I've been collecting since I graduated college in Jan. 1980. I love the hobby and thru trading and collecting, I've made friends from all over the world, accumulated a great collection and been able to discover many great shows which I was too young to see when they aired and which never had any syndication in my market or at all. I don't have any friends that live locally who share my enthusiasm but I'm able to communicate on the phone with fellow fanatics. And after all of these years, there's only a scant couple of shows that I haven't been able to get at least one episode of. Unlike most here, the last 7-8 years and the flood of DVDs on the market, I have mixed feelings about. Yes, its been nice and convenient but to me it has taken most of the fun out. A lot of the fun of collecting is the challenge of it. Somehow going to amazon.com and clicking purchase doesn't give the same enjoyment as finding a show playing on a single UHF station in a small market and then actually finding someone to record it for you. Kind of like the difference between the accomplishment of climbing a mountain vs having a helicopter take you to the top and dropping you off. You got to the top both ways but the second way doesn't have the same meaning.