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The Odd Couple

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

You'd think collecting stamps -- which go on your mail  -- and the Internet -- the 
supposed killer of postal mail-- could be mortal enemies. But it's not true.

In fact, the Internet may have been something of a renaissance for stamp collecting.

It's a matter of communication. Stamp dealers can now reach a much bigger marketplace, 
through their own websites and auction sites like eBay. Stamp BUYERS have more choices, 
too, from all over the world. Contacting a foreign postal administration, for instance, 
used to take a couple of weeks or a very expensive phone call. Now it's a matter of a 
couple of hours by e-mail.

And there's also community: While a stamp collector used to talk with others with similar 
specialties maybe once a year, or through an occasional magazine, now the chat about air 
mails and first day covers and errors and what-have-you goes on 24-7.

Stamp collecting news also travels fast these days -- via the Internet.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting, 
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com. 

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