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Buying stamps online from Ali Express - a good idea?

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I am new to the forum and this is my first question. I often shop online at various sites for stamps and coins.

Recently, I was on Ali express and discovered many stamps for sale in various lots. Some are groups of stamps around a theme. others grouped by country.

I also noticed a lot of "First Day Covers" from China, with the envelopes having descriptions in both English and Chinese.

Are any of these stamps real, or are they all fake? THey are certainly cheap, but with Ali, I have to wonder.
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Read this review and make up your own mind.

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I do not even consider AliExpress for stamps and covers.

They are an offshoot of AliBaba, which is principally set up to put mass production manufacturers in touch with distributors. They are not designed for individuals selling collectables.

For stamps and covers, use eBay, Delcampe, or similar, although these have their own problems.

The name AliBaba is appropriate. The founder, Jack Ma, takes commission from thieves. Many listings on his marketplaces are for fake items, but he refuses to do anything to shut them down saying: "This is a police problem, not mine".

Personally, I do not recommend either AliExpress or AliBaba, whatever the purchase.
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tclenche wrote:
I also noticed a lot of "First Day Covers" from China, with the envelopes having descriptions in both English and Chinese.

Are any of these stamps real, or are they all fake? They are certainly cheap, but with Ali, I have to wonder.
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Most of the stamps I've seen on AliExpress are cheap packet material that isn't worth faking. It's just not very interesting.

On the other hand, you can get a fascinating selection of coins there, all of which are fake. Some are pretty convincing, particularly the copper/bronze ones which they can make out of the correct material (and hence the proper weight).

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How about a nice shiny 1930 penny? Only $1.70 + shipping :lol:

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Thank you to all who replied and gave advice. I am totally new to the forum, and am renewing my stamp collecting after many years of being idle. I just want to build up the list of countries in my stamp and coin collections. I am not interested in building for resale value, just for interest. With the amount of material that I currently have "lost in the mail" I will not be ordering from anyone for a while unless they are in Canada. Someday, things will get back to normal and I will start buying from the world again...........I hope

Thanks again everyone!

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