« on: August 27, 2008, 04:42 PM »
It's good to hear I'm not the only one who's at the same crossroads with their collection...
Let me relay a story to all of you...
There was this girl I worked with that used to smoke, had been for about 14 years -- smoked a pack a day. One day she came back from one of her normal smoke breaks and told me "that's my last cigarette; I just quit." A couple weeks later she hadn't gone back to smoking, and a few months later she still had not had another cigarette. Not being a smoker, and hearing how hard it is to quit, I asked her how she was able to do so, so easily. She told me, "I added up all the money I had been spending on cigarettes over the last year; when I saw the total and carried that out over 14 years, I got so pissed off at myself and the cigarette makers that I just decided I had had enough. No more!"
Well, I had this same epiphany about my SW collection around May-June of this year (during the lull of Hasbro product). I started looking at all the SW items (Hasbro & non-Hasbro) I've purchased and held onto for the past 13 years (!!!), thought about the SW items I've purchased and ultimately sold over the past 13 years; added/estimated the total of all those purchases and just got mad. Mad at myself -- for buying figures that today I couldn't even tell you the name of the character -- and mad at Hasbro for overwhelming the market. I'm not blaming Hasbro for my own inability to control my purchases, but it just wasn't fun anymore. I'm liquidating roughly 85% to 90% of my collection, save for the first 9 POTF2 figures (sentimental), the Fans' Choice figures, the McQuarrie figures, and 2-3 representative figures from each line (POTF2, SOTE, EU, EpI, POTJ, SAGA, CW, CWAnimated, OTC, Vintage, POTC, ROTS, TSC, TAC). This alone will still leave me with close to 100 figures.
This is not the first time I've sold a huge chunk of my collection, but this is the first time that it's hitting nearly every segment of my collection. In the past it would be "I'm selling all my 12" figures" or "I'm selling all my Unleashed figures" or "I'm selling all the army-builder figures" or "I'm selling all my non-Star Wars figures" ... you get the picture.
I have not purchased any of the Legacy Collection or Clone Wars figures, nor felt any compulsion to. I went to the Midnight Madness on July 26, looked at the new figures and just walked away. I have been hardcore for 13 years then just decided "No more!" I'm taking a huge loss on the figures I'm selling, but having never been a believer of collect-to-profit and expecting to be extremely lucky to get even 50% of my money back, I'll be okay with that.
I anticipate about 2 months to move everything.
Loose figures first
MOC figures fourth (biggest chunk of my collection)
Misc. crap last
...whatever is left or did not sell, I'll probably just donate.
I'm not completely out of the game. I still love the OT films; I still have all my 1977-1985 figures; and I will still continue to post very infrequently. I buy LEGO, the GG animated maquettes, OT Acme Keys, and OT or Clonetrooper Mighty Muggs now, and that is all -- lines that are infrequent enough to not overwhelm me, but still frequent enough to keep me anticipating. Hopefully now I can stay a consumer who collects to enjoy, and not just one who collects to collect.
...and I do believe this is my longest post ever in the history of the internets.