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$10 - 30k for certain records, forget about your misb 10179 lol :)
I'm sure there is a very extensive Beanie Baby collector exponentially more frustrated with cycle of valuing collectables.
I have a 'Littlest Pet Shop' black Scottie dog in a shadowbox that a family member spent $85.00 in a pre-Christmas eBay frenzy. It reminds me to keep perspective.
Though in thinking about it, to be fair to the OP, I desperately wanted a #4999 Vestas Wind Turbine set, and thought it was just silly how LEGO would only sell them to Vestas employees, or their sister companies, and not to the general public when employees and their families were selling them on eBay for 200 USD ( at the time). That I think was the first time I realized Im not getting everything made for LEGO sets (city sets in my case), and I was a bit more at peace with myself after that. Though I wonder if that is why #7747 was made because of all the people complaining that there was not giant wind turbine for the masses
Seize the one thing that over which you have total control (the choice to want something) and exercise your power.
The primary goal of any company is to sell as much of their product as possible at retail prices. Baseball card companies don't care about their secondary markets.
Lego is exactly the same. Sell the product to the consumer move onto the next product to the next consuner.
I do appreciate @dougts point - I personally believe there is an intrinsic value to Lego. Much like gold or other items that actually have their own utility value. (I'm not comparing it to gold in terms of investment value, but as an example of something that has 'other' value.)
I often discuss collectors markets with my wife (who isn't interested in collecting anything - she'd much rather listen to a catchy tune and drive too fast in a pony car on an open highway) and she makes the same observation - 'Does it do anything?'
Lego is in the category with vintage carpentry tools, leaded glassware and quilts.
Baseball cards, beanie babies, shot glasses, spoons, tickle me Elmos, NASCAR die-cast cars and Precious Moments are in the other category...
I don't mean to minimize other collections or put what I happen to collect on a pedistal - but be weary with what your motivations are for purchasing or collecting!
Wary, not weary. Although I may have been weary when writing that post.
Mr. Schoolhouse Rock: @Pitfall69
You are probably losing your mind, but that's unrelated to these forums. You give them and us far too much credit for possible mental infirmities.
These are the Droids you're looking for, and send me three NISB Taj Mahals for my extra Iron Man minifigure and Lego Friends bag charm...
Mesa say yousa kooky-kooky!