Minkus, CWS, Harris, Scott differences please!

Minkus, CWS, Harris, Scott differences please!

Post by TABru » Tue, 30 May 1995 04:00:00



I have a Harris album from 1963 that I'm trying to update with supplements
up through 1975.  I'm having a hard time locating Harris supplements and
have used a few CWS supplements (Not knowing they were CWS when I ordered
them).  I had never heard of CWS until recently nor of Minkus (and I've
never seen anything Minkus).  I may have to use some of these "other
brand" supplements to fill in my gaps so I was wondering if someone could
fill me in on what exactly CWS and Minkus are, how good they are compared
to each other and compared to Scott and Harris.  Thanks
Terri
 
 
 

Minkus, CWS, Harris, Scott differences please!

Post by gtuck » Sat, 03 Jun 1995 04:00:00


CWS is Canadian Wholesale Supply and is resident in Canada.  They have
looked at the state of supplies North America and decided that they could
produce a similiar produce for less.  With US albums for example, they
have both 2 post and 3 ring, colour and no, single sided and double
sided, light, meduim and heavy weight paper, in other words the whole
range, but only one album!  They simply copy the same format on the whole
range, beautiful, the economies of scale are great, the one I like the
best is $40C or about $30US the US Seal.  One sided, heavy paper, 3 ring
cheaper supplements etc and complete with all the regularly issued
stamps.

For world wide, they have supplements from 1980 to date in stock, for
$9.50C each and a jumbo compendum for 1960 to 1980.  Their process of
doing a WW album is to have a 1840 - 1960 base, the 60-80 supplement and
then they just add the rest of the supplement to date.  They looked at
the market and saw that there were a lot of people like you who had an
older album and just could not get supplements, or if they could, it
would cost a fortune.  The paper quality is perhaps a touch lighter, the
pictures are a touch bigger and there are generally 128 pages for a
supplement, the same as the regular Harris and smaller than the bigger
Harris supplements.  (and a whole lot cheaper).  That is there
philosophy, available and cheaper.

To my lights the only real WW album (not the best possible, but the best
there is) is the Scott International.  It sort of has a place for every
stamp that is listed in the Scott Catalogues.  Everything else is a
compromise in terms of price and illustrated places for stamps.  The next
place finish is the Minkus Global, which is in reprint I think.  Its main
compromise is in the first part, the supplements are fairly complete.  
Harris may have places for slightly more stamps, but it is at least
double the price than CWS.

I stand bravely to accept the arrows of all, and hope that any education
that any reader can give me will let my customers make better choices!
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Seaside Book & Stamp
Halifax, N.S., Canada
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Minkus, CWS, Harris, Scott differences please!

Post by dougherb.. » Tue, 06 Jun 1995 04:00:00


[CWS pages]

Are the CWS pages the same size as any of the other major albums (and
punched to fit them)?  For example, can you order their world-wide
supplements on the same size pages as the Scott's International, punched
to fit?  I'd buy those supplements in a flash, even if they are less
inclusive than Scott's.

Doug Herbert

 
 
 

Minkus, CWS, Harris, Scott differences please!

Post by TABru » Wed, 07 Jun 1995 04:00:00


I know for a fact that CWS pages fit a Harris album since I have put some
CWS pages in my Harris album.  I've found that the CWS pages are heavy
(better quality) but they don't have as many pictures (aren't as
inclusive) as the Harris. bummer, you can't have everything.  As to
whether or not they fit Scott I don't know.  I know they have CWS that are
three and five holed punched to fit different binders.

Terri

 
 
 

Minkus, CWS, Harris, Scott differences please!

Post by James Li » Wed, 07 Jun 1995 04:00:00


I work for a dealer part time and one of my duties includes ordering our
supplies.  On the subject of albums, our best selling Canada albums are:  
The Scott Master and Unity (by CWS).

Keeping the right stock of Canadian albums is not a problem, but stocking
U.S. albums is another story.  It's difficult to know what to keep in
stock and what to custom order.  To put it simply, I'll keep the Scott
Minuteman and one other album made by CWS on hand.  U.S. albums in Canada
are just too damn expensive unless you buy them second hand.

For my personal collection, I'm currently using a second hand Minkus
All-American album (I'm not too happy with this) for my used U.S. and a
Schebek (spelling?) hingless album which I purchased second hand for my
Canadian mint.  

I switched over from using White Ace Canada to Schebek.  White Ace pages
are quite simply inconvenient.  It's a dumb idea to split the album
between commemorative and regular issues.

Anyways, those are my comments.

James

Quote:

> CWS is Canadian Wholesale Supply and is resident in Canada.  They have
> looked at the state of supplies North America and decided that they could
> produce a similiar produce for less.  With US albums for example, they
> have both 2 post and 3 ring, colour and no, single sided and double
> sided, light, meduim and heavy weight paper, in other words the whole
> range, but only one album!  They simply copy the same format on the whole
> range, beautiful, the economies of scale are great, the one I like the
> best is $40C or about $30US the US Seal.  One sided, heavy paper, 3 ring
> cheaper supplements etc and complete with all the regularly issued
> stamps.

> For world wide, they have supplements from 1980 to date in stock, for
> $9.50C each and a jumbo compendum for 1960 to 1980.  Their process of
> doing a WW album is to have a 1840 - 1960 base, the 60-80 supplement and
> then they just add the rest of the supplement to date.  They looked at
> the market and saw that there were a lot of people like you who had an
> older album and just could not get supplements, or if they could, it
> would cost a fortune.  The paper quality is perhaps a touch lighter, the
> pictures are a touch bigger and there are generally 128 pages for a
> supplement, the same as the regular Harris and smaller than the bigger
> Harris supplements.  (and a whole lot cheaper).  That is there
> philosophy, available and cheaper.

> To my lights the only real WW album (not the best possible, but the best
> there is) is the Scott International.  It sort of has a place for every
> stamp that is listed in the Scott Catalogues.  Everything else is a
> compromise in terms of price and illustrated places for stamps.  The next
> place finish is the Minkus Global, which is in reprint I think.  Its main
> compromise is in the first part, the supplements are fairly complete.  
> Harris may have places for slightly more stamps, but it is at least
> double the price than CWS.

> I stand bravely to accept the arrows of all, and hope that any education
> that any reader can give me will let my customers make better choices!
> --
> -----------------------------

> Seaside Book & Stamp
> Halifax, N.S., Canada
> -----------------------------