Machines A3 and A4 which were taken to Melbourne for the Australia 2013 show were available with, for the first time from the Hytech machines, the Freshwater Lakes designs issued in Post Offices on 25 June 2013.
Freshwater Lakes collectors set, receipt, and Union Flag collectors set. The Flag set from Hytech machines were first issued 26 September 2012.
Unfortunately the machines were also operating while dealers were setting up on Friday afternoon/evening, so some receipts are available with the 5 July date. (or not! - see below)
UPDATE 9 July
On the Saturday morning (6th July) I was told by a dealer "I got some Post and Go for xxxx, and they all have yesterday's date!" From that I concluded that some were dated 5th. It seems that is not the case, as Vince has now sent this:
"On Friday afternoon (5th July) the two machines were set up. Due to location of the venue (i.e. country side) there was a week WiFi signal. It was taking longer than usual to process each transaction. Fortunately there was a telephone connection in the office next to the machine, the Engineer managed to use the cable and get the connectivity. Receipts for the stamps purchased that afternoon were dated 6th July. I don’t think that there were any receipts dated 5th July.
"As the machines were left on during the night of Friday 5th July, early users (mainly dealers) of the machine on Saturday 6th July found that the receipts were dated 7th July (i.e receipts were dated 6th on 5th so it would change to 7th on 6th). This was noticed and date corrected before the show opened at 10 am. "
IMPORTANT NOTE for Collectors:
When I go to events like this, I will often buy some of what is available, especially for long-time customers who have asked beforehand. Inevitably after I have posted images here, more people contact us to ask if we have any for sale. Usually the answer is no, or not in the form required.
In future I will make more effort to solicit your orders within the blog, before I go. But if I don't and you would like me to try to get what you want, then please ask before the event, or by email/phone early on the day (see website for phone and email details).
There is nothing easier, and cheaper, than selling something to somebody who has asked for it. There is much more effort in buying for stock, judging what to buy, adding it to the shop, and waiting for people to pay for it. So take advantage of the opportunity, and ask before the event.
I won't be attending the York Fair.