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At what age does it drop off?

Postby Darth Bobby » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:21 am

I saw a recent Facebook post and it got me thinking... It's a graph showing the demographics of one of the Star wars Facebook group's members. It seems obvious that most Vintage collectors start up their collections around the 35-45 age. There has been a lot of discussion as to why that is: nostalgia, disposable income, etc. However is there an age when people sell up? I know its hard to gauge with Star Wars as it's only been around 40 years but with older collections (Dinky, etc), is there a pattern as to when people lose interest?
Maybe the Facebook results show that older people don't use Facebook? Or is there a trend that interest drops off as we age?
Older members of my family have all wanted to declutter their houses and have gotten rid of a lot of their stuff. Does that happen with collectables or do most people collect 'til the very end?
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Re: At what age does it drop off?

Postby Dorsetmark » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:59 am

I know my friends father collected Britons and had a very large collection and had spent a fortune over the years. But when he passed away at the age of 96 and my friend was left with selling them, most had dropped in value and were hard to shift as all the collectors had also passed away or to old to be interested. Most people collect for nostalgia so as our time passes so does interest in what we collect.
Look at Action Man it was right up there with collectibles now it's hard to shift. Those collectors are probably about 10 years older than the Star Wars generation.

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Re: At what age does it drop off?

Postby subzero » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:18 am

Apart from them being passed down, don't forget the other factor involved of an old collector all of a sudden having quickly growing up grandchildren who they'd want to support, and end up selling all their collectables for their grandkids futures.

Me personally I collect almost purely for the nostalgia, I don't collect anything I didn't have as a kid with the exception of Star Wars figures which I do collect some of what I didn't have, just because I want more badass figures to compliment the rest of my collection.

When will I sell up?.. I have no plan to ever sell them ever, or pass them down because I know if I did that then they wouldn't be appreciated by whoever receives them and know they will sell them off anyway. I'm the only one who will ever appreciate my toys they won't mean anything to anyone else, so I might as well enjoy looking at them for the rest of my life and sell them myself before i'm about to croak or I go blind :lol:

Weird thing is iv'e been nostalgic and fascinated about my past since as long as I can remember, I was nostalgic since about 7 or 8 years old thinking about toys I had when I was 4 or 5 ( like that was a long time ago lol ), and searching for toys out the cupboard at age 11 or 12 and reminiscing ( weird ). I first got into actually buying toys from my childhood though at around 21+
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Re: At what age does it drop off?

Postby Darth Bobby » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:39 am

subzero wrote:Weird thing is iv'e been nostalgic and fascinated about my past since as long as I can remember, I was nostalgic since about 7 or 8 years old thinking about toys I had when I was 4 or 5 ( like that was a long time ago lol ), and searching for toys out the cupboard at age 11 or 12 and reminiscing ( weird ). I first got into actually buying toys from my childhood though at around 21+


Thats funny. I think I'm the same, I've always been like that, I've always hoarded stuff from my past as I like looking back at it. Even when I was a kid. I remember hiding my Star Wars stuff in the loft in my early twenties and feeling nostalgic then. Not wanting to let the stuff go.

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Re: At what age does it drop off?

Postby subzero » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:45 am

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subzero wrote:Weird thing is iv'e been nostalgic and fascinated about my past since as long as I can remember, I was nostalgic since about 7 or 8 years old thinking about toys I had when I was 4 or 5 ( like that was a long time ago lol ), and searching for toys out the cupboard at age 11 or 12 and reminiscing ( weird ). I first got into actually buying toys from my childhood though at around 21+


Thats funny. I think I'm the same, I've always been like that, I've always hoarded stuff from my past as I like looking back at it. Even when I was a kid. I remember hiding my Star Wars stuff in the loft in my early twenties and feeling nostalgic then. Not wanting to let the stuff go.


I think some people are more naturally inclined to be sentimental than most others, I have memories of playing with certain toys with certain school friends and they're some of the most important and happy memories iv'e held onto. But when I meet that old friend many years later as an adult and I say "ahh do you remember when we used to play with blah blah", then they're like "nah don't remember that"...... WHAT??! haha!
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Re: At what age does it drop off?

Postby Darth Bobby » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:48 am

A friend of mine sent me an interesting article recently. It says how ELVIS stuff has dramatically reduced in price and popularity. My friend collects old records and was saying how proud he was that he was going to hand down a nice vinyl collection to his son. His son was in earshot and said he would sell it on ebay as soon as his dad had gone! It's strange the value we put on stuff that is meaningless to others.

I guess the question is, do people lose interest? Does the nostalgia hit ever wear off?

Here is the link: https://www.theguardian.com/music/short ... g-in-price

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Postby subzero » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:48 am

I even remember being nostalgic about the cartoon Button Moon when I was about 7 lol, must have watched it when I was around 4 and it seemed like a lifetime ago when I was 7 :lol: I forgot what the cartoon was called and spent many days wondering about what that cool cartoon was. One day I explained it to a friend in school and he said "ahh that's Button Moon" and I was like "YESS!!!! that's it", I almost grabbed him out of excitement lmao! :D
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Re: At what age does it drop off?

Postby Darth Bobby » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:51 am

subzero wrote:
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subzero wrote:Weird thing is iv'e been nostalgic and fascinated about my past since as long as I can remember, I was nostalgic since about 7 or 8 years old thinking about toys I had when I was 4 or 5 ( like that was a long time ago lol ), and searching for toys out the cupboard at age 11 or 12 and reminiscing ( weird ). I first got into actually buying toys from my childhood though at around 21+


Thats funny. I think I'm the same, I've always been like that, I've always hoarded stuff from my past as I like looking back at it. Even when I was a kid. I remember hiding my Star Wars stuff in the loft in my early twenties and feeling nostalgic then. Not wanting to let the stuff go.


I think some people are more naturally inclined to be sentimental than most others, I have memories of playing with certain toys with certain school friends and they're some of the most important and happy memories iv'e held onto. But when I meet that old friend many years later as an adult and I say "ahh do you remember when we used to play with blah blah", then they're like "nah don't remember that"...... WHAT??! haha!


Ha ha sounds like my mates too! Guess it just depends on the person? I think I've always been aware of time passing by.

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Re: At what age does it drop off?

Postby Darth Bobby » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:52 am

subzero wrote:I even remember being nostalgic about the cartoon Button Moon when I was about 7 lol, must have watched it when I was around 4 and it seemed like a lifetime ago when I was 7 :lol: I forgot what the cartoon was called and spent many days wondering about what that cool cartoon was. One day I explained it to a friend in school and he said "ahh that's Button Moon" and I was like "YESS!!!! that's it", I almost grabbed him out of excitement lmao! :D


Good old Mr Spoon. Wonder where he is now? Probably working in a kitchen somewhere Ha ha!

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Postby subzero » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:53 am

Darth Bobby wrote:A friend of mine sent me an interesting article recently. It says how ELVIS stuff has dramatically reduced in price and popularity. My friend collects old records and was saying how proud he was that he was going to hand down a nice vinyl collection to his son. His son was in earshot and said he would sell it on ebay as soon as his dad had gone! It's strange the value we put on stuff that is meaningless to others.

I guess the question is, do people lose interest? Does the nostalgia hit ever wear off?

Here is the link: https://www.theguardian.com/music/short ... g-in-price


There's also the discussion of 'will this also happen to Star Wars?'.. because it's such a massive part of pop culture it might never go away, the collecting trend will most likely drop years from now when all us lot are gone but there still might be hardcore collectors wanting the rare stuff who appreciate Star Wars history.

Iv'e thought about this before with 100, 200 year old collectable antiques that can be worth many thousands, obviously those people from that time aren't here anymore but there's still a strong enough market for collectors to pay high prices on them. Maybe because things from that long back are super rare, but also aren't a lot of Star Wars toys...? :?
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Re: At what age does it drop off?

Postby Gaz46&2 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:59 am

Some people don't even remember their childhood let alone get nostalgic about it. I was speaking to a 69-year-old recently and he didn't even know where he lived as a kid.

Your brain changes as you get older, for most other people (not the moron above) they get more sentimental and nostalgic as they get older. I reckon collectors will hold on to their collections and their kids will be working out how much they can get for them when their crusties pass on. I think I'll have myself buried with my collection, fill the gaps in the coffin with my loose figures and ships.

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Postby subzero » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:14 pm

FYI I think the same thing happened with the first Atari consoles in the mid 90's and very early ebay days they were going for £700 - £800+, now you can barely sell one for more than £20, it literally dropped off a cliff within several years and you're talking about such an iconic part of early gaming history here, not many want them now.
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Re: At what age does it drop off?

Postby Darth Bobby » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:25 pm

subzero wrote:
Darth Bobby wrote:A friend of mine sent me an interesting article recently. It says how ELVIS stuff has dramatically reduced in price and popularity. My friend collects old records and was saying how proud he was that he was going to hand down a nice vinyl collection to his son. His son was in earshot and said he would sell it on ebay as soon as his dad had gone! It's strange the value we put on stuff that is meaningless to others.

I guess the question is, do people lose interest? Does the nostalgia hit ever wear off?

Here is the link: https://www.theguardian.com/music/short ... g-in-price


There's also the discussion of 'will this also happen to Star Wars?'.. because it's such a massive part of pop culture it might never go away, the collecting trend will most likely drop years from now when all us lot are gone but there still might be hardcore collectors wanting the rare stuff who appreciate Star Wars history.

Iv'e thought about this before with 100, 200 year old collectable antiques that can be worth many thousands, obviously those people from that time aren't here anymore but there's still a strong enough market for collectors to pay high prices on them. Maybe because things from that long back are super rare, but also aren't a lot of Star Wars toys...? :?


I guess a lot depends on how the films go as to how it's viewed in the future. I think ill hang on to my stuff for as long as I can. I suppose finances are an issue too?

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Re: At what age does it drop off?

Postby subzero » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:29 pm

Darth Bobby wrote:
subzero wrote:
Darth Bobby wrote:A friend of mine sent me an interesting article recently. It says how ELVIS stuff has dramatically reduced in price and popularity. My friend collects old records and was saying how proud he was that he was going to hand down a nice vinyl collection to his son. His son was in earshot and said he would sell it on ebay as soon as his dad had gone! It's strange the value we put on stuff that is meaningless to others.

I guess the question is, do people lose interest? Does the nostalgia hit ever wear off?

Here is the link: https://www.theguardian.com/music/short ... g-in-price


There's also the discussion of 'will this also happen to Star Wars?'.. because it's such a massive part of pop culture it might never go away, the collecting trend will most likely drop years from now when all us lot are gone but there still might be hardcore collectors wanting the rare stuff who appreciate Star Wars history.

Iv'e thought about this before with 100, 200 year old collectable antiques that can be worth many thousands, obviously those people from that time aren't here anymore but there's still a strong enough market for collectors to pay high prices on them. Maybe because things from that long back are super rare, but also aren't a lot of Star Wars toys...? :?


I guess a lot depends on how the films go as to how it's viewed in the future. I think ill hang on to my stuff for as long as I can. I suppose finances are an issue too?


True, and they could even end up stopping making Star Wars films altogether when nobody cares much about it anymore. Thinking like this makes me not want to buy that MOC tri-logo Fett for £1000 because it could well be under £100 in future, which of course i'll buy if that ever happens 8)
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Re: At what age does it drop off?

Postby olisuds » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:32 pm

I've heard the peak age for collecting in general is 55 due to greatest disposable income and time. If the average Star Wars collector' is now around 40 then I'd guess there are another 15 years till things level off and begin any sort of decline in interest and value.
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