Not only that but you still have to FEAR about getting forgery or bogus stamps or philatelic material.
Also there is no catalog value for philatelic value so it's highly inflated by making it rare which are nothing but forgery such as stamps folders, specimen stamps, used on cover to prime ministers, embassy cancellation etc.
Does it make sense to invest in stamps any more when there are no new collectors interested in stamps because all kind of different hobby such as playing World of Warcraft online video games, Nintendo Wii or Xbox one or Sony PSP or online socializing using facebook, google+ or apple facetime etc.
So think before you start collecting or investing.!!
All sold pricing you see are not true because Buyer don't pay or seller disappear.!! Click following blog post to see where 7-8 transaction of 1948 Gandhi stamps were it was not completed.
Recently this 1948 stamps of Gandhi from India was sold for $127, but you will see that used stamps selling at higher price than this.!!
Click following link to read more about "Gandhi 1948 stamps : It's all BOGUS !! I think Gandhi Philately is EXPOSED for highly inflated price by BUYER don't paying seller or seller closing store with very low feedback.!!"
Do you think he is selling REPLICA (reprint) or Facsimile (photocopy) stamps.?
I think so. To have this much quantity makes me think that.!! What do you think.?
Now look at the following screenshot and think the difference between catalog value and actual selling price.!!
Also look at the quantity "acp-india" has.!!