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Like Ms Pearl, I have an online store selling antiques, vintage items and collectables and like Ms Pearl I have lots of unrealistic offers that I automatically decline.

These come from people of all ages and to blame it on young people or suggest it comes from one generation seems incredibly unfair and ageist.

I do hope that any young people who subscribe to ATG don’t feel like they are unwelcome after reading this. Many of us value our younger customers and want to encourage younger generations in their interest in antiques.

Furthermore Ms Pearl’s letter comes across as petty and relies on tired stereotypes of young people, using cheap jokes about what they drink.

Sonia Vitale