Terms and Conditions

Machin Stamps is owned and operated by Ian Lasok-Smith (Philatelist)


All items are in fine unmounted mint, or used condition and can be assumed to be free of any hidden faults or defects unless specifically described.


Unmounted mint. Full original gum

Used. All used items are illustrated with actual item for sale

Terms of Sale / Return:

Some items, particularly errors and varieties may be illustrated with a "normal" to emphasise differences. Unless specifically stated to be included in purchase price normal examples may not be included, although in many instances when available they will be included at no extra cost.

All items are sent on approval for 14 days against full payment.

I offer a full no quibble refund policy on all items returned in original condition within 14 days. Items should be returned using the secure packaging materials in which sent.

If item is returned due to an error on my part (incorrect item, condition not as described....) your return postage charges will also be refunded.

If there is a need to return an item please use a method of delivery that requires a signature on receipt. Proof of your having posted an item is not proof that I have received it.


Items sold with the following recognised certificates of authenticity, "RPSL", "BPA" and "David Brandon". 

As with all items I sell, certificated items may be returned within 30 days on my "no quibble" refund basis so long as received back in original condition.

If a buyer wishes to obtain their own certificate on items purchased through my websites they must inform me of this within 30 days. I will then grant an extension.  It is important that I am informed within 30 days, as expertisation can takes many weeks and not infrequently months.  I will not refund items several months after purchase if I have not been so informed. The buyer will be liable for the cost of certificates although should an item be issued with a certificate stating it is not genuine, on return of the item, the certificate and the invoice for certificate I will refund the cost.

I will not refund items returned with certificates from another expertisation committee that disputes the opinion on any certificate I have provided e.g if you purchase from me an item certificated as genune by "BPA" I will not refund on the basis of the item being issued with a certificate from "RPSL" that disputes the original opinion.  Certificates of authenticity are effectively just the opinion of an expert body and should be accepted and respected as such. Please also note I will only accept the expert opinion of three recognised UK based expertisation committees mentioned above. I will not accept Henderson certifications or overseas based committees.