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    Collectibles vs. Collectables?
    I just bought two domain names. widgetcollectibles.com and widgetcollectables.com. I actually bought the first one first, then thought I better buy the second.

    Which would be best to develop? I'll likely park the other on top of the developed one with a 301 redirect.

    My instinct is that collectibles is better than collectables... any input?

    added: no, the sites not actually widgetcollectibles.
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    Definitely collectibles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geno Prussakov
    Definitely collectibles.

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    collectable is the English spelling. Collectible is the American spelling.

    Depends on your market. If American, then go with the American spelling

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    I looked both up in the American Heritage Dictionary and was surprised to see both spellings are acceptable - didn't make any mention as one being American and the other English (but only that spelling of acceptable is correct...go figure). I agree with Geno, go with collectibles. I believe most people would spell it that way.

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    Thanks everyone for the feedback.

    Quote Originally Posted by cjshoppingnetwork
    collectable is the English spelling. Collectible is the American spelling.

    Depends on your market. If American, then go with the American spelling
    I guess that is what had me confused, when I searched I saw both variations used extensively.
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    Collectibles (with an "i") is the preferred term. Google returns 108,000,000 pages for collectables and 225,000,000 for collectibles. As Geno says, "Definitely collectibles."
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjshoppingnetwork
    collectable is the English spelling. Collectible is the American spelling.
    Promote U.S. merchants on one, and U.K. merchants on the other! With the dollar rate being what it is now, you can't go wrong with the British merchants...

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    It is one of those differences between American English and British English.

    I am English, but live in America. I am sure that my language is a mixture of both. So my site visitors probably get a little confused sometimes (so do my kids)

    It just makes me wonder why the heck Americans changed collectables into collectibles

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    What Geno said.

    In cases like this, I ask WordTracker instead of a dictionary. Some words get a lot of misspellings, and there are times it's worth it to misspell a word. But I remember looking this very word up a few years ago. There were many, many more searches for the correct spelling--collectibles. On the other hand, there is a lot more competition for the correct spelling.

    And in general, with Google's (and Yahoo's) ability to route misspellings to results that include sites with the correct version, there isn't nearly as much benefit to targeting misspellings as there used to be. It's not totally worthless to aim for them, but I wouldn't do up a whole page (or a site) just for typos and misspellings like I would have 5 or so years ago.
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    It just makes me wonder why the heck Americans changed collectables into collectibles.
    Because we like to screw with your heads. Look at what we did to pyjamas. :snicker:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhea
    Because we like to screw with your heads. Look at what we did to pyjamas. :snicker:
    Not to mention boots, chicks, bumbershoots and roundabouts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caseyfern
    Not to mention boots, chicks, bumbershoots and roundabouts...

    huh?

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    Shakespeare wrote "Much Ado About Nothing".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geno Prussakov
    Promote U.S. merchants on one, and U.K. merchants on the other! With the dollar rate being what it is now, you can't go wrong with the British merchants...

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    Geno beat me to saying what I was going to say. I think that's a good strategy.

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