Used stamps FAQs

Do you send stamps recycling envelopes outside the UK?

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Unfortunately, we are not able to do so at present, but we are very grateful for donated stamps from anywhere in the world. Please send them directly to our broker, addressing your envelope as follows: Sight Research UK Stamps Appeal, 272 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JR, United Kingdom.

How are funds raised from my used stamps?

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Sight Research UK is  able to accept donations of used stamps by working with our postage sorting partner, Xchange Master, who convert postage stamp donations into usable funds. For every kilogram of stamps donated, we receive £20.

There is no cost to you – you can order pre-paid envelopes and collection boxes here.

The majority of stamps that are donated are sold to stamp collectors. Some might be sold to artists who use stamps as coloured pixels to produce huge canvas artwork. A small amount are sold to foreign buyers. who collect sought after British stamps, as Great Britain was the first place to produce them.

What types of stamps do you accept?

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We can recycle all types of postage stamps, except for pre-printed post office mailing labels and franking machine labels.

Can I donate stamp albums, postcards, etc?

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You are welcome to donate stamp collections, albums, postcards and presentation packs of any type. Stamp collections are most gratefully received and treated with great respect.

How do I send my used stamps?

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If you have less than 3 kg of stamps you can send them through the post using our pre-paid envelopes and boxes – request your materials here.

If you have more than 3kg of stamps, you can arrange a courier collection from your home completely free of charge by calling our postage sorting partner, Xchange Master, on 0141 328 9357.

Do I need to prepare my stamps in a certain way?

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Yes, please trim your stamps and ensure you leave approximately 1cm of envelope or packaging around each stamp. If you are unable to trim your stamps, you can still donate them, but the price of each stamp will be reduced due to extra work required to trim stamps down to be sold onwards.

I would like to collect used stamps at my workplace/ school/ community group/ club – can you provide materials to help?

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Yes we can, and it’s all free of charge. You can put up posters around the office or building to tell others about your stamp collection. You can download a stamp appeal poster at the bottom of this page.

We can provide small collection boxes to put in your reception area, kitchen or communal space to use as a central collection point. When they are full, you can empty these boxes into your pre-paid envelopes to send to us, and use the box again. Order your collection box here.

Encouraging your work colleagues, faith communities, schools, friends, family and neighbours to send in their used stamps is a great way to support eye research – thank you so much!

How does Sight Research UK use the funds raised from stamps?

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Sight Research UK funds research teams across the UK to investigate the causes of eye disease and develop new prevention and treatment methods for both adults and children.

See our What we do page for more information.

Download your used stamps collection poster and encourage others to donate their used stamps.

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Together we can beat sight loss faster.

Thank you so much for your support.