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Thursday, December 28, 2006 

Is collecting becoming extinct?

I found this topic from last February on Tigerhawk, where he argues that for kids, collecting is becoming a thing of the past. According to the Wall Street Journal (registration required) item he'd linked to then:
Collecting things, once a big part of childhood, is now pretty much passé with kids. Preoccupied with MP3 players and computer games, they are rarely found sitting at the kitchen table putting postage stamps into collectors' books or slipping old coins into plastic sleeves. These days, baseball cards and comic books are collected by adults. Of the estimated 37 million Americans who identified themselves as collectors in 2000, just 11% were under the age of 36, according to a study by marketing consultant Unity Marketing Inc. Most were over 50....
While today's children, I'm sure, do still collect some things (Pokemon, I would figure), it sadly wouldn't surprise me if they don't care about baseball cards and stamps, now that it's possible to get a desktop image of your favorite sports players for the home computer. And comic books too may not be far behind on the list of things that children today no longer collect.

Let's hope that trade paperbacks are prevailing, because that's probably the better way to get children interested in comics, for example.

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