Magazine collectors

 
  Sillyname Locomotive Driver

Location: Frankston Line
I've been thinking how I could raise some money for some local charities (my local primary school and church groups).

The idea I have is to gather and sell collectable Australian magazines. So I'm interested to hear from you guys whether this might be a successful way to raise money.

So here's a few survey questions that I'ld like some comment on:

1. Do you currently collect magazines?
If so, what type? I think lots of us with a sport/hobby/music passion like to collect a specific magazine. For example, I used collect Wheels magazine and Aust Aviation magazine. Now days I collect Aust Model Railway Magazine.

2. Have you collected magazines in the past, and no longer need them?
What type were they? Did they specifically fall into the group of Australian sport/hobby/lifestyle magazines?
3. Or do you think collecting printed magazines is a thing of the past?
Do you think I'm wasting time with this idea? Any one got some other ideas on how I can raise money for my local school?

Cheers
David

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  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
I used to keep all my railway magazines until I realised I rarely ever consulted them again. And I think most are in that category. You cannot really give away old magazines these days and no-one really wants them.

If you are looking to raise money, perhaps look at method that has low costs or overheads, also that has something you already possess, your time. Perhaps organise a handy-man for hire service in your area using parents who have useful skills. This is something that is always in demand.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
I always get a nice thank you which seems genuine from the office staff at several of the local old folks homes when I walk in and donate my hobby magazines. Apparently it gives some of the residents a change from the usual Womens Day or New Idea style of magazine.
  Kevin Martin Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
I've been thinking how I could raise some money for some local charities (my local primary school and church groups).

The idea I have is to gather and sell collectable Australian magazines. So I'm interested to hear from you guys whether this might be a successful way to raise money.

So here's a few survey questions that I'ld like some comment on:

1. Do you currently collect magazines?
If so, what type? I think lots of us with a sport/hobby/music passion like to collect a specific magazine. For example, I used collect Wheels magazine and Aust Aviation magazine. Now days I collect Aust Model Railway Magazine.

2. Have you collected magazines in the past, and no longer need them?
What type were they? Did they specifically fall into the group of Australian sport/hobby/lifestyle magazines?
3. Or do you think collecting printed magazines is a thing of the past?
Do you think I'm wasting time with this idea? Any one got some other ideas on how I can raise money for my local school?

Cheers
David
Sillyname
I seriously doubt you'll be able to make any worthwhile cash. But you would fill a lot of space in no time at all!
Increasingly, you'll read of people scanning the articles, they think they need & sending the rest to be recycled, because they can't give them away. I suspect they'll come your way by the trailer load, if you said you were taking them!

Having said that, I do have a large magazine collection, mostly British railway topics, so there are people out there who are interested, but whether they'll pay worthwhile money for your time and trouble, I doubt it.

My club, often has magazines out on display at our exhibitions, with a note for donations (no not 'gold coin' but anything, they want to give - we DON'T care how little!). Sometimes we came home with more than we started, because we receive further donations - damn!



The drawback a magazine collection has, is that you normally cannot find what's in them, without spending hours going through them. Yes there are some indexes around, but usually they offer Title (of article), Author (maybe), Issue (Year, Month, Page) and rarely little else.

Typically and on topic.

http://www.australianmodelrailways.com/amdownld.html

Or

http://www.australianmodelrailways.com/amframe.html

Looking at issue 203 in my hand, I can see all sorts of ways, the index could be improved. For instance, the AMRA, Vic Branch HO layout of Kyneton, a large VR layout in HO, is summed up in the index (really a contents page) as

[Model Railway Layout: Kyneton - Page 25].

Really? You need to know what its about (know the layout name), before you start, as there is NOTHING else to go on. No mention of scale, Railway operator/State, period, layout builder or anything else useful, to filter by.

It is likely that a HUGE amount of useful information, is tucked away in magazine collections, but cannot be found within these basic indexes. However I KNOW, just how much time is involved to do something better.

Some keywords would be most useful, but that's something that would need to be done by a group of enthusiasts, not a church/primary school group. AMRM, shouldn't be too hard to create an index with Title, Railway operator, State, Author, Year Issue Page, some keywords and a Memo with basic description. After all, there are only 312 issues (to June 2015). Some overseas magazine have significantly more.

Railway Magazine (UK) started in 1896, and Model Engineer (also UK) around the same time - ME has been indexed for free download & at times in its history was a WEEKLY magazine. Current issue number is over 4500, so anything is possible!


Like Blacksmith, I suggest you need to find a way to sell your labour, rather than low/zero cost items. Perhaps a plant nursery, or garden/handyman services, perhaps even assembling IKEA furniture!, although Public Liability Insurance would be an expense.
  Iain Chief Commissioner

Location: Concord, NSW
Well there is a more detailed index for AMRM available from Tony Soar called Magindex. It covers lots of other magazines as well.

The real issues is space - I am gradually scanning all professional papers and articles and purchasing relevant magazines on DVD (e.g. Trains; Model Railroader, AMRM) and this is reducing space. As the Blacksmith notes while you can amass a good collection it is rarely consulted. I would like to get the Mode Rail Journal on DVD though.

Iain
  Sillyname Locomotive Driver

Location: Frankston Line
Thanks for the feedback... I didn't really realise that magazine  collecting was already a thing of the past!  
I do like the "hire a handyman" service... thanks for the suggestions.

PS, I've got the entire collection of that free "Model Railways in Australia" advertising mag from Powerline.... Anyone that wants it can PM me (pick up from Melb Bayside).
  Iain Chief Commissioner

Location: Concord, NSW
I think you can hire large paper shredders which would be good for "Model Railways in Australia"and your garden compost.

Iain
  AdelaideRail75 Station Master

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
I've been thinking how I could raise some money for some local charities (my local primary school and church groups).

The idea I have is to gather and sell collectable Australian magazines. So I'm interested to hear from you guys whether this might be a successful way to raise money.

So here's a few survey questions that I'ld like some comment on:

1. Do you currently collect magazines?

I used to collect Transit Australia, Railway Digest, AMRM, Modelling Australian Model Railways, Australian Railway History, Track and Signal.  Now I limit myself to only AMRM and Modelling AustralianModel Railways, however the occasional Australian Railway History but also some other Brittish Model Railway Magazines which have excellent lift outs or special editions and this goes for Model Railroader- somehow AMRM never has special liftouts.  
2. Have you collected magazines in the past, and no longer need them?
Not exactly most went in the recycle bin after my wife and I scanned the interesting articles.

3. Or do you think collecting printed magazines is a thing of the past?

Somehow its getting that way with the younger generation using computers and Internet to get E-magazines plus also CD's or DVDs of old magazine.  The opposite is for the older generation who are keen to get the printed hard copy version but some are also downsizing after moving into smaller houses or even into a retirement village or sadly a nursing home.

The problem is that magazines appeal to people sometimes if they are interested in that one article.  In Adelaide one newsagency still allows you to photocopy magazines but other newsagents actually stop you doing that due to Copyright legislation as well as they lose money on you not purchasing the magazine.
Sillyname
  TheMeddlingMonk Deputy Commissioner

Location: The Time Vortex near Melbourne, Australia
So here's a few survey questions that I'ld like some comment on:

1. Do you currently collect magazines?
If so, what type? I think lots of us with a sport/hobby/music passion like to collect a specific magazine. For example, I used collect Wheels magazine and Aust Aviation magazine. Now days I collect Aust Model Railway Magazine.

2. Have you collected magazines in the past, and no longer need them?
What type were they? Did they specifically fall into the group of Australian sport/hobby/lifestyle magazines?

3. Or do you think collecting printed magazines is a thing of the past?

Do you think I'm wasting time with this idea? Any one got some other ideas on how I can raise money for my local school?
Sillyname
1) Yes, I collect the AMRM and have a subscription. I don't subscribe to any others at present.

2) Yes and no. I intend to keep my AMRM collection, as I find it useful as a reference. I make note of articles that I want to refer to later in a spreadsheet so that I know where to look later.

3) I think eventually it will become a thing of the past, yes. Magazines (especially niche) will probably find it more economical eventually to go online.

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