Collecting Stamps for Charity
Frequently Asked Questions

Before you get in touch with us, or before you send us stamps for sale, or before you ask to be registered with us, please read as much of the information on our website as possible.

First of all, some questions for you;
Our Question
Your Action
Are you a charity wanting to raise funds but with the minimum effort ?
Consider registering with us for our Charity Stamps Direct scheme. First of all you have to give us your charity's details, registration number, address for payments, website address, etc.
Do you want to sell the stamps you have collected to us ?
Contact us first, and make an appointment before coming in. There is no need to register, as we will buy from anybody, and you do not have to prove that you are a charity. PLEASE DO NOT SEND KILOWARE TO US FOR SALE. (See below. *)
Do you need further advice before you decide what direction you want to take ?
Please read all the notes on this page, and follow the links from the coloured table at the foot of the page. These notes answer almost every enquiry we get.
Are you simply looking for a way to donate a batch of stamps to charity ?
Send your package to us at "Charity Stamps Direct, 5 Inverleith Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 5PU". Your pack will be added to the general fund, and the proceeds split pro rata with the various registered charities.

Now some more answers from us; here is a selection of some actual questions received (including all bad spelling and grammar !), and our answers.
Questions Answers
Once Ive collected an amount of stamps what do I do with them?!  Do I send them up to you or do you know of somewhere local to me (Bedfordshire) that would take them? Yes, you can get a batch to us once you have a worthwhile quantity (but see later question).
We can't speak for other possible buyers. Obviously is should be better for you if you can find someone local, but you would have to make your own arrangements to find a dealer and negotiate with them. There are lists of recognised UK stamp dealers available at the Philatelic Traders Society.
Do I need to save all stamps or only special UK and foreign ? You can decide whether to collect everything, or to sort them out. Follow the advice at "sorting" at www.stamp-shop.com/kiloware-advice.html
Is is still possible to register with you as a agency to handle any stamps collected in our charity's name? You only need to register with us if you are wanting to take part in our "Charity Stamps Direct" scheme. Otherwise you just bring the stuff to us and we tell you the price we'd pay.
Would we have to post our used stamps up to you in Edinburgh or are there other collection points ? No, we don't have any other collection points anywhere. The person/organisation collecting the stamps needs to organise to get someone to bring the stamps in to us. We only ever consider travelling to pick up kiloware when there is a large quantity (e.g. perhaps a quarter tonne or more).
I live in the United States and would hope to find an organization here that I could help. You should be able to find somebody - whichever country you live in - who collects stamps for charity. You just need to check about. (See also www.asdaonline.com)
Wondered if you could recommend an address to which I could send used stamps to please?  I used to send to an address in Scotland for Guide dogs for the Blind, but the last package was sent back to me, so I don't know what happened. I don't mind what charity can use them, just that someone can use them for the benefit to others. Guide Dogs stopped collecting stamps at the end of 2007. As part of the phasing out of this they may have closed some addresses.
Regarding returned packages, please note that people sometimes send charity stamps to us but have underpaid the postage. We do not pay the fees and such packages are normally returned to the sender as long as their address is shown.
How many is a good amount to send at one time? Please note that we DO NOT ask charities to post things to us. We stopped accepting postal sendings in 2015.
We are happy to buy stamps from charities, but someone has to make an appointment and bring the material in to our shop in person. We would then deal with it there and then, and normally make payment at that time.
A big carrier bag full is about the minimum to make this viable.

Could you tell me if 1st and 2nd class stamps are acceptable as part of the mix ?              

Yes, all types of stamps are welcome. However, a mix which is almost entirely the standard 1st and 2nd class stamps will get less per kilo than a mix that's brimming with colourful special issue stamps, and stamps of non-letter rate denominations.
Do you have a freepost address ?
No.
(ditto)
The best way of getting stamps to us is for nothing !  Some charities, even at a long distance, find that if they ask about they can find somebody who is in Edinburgh from time to time and who can deliver the stamps to us.
Would it be better to send little and often or big amounts less often? Sorry, this is one of the reasons we asked charities to stop sending directly to us for sale. It wasn't unusual for us to get a parcel where more had been spent on postage than the contents were going to raise.

Why don't we let charities send parcels of material directly for sale ?
Unfortunately, there are problems with parcels being sent to us.
{a} In some cases, the charity spends more on postage than it raises through the sale of the material.
{b} Now and again, a charity will have material which is below normal standards (already picked over, or with too much excess paper, or with too much damaged material, or dirty) which we do not want to purchase. This is a problem and an embarrassment to the charity and ourselves.
{c} On occasion people would send us parcels but have inadequate contact details, meaning that we have to store the parcel until they get in touch, then find a way of confirming that it is theirs.
{d} On smaller lots, the staff time to carry out the administration can more than account for any profit we would make.
{e} When a charity brings material in for sale we can point out good or bad parts of their offering, and can advise on how things can be improved and more money made. This is much more easy to do verbally with the stamps in front of us.



We operate in several different ways, and can help you in various manners.
If you are a charity interested in collecting stamps (possibly also coins, banknotes, postcards) that you intend to sell to us, follow this link. This involves you in the work of collection, tidying, and probably sorting, before selling direct to us.
If you are a member of the public looking for a charity to which you can donate stamps, you can either look at our list of charities that welcome donations directly to them, or you can send them direct to us through our Charity Stamps Direct scheme.
If you are a charity interested in taking part in our "Charity Stamps Direct" scheme, follow this link. This means that you can do next to nothing (apart from giving us your details) and probably get some income, or you can do more work in encouraging your supporters to send material directly to us, which will increase your income.

If you are a charity that collects stamps to raise funds, and you would like to be included in our list of such charities, give us your details so that you can be included. You can be listed whether or not you sell your stamps to us.
If you are a collector or dealer interested in buying kiloware from us, please follow this link to our general price list.

Page last updated Thursday 18 August 2016

Robert Murray Stamp Shop, 5 & 6 Inverleith Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 5PU. Tel 0131 552 1220, or 0131 478 7021, or UK local rate no. 0845 0500 886  Members Philatelic Traders Society, Scottish Philatelic Trade Association.
Website www.stamp-shop.com  Email  murray@stamp-shop.com