Stamp exchange 2013
If you are interested in exchanging stamps with me, you have come to the right place. Over the last 3 years, I’ve made over 380 successful stamp exchanges (view archives for 2010, 2011 and 2012) using this blog. Anyone can participate this stamp exchange of mine, however there are a set of rules that all participants MUST agree to follow. PLEASE, READ THE BELOW RULES THOROUGHLY – IT WILL TAKE ROUGHLY TEN MINUTES OF YOUR TIME.
The rules of exchange
The rules of this exchange can be viewed from the below SlideShare presentation (hint: click the icon on bottom right corner to view presentation in full screen):
By default I sent all response letters using Finnish Mail International Economy (with recent commemoratives to pay postage). Response letters should travel all around the world within 2-3 weeks depending on their destination, however especially around holidays delivery times can go up to 5-7 weeks.
If you want something faster (like Priority mail, delivery in 4-10 working days) or more secure (like Registered letter, or Registered and signed delivery), then be prepared to pay any extra costs using PayPal. I take no responsibility if the exchange letters (or their contents) get lost or stolen in transit. Fortunately this has occurred only few times and almost exclusively with exchange lots traveling from Finland to India.
Important changes to customs policy in 2013
If you live outside European Union, there’s a VERY IMPORTANT change in customs policy. As of 1/1/2013, the Finnish customs will charge customs revenue and VAT for any non-EU sending valued over $20 (yes, this includes also gifts etc. non-commercial items). To avoid issues with custom officials, please make sure that:
- the value of stamps you are sending for exchange is less than $20. Please do notice that the customs limit includes also stamps used to pay postage. So if the postage of letter/parcel is $5, then the value of contents MUST be $15 or less.
- And You include customs declaration sticker CN22 on top of envelope / parcel. CN22 is available at all post offices worldwide. Please do add description of contents and value using this label.
- And DO NOT LIE about the value of stamps. Seriously… If you ask me, I would say that 100 mixed worldwide used stamps has retail value of approx. $4-5. So you can quite safely send me 300-400 stamps anytime. However, if you plan to send more, then please divide it to multiple smaller lots so that the customs value is not exceeded.
I ask all non-EU senders to follow above guidelines, as I WILL NOT RECLAIM LETTERS / PARCELS HELD BY CUSTOMS.
For exchange partners living inside EU there are no changes whatsoever. You can still send as many items as you want…
So to sum it up…The goal of the exchange is to be FUN, FAST and SIMPLE way to swap unnecessary duplicate stamps to something hopefully more useful. Follow the guidelines presented above, and you’ll do fine. That’s all there is… Please remember to check the contents of this page periodically for any possible updates / changes in rules or exchanges. If you have any questions, just leave a question using the form below. And don’t be shy; there is no such thing as stupid question.
That’s all… May the exchanges begin
February 1st 2013