Stamp Community Family of Web Sites
Stamp Community Forum
Username:
Password:
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

Welcome Guest! Need help? Got a question? Inherit some stamps?
Our stamp forum is completely free! Register Now!

Will Stamp Collecting Endure as Snail Mail Dwindles?  
 

Previous Page
 
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic
Page: of 4
Moderator
Learn More...
2950 Posts
Posted 07/18/2016   4:00 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think that many folks confuse the decline in stamp organization memberships with a decline in the overall hobby. My opinion is that the hobby itself is in good health and is not suffering.

One of the few ‘health' metrics that anyone has to consider is memberships levels, subscription numbers (i.e Linn's or local club newsletters), or show attendance. Without question organization membership levels, hobby publication subscription rates, attendance at local clubs/shows, and the number of brick and mortar stamp stores have been declining. But the truth is that these are not good metric for understanding the overall health of the entire hobby.

Traditionally hobbyists used memberships and subscriptions to gain access to philatelic information. And for decades the typical methods for buying stamps and supplies was done at either the local dealer store, show, or approvals.

Of course, this all changed around 2000 when the internet became widespread. Suddenly philatelic information became easy to find in real-time and without cost. Existing organizations who previously used access to philatelic information as a justification for the cost of dues were now directly competing with the internet. Online selling exploded in popularity and folks could now buy from thousands of dealers across the world.

So the hobby has forever been drastically changed; and the biggest casualties is that the legacy methods for measuring the hobby's health are no long valid. Today, any method for understanding the hobby's popularity would have to encompass online hobbyists. There is a huge population of online hobbyists who do not belong to clubs or organizations; perhaps numbering into the millions. This ‘forgotten' group of hobbyists are very active, spending money, and enjoying the hobby as never before.

If anyone has any quantified metrics that includes online hobbyists I would love to see them; but until that happens the opinions that the hobby is declining is speculation.
Don
APS #094826
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
Learn More...
United States
891 Posts
Posted 07/18/2016   4:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jkelley01938 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I dunno Don. When I go to shows, etc, all I see are old people like myself. Not exactly a metric, but certainly an indicator.

Jack Kelley
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Moderator
Learn More...
2950 Posts
Posted 07/18/2016   5:06 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Jack,
Sure enough. But perhaps the younger hobbyists are mostly online? I guess I was trying to say that until someone comes up with a good way to include online hobbyists, we are missing a significant percentage of hobbyists and that using the tradition ways to measure the health of the hobby are not longer very applicable.
Don
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Valued Member
United Kingdom
416 Posts
Posted 07/18/2016   5:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ringo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"I dunno Don. When I go to shows, etc, all I see are old people like myself. Not exactly a metric, but certainly an indicator."

I had to laugh to myself when I went to a local stamp fair, and the organisers had laid on a couple of nurses and paramedics to wander around the area!

But in terms of age, wasn't the same true 30 years ago? or 50 years? I don't know but were stamp clubs in the 60s frequented by 30-year-olds? I doubt it. My hunch is that it's something people embrace later in life. And when work is done, and retirement looms, out come the dusty old stamp albums and enthusiasm is rediscovered. I don't see why that cycle should stop.

I don't know how many kids take up the hobby these days, but when I look at modern GB stamp issues - children's TV, Dr Who, record sleeves, Harry Potter, Star Wars etc etc - I can see that there's something going on with younger people. I know my six-year-old collects too. Why think it's drying up?
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Page: of 4 Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
Previous Page
 
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.
United States Postal Service, Now on eBay!United States Postal Service, Now on eBay!
New Forum Topics Recently Active Forum Topics
  Scott catalog 2018 edition to be 12 volumes
  Queen Victoria Penny Red Identification
  gernany - 1922 -1923 3000 Mk - blackish brown ??
  Need one more of these.
  Help with a US Internal revenue, series of 1875 - private?
  Advice for selling an Inherited collection on Ebay
  Print your own pages (like Steiner) but in SG format?
  1870 GB #58 where is the plate number?
  Set of 1932 Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps
  Spain - 75th Anniversary - Revenue?
  Request to Post Avatar
  Rare unique combination of cracked plates
  October 1862 Revenue Canx - Let's see them!
  Latvia New Year Postcards--Humorous? Quirky?
  Double and Triple Transfers
  Need advice on how to start a collection the 'right way'
  Want Lists Online? Etc...
  Cape of Good Hope : Revenues.
  Buying USA Discount Postage Stamps
  Need help identifying these stamps
  200 Reís Brazilian stamp. Any info on this?
  Medallion One Cent Blue?
  Calling any platers of 1857 10 cent type V #35
  Rocky Mountain Stamp Show ROMPEX
  Plate Block Album and Mounting Suggestions

  1932 Christmas Seal Announcement Flyer + "Bank of Happiness" check
  Double and Triple Transfers
  Scott catalog 2018 edition to be 12 volumes
  Queen Victoria Penny Red Identification
  Advice for selling an Inherited collection on Ebay
  gernany - 1922 -1923 3000 Mk - blackish brown ??
  Oregon state revenue
  Help with a US Internal revenue, series of 1875 - private?
  Print your own pages (like Steiner) but in SG format?
  Any interest in world Postal Stationery?
  Are cheap album manufacturers days numbered?
  How can I tell if a stamp on cover has a watermark?
  Need one more of these.
  Let's see your most recently purchased stamps
  Cover Calendar for month and day -PICS
  What Did You Do Philatelically: Today or Recently?
  Want Lists Online? Etc...
  Ascher - Große Ganzsachen-Katalog
  Set of 1932 Sydney Harbour Bridge stamps
  Sailboats
  Flags on Stamps.......New Additions !
  Barcelona & Catalonia Cinderellas
  1870 GB #58 where is the plate number?
  5c Columbian Double Transfer?
  BRIDGES,BRIDGES,BRIDGES! on stamps

Disclaimer: While a tremendous amount of effort goes into ensuring the accuracy of the information contained in this site, Stamp Community assumes no liability for errors. Copyright 2005 - 2017 Stamp Community Family - All rights reserved worldwide. Use of any images or content on this website without prior written permission of Stamp Community or the original lender is strictly prohibited.
Privacy Policy / Terms of Use    Advertise Here
Stamp Community Forum © 2007 - 2014 Stamp Community Forums Go To Top Of Page
It took 0.23 seconds to lick this stamp. Powered By: Snitz Forums 2000 Version 3.4.05