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Hello from North Carolina, I’m new to the community and new to buying chips. I always used the chips you buy from stores like Walmart and such in the aluminum case until recently I thought I got a “very good” set of slowplays, come to find out there are way more chips out there and just being here a few days lurking on the post iv learned a lot about chips. If I can ask, what is it that makes these chips so valuable ?
 

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Welcome! Good question. If you’d ask my wife she’d tell you they’re not and that we’re all a bunch of idiots. Myself, I consider them little pieces of art that you can also play with. Prices are starting to become ridiculous though, at least for the very high end of chips. Supply and demand, lots and lots of new people have found their way here and since Paulson no longer sell to the public, there’s a finite number of chips out there.

Anything in particular that has caught your eye yet?
 

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Yeah iv been showing my wife and she isn’t amused by “little pieces of plastic” lol but yeah from the set iv seen the CDI 05 caught my eye but dang are they pricy lol when I’m used to buying $50 to $100 sets when that’s the price for like a barrel of chips
 

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Welcome to PCF! You've already got something in common with us, because most of us here probably started chipping the same way you did.

Short answer: as Eriks wrote, many chips become valuable because of high demand and relative scarcity. Why are they desirable? Higher quality than Walmart plastic chips, immensely better stacking and handling. Good chips should feel like casino chips (and many of them are). The more closely that chips meet that standard, the more desirable they are (at least to us - sometimes other players in your game won't care, but most of them will like using your chips after they discover the difference).

In just about every hobby, you end up spending a lot of money on items that other people don't think are worth anything. When I picked up a package from the post office one day, I told the clerk that it was a box of used poker chips and that there were many of us online who collected them. She replied, "I guess some people will collect anything." :)
 

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Welcome to PCF! You've already got something in common with us, because most of us here probably started chipping the same way you did.

Short answer: as Eriks wrote, many chips become valuable because of high demand and relative scarcity. Why are they desirable? Higher quality than Walmart plastic chips, immensely better stacking and handling. Good chips should feel like casino chips (and many of them are). The more closely that chips meet that standard, the more desirable they are (at least to us - sometimes other players in your game won't care, but most of them will like using your chips after they discover the difference).

In just about every hobby, you end up spending a lot of money on items that other people don't think are worth anything. When I picked up a package from the post office one day, I told the clerk that it was a box of used poker chips and that there were many of us online who collected them. She replied, "I guess some people will collect anything." :)
Thank you, and yeah that’s how I got turned to chips after going to a friends house who had different chips and felt pretty nice. Well I’m glad there is a place where I can ask questions because I was gonna start picking chips up off eBay without knowing much and this saved me from paying to much already.

Hello and welcome!
Thanks I’m excited to start buying.
 

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If I may make a suggestion here, you do seem concerned about price and whether or not Paulson chips are a cash effective option. Maybe you should consider getting some samples of ceramics from either @BR Pro Poker or @SUN-FLY Poker Chips . Ceramics are a HUGE upgrade from what you are used to at Walmart but can be purchased without taking out a second mortgage on the house.
 

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If I may make a suggestion here, you do seem concerned about price and whether or not Paulson chips are a cash effective option. Maybe you should consider getting some samples of ceramics from either @BR Pro Poker or @SUN-FLY Poker Chips . Ceramics are a HUGE upgrade from what you are used to at Walmart but can be purchased without taking out a second mortgage on the house.
Thanks for the suggestion I will definitely take a look at samples and see what I get because an upgrade would be nice.
 
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