Throughout the years we have always had collectors. From museum quality, historical artefacts to personal items that only the collector themselves can truly see the value, many households up and down the UK are home to different collections.
People collects all sorts of things from the smaller items like stamps, books, records, autographs, toys and teddy bears to the larger more expensive items like art and cars.
With the increased ability to contact people all around the world online collecting has never been easier, but is that what collectors want?
I’m not talking about new collections as the world has clearly embraced online commerce. Being able to keep up to date with a subscription and get back orders or pre order items is a convenience that a great many people take advantage of.
The issue lies with the collectors that used to visit markets and car boot sales in the hope of finding that rare record or book. Specialist shops appear to be disappearing from our streets as this market moves online.
While some can appreciate that things move on there is that lingering sense of melancholy that surrounds the memory of finding that hidden treasure. Now it seems all you have to do is look online.
Marketplaces like eBay appear to have snatched the opportunity to make a discovery and pick up a real bargain as people get drawn into a bidding war and sellers fully research all their items to get the maximum bids.
Of course this is good news for sellers and you can always look on the positives that finding a certain item to complete a collection can be made easier.
One of the aspects for certain collections was the rarity and difficulty with witch you could find a certain item. This new convenience could in fact harm certain collectors in the long run but there is still some hope.
Being able to get limited edition, numbered items means the piece will hold its value and can still create a bit of a stir when it appears online. It could also be said that having these online market places available to access at any time gives the serious collector the opportunity to search whenever they choose.
Another interesting new development in recent years is how social media has allowed collectors to meet up online and discuss their passions. Groups have been set up and let people know about events or offer in different areas and even allow people to trade amongst themselves without having to go through the whole bidding process on some sites.
While these developments might not be to everyone’s tastes there is doubting the impact that they have had on the way collectors conduct their business and will continue to conduct their business in the future. It has created a lot more trade and introduced a lot of new people into becoming collectors too so it will be interesting to see what future developments take place and how they affect this interesting hobby or business, depending on how you look at it.
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