American Philatelic Society

Protect Mail Shipments

Much of the fun of stamp collecting lies in sending and receiving “stamp” mail. Undoubtedly, in pursuing the hobby, you will place orders with dealers, establish trading arrangements with other collectors, or participate in stamp sales circuits such as those operated by the APS.

Ordinary Mail is Not the Safest…

The receipt of an eagerly awaited stamp package is a source of delight to any collector. However, ordinary mail is not the safest method of sending or returning stamps — or any items of value. The Society continues to receive complaints related to loss in the mails of approval returns, as well as material for which payment has been made.

Protect and Insure…

If no attempt has been made to protect or insure a shipment, the Society’s position is to hold the mailer responsible. It is expected that, when a shipment is sent to a member by insured mail, it will be returned in the same manner, insured for full invoice value minus any value retained.

If an item was sent to you uninsured and you choose to return it uninsured, you should at least obtain a USPS delivery or signature confirmation. This is inexpensive protection because, should the return mailing be lost, you will have proof of shipment. Insurance receipts and certificates of mailing should be retained until delivery has been confirmed.

Guarantee that your philatelic business is transacted smoothly and satisfactorily. Use insured mail and delivery confirmations of mailing whenever you send material through the USPS. Your local post office can explain other services available, such as return receipts, registration, special handling, etc.

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