Originally Posted by Jed1
I know quite a few people who got into collecting almost everything in the 80's and 90's but everybody was doing it so most of the stuff is not worth anything. One item that comes to my mind is HESS gas stations always have a toy truck around Christmas every year and people will be in long lines up buying five at a time and putting them away thinking they will go up in value. But since everybody does it the toy trucks is not worth anything. The ones from the 70's on back are worth money but anything after that is not.
As for what people think of americans we have PCN and it will run Duetchse Welle (a German news program) and they really do not have a good opinion of how our political system is handling things for the past decade. They also do not understand the importance of the stock market either as they say it is not an indicator of economic output just the profitability of the top 30 DOW corporations.
One thing that should be noted about TVGOS is the European and Asian variants are still operating and one reason is these countries have much stronger consumer protection laws. I think they have to go through a different process in order to discontinue service in those countries unless the system operates differently there.
I just set up my second TiVo today and will readily admit it was the shutdown of TVGOS that finally pushed me to TiVo. My cable companies rate hike this year was the icing on the cake. Even though the cable box I had was a new Pace, it was still noisy and ran hot. It made for a good heater in the winter but not in the summer. The TiVo's are really quite and run very cool.
There is a Proverb in the bible that says "The end of something is better than its beginning. Patience is better than pride." Yes I am getting philosophical as I get older.
We never got into collecting to make money, nor should anyone in my opinion. We do so for the enjoyment. Fortunately we didn't get into anything that was marketed strictly to collectors. Anything produced for the purpose of being "collected" will invite others to flood the market which ends up destroying collector appeal. This is exactly what happened with sports cards, Beanie Babies, and other similar "collectors items".
Now price is important, and your proverb is most appropriate. The key is patience. We buy mostly at auction and are successful less than one tenth of the time. What we miss we generally get at a later sale. For those willing to wait, most anything will eventually trickle through at the right price. And there's nothing more fun about collecting than finding something you want at a good price.
I have a Doulton Churchill jug that's quite rare. In 2002 I was offered twice what it is now worth. Do I regret not selling? Absolutely not. I enjoy having it in the collection. When I'm old enough I'll start selling - hopefully to younger people who have an interest.
Like what you collect and collect what you like. But if you're looking to make money then hire a financial adviser or learn to invest yourself, as I did.
It can be entertaining to learn what foreigners think of Americans, but I personally don't care. I've been around a while and have come to believe that other countries hate America because we have nice things that they don't have. I have several friends who've emigrated (legally) to the U.S. - from the UK, Malaysia, Mexico, Colombia, Singapore, Russia, and the Netherlands. They ALL say the same thing: "Yes, people in my former country don't like Americans, and will criticize the U.S. all the time. But they all want to come here. If given the chance, they'd become U.S. citizens in a second. They want a shot at the American Dream like anyone else."
If the DHG is to find it's rightful spot in the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame (CEHOF), then I suppose it will need one of Joe's tapes to run in a continuous loop for the display. That way people can look at it in 30 years and say "Wow - you actually had to read the display
and push a button
to get this to do what you want."
In 1981 GMAC applied my payment to the wrong account, then accused me of not paying my bills.
It went on for months and I had to prove several times that the mistake was theirs. They finally agreed, but 3 years later after my final payment they wouldn't release the title until I paid their "late fees". I haven't bought a GM product since. We bought Chrysler between 1985 and 2007. But after the government bailout they're on my black list too. I now have a Kia Optima. H just bought his first Ford. We still have a 2001 PT Cruiser in Florida.
Sorry, Kerry. Once again I'm of no help to you. Edited by mac24 - 7/17/13 at 3:00pm