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Why are you still collecting ? Are we really this stupid ?
« on: June 14, 2021, 05:37:20 PM »

At this point, I have to ask myself, am I this stupid ?  I have been at this for a lot of years, for the most part Star Wars figure on sale were $5 each, SA included.  Now they are $20 each.  I am willing to pay that price, all I want to do is point, click and have them arrive in good condition at my house without traveling all over the place trying to beat all the scalpers who are trying to sell stuff on eBay.  But between Toysrus cancelling ever bloody order, Walmart taking perfectly good product and crushing it to fit in whatever box they have lying around and Amazon trying to convince me they are trying to save the environment and that is why they don't use any protective packaging . Buy, get damaged product, return and then to try and go the store and find the product in good condition.  Am I really this stupid?   Are we really this stupid ? Why are you still collecting ?
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Re: Why are you still collecting ? Are we really this stupid ?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2021, 07:10:15 PM »

Well there are a few compelling reasons to keep going & I guess I'll try to list them - some may pertain certain people but not others, I guess all influence me in different ways at different times:

1. I've come this far, it would be stupid to stop now (aka "sunk cost fallacy").

2. Fear of missing out - if I don't get the items when they come out, it will be a hell of a lot harder or more expensive to track them down if/when I want them later.

3. I still love the source material. I can still watch any of the OT movies & get as much enjoyment out of it as I always did.


The game sure has changed though. There is no substitute for being the first person to encounter a fresh shipment of brand new figures on the pegs and being able to sort through them & take your pick. Sadly, those days seem like they are almost completely behind us now. It's a click & ship hobby now, as per your post.
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Re: Why are you still collecting ? Are we really this stupid ?
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2021, 10:39:07 PM »

OK, I am still in. Just needed a pick me up.  :party0007: :r2d2line:
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Re: Why are you still collecting ? Are we really this stupid ?
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2021, 09:36:12 AM »

I am in there with you, JJ.
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Re: Why are you still collecting ? Are we really this stupid ?
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2021, 10:28:00 AM »

I think that with the costs of a single figure (6" or 3.75"), the hoops that have to be jumped through in order to get the figure, the possibility that said figure will be damaged during shipping and finally that said figure may not arrive at all because your preorder was cancelled, more than ever you should only be collecting it if you really enjoy it.

Collecting something just because you've gotten them all up until now isn't sustainable under these conditions.  At its best, you end up with a bunch of figures that you really don't like (scattered among the ones you actually do like), at its worst you could end up getting soured on the whole thing, selling everything, and looking back on something that gave you joy as something that was negative & frustrating. Not to mention 5 years from now if you get nostalgic and tried to reacquire your favorites that you sold off, you'll probably end up soured again when you see the prices.

If collecting everything is what gives you joy, good luck and go to it (providing you're still meeting all of your real world financial commitments), if collecting everything 3.75" vintage is your thing, have fun, if only a few items really turn your crank, you know what to do.  The best thing about a collection is that you decide ultimately what your focus is and that doesn't have to be the same thing that you've always done up until now.  The elephant in the room (seeing as this is a Star Wars Collecting forum) is that if none of it gives you joy anymore, it actually probably is time to move on because that's the right path for you.

As long as what you're doing isn't hurting others, just make sure it gives you joy, otherwise change your approach.  Life's too short.
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Re: Why are you still collecting ? Are we really this stupid ?
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2021, 07:54:34 PM »

I keep collecting it because I still enjoy the figures they're putting out along with the fact that the stories remain something I love.

That said, I could really do without the whole preorder-being-cancelled crap going on.  Looking at you, Toys R Us Exclusive Retro Fett and BS Clone Wars Exclusive figures.  I mean, I ordered them within five minutes of them being up and they still got cancelled on me.
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Re: Why are you still collecting ? Are we really this stupid ?
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2021, 11:17:10 PM »

Regarding Toysrus, I recently messaged them and asked what orders I actually have left.  It is so confusing , they have cancel some of the figures on orders all over the place.   I think I still have one of the BC 6" exclusives, not sure why and I think one of my orders still has a couple of rainbow BoBa Fetts, but I am not sure anymore. Plus side is that I have an endless supply of 10% of coupons. 
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Re: Why are you still collecting ? Are we really this stupid ?
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2021, 10:04:34 AM »

Happened to me too. ordered with in min of being up and got 2 emails saying both clone are canceled no explanation. call TRU and they give me the run around and hang up on me.
so close to saying the hell with it and selling all my figures . between the crappy pre order the rising prices and the scalpers in my area..
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Re: Why are you still collecting ? Are we really this stupid ?
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2021, 02:07:38 PM »

Speaking of preorders and collecting woes... did anyone order the Amazon Exclusive Black Series retro figures?  The Greedo, Jawa and Obi Wan? 

I preordered the Obi Wan ages ago and it still hasn't shipped.  Has anyone else had any luck?
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Re: Why are you still collecting ? Are we really this stupid ?
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2021, 07:15:06 PM »

I did the Obi Wan and Jawa. missed out on the greedo one but did get him thru .com for a fair price couple weeks ago. The jawa one i got few weeks ago as well but still no word on obi wan
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Re: Why are you still collecting ? Are we really this stupid ?
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2021, 05:08:14 PM »

So I guess don't despair , maybe we are not all stupid.  I contacted Toysrus via chat and they were great.  Today I received all 4 of the Clone Wars 6" TRU Exclusives , all in great shape ! I was also told my 3.75" exclusive gaming figures are all shipping to me today from TRU. I think their computer program is really bad and is the root of all their problems.
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Re: Why are you still collecting ? Are we really this stupid ?
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2021, 05:55:22 PM »

That's actually a great result, CJ. I'm glad you didn't have to resort to any temper tantrums to get your items!  :explosion:
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