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 Posted 09/05/2020  2:39 pm Show Profile   Check walk2dwater's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add walk2dwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Just finished my 7th "anniversary" video on collecting world banknotes. My site is now over one year old (launched last August). We all know its been quite an unexpected year but despite all the ups & downs I've found it enjoyable to scan, sort, inventory my collection while adding to the site:
https://sites.google.com/view/notap...ng-banknotes.

I've even seen some forum membership grow as people have been forced to stay home & take up new hobbies. Lot's of new young coin collectors out there now. Perhaps one bright spot amidst this pandemic.

Would be very appreciative if the good folks here at CCF took a few minutes to watch:
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Thank you!
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 Posted 09/06/2020  12:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Happy anniversary, walk2dwater! Some really good info in that video on buying & selling. One critique I have is that some of the slides are pretty busy (lots of info) and the viewer could use a few more seconds to read it all and digest before you switch to the next slide. Some switch almost immediately after the last word is revealed.

Keep up the posts; love seeing your notes and will check out your web site in depth!
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 Posted 09/06/2020  5:23 pm  Show Profile   Check walk2dwater's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add walk2dwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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One critique I have is that some of the slides are pretty busy (lots of info) and the viewer could use a few more seconds to read it all and digest before you switch to the next slide. Some switch almost immediately after the last word is revealed.

Wow! Thank you for taking the time to watch & the feedback. I see what you mean & always struggle with the timing (on all of them) for 2 reasons. One, when exporting (transforming) the powerpoint to video the program adds a second for transitions (between slides) so the timing is different (always longer). My 1st version was 9 minutes & the final (3rd) published version is around 6 min. The 2nd reason is I want the music to match the transitions & to keep the whole thing short. (In the past I've felt some of them were a bit too long). I have a terrible attention span for most Youtube material (esp longer than 5 minutes) so I'm always trying to pair it down. I will take your input into consideration on Video #8. Thanks again.
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 Posted 09/06/2020  10:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Thank you for taking the time to watch & the feedback.

It's the least I could do for all the excellent world notes you've posted, and the inspiration you've given me to pursue world note collecting.

I will say, I've kinda gone the opposite way from your advice and got into world note collecting by buying all the inexpensive "dealer stock" notes. I have two albums JAMMED full of lower end, ~$1 notes. I think I have about 200 countries represented. And I'm thrilled with them. I love going through them and showing them to friends and my son.

However, I am starting to foray into some more expensive notes, having exhausted a lot of the lower end notes. I'm not disappointed at all that I stuck my toe in the water with the affordable notes. There is some wonderful artwork on them. But as you continue to collect, you realize that some of the best art is reserved for the higher denomination notes.
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 Posted 09/07/2020  09:30 am  Show Profile   Check walk2dwater's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add walk2dwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I have two albums JAMMED full of lower end, ~$1 notes. I think I have about 200 countries represented. And I'm thrilled with them. I love going through them and showing them to friends and my son.

- I completely get that. That's how I started collecting world banknotes since they were so cheap. http://goccf.com/t/372083

Here's one of my first orders which I was so excited to post here:

(my shipping was about 20-25% of my total expense even though I got several notes). I was thrilled to get all these different designs & figured I could pass many off to my nephews. For a while I got hooked on "unboxing" each of my weekly purchases.

Then I stopped & reconsidered my priorities (+ the thickness of the album which was brimming with cheap notes). I decided to change my approach: decrease the # of purchases & combine (add up $ I would have spent) for less but more expensive (& eclectic) purchases. This was tough to do but I'm glad I did it.

About 25 years ago I met Don Olmstead http://goccf.com/t/376908 who suggested I buy a little less & go for tougher/original specimens. Other collector friends had hinted at the same. It took a few years before his advice finally sunk in. I thought why would a dealer even suggest that (shouldn't he just be happy that I buy his cheap stuff?) We joked around & hit it off. I finally decided it might have been decent/healthy advice he gave me. Anyway, I eventually upgraded my CDN collection (although I 'missed the boat' with the Devil's Faces). After my "shopping spree" with world notes I also figured it was time to apply some of the same principals to my World collection.

A year ago, when I started the site, I searched Youtube & found many videos with collectors showing off their amazing world collections. Video after video was the collector going through his/her album. I didn't want to make a video like that (there seemed to be enough out there). I know every collector will have his/her own approach & I think that's what makes this such a great, fun hobby.
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 Posted 09/07/2020  4:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Then I stopped & reconsidered my priorities (+ the thickness of the album which was brimming with cheap notes). I decided to change my approach: decrease the # of purchases & combine (add up $ I would have spent) for less but more expensive (& eclectic) purchases.

This is where I'm heading now.

My first foreign note purchase was the Zimbabwe $100T note. I didn't have the intention to start collecting world notes at that time; I just thought that note was cool. I think I paid $15 US or less for it -- obviously before the craze hit and they started going for $100-$200, a price I wouldn't even consider paying. Then I decided to collect all the hyperinflation $Z notes (I have a complete set minus the $10k P-72 note). Then I decided to fill in as many $Z notes as I could from P-1 to P-98. I have a pretty solid collection except for the hard-to-find bearer's, traveller's, and emergency checques; also some of the more scarce P-1 through P-4 notes.

After that is when I really kicked into inexpensive world notes. I went on a buying spree one night on one of the more prolific ebay seller's stores and bought around 150 or so notes, and many were sets so I was getting 5-10 notes at less than $1/note. I started focusing on Yugoslavia notes (again due to the attractiveness of all those zeros on the hyperinflation notes), then, like Zimbabwe, I decided to collect as many Yugoslavia notes as I could.

I am still filling in Yugoslavia and Zimbabwe notes as I find them for reasonable prices and I've bought a few more large bundles of inexpensive notes.

Now, I'm becoming more selective and spending a bit more on fewer notes.
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 Posted 09/10/2020  07:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add scopru to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
walk2dwater. Nice video. I enjoyed watching it. I do have some thoughts.

As noted the timing on some of the slides doesn't allow enough time to get it completely read.
Another item from an aesthetics point of view. The color of your text on many slides changes color 3 or more times. That causes the eyes to be drawn all over the page. Using 2 colors reduces this and can still illustrate your points. Example the slide with title " My Switch to TPG" was very easy without my eyes being drawn back and forth.
You might also explore using a color theme on your text throughout the slides for a cohesive feel throughout the presentation.
Just some thoughts for you to consider.

Overall is a good video and very good information. Very well done good sir
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09/10/2020 07:22 am
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 Posted 09/10/2020  11:31 am  Show Profile   Check walk2dwater's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add walk2dwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Another item from an aesthetics point of view. The color of your text on many slides changes color 3 or more times. That causes the eyes to be drawn all over the page. Using 2 colors reduces this and can still illustrate your points

- Thank you for your feedback. I will work to improve the consistency (& timing) of the frames in the next edition.

Thanks again!
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 Posted 09/10/2020  11:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bas S Warwick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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I turned the playback speed down to .75 and reduced the volume. More time to digest everything.


Thanks walk2dwater for your amazing effort in blogs and videos.

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 Posted 09/11/2020  07:40 am  Show Profile   Check walk2dwater's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add walk2dwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I turned the playback speed down to .75 and reduced the volume

-Great tip

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Thanks walk2dwater for your amazing effort in blogs and videos.

-thanks for taking the time to visit & watch
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