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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-04-2010 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

    Disappearing Silver notices

Everyone knows my opinion about scrapping....
Also the Guidelines.....

The collecting marketplace has always been cyclical.
When we started the Silver Salon Forums, the silver collecting cycle was peaking. 11 years later it is ebbing
Scrap metal prices rising has also happened before. Scrapping historic or collectible silver is not new.

What may be a new paradigm is how much the world has changed. For example, once it was a chicken in every pot and now it’s a cell phone in near every pocket along with the Internet and the overall global economic down turn & the very rapid increase in spot metal, etc.

I can reflect on a time when a person bought with an eye/hope that their purchase would last. I don’t think this is the way of the world anymore. For today’s consumer it seems obsolescence is an accepted expectation. And for today’s consumer a short few weeks is all it takes for today’s NEW to become disposable.

For example, in the past when buying a home most often for the buyer it was a real 20-30 year purchase. They would expect to raise the kids and retire in the purchase and with any nominal luck the investment would increase in value. The American Dream was to raise a family, live a comfortable life and to making things a little better for the next generation.

Somewhere along the way America lost this vision.

Lately, from time to time I get e-mails from sellers who let me know what they intend to send to scrap; good historic silver because they can not afford not to.

We can’t afford to rescue everything. If you are interested in being forwarded a copy of such scrapping notices then contact me at

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iconnumber posted 12-05-2010 08:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember years ago I stayed in a bed and breakfast in an antebellum house that had a huge wardrobe on the second floor landing. It had been in the same place since the house was built. Today I see even the insides of expensive houses with fake art on the walls and cheaper furniture. I assume people know they're not going to stay in those houses that long and just don't want to move the stuff, easier just to sell it off cheap or toss it.
I've been trying to get Scott's message across in this forum for a while now and it seems no one wants to listen, but yes, the world has changed, the question is - will the pendulum swing back some day?
I've been saying

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iconnumber posted 12-05-2010 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hose_dk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the pendul will sving one day. And people vill regret what is missing - but remaining will be treasured even more. For centuries silver has been recycled to meet facion. And that is regret - but also the nature.
I buy as much as I can afford - most of it is "junk" because I cannot afford the good stuf.
Those of you that read my stories know that I try to reconstruct the history of what I get my hands on. To the best of knowledge.
In my mind - if an item has no story of its own, the recycling is OK.
But the initiative set here - to get seller and buyer in contact. Pleas let us see some of the items that meet new owner via this. That would be fun.

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