Greetings dear readers! I’ve been pondering this question in my head for a while now and thought I’d pose it to all of you: What fuels your collecting these days? Is it the scarcity of a piece or the price? Or is that the sense of urgency in collecting is gone thanks to our on demand, 24/7 cyber-world?
For many years the inability to find that prized vintage Mego figure or latest release from a line such as Star Wars, movie or comic tie in, etc, was the driving force for me. I either wanted to replace a memory or grab a hold of the newest shiniest toy. Pre internet and ebay especially, the hunt would take you far and wide to track these items down. For me that was a ton of fun. Then along came the ‘net, message boards and then finally online auction sites. Plus comic shops and retailers across the country started putting everything up and for me the game changed.
I have never been much of a haggler when it came to price and making deals. If I wanted it I’d pretty much pay whatever the asking price was. Not so much these days. Now I find myself looking for the best price. That’s another reason why I go all goofy crazy when I see clearance sales and free shipping offers from folks like Entertainment Earth. I guess it’s fair to say that I have replaced the satisfaction of finding the trophy itself for finding the best deal for said trophy, and that being even more of the reward.
What say you? Have you noticed your collecting habits changed for these same type reasons? Or is the seek out, search and acquire the same for you? I’m really curious about this one and look forward to your thoughts.