Well, it seems blank spaces are killing some of us off. I just don't understand why, those blank spaces in our albums are part of philatelly, you just can't have them all. And if you can't afford those stamps to fill up the spaces, why then wasting your money on reproductions or 'fakes'? Why not just accepting these blank spaces as part of philatellic history (There's a reason why these stamps are expensive or hard to find) instead of trying to fool yourself with this pseudo-completeness by filling up the gaps with reproductions?
Regarding the question at the beginning. I think everybody has to figure it out for himself whether selling these home made reproductions makes you a bad person. I just wouldn't do it. Danger of getting mixed up in real frauds - reproductions sold as genuine - is just to big. Even more, I just wouldn't feel right selling reproductions to people to fill up their gaps. I mean, what do you sell them but just printed paper?
Concerning the question of money. If I would earn only â‚¬400/month I just wouldn't take the risk of investing in the necessary equipment for producing well made reproductions. Even more, if you don't earn a lot of money, I just wouldn't want to print stamps who probably end up might being used by others to rip off people who also don't earn a lot and also just try to built up a small collection as their cheap way to distraction.
Now, calling these forgeries some sort of art is really a bridge to far for me. It's just a matter of technique, there's no real process of artistic creation in it (Even if printing the forgeries would take huge technological skills). When talking about art it's about design and inspiration, not just copying this as best as possible (That's why Van Gogh's original is in the museum and not the copy's others made of it.) Regarding stamps I'd say you find more artistic creation and inspiration in some cinderella's than in these reproductions of valluable or rare stamps.
So, shareman, why not using your artistic approach to design and print your own cinderella's? Why not trying to get your way in the stamp art world and proposing designs for real stamps at postal administrations? If your in for the art, that's the way you have to go. Everybody can make a copy, but to all can create true art.
You are really expressing the dilemma that many of us must confront
I have a worldwide collection, predominantly used.
Ok, if available I collect the best used stamp I can find, but what if I get a dud?
If I do not have it, then I include it in my collection. Some day I might get a better example and that would be great.
But a dud..a space filler..damaged..is still an example of the stamp albiet of lesser value
There are purists here on Stampboards who mock spacefillers, damaged stamps, etc etc. So be it. But as a collector , I have an example of that particular stamp and I do not really care what the purists say..its MINE, and it is a REAL example of that stamp.
Live with it.
I do draw the line at reproductions and facsimiles. I do not accept those but that is my hangup. Others are not so discerning