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Earl P.L. Apfelbaum Inc.

Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
800-523-4648
info@apfelbauminc.com



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DO NOT BUY FROM - I RECEIVE COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS FIRM

Auctions are on line and public at their auction house. Frequent auctions, almost one a month. Heavy emphasis on US lots.

I receive more complaints about this auction house than any other. Mostly related to not getting a refund, mis-identified stamps and lack of communication. Personaly I would never buy from them.

Nov 2011 Update: The complaints get worse and more frequent. Apfelbaum has created a lot of unhappy philatelists.

Alan Blair Stamp Auctions

Richmond, Virginia
800-689-5602
alanblair@verizon.net



Upcoming Auctions

Directions


Auctions are on line, World and US, mostly will be at local shows such as BALPEX and VAPEX in the Washington DC area. Bidding available on-line and at the public auction.

US classics, quite a few have faults (all mentioned), photos are of poor quality.

Possible to pick up a small bargain, but bear in mind heavy viewing at the shows so chances are limited.

Spink Shreves Galleries

Dallas, Texas
800-556-7826
Shreves@spink.com



Upcoming Auctions


Shreves was a world class US stamp auction house until it was taken over by Shreves. Now it is even better. Spinks has a peerless reputation, customer service is second to none. They also have superior knowledge of their craft and a reputation that goes back centuries (founded 1666 in London). Infrequent auctions, bidding available on-line and at the public auction.

Not only does Spinks have the best of the best, but you are more likely to find the unusual here than some of the other top auction houses. Expensive items, but like Mecca, you have to go there at least once in your lifetime.

H.R. Harmer

Irvine, California
800-782-6711
info@HRHarmer.com



Upcoming Auctions


Harmers is both US and world, their auctions are on-line. They are on the same tier as Robert Siegal but not as extensive in their selection or the frequency of their auctions. Good reputation.

Upper end US classics. Bidding available on-line and at the public auction.

CherryStone Auctions

New York, New York
800-886-9313
info@cherrystoneauctions.com



Upcoming Auctions


Cherrystone is both world and US, however their US auctions are frequent. Very similar to Harmers in scope and quality, which is good. Of good reputation.

Upper end US classics. Bidding available on-line and at the public auction.

Robert A Siegal Auction Galleries, Inc

New York, New York
212-753-6421
info@cherrystoneauctions.com



Upcoming Auctions


Of all the large auction house Seigal's has the most frequent auctions. They go the extra mile in everything, including several searchable databases that assist you in your buying decision. A first class operation that this writer has had many satisfactory transactions with.

Upper end US classics. Bidding available on-line and at the public auction.

Regency Superior

Beverly Hills, California
and St Louis, Missouri
800-782-0066
bid@regencysuperior.com



Upcoming Auctions


About six or seven auctions a year, always at large stamp shows such as SESCAL and ChicagoPex. Their lot list is long and yummy. Despite that the lot is held at shows, the list is so large that bargains can be had. I have had not heard any adverse comments about Regency.

US classics, better quality. Bidding available on-line and at the public auction.

Regency Superior

Oak Park, Michigan
800-782-0066
bid@regencysuperior.com



Upcoming Auctions


About six or seven auctions a year, always at large stamp shows such as SESCAL and ChicagoPex. Their lot list is long and yummy. Despite that the lot is held at shows, the list is so large that bargains can be had. I have had not heard any adverse comments about Regency.

US classics, better quality. Bidding available on-line and at the public auction.

Modern Stamps

Oak Park, Michigan
248-968-3505
ModernStamps@att.net



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One auction a month. Not that much US, however checking the previous sales this auction seems to be a big secret, almost everything was a bargain. Not only singles but nice groupings and good quality to boot.

US classics, better quality. Bidding available on-line only

Charles Firby Auctions

Waterford, Michigan
248-666-5333
Admin@FirbyAuctions.com



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Directions

Twice yearly auction, about 40% Canada and 40% US, with the rest being the rest of the world. Large selection with interesting items. As it is one of the lesser known auctions expect good hunting opportunities.

US classics, better quality. Bidding available on-line and at public auction only

     

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Dealers Awards
Updated 8/09
= We would trust, wins integrity award.

= Use caution when dealing with this dealer
= Use extreme caution when dealing with this dealer
= Avoid this dealer



Ebay ID and Link My Comments

Feedback

Total Feedback Negative and Neutral Comments

shopesiw
2008 Best Dealer

US singles - mostly 19thC and early 20th

Big, descriptive images, really great feedback and 100% at that.
One of my favorite dealers, prices low and attracts lots of bids. Earning a reputation as someone to buy from. Material is always better than average quality. Loves finding bargain mint 19thC.

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

10,171

Perf.ect record

fdcfrankcarol733


Covers

Added in 2009. Covers are mostly in the $1 to $4 range

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

9,175

Faultless, an idiot left 1 nuetral feedback a year ago. Just pressed the wrong button.

bgb18
2006 Best Dealer


World and US singles

Mostly world, however some great US mixed in with it.
Not cheap and frequently you will find the listings are only 'buy it now".

Helpful guy who will go the extra mile for you. Quality merchandise

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

44,472

Aug 2008 Update: Picked up five negatves and as many again nuetrals in the beginning of the year. Nothing since then or the last 830 feedback.

January 2009 Update: Feeback up to 100%, many happy letters from customers received at this site. Gets first medallion since 2006.

August 2009
One negative from a jerk and one nuetral from an idiot in 2009

Templetonii

US singles - early 20thC

All, US, mainly Prexie, mainly blocks. Excellent reputation and knowledgable about his stock
. Added 2009

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

5,359

Faultless record

dennisheller

Singles - mid to late 20thC

Common US, mainly mid period, bargain prices, lots of blocks. Added 2009

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

13,612

One nuetral, thats it.

Deadgnat

US BOB

US unusual back of the book, very interesting items.
Deserved kudos for finding this stuff. Added 2009

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

6,349

Faultless record

Roger North

General world and US.

Much improved of late
. Lots of it Buy it Now items but a tad expensive.

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

21,414

Despite SCADS negative review the seller has not picked up any negative feedback in quite a while.

2008 Update: Minimal negative feedback, one has to assume the customer service is good and the descriptions are accurate.

2009 Update: Receives first award.

mostlyclassics

Singles - classic period

Mostly world with some US. Reliable seller
with excellent customer service. However, bargains are few. As his name suggests, he only sells classics.

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

 

100%

1,738

One negative over two years ago for gum dispute. Buyer did not ask for a refund.

gtho411

Singles - classic period to early 20thC

Some wonderful material, from single classics and sometimes unusual back of the book. Great seller
who starts a lot of items at $1. Mint early stamps a speciality, no dross.

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

6,368

Perf.ect record for years now.

momenstamps

Singles - classic period to early 20thC

Top of the line US singles, quality is an emphasis, a high proportion of which come with a PSE certificate. Buy with confidence.

He used to do it buy it now only, now he starts all off at a bargain price, gets lots of bids.

One of the best

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

2,428

No negative feedback for a long time. Added to this list in 2008.

purduekenn

Singles - classic period to early 20thC


Mostly buy it now
and recently getting overpriced

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

1,168

One of the more well known names in the business. Recently started selling on ebay and no surprise that he has a 100% feedback rating.

dmlcollectables

Singles and Covers from all periods

A Florida postcard seller who, sells a few, mostly inexpensive 'buy it now' items. Prices are reasonable.

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

11,711

April 2003
This dealers negative feedback is going from bad to worse. But this is only due to a buyer from South Korea that he seems to have really upset. Otherwise most feedback is of a positive nature.

December 2005 update: Feedback going into the toilet, some unhappy customers, picks up red arrow.

January 2007 update: Feedback much improved. Loses red arrow

January 2008 update: No negative feedback for a year now, plus an extra 2,000 feedback in 2007. Recieves the medallion for 2008.

luv2dbl

Singles and small groups - tending towards the classic period

Added to this list in 2008. A focus on US singles and small lots with everything starting at 1c. Quality is an important consideration and customer service peerless. A good place to start looking

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

10,202

No negative feedback for a long time. Added to this list in 2008. Couple of neutrals in first half of 2008, but they are very minor. Known for his customer service.

stukatz-stamps

Singles - classic period to mid 20thC

Sells mostly singles of classics. Large clear images assist in the buying process. Is honest about faults. Not a place for bargains, mostly buy it now merchandise. Has a few unusual and speciality items.

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

13,973

One neutral, NO negatives!! in years. Over 13k feedback. Enough said.

 

trainstampmike

The very cheap

Sells items which have little demand and cost next to nothing. The kind of stuff you find on yard sale tables

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

9,572

Not one negative and only one neutral feedback left in the last twelve months. Lots of comments about fast shipping and good service.

stampman


Covers, a few sovenir sheets

Mostly sells reasonably priced first day covers at the bottom end of the market. Excels at customer service.
Good prices

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

6,692

Jan 2006: Great feedback, one neutral from way back when. His buyers have asked him to be added, we thought they were right, earns a medalion.

2008 Update: Still no negatives or neutrals.

ovstamps

US singles

US singles are this sellers primary business. Takes care of any problems (which are very rare) quickly. Deserving of reputation that has grown him. Used to be overpriced, not now. He has adopted the practice of make an offer, and judging by the high amount of completed sales, the offers accepted are probably fairly reasonable.

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

7,299

Perf.ect record

stampauctionnetwork

This is Tom Droege, well known to those who frequent www.thestampauctionnetwork.com, and also, by the way, a great guy. Mostly US postal history with a sprinkling of singles. Added to this list in 2009

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

9,020

Negative feedback is far back in history

fil-am-sellers

Singles - classic period to mid 20thC

What happened? A seller once known for their faultless descriptions on quality items, now sells dross with general descriptions. Still, the feedback is still good.

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

3,322

No negative feedback for a long time. Added to this list in 2008. Gained one very silly nuetral from a Frenchman years ago.

dan-the-stamp-man

Collections and general lots

BARGAIN CENTRAL guys. And no negatives. This guy delivers on the goods, the service, the shipping and still his lots sell for less than others. Check this guy out!!

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

5,859

No negative feedback. One silly neutral. Good to see someone who sells general lots with this kind of integrity.

atassistamps

Sheets

Sells only sheets, mostly US, almost all fixed price and the majority of these are buy it now.

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

11,529

Last negative feedback was over a year ago and that was due to a bit of cross communication which the seller put right quickly.

July 2005 update: Feed back continues to improve, reputable seller

Jan 2009 Update: No negatives for four years now.

 

fip1

US covers

Major cover seller, the place to go if you want higher end or quality items

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

16,152

Faultless

emr47

New for 2009. This is none other than Ed Reiser, one of the icons of the stamp world. Ed is better known as Century Stamps. He sells on ebay four times a year. When he does, look for him. The best quality at less than auction prices

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

2,781

For those in the trade who know Ed, it would be a big surprise if he ever picked up a negative or a neutral.

special7

World stamps with a fair proportion of US stamps, mostly singles. Starts bidding at very reasonable prices, many stamps have unmentioned faults. Unlikely to win award next year.

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

3,052

Faultless record.

 

dwa7

 

Recent covers

New for 2009, FDC specialist, all US, sometimes puts together interesting mixes of the same subject.

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

4,782

This seller has generated quite a bit of mail. I think it fair to give both sides of the argument. He has is supporters who point to his spotless feedback from happy buyers. He has his detrators who are unhappy with the amount of FDC's he creates on his computer and then adds them to the market. The supporters feel that as he mentions that he has added the cachet's in the lot description, the detractors still feel buyers are being misled. His medallion has been removed because of the controversy.

 

fredbettin

Covers- mostly cheaper 19thC and early 20th

Strange, gone from lots and singles to cheap covers, must have purchased a truck load. Fairly reasonably priced at buy it now prices

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

30,788

Negative feedback can be ignored as seem to on trivial matters.

GeorgeTownLaw

19thC Classics

Sells mostly US singles and cut squares, mostly inexpensive. Is honest with the faults. Mostly mid range material, a good hang out for most US collectors

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

33,942

One negative far back in time

mm-stamps

Large General Lots

Their auctions feature bookcases stuffed with albums, groups, collections and singles. They had a terrible rap for showing a few good items and shipping tons of junk. That seems to have gone and now they are possibly a place to find a bargain. Althougth the lots are chock full of fakes and forgeries they do a much better job of putting a question mark against them. Shipping expenses are a killer.

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

3,004

As would be expected (read comments on MM to your left) most of the complaints (in German so you will have to translate it) refer to the material being full of fakes or being a whole lot of Kiloware material. They do get kudos for their quick shipping, however the shipping charges are steep.

Jan 2008 Update: Still getting negative feedback about the stamps being forgeries

September 2008 Update: Seller appears to be out of business.

July 2009: Seller back in business with no negative feedback this time. Cleaned up their act

newportst03

Mid period

US dealer who has a small number of select, usualy mid period singles. Carefully chosen stock that always starts at incredible prices.

STOPPED TRADING?

 

100%

1,474

Faultless record.

 

dlstamp

Revenues

Once a great place for bargains. Now hardly sells much and bargains are few and far between

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

1,837

No negatives

anthonysstamps

All periods, high end material

The collections are always priced in fantasy land, however, the individual items are worth a look at, often good value. Customer service is first class

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

100%

59,027

2006: A few complaints about the material has been sent to my email box, time will tell if these are frivolous or well founded.

2008 update: Not only has 2007 gone buy without complaints or negative feedback, I have recieved glowing reports about the material. As a result this dealer is awarded a medallion in 2008.

2009 update; Complaints back up again, almost all about quality, hidden problems. etc. I would point out that the seller does have 100% feedback so the best I can say about the seller is to continue to buy but examine carefully or get a certificate before leaving feedback.

mes757

Anything

Coin and stamp dealer, a large percentage of his sales are US stamps. Almost all "Buy it Now" items, however he keeps the prices down.

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.9%

10,069

A couple of negative feedbacks left by idiots, plenty of positive comments about good service and fast shipping.

Jan 2007 Update: Picked up a few too many neutrals and negatives recently. Medalion removed.

Sept 2008 Update: Back into form, no negatives. Should be a 2009 medalliion winner.

 

jgoulett

General Lots and Collections - On the cheaper end

Added to this list in 2009
. A great place to bargain hunt. Do not expect to see the hidden classic, but do expect to see reasonable stamps to fill holes here.

It is amazing to me that some dealers such as Ruby Stamps never get it, yet dealers such as this can still do high volume and keep a good record.

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.9%

26,962

A couple of very minor negatives

Acosmicjoke

Cheap general lots - some US

Once upon a time, this was bargain wonderland. Not so much now, highish starting prices and buy it now (again on the high end) popping up everywhere.

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.9%

5,714

One valid negative for an incorrect description recently

Gerarde

General lots

Sells mostly collections, mostly US material. This guy is catching up with Roecy and NY Stamps in the amount of US collections he sells. The material is lot of what you would find on the bargain table, which is not a bad thing. If you are starting a collection or want to fill holes with common stamps, he is a good place to start.

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.8%

3,691

One negative feedback indicating stamps were not as good as advertised. Couple of negative-positive feedback indicating stamps not what they thought they may be. 2006 Update,: feedback had improved

Jan 2008 Update: feedback is very good now.

August 2009 Picking up negatives here and there

 

pnjstamps

Mostly mid 20thC sheets

Low starting bids Added to this list in 2009. Sheets are OK priced, shipping is cheap.

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.9%

16,325

A couple of negatives about missed flaws, a long time ago which the seller offered to fix. So negatives were a little unfair.

Noble Spirit

General lots

This guy could sell the worst used car and make it sound like a Rolls Royce. Having said that, the stuff is good, the variety is excellent and amount is huge. A happy hunting ground for bargain hunters. Did I mention that his customer service is becoming one of the best?

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.9%

33,357

Feedback is generaly about being decieved by the pictures or "hyperinflated text". In most instances the seller responded that they would have refunded if the buyer had complained.

July 2005 update - things about the same, items proving to be of no value when described otherwise. Seller continues to grossly inflate value of stamps in listings. December 2005 update; Feedback is getting worse, more complaints about the material being junk, earns an extra red arrow.

2006 update: Feedback still going downhill.

Jan 2008 Update: Feedback still stuck at 99.5%. This is not bad as the dealer has really improved in the last six months and with this high number of feedbacks it will take some time to move back up again.

Aug 2009 Update
Almost at 100%!!

geokster
2009 DEALER OF THE YEAR

US singles - Classic Period

Added to this list in 2008. Used to offer lots of 99 cent starts, but no longer. All, if not all the stock is buy it now. Has a high reputation for honesty and had done a lot of work in furthering the cause of understandin philately
WINNER OF THE 2009 DEALER OF THE YEAR

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.9%

3,765

Two silly negatives earlie this year

Winner of the 2009 Dealer of the year.

NY Stamps

General lots

If you want to find a bargain, there are a few places, some mentioned here. But if you want to find lots of bargains, this is it. The big guy and one of the most popular. Good on customer service and really good on shipping. A quality operation

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.9%

28,439

2009 Update: Much improved.

roecy

General lots

One of the larger bulk sellers. Both this couple and NY stamps (see below) employ staff to take hundreds of photos. The difference is that the Roecy staff dont miss much, the NY stamp staff do. Look for the big big collections, as they have a 300 photo limit you can expect some surprises.

The buy it now stuff is usually overpriced. The rest starts at a $ and you can have fun bidding on the ocassional interesting item

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.9%

17,828

2006 Update: This seller goes from strength to strength. After a weak 2004 and a good 2005 the seller has an excellent track record in 2006. Awarded a medallion

2008 Update: Feedback has improved since 2006, customer satifaction, reading my emails, is way up from what it was.

bel-kirkstamps

Coin and general stamp dealer

Large images, very honest about the smallest fault on the stamps. Fair percentage of stock is US material . Prices items very low so they attract bids. Possible bargains here, quality and honesty is the best. Known to ship fast.

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.9%

25,574

Only six negatives ever, and those were not warranted.

April 2009 Update. Picked up three more negatives last year, but none since then.

It should be noted that his packaging is one of the best in the business.

gsquared7

19thC and early 20thC US singles.

His listings are a mix of buy it now, fixed price and $1 starts. Still many bargains to be found here, the stamps are described accurately and quality and service are top notch. The buy it now items are for the more expensive items

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.9%

31,531

Although it appears not to be the sellers fault he has a much higher than normal negative feedback on items not being received by the buyer. Probably needs to speak to Boiling Springs Post Office. July update, feedback is improving. May have shipping problem solved.

December 2006 update: Feedback is getting worse, but due to unfair feedback, seller is unlucky .

January 2008 update: Lots of letters of support for this dealer arrived in 2007. No negatives for nine monhs. Recieves the medallion for 2008.

August 2008 update: Picking up negatives for shipping.

stampdance

Added in 2009. Excellent cover seller who is an expert in the field.

 

STOPPED TRADING?

99.8%

12,091

Five negative feedback in 2009 from the same buyer in Canada, the item was sent to the customer, the dealer has the customs receipt to prove it, yet the buyer give the negative feedback any way.

dom17

General lots

One of the largest sellers on ebay stamps. Ranks up there with NY stamps, Roecy etc. Sells middle of the road collections. His best offer deals are worth submitting an offer for.

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.8%

13,928

Most complaints about shipping, lost packages, poor packaging, wrong packages or overcharging on shipping. One or two complaints on item not being what was represented. Some negative positive comments saying the stamps looked better on the listing than what they recieved. Response from seller was mostly negative, no offer for refund indicated.

December 2005 update: Seller seems to be trying to make ammends. Red arrow removed.

January 2007 update: No negatives for a year now. Seller has really improved. Medallion awarded. Packing problem is no longer, no mails received regarding this past problem for two years now.

January 2008 update: A few negatives in 2007, although reading them they can be discounted.

January 2009 update: A few malicious negative comments from the same buyer should not effect one's opinino of this sellers integrity.

 

wmlangs

19thC and early 20thC Classics

Sells the more expensive US singles. Word on the street that these are the same folks as Anthony's stamps Huge inventory including many hard to find items such as proofs and essays. Prices have gotten better over the years

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.8%

17,078

After a rough 2006 things improved in 2008. Minimal negative feedback.

August 2008: Picking up a fair amount of negative feedback. Not good negative feedback either.

July 2009: Much less negative feedback, going up from the 2008 99.3% to 99.7%.

fuzzystamps


Blocks - mostly mid to late 20thC

Added in 2009, a tad expensive

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.8%

5,831

Negative feedback for inaccurate descriptions

angloamericanappraisal


Mostly classics

On the high end in price, but some are reasonably offered

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.8%

18,229

Neutral feedback is mostly minor, seller will willingly arbitrate and refund if just cause

2006 update: Feeback improved

2008 update: I notice the negative feedback has no response, I am wondering about the earlier statement about willing to arbitrate.

2009 Update: Much improved.

fuscoauctions

Mostly older lots and singles

Prices are a OK, and quality is much improved. Worth a look on the small chance he has a bargain.

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.6%

7034

Negative feedback is so far back in history as to be considered void. 2006 update: Picking up a lot more nuetral feedback, but from one idiot buyer.

Jan 2008 Update: The sellers feedback rating percentage has improved due to the fact that they have not acquired any negative feedback since 2006.

July 2008, I see the feedback percentage has plummetted, picked up five nuetrals at the beginning of the year. Since then things have improved greatly.

Jan 2009: Picking up a huge amount of negative feedback, gets red arrow.

August 2009: No negative since January, loses red arrow.

Eric Jackson

Revenue stamps

A huge, and I mean huge inventory of revenue stamps from a knowledgable guy.

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.8%

48,558

I cannot believe this man has only 99.6%. Most of the negative is not Erics fault. I receive more letters of support for Eric than any other dealer. To date, I have not, in six years, received a letter of complaint. Enough said.

August 2008 Update: I am getting worried about Eric, picking up negative feedback and not responding to them either. What's up Eric?

July 2009 update: Things are improving but still picking up batches of negatives, 11 this month

j-humphries

See warning

Modern rubbish

OMG how could I be so wrong. No medallion for this guy next year. Now sells dross and picks up negative along the way. Buyer beware.

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.7%

5,233

Feedback used to be not the greatest, however in last year greatly improved

Jan 2007 Update: No nuetrals or negatives for the past year. Has really improved . Gets awarded the seal of integrity.

Jan 2008 update: Picked up a couple of negatives, mostly for communication issues, ,but these from sellers not, importantly, from buyers

Aug 2009 update
Seller has gone downhill and the brakes are gone.

rubystamps

 

Anything

The biggest on ebay. Omnipresent.

As GM found out, being the biggest does not mean your the best.

This seller does a great job of getting it wrong. So watch carefully, there are some truly amazing bargains because Ruby stamps has no clue. It's a throw it against the wall and see if it sticks routine.

Conversly they overprice a whole bunch of stuff, you will see it go unsold on ebay, then it switches to stampwants.com, again unsold, and back to ebay, and so on. After each round they chop some of the price. Sometimes they give up and it sits on their shelves for a few months and you see it again.

Their shipping is slow, the customer service, when you do get a reply is very good. They are going through a beef with ebay on their payment. They really do not like using paypal but my own experience of their payment system is that it can bill you but not acknowledge the order.

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

 

 

99.7%

172,577

Most negative and neutral feedback relates to the item not being as described. It seems this is due to lack of knowledge about the stamp. Probably new staff issues.

2006 Update; this seller goes from bad to worse, this year I have purchased two stamps for this dealer which were wrongly described in the sellers favor.

2007 Update: Still receiving complaints about this dealer at the rate of about two negative comments a week as opposed to one positive comment a month.

March update; the amount of mail about unresponsiveness to complaints, items not described as they should be, undisclosed faults etc etc is just off the scale. Avoid this dealer!!

2007 September update; A very good email from a viewer summarized Ruby Stamps, simply put; they do not know what the hell they are doing. Which means that there are real bargains as they slap a price on and see if it sticks. Ignore their estimated values, grading and anything else they state. Check the catalog and see if their price i 1000% over cv or 1% of CV. Both are possible.

2007 October update: I have four emails this week from customers questioning the extremely rare designation that Ruby stamps are assigning to their listings. In some instances they are sending scans of their own copies. Looking at the listings I would have to state that one should take most of their descriptions with a pinch of salt

2008 January update: 206 negative feedback in 2007 alone, which bumped them down from a 99.8% feedback at the start of the year to a 99.7% feedback at the end of the year.

2008 September update: Seller earns the reputation of filling my email box with more complaints than everyone else combined.



sheetguy2

Sells mostly US singles.

 

STOPPED TRADING?

99.7%

16,643

Only negative was fraudently placed, ruined a spotless reputation. Many comments on fast shipping.

Jan 2007 Update: Prolific seller, quality improving all the time. No negatives for a year now.

August 2008 Update: Growing his business rapidly. Seller get better, two unlucky negatives this year.

stampview

Used to sell US, at the time of writing none offered

99.7%

4,908

Recently started to pick up some negatives, worse is that they claim of no response.

August 2008 Update: Feedback percentage has plumeted due to negative and nuetral feedback on slow shipping. Recently things have improved.

member323433

Inexpensive, mostly mid period

Huge seller, world and a few US. Mostly singles and most over priced

 

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.5%

24,666

Negative feedback appears almost always be due to wrong item being shipped which the seller quickly ammends. Also picked up some unfair and nasty negatives, not sellers fault. I still recommend this seller.

Jan 2008 update: A little negative feedback, but none of this is the fault of the seler

August 2008 update: Getting negative feedback on shipping, and stupid retaliatory feedback. Ebay should stop retaliatory feedback.

festamp

 

Cheap Blocks mid period

Bargain bulk plate blocks, poor pics Added 2009

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.4%

7,119

No negatives for a long, long time, then boom seven stupid negative feedback from one buyer.

August 2009: Ouch!, some nasty feed back there.

mlrevenue

Classic US singles, sometimes sets

AKA Uncle Shelby's Really Old Stamps. Starts prices low, but recent feedback means one should add a touch of caution.

BARGAINS
QUALITY

FUN FACTOR

99.4%

11,900

Negative feedback has been about faults, in these instances the seller has refunded. Occasional comment about item being lost in the mail. No response from seller. July 2005 update, no change, still getting feedback claiming no delivery.

December 2006 update: Seller getting better.

September 2008 Update: No negatives for a long time

January 2009 Update: Gets medallion

Sept 2009 udate. Well there you go, give the guy a medallion and his feedback drops from 100% to 99.4% Sorry folks, I got this one wrong.

i-lgoldbergcoins

Coin and stamp seller. Many complaints received about this seller

2008 Update: Seller seems to be out of the stamp business, and may be out of business altogether.

 

I THINK THEY ARE FINALLY OUT OF BUSINESS !!

99.2%

2,517

Feedback is about being lied to, cheated, stole from. A chamber of horrors. July has been a better month, seems to be trying to improve.

December 2006 update: Feedback improving, one red arrow removed

December 2007 update: Feedback still improving, the other red arrow remove

August 2008: Looks like seller has returned to bad old ways

January 2009: And things just got worse

jlesco

Added to this list in 2008. US singles that are started at well below retail value, gets a lot of attention. Worth a look.

94.1%

1,064

One silly negative from years ago.

September 2008 update - Seller seems to be out of stamp business and racking up negative feedback in computer parts now.

premium.philatelic

General world and US. Concentrates on middle to upper singles.New for 2008. I notice that the prices his stamps realize are near the bottom for the condition described. Probably the not so great feedback is being read by his potential buyers.

98.1%

1,215

Jan 2008 - Recent feedback is not all that encouraging. Hope it improves. Mostly complaints are about gum condition and action taken when buyer attempts to resolve issue. Lower than normal score on shipping time.

July 2008 - Things are getting a lot worse. Feedback has gone down five full percentage points. Picking up negatives and nuetrals. Gains a second red arrow. Looks like the seller has stopped selling

September 2008 Update: Seller appears to be out of business.

bookcards
Kicked off ebay December 2005

Stamp seller who seems frequently not to ship or answer his emails or ebay messages

93.7%

1,231

This guy stands in a league of his own. One of his feedback comments described him perfectly 'APredator' December 2005 update; Feedback percentage dropped from 98.5 to 93.7%, last feedback says it all "Collecters Horror" .

dfl1236
Gone AWOL 2007

Sells stamps and lots of other stuff. Deserves a better feedback rating

99.1%

2,231

Negative feedback appears not to have been sellers fault, seller offers refunds if not happy. Feedback is getting worse though. December 2006 update: Wow! how fast can you slide downhill. Last thirty feedback are 50% negative. One to avoid, seems the seller has a problem shipping the item to the wining bidder.

Jan 2007 update: Looks like seller no longer in business.

netherstamps

World and US stamp dealer based in the Netherlands

0%

3,397

Feedback was awfull, for good cause

Jan 2007 update: Looks like seller no longer in business.

scrapthis
Gone AWOL 2007

Sells US collections and singles. Seems to have problem replying to emails for two years running now.

0%

2,357

Dealer seems to make the extra effort, clean record for over a year.

December 2006 Update: Seller has picked up a slew of negatives, unaddressed plus feedback percentage stuck at 99.6%. Loses medallion and picks up a negative arrow as well.

January 2008 Update: Seller has fallen off the map. I am presuming out of business. Sold but never delivered last few items.

reschia
Kicked off ebay June 2005

Mostly country lots, at time of writing always $9.99 and not that great value.

0%

4,440

Feedback has crashed, going from bad to worse. Negative feedback is exclusively about not receiving the goods or a refund.

connecticut_stamp

Kicked off ebay June 2008

Bulk stamps, usually US stamps. Prone to selling large piles of stamps.

2008 update: Seems to be out of business.

0%

3,332

A lot of negative about false advertising, not getting what they purchased, receiving junk and not receiving anything. Seller has refunded in some cases, not replied to emails complaining in other cases. Buyer beware.

July 2005 update, feedback dropped from 98.7% to 98.4%.

December 2005 Update: Feedback drops again, this time down to 98.4%. Avoid!!

Jan 2007 update Feedback drops again, down to 98.3%. One wonders why folks buy from this dealer

 

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