In the new American Philatelist I just received in the mail, Universal Philatelic Auctions has a promotional offer for new customers requesting a copy of their next auction catalog. They will send you a mint set of the 2 Germany 1945 Storm Trooper semi-postal stamps. You will also get $72 off your first auction winnings of $98 or more. Here is a link to their online catalog request form. In the box that says, How did you hear about us, be sure to check the box for APS Storm Troopers set offer.
I took advantage of that new bidder offer of $72 off.Their listings are really over priced but with that discount I got one lot for roughly $7 that was okay.I haven't ever bid again ,without that discount prices are crazy.Of course just my opinion.
I have been a client of this company for at least two years. Have never had an issue. Once established as client, they allow instalment payments.
i think my sale had a $70 réduction.
i do agree that it can be pricy. I have been very lucky to have picked up many items are very reasonable. I do not bid in every auction as my budget does not allow that. I use mainly for items I cannot find elsewhere. Have never had customs issues.
My guess is that the stamp is being mailed separately, assuming they still have them in stock. I think they only had like 300 or 400 sets to give away, which is not a whole lot considering they advertised it to Linn's readers -- I'm sure the Linn's email list alone has several thousand.
It was more than just a few pennies. Today, I console myself by telling myself that it is the cost of learning, albeit an expensive lesson. Back then, the inflation rate was hovering around double digits. I figured everything was going up like crazy, so I talked myself into spending more than a penny.
However, it turns out Mystic wasn't too bad when it came to selling stamps to them. Back when I used to "flip" stamps from dealer to dealer in my spare time (don't think I've done that since the turn of the century), I know one year Mystic made it to #1 or #2 on my list of total sales. You do have to know what they are gunning for. You'll get next to nothing for anything less than an intermediate collection and a little under wholesale price for intermediate collections. But you will get a decent buy offer for advanced collections/accumulations and certain individual premium items ($100+) inline with their current/future marketing direction. Of course, that was nearly 20 years ago. They've changed a lot in the past 5 years, so don't know how their buying strategy has changed.
I have found UPA to be an interesting and yet puzzling company over the years. However, based on what I've seen in their listings and what I've heard from past customers, you do get what you pay for and there won't be any quality/misID/non-delivery issues. Whether that will be true of their giveaway...
One other thing. I did take a quick glance at their current catalog. For a couple of premium items, their asking price is not at all unreasonable, especially when you factor in total cost -- medium/major auction houses will tack on 15% above hammer price to the seller. When buying from UPA, their profit is already included in your winning auction bid. You do have to go through the listing pretty carefully, and certainly don't expect to find any bargains. But there will be some "reasonably"-priced decent quality items sprinkled in the listings.
Also, you have to be willing to spend more than a penny or two.
Remember, they are competing against Stanley-Gibbons. SG actually sells their stamps at the price listed in their catalogs. It really isn't that difficult to beat the SG price. The trick is to do so without sacrificing quality.
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