Expectations were exceeded when the hobbies of coin and stamp collecting joined forces in the Greater Toronto Area for Trajan Media’s three-day National Postage Stamp and Coin Show. Les Garvey, owner of Edmonton’s Garvey & Sons, said he enjoyed an “above-average” weekend, adding the final day, May 15, was “one of the busiest Sundays we’ve seen in a long time.” “Our sales were very good. We saw a lot of new collectors and made a lot of new customers, and we come here often, too,” said Garvey, who added he makes the nearly 3,500-kilometre trip east to Toronto four times each year. “Having more customers is always better for business, and with a lot of new people on our mailing list, it makes things much better. It’s always good to meet new collectors.” Sean Isaacs, owner of Alliance Coin and Banknote, echoed those sentiments, adding the show “exceeded my expectations.” Continue reading →
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I'm a bit concerned that our ongoing postal review will completely ignore the wants and needs of the stamp collecting community. It stands to reason, Canada Post is a huge organization handling literally millions of pieces of mail every single day. There is no doubt that while mail volumes are dropping, the philatelic market remains just a drop in the bucket. At least if you adopt the approach that the corporation has used for years. But we should turn things around, and look at it a very different way: while most customers are looking for cheaper alternatives, the collector market is willing to pay extra, and often for stamps that never get mailed. Canada Post will be talking all about cost cutting, the Unions will be talking about job retention, and most Canadians will probably think that this whole thing is about home delivery not sustainable profits. So, in all modesty, I have created my own Five Point Plan, to make life better for Canada Post and the collecting community.
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