Welcome to the IPDA website and our first blog. For those who have visited our site before you will notice some changes.
This is a new home page which we will update on a regular basis. You will see our Welcome Page and a simplified selection of drop down menu choices. There are three drop downs we would especially like you to look at – About Us, Services and Apply to Join.
You will find all you need to know about the IPDA on these drop downs and you will find out if you qualify to join.
Since you are here at our site we will assume you sell stamps or philatelic materials on the internet. That suggests to us you are a serious philatelic seller and as such you are well on your way to qualifying to apply to join. Please read more from the Apply to Join menu choice.
Please note our joining and membership fee for 2018 for new members is USD $10.
A promotional joining fee for 2018 so we can quickly rebuild this important Association and work to make the internet a safer place for sellers and collectors alike.
In this internet age the only qualification to sell some stamps on the internet is that you have some stamps, ok, and an internet connection. Whether a person knows anything about philately is, far too often, largely irrelevant.
Please help us help your brand by having you say you are a member of the IPDA and you abide by our Code of Ethics and the standards we expect from our members. Standards we believe collectors are looking for from internet sellers.
Enjoy your philately. The IPDA Board of Directors.
Are You Ready?
These are just a few stamps you might find online, being offered for sale. One is even offered as Very Fine used, and it certainly isn’t the one you might think.
So are you a seller, full time dealer or part time. Part time is good as we have many Members who enjoy having their own store and selling stamps and helping many collectors fill gaps in their collections. These sellers have agreed to abide by the IPDA Code of Ethics, one of which is, “ To provide buyers of all material with a written description which, to the best of the members knowledge, accurately and completely describes the condition, identification and specification of the items for sale”.
This is so important to us at the IPDA. Look at the examples above and decide if you could accurately describe these stamps. Do you understand and agree with the professionals at Stanley Gibbons and Scott, just two philatelic brands for example only, who both have excellent documentation on stamp quality?
If you think you qualify and want to add the IPDA logo to your store and brand name? Please click the Apply to Join menu choice. Please consider joining the IPDA and support what we all stand for in the philatelic community.