Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Philatelic Code of Ethics

Internet Philatelic Dealers Association (IPDA) has a Code of Ethics which all dealers and individuals who sell on-line would be well advised to adopt.

It reads:

- To always purchase and sell philatelic material at reasonable and fair prices, giving due consideration to prevailing market conditions and factors and any risk that may be involved in buying philatelic Material.

- To refrain from knowingly dealing in or holding stocks of stolen philatelic material.

- To refrain from knowingly dealing in counterfeit philatelic material except where I have publicly and clearly stated that the item/s for sale are counterfeit.

- To provide buyers of my material with a written description which to the best of my knowledge accurately and completely describes the condition, identification and specification of the items for sale.

- To be truthful in all my dealings with sellers and buyers and in all my advertising, displays of philatelic material.

- When requested to give customers advice on philatelic matters which to the best of my knowledge is correct and to refrain from making false or misleading statements and to refer the customer to another source of advice when the matter is not in my area of knowledge or expertise.

- To publicly guarantee a full refund of purchase

The IPDA was formed in February 2002,by a group of individuals with the intention to allow stamp collectors to trade and interact with other collectors and dealers with the confidence that will make the Internet a safer place to interact with each other.

For more on the Internet Philatelic Dealers Association, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM