I would like to start a thread on the cost of collecting in general. i have pondered the cost of collectables all of my life well at least since i started collecting. and thanks to having a young familly i am no stranger to the reality of fiscal relitivity and supply and damand.
and hear is the but. But it does seem that the cost of collecting is fast out striping the anual increase in my anual earnings.
i should explain i live in the uk and at the moment i collect deac pistols and a few years ago a 38 enfield would have cost around £100 to £120 now £250 plus and it's new spec.
you could get a no4 enfield for £80 to £100 now £200 plus.
i don't mind peaple making a profit i have done it my self but what is going on? is it just supply and demand? are there more collectors out there now i hope so. are the dealers getting rich?
what about the young collectors how do they get started what can you collect these days that is interesting and pocket money?
you may collect something unusual like german factory id pins they are very rare and hard to come by. they probebly sell for not a lot of cash cos they are so hard to find there for hard to collect. but i would say these type of items are for the advanced collector that has developed there interest over time.
i would gues that the new collector may find something like guns, hats, swords, medals or badges as a good place to start but all the sexy stuff is expensive.what are they to do? look at the price of true antique guns they have become the pas time of the rich and strangley un regulated. if you want to collect 17 & 18 century wild foul pieces you are a jent of tast if you collect ww2 fighting knifes you dont tell a sole exept from another colletor and that is the only political point i will make.
just thinking out loud chaps over to you all.