So what do people think is the future of this type of Scottish paperweight?
But you began by asking:
... are they a good investment for the future?
There's various separate issues to consider here - unless it's really only the future profit, on what may or may not be a "good buy" now, that people are interested in.
In terms of immediate profit, taking the example of the Caithness weight, we can note that in 2003 it was released at Â£75 and the book Caithness Paperweights - 2nd Edition
gives a market value, as at 2004, of the same amount. So a Â£30 deal now seems like a very good piece of business - but only if it can actually sell at close to the original sales price. Otherwise, it's just business as usual with a regular mark-up to be set and tried for.
As for the Selkirk weight, I don't have much knowledge for those but I imagine Â£50-70 would be about the right level for a design of that type. So, again a Â£30 deal now would seem ok.
But the bigger question is: If you are able to buy "a lot more" - why are they available? Did somebody have a large stock that did not sell? Has somebody cleared a large collection and simply accepted whatever price they could get?
But getting back to your generalised question about "the future of this type of weight", I suppose the answer is simply, "It's uncertain". How long will such designs remain collectable? Or is it the fact of them being closed editions that makes them attractive to collectors?
I have to admit, that personally I don't have any feel at all for the business side of life (but that doesn't mean I am an easy target for cheap deals :roll: ). However, the reasons for people liking one thing or another, be it a design or a colour scheme, or a size or shape, etc. etc., are what I find fascinating.
I suppose that's a lot words not answering the original question(s), but I enjoyed typing them.