Frequently Asked Questions

How much is it to join the IPDA? 
Can I use the IPDA logo on my web site?
What do I get / what are the benefits from joining the IPDA?
Do you have meetings I am expected to attend?
What IPDA activities are there for members to participate in?
How do you keep members informed of what the IPDA is doing for them?
Does the IPDA have a social media presence?
I heard the IPDA has changed its web site a few times recently. What is going on?
If the IPDA is a not for profit organization what is the membership fee used for?
I am not a professional dealer can I still apply to join?
I sell on the internet but do not have an online store can I apply to join?
I have only been selling on the internet for a few months and I have a very low number of feedbacks, will this stop me from being accepted if I apply to join?
How do I pay if I apply to join and am accepted?
I have some questions about the Code of Ethics and the statements listed on your website under Joining Qualifications who can I ask?
Do I have to complete all the fields on the application form?
What exactly has the IPDA achieved over the years?
Why are your membership fees so low compared to other organisations?
If I apply how long will I have to wait to find out if I am accepted?

How much is it to join the IPDA?

How much is it to join the IPDA? 

For the year 2019 the joining fee is USD $20. Existing members pay a renewal fee of USD $20 or if a member renews for a 4 year period the fee is USD $60.

 

Can I use the IPDA logo on my web site?

Can I use the IPDA logo on my web site?

Yes, and we encourage that. You can download the logo as a jpg file from the Members area.

What do I get from joining the IPDA?

What do I get /what are the benefits from joining the IPDA?

In simple terms the main benefit we see is that your customers will see you are a member of an Association which supports dealers who sell on the internet and who abide by a Code of Ethics. We also think you can increase the benefit to you by participating in IPDA activities and promoting the Association and what we stand for in the philatelic community.

More IPDA benefits are listed here and are also described on our Services drop-down menu.

Our monthly Newsletter
The IPDA Newsletter is published monthly. It is sent by email to members and made available on our website for others to read. Members also have access to our extensive Newsletter archive back to 2007.

Dealer to dealer discounts
Members can receive a discount on purchases from other members. We have over 70 members currently offering a wide range of material at favourable discounts.

Permission to display the IPDA logo
Showing the IPDA logo on your notepaper, letterhead, business cards and web site assures your customers that you are a serious and professional dealer abiding by a high code of ethics.

Access to our Confidential List
Designed to provide members with a degree of protection from fraudulent and illegal practices that are used by dodgy buyers and sellers of philatelic material.

Members can advertise their internet selling site for a nominal price.

Free advice and help with issues relating to eBay, HipStamp, eBid, Delcampe, Amazon, Bid or Buy, Stampden and Paypal.

Access to the IPDA digital Library
Philatelic articles which can be downloaded free of charge.

Members have access to book reviews
We encourage members to provide reviews on philatelic writings. This can cover Journal articles, philatelic literature, including catalogues for example, as well as books.

A forum on Facebook
The IPDA has a closed Facebook group where any question can be answered by an IPDA member. Collectively we must have several thousand years of knowledge and experience just waiting to be tapped into. Anyone with a philatelic interest and all IPDA members are encouraged to join and participate.

Free listing in the IPDA dealer directory
All our IPDA members are listed on the IPDA web site with their selling interests and contact details.

Stamp Identification Service
Members can post questions (along with images) about stamps they are having difficulty identifying, for any member(s) to answer with catalogue number(s) and any pertinent information.

Do you have meetings I am expected to attend?

Do you have meetings I am expected to attend?

We have an Annual General Meeting which we encourage members to attend. This is held in an online chatroom. If you are unable to attend you can send a proxy vote.

We encourage member to member chats using the member chat room, but apart from that there are no other meetings for members to attend. The Board of Directors meets about every 2 to 3 months. The IPDA meeting calendar is available for all Members to see from the About Us drop-down menu.

What IPDA activities are there for members to participate in?

What IPDA activities are there for members to participate in?

We do not have scheduled activities at the moment although having said that we did arrange a dinner for members who attended the London (UK) Stampex in September 2018.  We will keep Members advised of other occasions through the Monthly Newsletter. We welcome any suggestions from members for activities, remembering of course that with a global membership participation is generally limited to online participation.

How do you keep members informed of what the IPDA is doing for them?

How do you keep members informed of what the IPDA is doing for them?

We publish a monthly Newsletter in which we will tell members of IPDA activities.  We also will be writing on the IPDA blog that is on the home page of the IPDA web site and will use this channel to communicate to members and others. We also keep members up to date by writing on our IPDA Facebook page and Linkedin page which Members are encouraged to join and of course contribute to.

Does the IPDA have a social media presence?

Does the IPDA have a social media presence?

Yes, the IPDA has a Facebook page and a presence on Linkedin. Look for the links bottom left on each page footer.

I heard the IPDA has changed its web site a few times recently. What is going on?

I heard the IPDA has changed its web site a few times recently. What is going on?

This is a big question. Simply and honestly answered by saying the IPDA went through a period of demise during 2016 and 2017. The web site the Association had since 2002 was lost in late 2017 when the domain expired and the site was not fully backed up. An attempt was made to build a new site. A new Board of directors was elected in early 2018 and after it was realized the new site would not offer members everything the new Board thought members deserved and needed this new web site built. We now have a very well qualified Webmaster, a site built on a current technology platform and members who can contribute to content. We think we have passed through the difficult period and are now ready and capable to grow the IPDA and rebuild its reputation in the philatelic community.

If the IPDA is a not for profit organization what is the membership fee used for?

If the IPDA is a not for profit organization what is the membership fee used for?

Mostly we spend the membership fees on web site domain registration and other web site costs and general advertising. All expenditures are accounted for, we have a treasurer and an auditor, and we comply with the “Florida Not For Profit Corporation Act” including the appropriate annual filings. We also have a Business Plan for 2019 which sets out some initiatives which may require funding. Any such initiatives are only undertaken after the Board of Directors have approved them.

I am not a professional dealer can I still apply to join?

I am not a professional dealer can I still apply to join?

We accept application from full time and part time sellers of stamps and philatelic products and services.

 

I sell on the internet but do not have an online store can I apply to join?

I sell on the internet but do not have an online store, can I apply to join?

Yes, you can apply to join. There is no requirement to have an online store. A selling presence on the internet is the main criteria. Please read the criteria on the Apply To Join / Qualifications page for more details.

I have only been selling on the internet for a few months and I have a very low number of feedbacks, will this stop me from being accepted if I apply to join?

I have only been selling on the internet for a few months and I have a very low number of feedbacks, will this stop me from being accepted if I apply to join?

No, it will not. We appreciate every seller, especially part time or new sellers on the internet who will be in exactly that situation. We will consider other factors, for example but not limited to, the quality of your listing descriptions, images, pricing and personal references.

How do I pay if I apply to join and am accepted?

How do I pay if I apply to join and am accepted?

You will receive an acceptance letter with a PayPal request to pay the fee. Please do not pay any fees in advance of receiving the PayPal invoice. PayPal does not require you to have an account if you prefer to pay there with a credit card.

If I apply how long will I have to wait to find out if I am accepted?

If I apply, how long will I have to wait to find out if I am accepted?

Usually a week to two weeks if all the information was correctly included on the application form. Each Director gets to review your application and votes to accept or reject or ask for more information, so assuming they are all available there should be no delay. Our Membership Secretary would be in contact with you if there was going to be a delay for whatever reason.

Why are your membership fees so low compared to other organisations.?

Why are your membership fees so low compared to other organisations?

The IPDA is a not for profit association. We have very low overheads and all our Directors are volunteers.  In past years we have not spent membership fees on anything other than web site fees and incidental administration costs so we have accumulated a small but positive bank balance which allows us to keep our fees low.

What exactly has the IPDA achieved over the years?

What exactly has the IPDA achieved over the years?

We have had some successes. We have one Director who has worked closely with eBay and who got eBay to better understand the situation regarding the selling of stamps from a certain “restricted” country and to have PayPal accept payment for such sales. We have received awards of recognition, in past years for our Newsletters and for what was a much earlier version of our web site. We had one member who worked to create a very active community of dealers and collectors who met regularly online, and still do. Some may say small achievements but as a volunteer organization sometimes it is the level of participation from the members that also helps to get achievement on the board. With a new Board of Directors, a new  and more complete web site and a new attitude to make the IPDA a more recognizable brand in the Philatelic community we are looking forward to achieving more in the coming years.

Do I have to complete all the field on the application form?

Do I have to complete all the fields on the application form?

All the fields that are mandatory are marked with an asterisk. These have to be completed. They provide us the basic data about you and your internet selling, and allow us to present a complete and meaningful profile of you on our Member List.

I have some questions about the Code of Ethics and the statements listed on your website under Joining Qualifications who can I ask?

I have some questions about the Code of Ethics and the statements listed on your web site under Joining Qualifications, who can I ask?

You may contact the General Secretary who will be pleased to answer any questions you have.