, the Penny Black was introduced. Stamps are purchased and displayed on an envelope or parcel wrapping to confirm payment of postage at the applicable rate.
A stamps dealer or serious collector may look to complete a collection; rare stamps can be quite elusive and precious. Conversely, post office stamps manufacturer departments in some countries specifically print large quantities, which are cancelled to order (i.e. not used for actual postage). These examples are sometimes quite elaborate and ornate, designed specifically for the wholesale stamps market.
Starter packs for new collectors include low denomination wholesale stamps sold in bundles. The value of used stamps depends on factors such as the surrounding paper, the postmark and general condition. When valuing older and sought after stamps, certain examples require careful attention to details such as print dates or the perforations on each edge. These and other unique factors may make the difference between a relatively common example and a rare, valuable one.
In addition to local businesses in city shops and markets, several wholesale stamp dealers operate online as a complement to their stamp trade in person. For buyers of wholesale stamps, productpilot.com gives the opportunity to reach out to these dealers.
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