Saturday, 12 March 2016

Philately business

According to the interaction with people in philately business, philately items business that could be possible is:

There are stamp collectors who purchase stamps, exchange the stamps amongst them, and buy and sell them amongst themselves also. There are stamps on different subjects like on flowers, endangered species, etc. When new stamps are issued then after sometime few of the stamps may become rare also. The stamps which are available in the post office counter are general stamps.

There is advantage in philatelic business that a stamp which is for Rs 5/- cannot be sold less than Rs 5/- but it will always sell only in higher amount. It is a good way of investment. When a person will start collecting the stamps then only the person can understand this. There are 45 pieces in one sheet which is costing Rs 225/- only. Sometimes, some stamps that are released then after 2-4 days of its release it may cost Rs 1000/- also like "swach bharat" stamp. These stamps become rare stamps. There was a Gandhiji stamp which was for Rs 10/- in 1948 but  today it's price is Rs 3 lakhs. The stamps become rare after 100 years.

In a year, stamps to the value of Rs 500/- to Rs 600/ are released so a person is investing only Rs 500/- in a year which is affordable. From January to March four stamps have been released and the value of four stamps is Rs 20/- only  that is each stamp is for Rs 5/- only. So investment is less, and there is no chance of selling the stamp for less than Rs 5/- and so there is no worry.

Stamps items are purchased for use and also for show that is to keep in the drawing room. There are brass letterbox which are made in Moradabad which is famous for brass work are good show pieces. Philately is a old hobby. In the year 1752, there were brass stamp of one anna and today there are only two pieces of it- one is in Bhopal, India and the other piece is in Britain and they are worth crores of rupees. It is in philatelist collection. There are philatelic exhibition, where the stamps are exchanged, and buying and selling of the stamps occur. The exhibition occurs once in every district. World Philatelic exhibition was also organized in India in which philatelist from all over the world had participated for exchange and for buying and selling of the stamps. If a person has a full series stamp collection he has a better chance that is the demand for his stamps increases. Today, in some of the English medium schools in India, there are philatelic clubs.

Prints of Stamps are being used in designing handbags, paper bags, jute bags and rexine bags. There are photo frames with stamps on wild flowers of India, festivals of India etc. There are booklets which contains stamps of 60s and 70s and something about that is mentioned in the booklet. There are philatelic calendars. Prints of stamp are being used in designing of T shirts and coffee mugs. There are greeting cards also. Stamps are sold. Some are used ones, some are new ones and the value depend on the freshness of the stamps also.

If there could be growth of micro and small businesses in philately and if post office can give a platform to display the items of micro and small business owners in philately so that buying and selling occurs then many may become self employed and there will be poverty reduction.

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