Mauritius Gandhi stamp purchase is one of the most difficult because lot of SHILL bidding happens in it. Also there are lot of forgery register cover and used cover with Gandhi stamps.
Not only used cover or register cover are forged but also stamp on piece of paper and combination of 1969 and 2001 stamps of Gandhi on cover.
Please read my other blog post related Mauritius Gandhi stamp so you understand what's going in Gandhi Philately specially with Gandhi Mauritius stamp.
In last 2 years I noticed that Mauritius 1969 Gandhi FDC with 6 stamps sold for $25.!! I was really surprised when I saw other FDC sold for $41 on same day.
Seller: tiptoppeter from UK
Buyer: Londoneye321 from UK.
Date Sold:- 3/16/2011
Price Paid:- $25
Seller:- asdaasdaasda from China
Buyer(Winner) :- nawab_shukla
Other next Bidder: Coolblue1955
Price Paid:- $41
Date Sold:- 3/22/11
Price Paid:- $34
As per above screen shot of sold FDC price range (25-41$ & 34$) is very wide in a week!! and even same day(25$ & 41$)!!.
My research indiciates that it all depends on who is the seller!!!. Look above screenshot and you will notice that.
Be careful when you buy Mauritius Gandhi philatelic material whether it is FDC or USED cover or just postmark(rubber stamp) register cancellation on paper.
Also Beware on Register covers with Gandhi Sheet of 6 stamps plus ducks stamps on Mauritius covers as in past it was sold for under $2 and now it's bidding starts at $20!!
So beware what are you collecting.
So you need to think always before you buy otherwise you will regret.
If you have money to throw away then start collecting British India Stamps, 1948 Gandhi Stamps and Philatelic material and you will have a PIECE of PAPER (with no peace of mind.!!).
1) 1948 Stamps False hope of Riches?
2) 1948 Gandhi Stamps: Are False hope of Riches - Part II ?
3) 1948 Gandhi Mourning Private FDC : Are False hope of Riches - Part III?
4) 1948 Expensive Gandhi FDC : Are False hope of Riches - Part IV?
5) 1948 Gandhi Stamps Early Usage cover : Gandhi Stamps Are False hope of Riches - Part V?
6) Maxi Card sold for $5100 with 1948 Gandhi Stamps - False hope of Riches - Part VI?
7) Indian Philately Exposed
8) Indian Philately Exposed - Part II
Gandhi Stamps Club.