Twiggys [was: Re: ka... ching!]

Brad H vintagecomputer at
Sun Oct 9 12:48:42 CDT 2016

Flipping is just treasure hunting by another name.  Estate and storage locker sales are the modern equivalent of digging for pirate gold.  I think people worldwide love that stuff but particularly Americans because they have that brash adventurer spirit embedded in the national character.

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From: ethan at 
Date: 2016-10-09  8:46 AM  (GMT-08:00) 
To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at> 
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Subject: Re: Twiggys [was: Re: ka... ching!] 

>>>  Just like the car collecting, comic book collection and just about 
>>> most other hobbies when they mature.  The same type of people who

The comic book market crashed due to the flipping side of it as far as I 
know. When it changes from a hobby to a speculative mania, I suppose that 
is when things eventually explode?

They can go on a lot longer if backed by the government and low interest 
rates, see speculation in housing. Plus weak returns in other markets.

Unlike basic needs like the housing market bubble (which has yet to crash, 
but probably will which isn't a bad thing) hobbies like Classic Computers 
probably have interest waves. Certain people who grew up with such and 
such hold it dear. Eventually interest in it will probably fade as the 
people with memories of the subject fufill reliving the experience, or 
die. And there is a lot of money to be made, then vendors might swoop in 
to make cash (see Roland and Yamaha with their recent Botique recreations 
of vintage analog synthesizers.)

Also for much of the younger generation housing costs are so high (and 
perhaps job opportunities weak) that collecting things becomes more of a 
burden. It costs a lot of time to move stuff from apartment to apartment, 
and money to store it. Buying a house with low prospects of job stability 
is also a risk and can damage chances of relocating for jobs after 
layoffs. The damage of the years of offshoring and outsourcing is hidden 
behind the national debt, student loan debt and housing debt.

Also there is some sort of American obsession with flipping stuff. A lot 
less shows about building new things versus shows about flipping stuff (be 
it Pawn shops, Storage Units, American Pickers type stuff, and of course 
-- housing flip shows.)

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