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by Moonraker
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Another delayed postcard
Replies: 0
Views: 1734

Another delayed postcard

Only a couple of days ago was I thinking that we were due for another of those newspaper stories about a postcard being delivered decades late. I've just read this: Postcard sent from WW2 veteran arrives in UK 77 years late 'A Royal Mail spokesperson said it is “difficult to speculate on what may ha...
by Moonraker
Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:06 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Brexit - Customs, VAT on packages
Replies: 5
Views: 1678

Re: Brexit - Customs, VAT on packages

A card I posted to Sweden arrived without problem.. I've just searched for "German postcards" on eBay, specifying items that would be posted from Germany. Just a few very low-value cards (£2-3) have notes saying that 20% VAT will be added, but those with much higher starting prices do not....
by Moonraker
Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Cost of a postcard c1915
Replies: 1
Views: 563

Cost of a postcard c1915

How much did a postcard cost a century or so ago - 2d? 6d? Was there a premium for cards that were exclusive - group shots of a few soldiers, for example, compared with those that were printed in their hundreds and thousands?
by Moonraker
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Brexit - Customs, VAT on packages
Replies: 5
Views: 1678

Re: Brexit - Customs, VAT on packages

Royal Mail guidance Yesterday I posted two low-value postcards to Sweden and the Czech Republic (£2 and £4.50) and sent messages to both purchasers advising of postal problems within the UK, mentioning the problem my friend had in posting a letter to me from Poland and asking for their indulgence s...
by Moonraker
Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Brexit - Customs, VAT on packages
Replies: 5
Views: 1678

Re: Brexit - Customs, VAT on packages

Others are expressing confusion on the eBay Community pages. This seems to be aimed at Business vendors and is off-putting enough for them. Surely all that Red Tape won't apply to private sellers? Luckily I've already sold nearly all my high-value stuff and recent sales have been of £3-5 an item to ...
by Moonraker
Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Can it be true ? surely not ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1064

Re: Can it be true ? surely not ?

Quite a character! When I first met him c1997 he already seemed to be of a certain age.

It must be quiet demanding setting up stands and bringing in one's stock, then repeating the process in reverse six hours later, in between standing up and dealing with so many customers.
by Moonraker
Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Brexit - Customs, VAT on packages
Replies: 5
Views: 1678

Brexit - Customs, VAT on packages

I've just glanced at the regulations that will come into force on January regarding packages mailed from the UK (and into it) and VAT, Customs fees etc. Presumably these exclude letters and large letters, the categories most dealers and private sellers use - unless the contents exceed a certain valu...
by Moonraker
Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: eBay news
Replies: 3
Views: 1356

Re: eBay news

Just seen this on a vendor's listing: "PLEASE NOTE - DUE TO NEW DRACONIAN FEES BEING APPLIED BY BOTH eBAY (10%) & Paypal (Minimum 39p) WE HAVE UNFORTUNATELY HAD TO RAISE OUR PRICES, EITHER BY NOT OFFERING FREE POSTAGE, OR RAISING OUR OFFER PRICE - SORRY BUT WHEN YOU ADD OUR STATIONERY COSTS...
by Moonraker
Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Coronavirus and fairs
Replies: 12
Views: 6811

Re: Coronavirus and fairs

These antique and collectors' fairs are still going ahead. Probably a bit different to postcard events, where collectors are prone to spending ten minutes or more standing at a table leafing through boxes.
by Moonraker
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: eBay versus "price gouging"
Replies: 2
Views: 912

eBay versus "price gouging"

This post is peripheral to postcard collecting but may serve to revive the forum. eBay is using bots to detect "price gouging", which is when vendors seek to capitalise on the pandemic by offering gels, masks etc at inflated prices. I spent yesterday listing stamps, covers and cards relati...
by Moonraker
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Coronavirus and fairs
Replies: 12
Views: 6811

Re: Coronavirus and fairs

Ouch! :) With my "narrow" interests I still have 2,500 cards, with storage, security and legacy considerations. But you're correct about "clogging" on eBay, notably from multiple listings of certain cards, not least the Daily Mail card "The Wiltshires cheering during the Gre...
by Moonraker
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Coronavirus and fairs
Replies: 12
Views: 6811

Re: Coronavirus and fairs

Every time ELP recommends eBid I check it out with my two regular search terms, with very disappointing results: "Salisbury Plain" - collectables: eBid - 18 hits; eBay - 644 "military Wiltshire" - collectables: eBid - 6 hits; eBay 684. And all the eBid listings are of dross, near...
by Moonraker
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Coronavirus and fairs
Replies: 12
Views: 6811

Re: Coronavirus and fairs

Just bumping this, as it seems probable that fairs won't be resuming this year and probably not until a proven vaccine is available. How are dealers coping without a main source of income? I see even less activity on eBay, spotting a card I would like to buy only once a month or so. How are collecto...
by Moonraker
Mon May 11, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: Coronavirus and fairs
Replies: 12
Views: 6811

Re: Coronavirus and fairs

It looks as if fairs are unlikely to resume for some time yet (unless they're held outdoors!), perhaps not until well into next year. I wonder how dealers are coping? I've not noticed any increase in listings on eBay for my subject area, indeed there might be fewer than a year ago.* I've been lucky ...
by Moonraker
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Postcard Collecting
Topic: world war 1 postcards
Replies: 6
Views: 3428

Re: world war 1 postcards

East London Postcards and I always politely disagree about the respective merits of eBay and eBid. I've just looked for "Salisbury Plain" on the latter and got 23 hits; there were 550 on eBay. (Salisbury Plain was, and is, a major military training area, with tens of thousands of soldiers ...