August 22nd, 2017
Not too long ago, I saw a post on a Funko site, wishing for more Hot Topic blind boxes from Funko. No thanks. I’m not interested. As I said on the post, I’m not after an adventure, I’m after a collection, and to me, that means getting one, and only one, or everything.
But the blind box thing is nothing new, it’s been a marketing tactic for many, many years and it works out a whole lot better for the manufacturer than it does for the consumer. Here’s why.
April 9th, 2017
There are two companies that have been sending us postcards inviting us to their events forever. These are events that we haven’t been to in over a decade and will probably never go back to, yet month after month, we get these postcards asking us to come back.
Guys, it’s time to give up.
March 28th, 2017
I wrote a couple of days ago about my Funko Pops collection and mentioned that I’d explain why I was thinking about it in another post. Well here you go. I’ve struggled over the years, trying to have a good way of knowing what I have in my collection when I go to conventions or stores. I’ve gone through a number of iterations of want lists and all of them have failed to one degree or another. So here’s my history, what’s worked and what hasn’t, and why I’m relatively positive about the newest version.
March 25th, 2017
I’ve recently been going through all of my Funko Pops, for a reason that I’ll explain in another post. But it’s weird, because back in the day, I never wanted to collect them at all. I remember seeing people talking about them on all of the toy collecting forums and I was simply not interested. Bobbleheads? To a “serious” action figure collector like me? Nonsense!
March 15th, 2016
You know what really, really pisses me off? When I go into a store to buy toys and the store has stuck price tags and other advertising stickers all over the front of the box. All you’ve done is guaranteed that neither I, nor any other semi-serious collector is going to touch that particular toy.
April 14th, 2015
This is unfortunately typical of most stamp shows today.
I’ve been thinking about this recently, seeing that the hosts of my favorite stamp collecting podcast Stamp Show Today started commenting on a previous post. I had said that I’d try to get to a couple of local big stamp shows, which I didn’t do, mostly because I forgot all about them. The next local show of any size is Sescal, sometime in the fall, and once I have actual dates, I’ll put it on my calendar in an attempt to remember it.
But the more I think about it, the more I’m asking myself why.
January 4th, 2015
A new topic has sprung up on the stamp collecting forums, that being stamp auctions. There have been a number of notable auctions of late, selling off the collections of well-known philatelists and people have been talking about them and how actions operate in general.
Personally, I’ve never been a fan of auctions at all, be it the in-person, online or even eBay for my stamps. Not that you asked but it’s my blog and I’m going to tell you why anyhow.
December 2nd, 2014
Since I do read a couple of stamp forums, I get to see some crazy stuff. In Australia, the post office is shutting down public mailboxes that receive less than 25 letters in them per day because it just makes no financial sense to send someone around to pick up a couple of things a day. All of a sudden, Australian stamp collectors (and probably others) are up in arms because they want the mailboxes to stay, out of tradition more than anything else.
Some of these people just don’t get how businesses operate.
November 9th, 2014
There aren’t a lot of stamp collecting podcasts but I’ve been listening to a new one called Stamp Show Here Today. They had an episode recently about the 2014 SESCAL stamp show and how it seems that people are starting to go back to some of these shows, following a mass exodus with the advent of the Internet because it’s cheaper and easier to just buy something online than it is to travel to a show and dig through dealer boxes.
October 28th, 2014
There’s been a considerable discussion of late about getting kids interested in collecting stamps and the problems inherent in such. Most stamp collectors are stodgy old men who have been doing it for decades, finding stamp collectors under 50, in most cases, is a difficult task indeed. Lots of people have, through their own wishful thinking, said that we should make a concerted effort to introduce more kids to stamp collecting as a means of passing on our hobby to the next generation.
I say it’s a waste of time and here’s why.