When it comes to collecting things, most people make the bulk of their purchases online, especially if they are looking for specifics. Why waste time going to a store when you can enter in the exact thing that you want and see where it's available and the price you'd have to pay? It's certainly easier to get the instant gratification of the internet rather than go to a physical location only to be disappointed right?
Well not necessarily. Even expert collectors who are looking for that one item, such as a diecast model car, can get benefits from going into shops and stores. For one thing, you get to expand your collection and walk out with the item on the same day you buy it. There's something about seeing the physical item you want fully available to touch and hold, and just like in the movies, the angel choir sings and the backlight flicks on as you grab it.
Even if you don't find something you want, going to a store can help you expand your collection just by the virtue of looking around. Searching on the internet is so focused, and since you are so focused on this motorbike model, or this one diecast car model, you miss out on something else that you could really want. It's one thing to go to a physical store and see the object of your desire, but it's another to see the object and then have your eye caught by something else. If you've seen ads for model car shops like Car Models of Braidwood, you know the huge variety of models that can easily catch your eye!
Also, if you are a major car model collector, it can be helpful to talk about the model with the owners. They might be able to point you in the direction of similar models, let you know when another object of your collection is on their shelves, or even point you to a collectible that's either cheaper or has more features. If nothing else, you'll be able to share some conversation with staff and other store goers who have the same confidence and love of models that you do.
Plus, it can really be a fun adventure, where you and a few likeminded friends go to a car model store and just spend the day looking around. It makes time fly, brings the group closer, and it's always triumphant when everyone walks out with exactly the type of car they wanted – and maybe even something extra.
While the internet offers convenience and is perhaps a last resort for those who have been able to find a physical representation of the model they want, it pales in comparison to going to a physical shop. If you are a major model car enthusiast, the idea of spending a day at a store that specializes in your passion probably is a great idea! Being surrounded by and able to touch your favorite cars and hold the …