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SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is the term "Cyberstamps" unique
to this Web Site?
At the time of our Club's
official launch on the WWW, there were a few references to the words
"cyberstamps" and "virtual stamps" as you would expect. One site was
actually named Cyberstamps. That Web Site however, was a traditional philatelic trading
company with absolutely no connection to the hobby of "computerized" stamp
collecting. The "virtual stamps" referred to by another site were innovative
look-alike stamp designs portraying themes of various causes. We use the terms:
"cyberstamps" and "virtual stamps" as the most appropriate generic
descriptors portraying the activities of our Club i.e. the pursuit of
Doesn't this form of stamp collecting
detract from traditional stamp collecting?
The very opposite is true. Its just a matter of
moving with the times. Collectors today can have the best of both worlds ... each
complimenting the other. Its like the old adage: "You've seen the movie, now read the
book." Chances are most people will do both. Which is good for business. Stamp
dealers with a positive outlook stand to benefit: "You've got the Virtual Stamp - now
get the real thing." Especially as interest in virtual stamps stimulates interest in
philately in A BIG WAY. That's why we actively encourage dealers to place their links on
our Site under "Philatelic Links".
There is the story of two shoe salesmen who went into darkest Africa in the
early pioneering days. One returned dejected saying: " People in Africa don't wear
shoes - there's no market." The other salesman came back and declared excitedly:
" That must be the biggest shoe market in the whole world!"
We like to think most stamp dealers are in
the second category.
Can anybody trade in "virtual
The more the merrier. If anybody stops you,
call a policeman. We hope the concept takes the whole world by storm. Like a "virtual
How is the value of virtual stamps
determined by the factors of production and viability. There is no
intrinsic or rarity value as one finds with the trading of normal paper
postage stamps. One pays, in
effect, for the service supplied in making collectable images available on
PACKET price is US$2-50.
We don't think that many people can cost-effectively source, scan, sort. catalogue
and e-mail virtual stamp images for less ... unless, as we are, they are wholly geared for the
There can be virtual savings to collectors in the sense that
normal physical stamps, the equivalent purchase price of some of our
could be in excess of hundreds, even thousands of Dollars.
Its an Entertainment Value/Investment trade-off. With Virtual Stamps you can
add the very best stamps to your collection for unbelievably low prices.
CyberStamp Collections can be offered for resale in CYBERSPACE, governed by the
usual market forces of supply and demand.
What does it cost to make
use of the "SwopShop" on this site?
TRADING ON OUR "SWOP" COLUMN
IS ABSOLUTELY FREE. Swapping takes place on
a stamp for stamp basis.
Is virtual stamp collecting only a form of
For many it is a form of recreation - for some even, a
therapy. A lot of bored secretaries, housewives, executives and
convalescents need a break from solitaire - this is the answer to all their frustrations.
In the process they're enriching themselves with all sorts of knowledge and becoming
socially interactive with the global village - all through the humble postage stamp - now
very much alive and living in cyberspace.
But there are many others for whom CyberStamps forms a serious part of life ...
in the wool philatelists, history professors, educationalists, designers,
students and the like.
- "SwopShop" belongs to the
people. Quality is therefore a matter of supply and demand and finds its own levels of
acceptance or rejection among virtual stamp collectors themselves. Astute
collectors will always be able to spot, or produce an upgraded item. Then the older,
poorer copy finds its way to the recycle bin. Even in the material world of stamp
collecting, a tattered Cape of Good Hope TRIANGULAR "Woodblock" is better than
no "Woodblock" at all!
Do stamp stamps have to be professionally
scanned to qualify as cyberstamps or virtual stamps?
The CyberStamp Club
Are CyberStamps merely of interest to
No, there is a much broader spectrum of interest:
All kinds of collectors