I have a few questions for you guys(a girls).
First, a few statements leading to the questions.
Recently(as most regulars already know) I acquired the yoyo collection of a forum member.
Years before this ever happened, I already had hundreds of yo-yos. Most of them identified by some kind of markings from the Factory. The identification marks varied from minimal to way overdone and everything in between. Not that long ago(a few years) people started this kick about not caring for engravings and such and wanted unmarked yo-yos they felt would,just look better without the multitude of markings on the yo-yos.
So, that seemed to be the new normal; unbranded in any way kinda yo-yos. Personally I have seen some pretty ugly markings on yo-yos, so I didn’t give it much thought or concern. Just keep i in its’ box and no problems, right?
The collection I acquired threw a good curve into my equation.
Some people for whatever various reasons, keep the boxes or pouches or whatever the yo-yos came in. For reselling value… for storing the yo-yos not on display, safely… for a better than nothing way to identify the yo-yos in the future.
Well, Jeff is not that kinda guy. He doesn’t find anything critically important in keeping the containers the yo-yos came with.
So, I have another approximately 500 yo-yos in my collection. 2 boxes and the rest ‘zero’ boxes.
The idea for this topic emerged from my curiosity after the days of going through all 500 of these yo-yos and realizing that at least 250 of them have absolutely no identifying lettering, symbols or whatever on them. No boxes and no marks.
Several of the guys on this forum were nice enough to pm me a few months back when I first mentioned this situation. So it’s not like there is no solution to this dilemma.
But it really got me wondering for the benefit of ‘most people in general’, the value/importance of marking yo-yos.
My question> Do you feel yo-yos just look better without any marks on them?
If every yoyo Maker gave the option between engraving or no engraving, which would you choose?
Do you feel a yoyo has a better resale value or collector value if it has to marks on it?
Or do you feel that yo-yos would be more valuable if they had Factory markings on them?
I am not asking anybody to answer each of my questions as they have been asked. Or answering all of them, period.
I am asking your views on whether yo-yos should be or not be marked? And your value factor to each option.