Recently, a number of stamp collectors in the United States have been contacted by persons unknown offering to sell the collector's philatelic holdings in China. However, the collector is required to post a bond for this "service". All collectors should be advised that this approach appears to have all the elements of the "Nigerian Prince" scams that are everywhere on the internet. No ASDA dealer will ever ask for a "bond" for brokering a collection and most ASDA dealers will seek to buy your collection outright.
Each ASDA dealer subscribes to a set of ethical bench marks: integrity, honesty, expertise, dedication and respectability. These are not merely tenets listed on the association’s letterhead; these are the guiding principles for any professional philatelist worth his or her salt. As a collector today, you have many choices when spending money on your collection or when selling it. You have access to eBay, stamp shows, retail stores, mail order, public auctions and more. Each of these presents opportunities for buying and selling. Each has its pitfalls and how you choose to navigate them will determine the outcome of your collecting experience. Whether you are filling holes in an album, striving to develop a world class specialized collection, or disposing of Uncle Ned's 26 volume collection, you can chart your own course or enlist the support of a dealer to reach your goal. The goals every collector will want to achieve are years of enjoyment, satisfaction that they have fulfilled their intellectual curiosity, and an overall positive experience where honesty and integrity are paramount. These results can be achieved when you employ a professional philatelist to help you achieve your goals. Make sure it’s an ASDA member who subscribes to the ASDA code of ethics.