Every genuine philatelist is suffering with activities of dealers. As on today about 100 big stamp dealers are rigging in the country. They literally controll the entire realm of such a lovely hobby. As a result the whole hobby has now been turned in to an extremely business affair.
Let us take the most recent example of \”Raj Kumar Shukla Stamp\”. A dealer of Baroda offered 2000 sheets of this rare stamp on e-bay with an amazing starting price of INR 30.00 lakh ( Rs. 03 Million)!
You can purchase a small 2 BHK flat in Gurgaon with that much amount.
This stamp of Raj Kumar Shukla was printed in 1 lakh quantity. It means that 8000 out of 1 lakh stamps are only with one person. How it is possible without undue help from inner circles ? This example is indicating towards the nexus of dealers and others including the postal authorities.
Today any philatelist can\’t get more than 1 or 2 sheets of even normal stamps from bureau but it is highly surprising that how this dealer got success in getting 200 sheets?
Second thing, he is selling these rare stamps again in bulk, it means that next dealer will sell these sheets in 50 lakhs after few years to another dealer.
What is going on?
Dealers have actually hijacked almost all small post offices in search of this stamp. At many bureaus, these sheets are available but not for philatelists.
Now you know who is enjoying. Aren\’t You?
This is the time when responsible and senior philatelists should come and interfere.
Dealers should be checked. After all philately is a hobby and no body has right to turn it into a business. Senior philatelist may offer their old extra stock on reasonable prices. It will check dealers. Other option is to promote exchange stamps.