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Early Delivery Apparently Unsettling
June 15, 2012



One of the downsides of being editor of a hobby newspaper is that from time to time I get a complaint of late delivery.

I take those complaints seriously and refer them to the the circulation department. Each one frustrates me as much as it does the person who has the problem.

Yesterday I received an email that I thought would be another complaint about late delivery.

It turned out to be just the opposite.

For the first time in my 34-year career I have received a complaint over early delivery.

It seems to have unnerved the recipient.

In the details provided, the writer said he had the June 26 issue of Numismatic News in hand.

He joked by asking if prices in the issue were good now or if he would have to wait 12 days.

At least I thought it was a joke. I kept reading.

He meandered around for 755 words. I had the computer count them.

He cited his childhood and Mint policies (who can resist a swipe at the Mint), but here is the nub of the matter:

“I called one seller, name absolutely withheld, and asked about today’s price, not that of a week and a half in the future, and he laughed and said it was old style trickery but went along with it. I laughed too and hung up on him.

“Had another police officer, I am retired, call again and ask if that price is good for today, or is it only for the end of next week? The seller hung up on him so he told me his opinion was that something was up and if only to get more subscriptions paid for, it was a ruse and if the prices are manipulated according to some formula regarding future pricing versus the value today, it was interstate fraud and could be investigated. Now I am concerned.

“If you can comment, please tell me why the date difference and if you cannot, will give it all to him.”

How would you react to that?

And if I didn’t take it seriously enough, near the end he wrote, “Thanks for any comment in return and if none forthcoming, next note will be to my congressmen and women.”

I emailed back this short note:

“The June 26 issue of Numismatic News went to press June 7. It would seem to me that congratulations to your post office are in order for such quick delivery. Communications that I get are about late papers, not early ones.

“The July 3 issue went to press today. I hope you get this issue early as well.”

Will my response do the trick?

I hope so – at least I have not had any kind of reply overnight.



Buzz blogger Dave Harper is editor of the weekly newspaper “Numismatic News.”





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Recent Comments
On June 19, 2012 Martin Connelley said
If this individual subscribes to a coin magazine or coin guide He must really be upset.  I usually get my copy of Coins Magazine 2 MONTHS in advance!  Why even put prices for silver related material in the magazine?  As for the yearly price guide books..."forgedabodit" ! If I may jump to another subject....  I just renewed my subscription to Coins Mag which expired AUG 2012.  I was having a problem with the renewal and e-mailed a "Lisa" at Customer Service on 12 Jun.  No reply.  After a few days, e-mailed again.  No Reply.  Customer Service???  Courtesy of a reply???     

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News, Bank Note Reporter and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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