Not a trader… XD
last modified: Sunday, December 17, 2006 (2:09:09 AM)
First let me say that this is not a for sale or for trade post. Got to get that out of the way. LOL. But something interesting came up a few days ago. I was hunting for a cel and came up empty handed but a few had offered very interesting premium cels that I knew eventually I’d want. Of course I’m still holding out for what I’m looking for so I was a bit befuddled and discussed it with someone. Eventually a suggestion was made such that I should go ahead and buy it because then I can go use it to trade. For a moment it sounded like an interesting proposition and in this hobby I do think people buy and sell and trade, just like any collecting hobby. But when I really thought about it, I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars just to get a cel I can hopefully trade even if I’m pretty sure I can find someone. I dunno, it didn’t feel right to deprive someone else of getting a possible dream cel just because I can use it as barter money later on. Don’t get me wrong, I would’ve gotten that cel for myself eventually but at the moment what I really want isn’t that cel. So I ended up not getting it because it didn’t seem right to do so.
Anyway I know people do this in collecting, buy something to trade for something else they want. I’ve seen a gallery that flatly states this too. Don’t ask which it is please… Sometimes I wonder if I’m stupid for not thinking like that or grabbing those “opportunities”. I work in a trading firm and I think my concept of buying and selling or bartering is pretty good but I don’t apply them to cels because let’s face it, collecting is subjective. My buying habits aren’t guided by anything logical or strategic, unless of course we’re talking about auctions. Auctions are fair game to me. I wouldn’t feel bad about besting someone in an auction (in any manner) of something I really want. Now if I was to win an auction with the motive of reselling or trading the cel from the get go, then I think that would make one a jerk wouldn’t it? So I guess what I mean is, I don’t like to buy cels that I know from the very start will just be used as a bartering tool. Of course I entertain the notion of trading but that’s afterwards when I grow disenchanted or find something better. It certainly isn't a reason for me to buy.
But you know maybe there is a thing as cel karma. LOL. Because a few days after this event and decided not to get the cel for bartering purposes, someone did a VERY NICE THING for me. Thanks Kata.