Re: How big is our hobby?
- I hope there aren't too many. It makes it even harder for me to get
new specimens for my electronic menagerie when there are thousands
of other rabid retro-techies out there trying to get their hands on
the same machines that I am. ;-)
--- In email@example.com, "Evan" <evan947@y...> wrote:
> Here's something on my mind lately. I posted a similar query to
> classiccmp/cctalk a few weeks ago, but no one seemed interested in
> discussing it. Trying again here and now...
> How big is our hobby?
> I think it'd be very interesting and helpful to know approximately
> collectors there are worldwide. I guess we fall into various
> as 1.) general computer nerds who happen to have one or a few old
> for sentimentality or just for the coolness or amusement; 2.)
> never considered that other people do it too; 3.) collectors who
> the hobby but choose to remain anonymous; 4.) active collectors
> nerds who join groups with names like "MARCH"; 5.) crazy rich
people who are
> generic science/technology collectors and whose collections may
> computer stuff.
> If we really think hard, we could fine-tune these categories, but
> sake of this email, they'll suffice.
> Obviously we're all mostly familiar with category 4. How many of
> Well we can do some estimating. Classiccmp has just under 1,000
> Erik Klein's vcforum has a few hundred who aren't on classiccmp; my
> newsletter also has a few hundred who are unique; Sellam Ismail's
> mailing list has another thousand-ish; and then I figure that each
> top 50(-ish) vintage computer web sites probably has a few
> fans... Many of those numbers are estimates, but the point is,
it's easy to
> estimate that there are approximately (very approximately!) 5,000-
> "active" vintage computer collectors in the world.
> But here's the neat part: as we saw in Trenton last weekend, for
> of in category 4, there are several more in categories 1 and 2.
What do you
> suppose the ratio is -- 2:1, 4:1, 10:1...? If we guess low and
> are just two oblivious or inactive collectors for each of us, well
> there could easily be 30,000 collectors in the world. Granted,
many of them
> may not know they're collectors! But they are.
> I'm really curious about how others feel.
> Evan Koblentz's personal homepage: www.snarc.net
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