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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Samba daily online users declining Reply with quote

theastronaut wrote:
TDCTDI wrote:
I think the declining numbers also has to do with the fact that as the cars get older & gain value as antiques, they are being priced out not only enthusiast's hands but also those that would enter the hobby. The only reason most of us started tinkering with VWs was that they were inexpensive to buy AND to work on, and we bought them for basic transportation. Now, it's rare to find a complete car for less than $1,500-$2,000, much less one that doesn't require lots of rust & mechanical repair. Who, in their right mind, is going to spend $5,000 for an entry level hobbyist vehicle for a daily driver when they can buy 2006 BMW for the same money? As the cars get priced out of the market for people, so does the interest in them.

The Ford Festiva forum I'm on is also slowing down since most traffic is on Facebook now... those are $2,000 cars at most so it's not the cost of the car, it's just the trend of moving from forums to Facebook.

And, VW's are still cheaper than most older collector cars. 55-57 Chevy's, two door Impalas, Novas, Camaros, Mustangs, 32 Fords, etc... All of those have been popular forever and have always been a lot more expensive than VW's. You can't buy any of those for less than 10K and not be ashamed to take it to a car show... but you can still get a very presentable early VW for under 10K.

I'm on a couple of Honda Accord forums, and we've been seeing a slight increase of traffic from those who left the forum for face book due to some of the things already mentioned about FB. These cars are like your Festiva, in that they're 2K cars or less, with real heat, working AC, and parts that actually fit and work. They're also daily drivers, and most are being driven. Add in this super cold snap we've been dealing with, and those forums start to get busy with people who want real solutions to their problems.

However I do believe several other factors do apply in reduced traffic like it being cold so less work is actually being done (not fixing the broken car), or are instead looking for parts to buy to install in the spring. Things like that.
But at the same time, for those of us who get a real winter, we might actually be on line more often, and on the forums. I know that I'm not on as often in the warmer months, because I'm outside working on something, or doing some life stuff. But when the outside air temps are below 32*F, I'm more than likely indoors, or still out in the shop (had the heat on), so I'm on line.

All of that said, I think you'll find that there's always a kind of ebb and flow of participation on the forums. Some days there are a ton of posts, while other days are fairly quiet.
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