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PostSubject: Collecting Dilemma   Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:29 pm

Hii guys,
I would like to share my 2 cents opinion/advice on what Hobby Collecting is all about. I'm very sure many of you guys have experienced this the hard way. But 1st lemme briefly tell you about myself. I've been collecting comics & other collectibles for more than 30 years. Over that period of time, I've collected books (comics, hardcovers, prestige formats, graphic novels ect), statues, hard to find merchandise, trading cards on Ultraman, Star Trek, Marvel & DC characters, Conan, Alex Ross stuffs, basketball cards, dinosaurs and other stuffs that might interest me from time to time. And most recently (2007), Hot Wheels!!

In 1990s I started to go into Basketball cards. During these period I've realized that my obsessions had cost me a fortune!! At one time, I spent over RM10,000.00 in less than a week buying stupid Basketball cards boxes after boxes just to get a Jordan autographs etc!! Stupid? Damn right!!

This is what happen to a lot of new collectors. Thru my experience, THE THRILL OF LOOKING/SEARCHING FOR WHAT WE WANT IS THE BEST MOST EXHILARATING FEELING EVER!! We dream about it, we fantasies ourselves.. Hell at one point or another I wished I was born in the States cos that's where u can get anything.

During the 90s, comics were booming. Everybody was clamouring to buy comics. U end up buying comics which u don't really need just to keep up with your fellow collectors. U do not want to be left alone. U want to tell your friends, what they have, u have & more. Towards the end of the day, u end up with a lot of comics that u don't need. Before that u started to buy Overstreet Price Guide or Wizard just to determine what's your collection is worth.

But truth to the matter is, WHAT IS WRITTEN IN THE PRICE GUIDE DOESN'T REFLECT THE TRUE MARKET PRICE IN MALAYSIA!! In Malaysia, when u want to buy something related to a hobby, if u missed it for the 1st time (at retail), u must be prepared to buy at a higher price, sometimes obscene price. Go to local forum on toys & collectibles, u'll find a lot of people is trying to get rid of their stuffs becos they've given up collecting but not many takers cos it's too expensive. I've seen the same syndrome with Hot Wheels collectors - but remember there's a difference between Collectors & Scalpers. Scalpers will survive the test of time cos they buy & resell when the goods are in demand. They say they are collectors too but they are not. I've seen people whom work with "The Producers of Hot Wheels" sending boxes of Hot Wheels to the local hypermarts & picking up T-Hunts & Supers maybe to sell them or doing a friend a favour.

I've seen friends whose been buying everything under the sun end up with less money & more expensive/high valued stuffs in their collection but when they want to sell them, no one wants to buy them unless u sell them at a ridiculously low price.

With these experience, I've long realized that if u want to start collecting something, don't be too overzealous about it. Don't pick up everything & anything becos your friends does. Pick & choose what to collect. Collect less but collect things which u can appreciate later. In Hot Wheels, I only collect tv or movie related cars but REMEMBER THE 1ST RULE ABOUT COLLECTING: COLLECT WHAT U LIKE BUT IF U SEE/FIND SOMETHING WHICH IS/ARE IN DEMAND AT RETAIL OR UNDER RETAIL PRICE, BUY THEM COS U CAN USE THEM TO TRADE WITH OTHER STUFFS THAT U MISSED OR WANT.

I mostly trade & seldom sell. I've even given free Hot Wheels to some of the forumers here <u know who u are Smile>

With that, I bid adieu & keep collecting...
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:37 pm

indeed.. a lesson very well learnt for most of us.. so yang belum terkena... bak kata pepatah.. yang baik kita jadikan teladan yang tak baik kita buat clip 3gp.... ekekeke..... thanx for sharing ... thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:56 pm

A good advise from big brother thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:43 pm

thanks for sharing bro.. ya, it's a great advice.. mostly people now had forgotten the true meaning of collecting.. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:40 pm

Great advise...!

Remember : Collect & spend ..wisely!!! smile
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:49 pm

hassan wrote:
indeed.. a lesson very well learnt for most of us.. so yang belum terkena... bak kata pepatah.. yang baik kita jadikan teladan yang tak baik kita buat clip 3gp.... ekekeke..... thanx for sharing ... thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
Boleh percaya ke Hassan ni Rolling Eyes
Bukankah favourite statement anda, "buy now, regret later"? Razz What a Face

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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:10 pm

musclemania wrote:
hassan wrote:
indeed.. a lesson very well learnt for most of us.. so yang belum terkena... bak kata pepatah.. yang baik kita jadikan teladan yang tak baik kita buat clip 3gp.... ekekeke..... thanx for sharing ... thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
Boleh percaya ke Hassan ni Rolling Eyes
Bukankah favourite statement anda, "buy now, regret later"? Razz What a Face


no regrets actually.. but due to mullah constraint some old ones have to go to make way for new ones... Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil ..... smart not?.... cool cool cool

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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:17 pm

Yeaarrgggkkhhhh, Hassan Twisted Evil

Anyway, as long as affordable, pls go ahead.
As I always commented, for those with family under your care (or commitment), please don't let yourself/family member feeding on your die cast.

Cheers!
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:30 pm

hassan wrote:
indeed.. a lesson very well learnt for most of us.. so yang belum terkena... bak kata pepatah.. yang baik kita jadikan teladan yang tak baik kita buat clip 3gp.... ekekeke..... thanx for sharing ... thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup


I like
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:44 pm

a very very good advise broo.. thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:08 pm

Kalau dah dilemma jual atau roak aje
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:50 pm

by what YOU like.......

don't buy what OTHER people say you must like........
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:42 am

Am glad to share my experiences with u guys. U r the new breed of collectors. My hats off to you guys god Just remember not 2 push urselves 2 limit. Patience is virtue.. Sometime it took me 10 years b4 I've finally completed some of the sets in my collection.
I'll be opening my trade soon. Lazy 2 hunt nowadays. Looking 4 some particular cars 2 complete my 2011 collection on tv & movie castings. Previously UCB helped me getting Ecto-1, DMC & some Batmobiles. It's good 2 have friends, lots & lots of friends! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:10 am

we have same interest..TV cars..but still doesn't have ecto-1..haha..
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:50 am

Collecting HW these days even crazier as Mattel producing so many series in mainline not forgetting more choices in special carded. Every year now Mattel producing more than a billion HW which is indeed a bad decision.
What happen to comic collectors before , i try to shout it but you also need to readdressing this issue to Mattel...more rotten cars in pegs now.
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:47 pm

adiz182 wrote:
we have same interest..TV cars..but still doesn't have ecto-1..haha..
Only got 1. Usually I'll try to get at least 2 units of whatever that I'm collecting. 1 for keep & 1 for future trade. But like I said earlier, eventually u'll find someone who wants to leggo his Ecto-1. In the meantime, keep the passion strong... \m/

Wildspirit: Aku Hanya Serangga di hutan belantara... One voice is not gonna do much. Like any other conglomerate, it's about pleasing the investors. Sales must go up every year!!
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:57 pm

I can relate to vavavoom collecting habits. Because i collect a lot of dust also. hahaha. But not to the extent of using 10 grand for trading cards la. Though more in the region of 300 bucks for comics every month. Sometimes more. And also buying covers. Like 1 issue got 10 different cover but same content? I did that too. But this went on for about 5 years. Then it stopped. When i changed jobs, the place to get comics is far. So stop because of that. Now everything in boxes. Collecting Hw also slowed down already. It actually stopped the whole year until recently...

Hopefully this week can clear up the store room to see how much dust i have...
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:54 pm

buat baik berpada2... collect HW berjaga..
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:07 pm

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I can relate to vavavoom collecting habits. Because i collect a lot of dust also. hahaha. But not to the extent of using 10 grand for trading cards la. Though more in the region of 300 bucks for comics every month. Sometimes more. And also buying covers. Like 1 issue got 10 different cover but same content? I did that too. But this went on for about 5 years. Then it stopped. When i changed jobs, the place to get comics is far. So stop because of that. Now everything in boxes. Collecting Hw also slowed down already. It actually stopped the whole year until recently...

Hopefully this week can clear up the store room to see how much dust i have...

I've slowed down on everything tremendously. Still buying comics but pick-up time once every 2 months or so. I've boxed & catalogue 90% of my collections. Now the boxes are collecting dust in the storage room! Hahahaha....
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:12 pm

matbear82 wrote:
buat baik berpada2... collect HW berjaga..

Nasihat yang baik Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:21 pm

matbear82 wrote:
buat baik berpada2... collect HW berjaga..

ehh eh .... ini master hauler ada berjaga-jaga gak ker hmm semua borong nampak whistling laugh1
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:26 pm

Collect hw berjaga....nanti soru pun miss

Silap haribulan bini sajikan DD masak korma whistling
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:36 pm

I got a simple solution. When you dun like what you have ... just give me ... I will arrange my minions to come collect from you. They can help you clear out your house ... LOL ... Have a great time collecting ... whatever that u collect
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:14 am

Very good insight from vavavoom..

Just to add one more thing, most people thought it's a huge investment, in reality, they are tough to sell nowadays because toys these days are not like the ones in 70's or 80's, those kind of toys were played with and when those kids grew up, they start looking back for their old childhood toys that brings back memories and are nostalgic. This is what brings value plus due to some errors or limited/out of production products.

Toys nowadays are available for the masses, what ever you have, another person has it, so it doesn't hold that kind of "value" anymore, mass produced items plus the so called "limited" edition, we can't really tell do we? are they really2 that rare?, I always feel if I can get this piece, for sure someone else will.

That's just my opinion. For me same point with vavavoom, I always collect what I like, but sometimes I do get caught in on the buzz, due to weak will power sweat
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PostSubject: Re: Collecting Dilemma   Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:28 am

Fadli85 wrote:
Very good insight from vavavoom..

Just to add one more thing, most people thought it's a huge investment, in reality, they are tough to sell nowadays because toys these days are not like the ones in 70's or 80's, those kind of toys were played with and when those kids grew up, they start looking back for their old childhood toys that brings back memories and are nostalgic. This is what brings value plus due to some errors or limited/out of production products.

Toys nowadays are available for the masses, what ever you have, another person has it, so it doesn't hold that kind of "value" anymore, mass produced items plus the so called "limited" edition, we can't really tell do we? are they really2 that rare?, I always feel if I can get this piece, for sure someone else will.

That's just my opinion. For me same point with vavavoom, I always collect what I like, but sometimes I do get caught in on the buzz, due to weak will power sweat

Bravo clap What u say is very true. Only you know the true value of your collection cos every piece has a story. You can relate to almost every piece of it. And I do sometimes caught in the buzz, cos I too am WEAK *sigh*.. But we are mere humans & we are allowed to make mistake... over & over again!! Hahahaha
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