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03.04.2006 - Epriso determines market prices for postage stamps – free, for AIJP members!
The acronym ‘epriso’ stands for a sophisticated research system that – via the internet - can be used to determine the value of collector’s items like stamps, coins and other objects. The system

The acronym ‘epriso’ stands for a sophisticated research system that – via the internet - can be used to determine the value of collector’s items like stamps, coins and other objects. The system works in close cooperation with the well-known, international website eBay. Prices realised for collector’s objects are collected and evaluated by epriso, in order to estimate a reliable market value for the researched items. Users of the epriso service have the advantage of a thorough evaluation of the price that can be realised when an object is up for sale.

At the moment, the epriso system has gathered financial data of more than a million articles (stamps, coins, postcards etc.), as well as prices of hundreds of thousands objects that can not be found in any catalogues. Without doubt, authors and journalist can profit from the enormous amount of information that can be found in the epriso system, especially when they want to provide their readers with reliable data with regard to market developments and the value of collectable items.

Anyone can use the epriso database on the internet ( www.epriso.de or www.epriso.com ) free of charge to obtain basic information. But when more elaborate data are needed (for instance detailed price information, or illustrations that depict the collectable objects), one can become a Premium User. For this service a fee of 19.95 euros for three months has to be paid (or 49.95 euro for a whole year). However, since April 1st, 2006 AIJP members have the possibility to use the epriso database free of charge as Premium Users, on the condition that every time information deriving from the system is published, this will be done with a notification of the source. One way to do this would be to insert a text like ‘Source of the information provided: databank system www.epriso.de’ (or www.epriso.com). It is also possible to fulfil this obligation by mentioning the use of the epriso system at the end of the publication or every article that has profited from the service. AIJP members can, in this way, save about fifty euros a year by using the system free of charge. At least two parties will profit from the service: the aforementioned journalists and authors, and the readers of the publications that contain information that was gathered from the eprise database system.

AIJP members wishing to become a free Premium User of epriso can act as follows. First, they have to inscribe themselves as a Premium User on the epriso website ( www.epriso.de ). Next, they will have to send an e-mail message to the AIJP Secretary-General, Jochen Stenzke (J.Stenzke@aijp.org), stating their AIJP membership number and the user name that they provided when they logged in on the epriso system. In the same e-mail message, they have to request free usage of the Premium User facility of the epriso system. The Secretary-General will check whether the provided membership number is valid (i.e., whether the member has paid his or herdues); if so, the free epriso facility will be granted.

The AIJP is very grateful that the epriso organisation - and especially Torsten Hornung, who was instrumental in providing the opportunity - enables the AIJP members to make use of the epriso system. For your information: the features of the database of epriso have been tested thoroughly; the system is a must for those wishing to provide their readers with financial information with regard to collectable objects.