I visit a couple of Guns 'n Shootin Forums where the word “collector” seems to be popping up more and more. This ammo is “collectable”. That ammo is “collectable”. Don’t shoot it because it’s “collectable”. And so on. Many of the guys know that I am also a cartridge collector and so they often contact me asking about cartridge values, collectablity, etc. I honestly have a hard time explaining to them the difference between an old fashioned cartridge collector, like most of us, and the new generation of “collectors” spawned by the Internet and it’s Forums.
A typical example - How can I say that a box of WW II Cal .30 (30-06) is worth $10 to $15, or a buck per cartridge, when others tell them it’s collectable (there’s that word again) and it should not be shot, and it’s value will increase as though they’ve won the lottery. Or, why do I say that cal .30 API cartridges are worth only a couple of dollars when they see guys bidding up to $10 per cartridge for some de-linked FN from 1956?
Can any of you guys give me any advice on how to explain this to them? Preferebly, in words that I can copy and paste. ;-) I notice that a couple of other IAA Forum members are on the same forums and I think they are struggling with this almost as much as I am.