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Good Question....

March 27 2015 at 9:21 PM
RJP  (Login RotaryRacer)

Response to It is all in the age

As a "kid" (35), I still like the old boats and cars and vintage 60s-70s stuff. But the kids a decade younger than me are hit and miss. There are still gear heads, but computers, gaming and the like has changed things for sure. I've worked with quite a few kids in there 20s. What is eye opening to me, is that I can remember my first interactions with a computer in grade school. We didn't have a home computer until 91 or 92. I was 12. I had already become interested in boats and cars. I already had my own boat and had just gotten my "boat license" to use the family boat.....I had a pretty easy life living on the lake allowed to use the boats as I felt and I spent pretty much all my free time in the summers on the water. Boats were accessible and many families and friends had boats in our circle of friends. Even the families that were simply making a living but had a few extra bucks to spend on the weekend.

I also spent time on a computer but not playing games online for hours and hours like the "kids" today. I never had a game console and still don't. It is not how I wanted to spend my time or money. Boats and cars were cooler to me.

Guys now in their 20s have had computers in the house since they were born and have literally not known a world without them and game consoles and have learned that spending free time playing games is normal. I actually think in 20-25 years we will see kids value "vintage" games, consoles, etc.

My generation has already shown that. People spend unreasonable amounts of money on old rare Nintendo games already. 5 figures for some really rare games...that 10 years earlier were sold at garage sales for $0.25...crazy you say.

There are some kids in their 20s that do appreciate cars and other mechanical things, cars were still cool when they were growing up. Camaros & Mustangs still made loud noises and could do smokey burnouts. BUT they all looked so what will they value when they get to middle age?

Kids that had there formative years between 1995-2010 really didn't have that many accessible and emotional cars to look up to. They had pickup trucks, Honda Civics (rice burners with fart cans) and Luxury sedans to look up to. Sure there have always been Ferraris and the like...but you need good entry level cars to really initiate the interest.

Boats nowadays are a whole other ball game. It seems you have fishing boats, wakeboard boats and pontoons. If you can get a kid interested in wakeboarding and stuff that is probably good, but who can afford a $70k dedicated wake boat?

So what should you invest in now? I honestly have no idea. But you have me thinking.

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