Collectibles generally aren't worth much

I don't understand why people would buy silver bullion bars or those "collector's" coins you see on TV. You know, the [booming voice]Obama Gold Coin[/booming voice] or whatnot. These things aren't going to go up in value. If they do, they still won't be worth very much because the companies tend to mass produce them. They are a lot like Beanie Babies. (I bought Beanie Babies but I bought them because they were cute, not because I thought I'd make a fortune off them.) I just imagine these people showing up on Hoarders with piles and piles of collectible plates. At least you can snuggle a Beanie Baby!