The Six Types of Theme Park Merchandise Fans: Which One Are You?
How much do you spend on theme park souvenirs?
Do you go for the T-shirt and maybe a pin whenever you visit a park? Or do you collect the high-end stuff — the limited edition collectibles and fancy objets d'art? Are you the type who puts together custom outfits for every theme park visit, or are you happy with just being at the park and never buy any souvenirs to take home?
Being a theme park fan can be expensive, especially if you're really into merchandise. In my Orange County Register column this week, I take a look at some of the different types of theme park merchandise fans. Are you a hoader? A bounder? Or are you that denizen of eBay, the reseller?
Do you know someone like one of these types? Or are you one of these types? Take a look at the column, and let us know!
This week's column:
I'm the type of person who buys a Disneyland shirt and wears it to WDW
I am a combination. Some Bounder...hints of Fandom with handmade, themed jewelry and totebags. I search the Internet for unique fabric and make usable items for our trips. Throw in some DIY...just finished 8 costumes for adults going to MNSSHP. I am also working on a Pixie Hollow fairy garden in my yard!
I am none of the above. I enjoy the parks and visiting but don't feel a need to buy merchandise. Maybe I'm just a cheapskate.
When I see a really nice T-shirt- which is rarely - I might buy it. Otherwise I'm unlikely to purchase anything other than an on-ride photograph, and that's only to prove that I was actually at a park that I will probably never have the opportunity to visit again.
I confess to buying the stuffed Fang from the Wizarding World... and I'm down-right addicted to Peppermint Toads. Other than that, it's mostly t-shirts.... especially during HHN. My husband has a collection of HHN shirts reaching back to our first visit in 2004. And I'm getting ready to bust out my American Werewolf in London shirt for our trip later this week :-).
Do specialty foods count as merchandise? Whether it's a Flaming Moe, a Butterbeer ice cream, or Blue Milk, I'll usually give it a try.
Mostly just a t-shirt or cap on each visit. I used to collect those wonderful books showing off the parks but cut down on that last few visits. As much as I love those amazing statues and such, a bit too expensive for my tastes.
I never buy merchandise anymore because I have no place to store them. Every year, I donate stuff that I haven't used. My rule is if it is sitting in the boxes for at least 10 years, get rid of it. I tried to sell them on Ebay, but many merchandise are selling for less than the list prices. The time for making money off Ebay is long past. There are no more collectibles. You'll be holding on to the last beanie babies, pins, and vinyls. Sucker.
I will buy anything from WWoHP. I have just about everything from the Weasley's shop and we have several interactive wands. I just can't resist. But I pass on all of the $30 t-shirts, just like fun, unique collectibles.
I don't really fit into any of these categories. I don't really buy souvenirs that often, and when I do, it's never for the same exact reason.
I'm usually down for a T-shirt or sweatshirt at both Disneyworld and Harry Potter Wizarding World. Maybe a souvenir glass or cup and a Harry Potter collectible of some sort just for my own nerdy enjoyment.
I'm a pin girl...if it captures my interest, and I got the money, I'll get it...I'm not into the pin trading, so I got a lot
Most merch is extremely expensive for what it is. And most times, you are investing in "memories" and "keepsakes" and "smiles" which is fancy language for tomorrow's junk in your garage. It's far better to buy merch outside of the parks and blow your cold, hard moolah on what really matters -- the food.
I like high end collectable merchandise, and I also put together Disneybound outfits.
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