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Top Ten things we discovered a collector can do at Virtual Stampex that they can’t do at a traditional fair or show.
Number One: Get up late or early and turn up to the show whenever you feel like it. Morning, noon or night. In fact, right through the night. 24/7 for 3 days. Log-in and out whenever it suits you.
Number Two: Visit more than one booth at a time (a booth is a ‘stand’ at physical stampex) and even be in more than one place at any one time.
Number Three: Attend any of the Talks presented in the Auditorium from anywhere in the world, and indeed from anywhere in your home or place of work.
Number Four: Eat and drink at any of the Virtual Stampex outlets, areas and rooms without fear of, a) being judged or told off b) not having somewhere to sit and c) interruptions.
Number Five: Spend absolutely zero on travel costs. And even fit in a show visit whilst you’re on your break at work, or when you have finished your to do list at home.
Number Six: Take every single available catalogue, pricelist, brochure, magazine, Souvenir and welcome pack and show guide without the need for, a) a carrier bag or b) humping it around with you and worse taking it back home on public transport. A Virtual Briefcase is provided. And it has to be said this is a lot more environmentally friendly. No filling up your recycling bin once you're done with them. Just delete them.
Number Seven: Get your stamps or collection valued without dragging heavy bags or boxes around the show or back and forth from your residence.
Number Eight: Visit the collectors lounge anytime during the 72 hour philatelic extravaganza and participate in the discussions, chats, and get questions answered from experts and other collectors. You can even refer to any reference books or material you have on your shelf. Normally you have to make a note and check when you get home.
Number Nine: If you missed the show during the three days doesn’t matter you can still visit for another 30 days. Even see the exhibition in the exhibit hall which would normally be taken down at the end of a physical show.
Number Ten: Watch any of the Talks given in the Auditorium ‘On Demand’ for the duration of the 30 days, and pause and playback from the comfort of your homes. Even rewatch the ones you liked best.
Let us know if you discovered any other useful things that were possible at Virtual Stampex which you can’t do at a traditional fair or show.
By Devlan Kruck from Museum of Philately
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