I've been mulling over an amusing bit of research for the last few days. According to a study conducted by SanDisk, 66% of Brits would not destroy their photo albums, even for £1m but 1/3rd of us would destroy them for £250k or less.
At first I thought that was madness - no one could ever pay me enough to burn my albums, but then I started thinking about it and realised that since everything I have is now backed up on the computer anyway, I figured actually for a million... well, maybe? I mean, apart from the pictures, there are things that I wouldn't be able to replace – like ticket stubs, notes from friends, grains of sand from the beach, or party confetti. The photo album is more of a recollection of an experience than a book of pictures – which having them on the computer is.
The study also showed that 46% of men were more likely to destroy the photo albums, compared to only 22% of women, which doesn't come as a surprise, really. Strangely, though, 14% of men would keep pictures of the day they met their spouse as compared to 13% of women.
Interestingly, the UK tops the list in the Europe-wide study for people who would destroy their family memories in exchange for cash.
I just don't think I could do it, electronic back-ups or not, but my hubby who admits that he hasn't invested as much time and effort into creating our annual family albums, definitely puts himself in the £250K or less bracket.
So this led me to wondering: how much would you want in exchange for chucking those family albums on the bonfire?