Notes from the Past

One to a Customer

Just as a passing observation, I am always intrigued by dealer advertising where a set of stamps, or a single item, is advertised, "Limited supply, restricted one to a customer."  Perhaps collector-readers get the same reaction I do, -- or maybe they don't.  But I have often wondered, do the collectors sit right down, mail their remittances, and by every devious device beg for two?  In my own experience, I have yet known a dealer who wouldn't sell his entire stock, in fact, everything in the house, lock, stock, and barrel, if he could get his price, to the first guy who laid his dough on the line and he'd throw in the furniture, too.  I am not, of course, talking about the lads who offer "loss leaders," where undoubtedly, the restriction is in rigid effect, but I do have in mind modern material which is obtainable anywhere without much difficulty.
- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
May 23, 1942

Posted July 19, 1999

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