Why is ModernLib membership down?

20 Ants archetype at 20ants.com
Wed Feb 7 15:48:09 EST 2007

Rebecca, et al,

I think the basic issue derived from this whole discussion is that  
there's a diminishing quantity of "new" collectors. Existing  
collectors have the common MLs and thus are interested in getting the  
next tier of MLs. The number of folks who want the common MLs has  
dropped and similarly the number of modernlib.com members has dropped.

It's why 99% of books, antiques, etc. should never be offered as  
"investments." Whatever the item is it's subject to the ebb and flow  
of popular culture's attention span. It's why bound 19'th Century  
periodicals can't be given away, while just a couple of decades ago  
they were like gold. A formerly blue chip antique like a piece of  
English copper luster ware has gathered dust for the last decade. It's  
why Beenie Babies can now be used to fill low spots in your yard.

Best regards. -Michael Watson

Quoting rebecca salame <rebecca263 at hotmail.com>:

> I;m not sure that I agree with tihs assessment. I am just a ML lover,
> not a REAL collector. That said, I still regularly buy ML books for a
> dollar apiece, or thereabouts. In fact, I periodically cull the herd by
> selling off my doubles. There is something happening though, I've
> noticed that lately I can't sell any of these beginner quality copies,
> not even at a dollar apiece!
> Only real collectors are buying, and they don't want the commons in
> used condition that I sell.
> Rebecca
> Today's Quotation:
> "Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better." Albert Camus
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> From: HTatML at aol.com
> All the aspects Joe mentions about older people collecting is probably  true.
> But something else has happened : Some years ago many ML were visible on  the
> shelves of the average store. You could pick a copy up for a few dollars.
> When you had forty or fifty you were hooked: you wanted the more
> difficult ones
> to find. Now few people can begin their collection  without having to  pay
> real money, so collecting never gets off the ground.
> Henry for Books etc.
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