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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:37 pm 
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In lots of industries futurologists map out many scenarios for different futures. How could Philately develop? There are many influences, aspects and options. Why do people collect? Why do they go on collecting? Why do they return to collecting after a pause. What are the alternative activities which might attract people away from collecting?

Has the massive growth of electronic communication savaged philately? How odd that the vast number of people who use email know less about how it works, than most schoolboy collectors know` about the mail services of the past.

What are the actual facts and number about Philately? How many philatelists are there today, compared to the past? What are the 'demographics' of collectors - who are they, what are their characteristics etc.

How is the hobby's future seen in Malaysia, Singapore, and other countries?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:39 pm 
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Many think that in the UK the shambles that is the Royal Mail has been one of the causes of the decline of the use of the postal service. This, taken with an over proliferation of stamp issues, may have done quite a bit to hit the hobby.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:24 pm 
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we need to attract the newly retired, young enough to have hobbies, old enough to want quiet hobbies - not playing football, enough spending money for a hobby. Mortgage paid, children gone ? not a long term idea like getting the young involved?
any thoughts?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:58 pm 
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I have been pushing the idea that we (the hobby in general) should target those in middle age whose family is independent and career is steady and are therefore able to afford time and money for an expensive and time consuming hobby.


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 9:47 pm 
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this hobby can be what you want it to be. this is its strength - stamps or postal history or thematics or social phiilately or . . . and then which countries?, states? . . but also its weakness. how does a new collector know where to start ?
some say the answer is where-ever you want but how does a beginner know where that is? so many choices

and people selling fakes on ebay don't help !, even though they are only a small % it is off putting to know that the problem is there



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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 11:22 pm 
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If any UK member is aware of a local school that is trying to get a club off the ground, there is a project called "Stamps in Schools", run by Erene Grieve, that can assist, including organising a "school stamp day" with presentations and activities. If you require further details, please contact me.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:47 am 
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"what about the pensioners?"

seriously though, what about the newly retired or those approaching retirement ? they are potential collectors, does ABPS have anything reaching out to the Grey Market ?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:00 am 
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I have been a bit busy lately so have not read the forum for about 2 months. The members wonder about the future of philately especially to those just about retired.Going to local stamp fairs in Yorkshire I do not think they should worry too much. There seems to be a lot of "oldies" trying to buy all sorts of material , but a tremendous dearth of good material- or perhaps as one gets a better collection those items which are difficult become seemingly more difficult . Some of the perf. varieties of the 1957 general Malayan States issue are hard to find correctly sorted out.In fact KGVI Malaya is also of course collected avidly by general KGVI collectors who were small boys in the 1940s and 50s, so there should be much waiting around for the future when they give up collecting.
Also watching general dealers at fairs most seem to offer fair buying prices to sellers( often relatives with old collections in plastic bags) who I notice go from one dealer to another usually before acceptance-its faster for small general collections than through auctions when in most simple collections there are not really all that many gems.
Michael W Mawpud


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:11 pm 
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I believe philately is in a long term gradual decline as an increasing number of collectors pass on and are not be replaced by new collectors. I am willing to bet that the vast majority of members of this group, and other clubs and societies, were first exposed to philately as a child and have either continued their interest or returned to it as a hobby in middle age or later; that initial grounding is just not there now.

Railway enthusiasm, model and real, was in danger of a similar fate until the second coming of Thomas the Tank Engine which has caused large numbers of children to have experienced model and 12 inches to a foot railways in a positive way such that they may maintain an interest or return to it later. I can see no equivalent of Thomas the Tank Engine in sight for philately.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:17 am 
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Oh Mallard is very negative, but Mawpud is more positive.

Organised philately in clubs is suffering from aging of members ( not me i'm still young ) but unorganised philately is going strong at fairs and auctions.

It seems to me people want to collect but not to join. But stamp clubs, local and specialist, are where you meet people who know about what you are collecting.

I feel reasonably positive.


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