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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
February 27-28, 1999:

Buying stamps for your collection goes high-tech.

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

There are a number of services on the Internet now that let 
you search for stamps you need, and even compare prices. 
One of them is Zillions, from Linn's Stamp News.

It offers a way for to put thousands and thousands and 
thousands of stamp listings up on the Internet for sale.

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Steve Ferda (FEER-duh) of Linn's says Zillions includes 
a want list feature.

Entering items into the personal want list will search 
the database every night, come across items that might 
match your criteria, and send you a notice about those 
through the email. Also, dealers will know that somebody
is looking for that item

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I tried a demonstration of Zillions at a stamp show, and 
looked up a booklet pane I had just bought. I must've 
done well, because the prices online were higher. Ferda 
says the dealers watch the competition, too.

I had one dealer in particular who lowered his prices 
whenever, bench-marked against some of the other dealers, 
realized, 'Well maybe I was asking a little too much and 
actually reduced them about 10 per cent

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And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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