What to Expect
All stamps and other items are vetted for quality when they
arrive into stock and again while we are assembling orders. Any items which
do not meet these quality criteria are rejected. Specifically, our quality
Note: stamps produced by Courvoisier in Switzerland
typically have little pieces of fibre embedded in the gum on the back of
the stamp. This appears to have resulted from part of the gumming process
and is not a fault on the stamp.
We carefully monitor and control the temperature and
humidity of the environment where our stock is stored and take every
precaution to ensure that all stamps and philatelic items are delivered
safely and securely.
If you have received a stamp which does not meet the above
quality criteria, please let us know and we will ship you a replacement
stamp at no charge.
To ensure the safe delivery of all orders, we ship all
stamps in small sections of Hagner pages, sealed in plastic bags to protect
from moisture and sandwiched between two pieces of cardboard to protect
against rough handling in the post.
Our shipping charges are very competitive and our aim is
simply to recover the postal and packaging material costs. For orders under
NZ$40.00 we charge NZ$4.50 to ship worldwide via International Air Mail
with delivery within three to ten working days after dispatch. Orders to
New Zealand customers are sent via standard post. Orders over NZ$40.00 are
shipped free of charge.
We are constantly buying new stock to replace popular
items. Items temporarily out of stock are noted with an amber 'Order'
button on web pages and are also highlighted on the order form. This stock
information is regularly updated and may be considered current. In most
cases out-of-stock items are easy to obtain and we will be able to ship
them to you within a week. Items that are difficult to obtain do not have
an Order button beside them unless that item is currently in stock.
Back-ordered items are shipped free of charge. If you locate the stamps
before we do, just let us know and we will arrange a refund either to your
credit card / Paypal account, or online as a credit off your next order so
that you can select other items from our catalogue - whichever option you'd
Orders containing over 50 items may be split into multiple
shipments to minimise the risk of damage in transit. This practice also
ensures that you receive the first portion of your order in a timely
fashion with little impact on other customers. There are no extra charges
for multiple shipments.
The prices quoted in our online catalogue are the current
(i.e. today's) selling price for each item in New Zealand Dollars and are
GST free. These prices are potentially updated on an hourly basis but
typically there is little movement. The prices are determined based on
supply and demand, our stock levels, our competitors pricing and averaged
auction values. The prices of items selected from the catalogue are locked
in on the order form and sold at the price on the day you selected the
An easy to use international currency converter is provided
here which uses the most recent exchange rates
available. The order form also provides estimates of the current value of
what you've selected plus shipping in other currencies.
Unless stated specifically on the page for that issue, all
prices quoted are for fine to excellent examples for that issue. We do not
ship lower quality items, but if you are valuing your collection from our
catalogue, you should bear in mind that low quality stamps for most issues
are often worth considerably less than the quoted price! You should also be
aware that an exceptionally rare variety or flaw will only command a high
price if there is considerable interest in it from several
(i) Our catalogue lists all New Zealand stamps up until
deregulation of the postal services (1st of April 1998), and since then
only New Zealand Post issued stamps. The catalogue also contains many of
the more common varieties and errors.
(ii) Prices quoted for sets always indicate how many items
are included and refer to that many preceeding items in the list. Varieties
are excluded from the set.
(iii) Ross Dependency stamps have been issued by New
Zealand postal authorities for use on mail from Scott Base since 1957. The
stamps are not generally valid on New Zealand mail, however mail from the
Ross Dependency is processed by a New Zealand Post outlet in Christchurch
and members of the public are able to post items bearing Ross Dependency
stamps at this office.
(iv) Fiscal stamps were authorised for postal use within
New Zealand from 1882, but many of the higher value stamps were almost
certainly never required or used for postal services. We only include
Fiscal stamps that were commonly used for parcel or general postage in our
(v) The 1855 Full
Face Queen Victoria - Chalon - Not Perforated issue contains the only
imperforate stamps issued for general postal use in New Zealand. They were
printed with a narrow margin between stamps which effectively means that a
fine example with full margins around all four sides necessitated the
sacrifice of all the stamps around it. The catalogue value listed is for
stamps from this issue with at least two complete margins and where the
complete stamp design is largely intact. Stamps with three or four full
margins are worth considerably more.
(vi) Stamps prepared for issue but never issued are
included in our catalogue out of interest (along with a rough estimate of
value) but are not expected to be found in a comprehensive collection of
New Zealand stamps. We do not carry them in stock.
StampsNZ are full time philatelic dealers specialising in
stamps, miniature sheets, booklets, first day covers and varieties from New
Zealand and Ross Dependency. We provide a personal and professional service
and welcome any enquiries relating to New Zealand stamps.
We have a passion for collecting New Zealand stamps and
believe that stamp collecting should be accessible to all collectors, young
and old. We provide a personal and professional service and welcome any
enquiries relating to New Zealand stamps, whether or not you intend to
purchase from us.
We pride ourselves in the presentation and appearance of
our products and services.
- No missing perforations or blunt corners for stamps issued since
- All decimal New Zealand mint stamps (since July 1967) have perfect
- All hinged decimal stamps are rejected.
- Pre-decimal unhinged mint stamps also have undisturbed gum.
- Pre-decimal hinged mint stamps issued since 1915 are lightly
- No actual (or repaired) thins, tears or holes.
- No creases or bends.
- No surface abrasions.
- Used stamps have light circular cancellations where available not
obscuring the stamp design. No 'slogan' cancellations. No cancellations
that hide or obliterate significant portions of the stamp design.
- Used stamps cancelled to order or soaked off of first day covers are
- No rust or toning spots on the front, back or around the
- All used stamps are postally used - no fiscal cancellations. The 1931 Arms Postal Fiscals catalogue
listing has some notes on how to differentiate between postal and fiscal
cancellations on New Zealand Postal Fiscal stamps.
- Written cancellations are almost always fiscal and are excluded. Any
exceptions are listed as varieties in the catalogue.
- Good centering of the stamp - this is quite variable on many earlier
issues but we reject any stamp where the actual design has been encroached
- Used examples of plate damage varieties must have a cancellation that
does not obscure the listed flaw.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year
This page was last updated on 15 Dec 2019
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