I haven't really done much game show trading in the last few years. It's not that I'm stingy or hoarding my tapes or anything, it's simply that I feel like the market may be a bit saturated right now. I realize there are a lot of young traders out there, and I'm happy that the number of such traders is high enough that this group can sustain itself and continue to experience new shows that they're not familiar with.
The problem for me is that the items that interest me now are getting harder and harder to come by. I've had GSN for over a decade now, and anything they've aired I've either seen already, recorded already, or am not really interested in. Unfortunately, their library of classics continues to shrink as they attempt to save money by reducing licensing fees.
In addition, as time goes on, the likelihood of "surprising" rare finds dries up. There's still a few people out there who had a VCR in the early 80s, recorded some since-destroyed show, and will uncover it while cleaning out the attic. If you're one of those people, by all means send me a note. In addition, there are probably some full sets of shows gathering dust in production warehouses somewhere (such as the original CBS run of The Joker's Wild a few years back) that may be uncovered. If such a find crops up, I'll be happy to see it.
But if all that remains to be added to the growing list of tape collections going forward is current programming or whatever GSN is showing, I will probably be sitting on the sidelines of trading. I've got 4000+ episodes on tape and DVD already, spanning six decades and six continents. As of now, it's going to take something eye-popping to drive my interest. The good news is, I'm not the only trader out there. :)
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