Wednesday, 29 July 2015

British Philatelic Bulletin Accepts Advertising

The July issue of the British Philatelic Bulletin arrived early this month. (Subscription information here.) As I usually do, I flipped through the issue, reading some short bits and noting longer articles that I would read later. When I got to the inside back cover, I looked at the nice items being offered by Corbitts, and then I put the issue aside.

It wasn't until a few hours later that a thought popped into my head: "Corbitts ad? In the Philatelic Bulletin? Huh?" I thought this was the first time that the Bulletin had accepted a paid advertisement. I apparently was wrong.

I looked back through the prior 12 issues. The back cover of the June issue is an ad for The Philatelic Congress of Great Britain to be held in August. The April issue contains a full page ad for London 2015, and the February issue contains an ad for Stampex on the inside back cover. 

I didn't notice that these were ads because they promoted stamp shows, and this seemed a natural thing for the Bulletin. Also, there had been previous promotions for stamp shows, such as the Autumn Stampex ad on the back cover of the August 2014 issue. This ad, however, mostly promoted the stamps that were to be issued at the show and ended with, "We look forward to seeing you there..." It is apparently a Royal Mail promotion.

The newer stamp show ads say nothing about Royal Mail's stamp issues or other products, and so I believe they were paid for. The Corbitts ad was obviously paid for.

This is not surprising. If I recall correctly, a recent Bulletin survey asked its readers if they were willing to pay more for the Bulletin. My guess is that the answer was no, and so Royal Mail decided to look elsewhere for additional revenue to cover the cost of the Bulletin.

I think this is a reasonable approach by Royal Mail. So far there has only been one page with an ad in each of the issues I mentioned. If Royal Mail does not expand the ads beyond this one page, and assuming the advertisers have no influence on the rest of the magazine, then I'm happy to see the Bulletin continue without having to pay more.


Monday, 20 July 2015

Roy is Taking a Break

Roy informed me that because of computer problems and moving house, he will not be able to post until mid-September. I will try to keep up in the interim. I have a few posts that I will do as soon as I can squeeze out a few minutes. (Whoever said that there would be more free time after I retired was quite obviously wrong.)

If any of you have a Machin question or two that I might be able to answer, please put it in the comments.

We don't say it enough - thanks to all our readers and commenters. We appreciate your interest and participation.


Thursday, 9 July 2015

Blogging at Linn's Stamp News

In my previous post, I referred to a blog entry I wrote for Linn's Stamp News. I thought I should explain more about my relationship with them. 

My friend David Alderfer and I wrote a monthly Great Britain column for Linn's from 1992 to 2002. I stopped writing, but David is still going strong. I assist him behind the scenes when I can. 

I wrote a quarterly column for Scott Stamp Monthly from 2008 until the publication was discontinued in 2010. Both Linn's and Scott are owned by Amos Media.

When Linn's upgraded their web site earlier this year, they started a blog that several writers could post to periodically. I'm one of them. My first post concerned the use of Machins on high value parcel tags, and you can read it here. My second post was the one I mentioned a few days ago.

I will, of course, continue to post here on Machin Mania. Linn's is aimed at a more general audience, so most of the detail we are concerned with here is not appropriate for Linn's. For example, my post last week about Type 1/Type 2 security cuts would not be appropriate there.

On the other hand, at Linn's I am not limited to Machins. I will write about other British stamps, stamps of other countries, and general topics. When I write something that I think will be of interest to our readers here, I will link to it. However, I urge you to visit Linn's new web site and take a look around. You'll find lots of stamp news and other articles of interest.