Do you use Stamp Exchange on your phone?

Discussion in 'Stamp Chat' started by Peter T Davis, Jun 1, 2014.


Would you use an app?

  1. Yes, I would use it

    5 vote(s)
  2. No, I wouldn't use it

    13 vote(s)
  3. I don't know

    1 vote(s)
  1. Peter T Davis

    Peter T Davis Administrator Moderator

    Would having a dedicated app for Stamp Exchange make it easier for you to use this site?
  2. Philactica

    Philactica Active Member

    In principal stamp exchange by phone I would say is something collectors would welcome but do not see a 'dedicated app' be of value.

    In an exchamge of stamps the conventional way is to acctually have the stamp you offer and the stamp you would receive fisiccaly in front of you. The latter perhaps working from a want and offer list.

    Since stamps were being collected the earliest stamp for sale lists were published and this very likely also evolved into an exchange lists.

    The early salted collectors used snail mail to send want lists to each other. Today this is replaced by the internet.

    Like in any exchange the 'ground rules' dictate what Country or period and most importantly, which quality the stamps must be in - mint - used.
    Even mint or used would reflect more grading and this is paramount to a successful exchange.

    Presently any stamp collector could have such exchange listing on his ipad with images and condition they should be in or the offered stamps with images. Some collectors here on this site could send a link to anyone to view his offered stamps.

    Getting back to basics, some collectors would make good images where others would not, the initial exchange would falter with a bad image. Like any online auction a bad image does not warrant persuit.

    Basically individual 10c stamp exchanges are a waste of times so these are sold in bulk where the better item which normally missing deserves a good image and detail.

    So to answer the question.
    Stamp collectors have already adapted and evolved using the new technology and a dedicated application may not draw more to the site.

    Should you add some kind of competition ( another can of worms) to attract to this site in addition to a dedicated app then maybe it will appeal.

    But as for me personnaly a dedicated app would not be of use.
  3. Joan Wong

    Joan Wong New Member


    I voted to having an app because I'm working so I can log on during a break or while I'm on public transport on my way home.

    I have both an iPhone and an iPad. In term of stamp exchange, I have been using my iPad. I simply take a photo using my iPad, crop the image to size and upload it onto my Facebook. This is done quickly without too much hassle. I can scan them onto my computer, but that can take a bit of time and I need all the appropriate software to crop edges, etc.

    Another advantage I found with using iPad or the phone is that I can enlarge the image by stretching it on the screen. It makes looking at images of stamps much easier.

    Having app will also bring a younger group of people to stamp collecting.

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  5. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    Voted for "Yes, I would use it"! :p
    I actually just have a low tech phone so no apps using on it. I usually use my laptop so I do no think I would need to access something online through phone. But if ever I would have a higher brand of phone and there will be a stampexchange app, I would use it mainly for browsing not for typing/replying.

    XUE-JIAN PAN Member

    "Yes, I would use it"!
  7. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    I don't have a smart phone.

  8. derailed

    derailed Active Member

    Yes, I would. I'n not really into using my phone for surfing the internet, but considering I can't always open up my PC to check the news, an app would make this process a lot easier!
  9. MarginBlocks

    MarginBlocks New Member

    I am one of the few people in the USA who has no cellphone or any mobile devices.
  10. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    No Peter I wouldn't. I don't have a smart phone or mobile phone.
  11. Philactica

    Philactica Active Member

    No wonder they are continuously digging up Dinosaurs, we are living proof on the verge of extinction :hilarious:
    I too have none of such devices:happy:
  12. Peter T Davis

    Peter T Davis Administrator Moderator

    The idea kind of ties into this thread. Dunno about everyone else, but I'm seeing more and more people (especially the younger ones) using their phones to do everything.
  13. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    Technology is another passing fad, I think I made a point of this on another thread. People, whether young or old, are substituting "actually living and interacting with the world" for slavish devotion to a handheld device. People are already waking up to this fact. You wouldn't know it for the legions of people stumbling around on the streets with their smart phones, but I believe that people's focus will eventually change. Technology is a good thing assuming a person actually prioritizes what's really important.
  14. Joan Wong

    Joan Wong New Member

    I understand everybody's certain about apps vs website.

    There are many websites that have an app but still maintain the website.

    I just think having app would be easier to attract a younger group of stamp collectors.

    I have been exchanging with plenty of young collectors - mainly uni students via Facebook. I don't know how many younger collectors there are but if this can increase an interest in stamp collecting with a younger group of people then why not. Prior to Facebook, or the internet, I had a batch of duplicates that I didn't know how to deal with. Since then I have build a reasonable collection, but I'm still collecting because I'm able to connect with more people from around the world who are also interested in stamp collecting.

    I have been told many times by postal service workers in the CBD in Sydney that I'm one of the youngest stamp collectors they have come across. At 43, I don't think I'm that young but that is a concern for this hobby. Having app may remind a much younger person of his/her grandfather or grandmothers stamp collection. I see plenty of people going to my local dealer (there are not that many of them either) trying to get their parents/grandparents collections accessed. They have no idea about stamp collecting nor do they see it as something fashionable. Don't forget, a good collection from any collector sold cheaply or going to people who doesn't understand stamp collecting is almost equivalent tossing it into the bin.

    I have also met some people my own age who are coming back into this hobby. Having an app might be able to draw more people who are still working into this hobby.

    Sorry if I've offended anyone. But times have change and we need to change with it.
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  15. Philactica

    Philactica Active Member

    Aah! Standing in the local dealer's shop watching some hopeful to sell their inheritance - that has not changed.
    Nor the fact that they want MONEY for the 'inheritance' they offer the dealer.
    What has seaminly change since I was 43 is that today the dealer is much more overstocked of common material he himself needs to move - at give away prices but he made his profit already.

    No matter how anyone may collect in the future, an app is just another tool.
  16. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    I thought I was alone here not having such addiction to mobile phones. :p
  17. Peter T Davis

    Peter T Davis Administrator Moderator

    Nope, seems you're not alone. Looks like the majority of people like to browse on their computer, which doesn't surprise me (because that's my preference too), but a significant minority likes to use their phone.
  18. derailed

    derailed Active Member

    Phones are usually slower (if it isn't a very expensive smartphone). They have a nicer interface and they also have the magic called touchscreen. Maybe that's why more and more people are attracted to them.
  19. visitor

    visitor Active Member

    Hmmm, how should I vote here? If I had one of those I-phone type things, I would probably use the app, but like many here, I don't have one. I don't want one either.
  20. Philactica

    Philactica Active Member

    One thing that would put me off is viewing the image of a stamp and this is a major feature necessary to stamp collector.

    Of course you can stretch, enlarge and what more on a smartphone but what this beats is looking at the whole image in 2D first hand.

    Think of the time you spend going over an expensive stamp looking at perfs, discolouration and faint postmark.
    To manipulate ascertaining that you would want the stamp going through all the motions on your ipad compared to a few clicks to a whole image viewing on a larger scale.

    Time is money and this is another route to kill the hobby.
    The young do not have time to view all aspects of a good stamp and the seasoned collector hates to fiddle.

    So use your pc - period.

    Aah but you would say, 'well my tablet' does a good job enlarging' yes well, might as well carry the laptop around.
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