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Richard Auld

The old age debate!

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Guys,

Just viewing the other fora and clocked this gem, it would appear most of us are old in relative terms and there is one 16 year old.  Shame the post starters main motivation appears to be to gauge the investment point of view as stated in post one.  What is more revealing is the average age of a collector?

http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/discussions/us-collectors-695588/

Rich

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I feel that for many it really depends on where they are in the countries.   Those with historical interests nearby and able to take in articles I imagine would have a greater opportunity. 
I live in Alaska and the turnover for WW2 items is very poor.  I can't go to a bazaar or a flea market and have a possibility of uncovering a great piece of imperial german, French, British items from WW2, WW1 or earlier.   You Rich, while it might be hard to find items, you could possibly come across a DDR piece or something else, a commemorative broach or stein,  perhaps an old walking/swagger stick, a tinnie or two.   I am envious of your geographical location with regards to collecting.  :)

We have a similar age and introduction section here.  Feel free to check that out. 

I am 37 just FYI.   My collecting began at around 25 after I got out of the service, finished college and got a decent paying job.   :)

 

Best Regards,

JustinG

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Justin,

I seen that it cold up there on the telly!  What do you do in Alaska? I can see that you are going to be restricted in where you shop, I suppose I take for granted that I can find stuff when I have time. Location is I quite key to the direction you take but age is universal and we are not attracting youth to the hobby, probably due to the amount of copies and rediculous price tags. 

Rich

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Are you guys all that old ?? Just joking ... I'm 26 .. I feel like we are in the same boat, getting old so fast wish I was young again  .... :thumbsup:

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Greetings,

I am a medical device specialist/salesman.   It is starting to warm up slowly.  We are gaining about 5 minutes of daylight every day now until the solstice, when we will have about 22.5hours of daylight.   I believe that we are at the peak of the collecting prices and interest.    Just look around at the shops and see how long it takes to move a particular item, especially a more common item like an EK1 or EK2.    Copies are a problem and did sour me a bit.  One of my first pieces I purchased was a fake Wound Badge July 20th version.  I was out $1000.   I had little to no idea that forgeries like this were made.  I still have it and it serves as a reminder to never get too excited or make an irrational decision.  That old saying: " If something seems too good to be true..... It probably is." 

My collection is for me and for my enjoyment. I don't look at it as an investment.  I know fully that I will never sell or get even remotely what I paid for my collection.   The people who are looking at purchasing items and thinking that they are an investment, I believe they are going to be sorry.    Unless the item is extremely rare or noteworthy, It will be hard to move at the prices that seem to be what the "consensus rate" is.  

I am sure we all have different values of what we are willing to pay.  To each their own.   Being in the right place at the right time and being a good person has paid dividends to me.  I have had the help of many forum friends here and elsewhere who have helped me in my collecting endeavors.  Some have sold me items from their collections by giving me first crack. 

My 1st pattern Sboat badge, A great S.M.S Emden grouping, a 1940/41 Panzerschiff Admiral Scheer Yearbook,  My metal KM Rating/trade badges, the U-boat tallies grouping that Gordon Williamson sold me.   I have been helped by many in this hobby and I am grateful.

Well that's enough rambling.

Best Regards,

JustinG

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On 4/4/2018 at 9:52 PM, Bart V. said:

Are you guys all that old ?? Just joking ... I'm 26 .. I feel like we are in the same boat, getting old so fast wish I was young again  .... :thumbsup:

I have got T shirts older than that.

 

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