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As for the interaction history between TLG Designers, Ambassadors here at Brickset. I certainly do recall it happening quite a many times with designers and builders. But it's not often enough where we can regularly have a full-out public discussion about issues such as why the price difference on Haunted House announcement.
As for the Reselling point, Officer Yellow will let you off with just a warning this time. ;o)
Thanks officer, I'll make sure not trespass on your lawn again =)
True, but only if you're focused on the individual. There is this thing called society, and as you point out there are people living on a dollar a day. With $3000 you could change lives or you could buy a few kgs of abs. Hmmm.
That's the point being made, to 1 billion people, we are all wasteful. There's no point in picking a number and saying that spending above that number is just a waste since you can always find someone less fortunate that can come up with a lower figure that they consider wasteful...all the way down to $1 or less, a day's worth of food.
Edited for Foul Language: YC 6-29-12
It comes down to this: Either i can invest in a 3DS XL plus NSMB2(minus whatever i get for the 3DS i'm trading in) and possibly other games(waiting for reviews) that i know will last me for quite some time(plus games i have now) or i can continue getting lego stuff(GRAB BAGS AND BL BUYS EXCLUDED!) and wind up not getting my money worth.
Recently i built a small plane via instructions from a free download app(unoffical lego app) plus a plane based of a combo of My own design, based off of the free app, and the lego super soarer video from the creator desk on lego. I wound up getting way more joy and building inspiration from those free instuctions and digging through parts in my angled plates bin finding matching wings then from pretty much any lego purchase in I don't know how long. I've bought a wide variety of sets lately and it has been pretty bad. It's been one case after the other of instuction issues(lost track of number of times i had to skip ahead to make sense of a part placement), poor designs of sets, "I PAID HOW MUCH FOR THIS????", and a case of "WHY IS THERE NO RON YET THERE"S HEREMOINE AND HARRY WITH THE CASTLE!!!!". The ron thing wouldn't be a problem if the figures were YELLOW toned since i have about 5 of yellow toned ron.
You say you can "invest" in a 3DS XL... That isn't an investment, it is money spent and gone, since in a year or three, that 3DS XL will be nearly worthless, while the Lego will be worth the same, or more, than you paid for it.
Making Lego an actual "investment".
Just food for thought...
In the last half year, i've gotten sets ranging from polybags up to the large Hogwarts castle($90 on sale and i went in halves w/ mom) and honestly every one except the AC $5 impulse and the speedboat poly bag(both of the sets major saving point was the minifigure factor) has been a disappointment in one way or the other. Yea there's some really neat parts like the brick bricks in the ninjago snake thing, the sandgreen and tan in Hogwarts, and the golden scorpians of the rise of the sphinx set but since i'm not into reselling sets and i don't really have enough space to store broken down sets, the larger sets are just collecting dust. Never realized how fast legos can collect dust.
I was more referring to what an "investment" is, in terms of where you put your money.
That doesn't "depend from person to person", it is a fixed, known definition of the word investment. :)
Of course people use it all the time, "I'm going to go invest in a new car", and such, which of course isn't an investment either unless it is a fully restored 1966 Mustang and will be kept in a collection, then it could be called an investment. :)
You're just thinking of what to spend money on that is fine, which is fine. Based on the second paragraph that I cut from the quote, perhaps you're a casual AFOL that doesn't need or want to buy a lot of sets, you just play with a few small ones. Which is perfectly fine as well, whatever makes you happy. :)
Edit: also, was it £120?
Would like to see some of the sides/barcode if possible, or if you are building some of the build.
Details of how many bags, instruction manuals would also be nice if you have opened.
I can post some more photos of the sides but still haven't opened it... is it important to everyone to know the contents and build process? I'm pretty new to Brickset so unsure as to whats expected :)