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The Stamp Collecting Report. I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Many serious stamp collectors use post office boxes as their addresses.

A major reason is security. There ARE thieves who specialize in stamps and other collectibles, 
and with a little work, they may be able to figure out when a collector is at a collectors' 
show. But with a box, it's harder to figure out where home is.

Some collectors even go so far as to obtain a box in a town OTHER than the one they live in.

The mail is also more secure inside a post office box than in a house or apartment mailbox.

Another reason is convenience. Now, a trip to the post office may not SOUND convenient. But 
often, stamps are sent via registered or insured mail, and a signature is required for delivery. 
If you're not home to sign for a package, you'll have to go to the post office to pick it up 
anyway. With a box, you're already there.

And then there's the weather. No matter how hard it's raining, the mail in my post office box 
stays dry. I can't say the same for the house mailbox.

And water and stamps don't mix.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting, 
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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