Collector's Code Of Honor

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  1. PrfktTear

    PrfktTear Well-Known Member

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    Hello, I saw this posted on another board I frequent, www.OAFE.net but I thought it was very well written. It is called the collector's code of conduct from http://www.rebelscum.com/collect.asp. I'd never read anything about it, and forgive me if this has been discussed here before, but I thought it was relevant today. Especially with the state of things in collecting TF's.

    The Collect To Collect Code Of Honor

    Collect to Collect is a program started by Mr. Philip Wise to promote the hobby of Star Wars collecting. The principles behind the Collect to Collect credo are two-fold: aid your fellow Star Wars enthusiast and discourage those who collect strictly for the sake of profit. Collect to Collect means doing your best to observe the following collecting etiquette:

    - Buy only what you need and make sure others get one before you get many.

    - Acquire pieces for your collection because you want them, not because you plan to profit from them.

    - Help others achieve their collecting goals for the sake of the hobby, not profit.

    - When you trade or sell available toys, do so at cost.

    - When you trade or sell unavailable toys, do so keeping the golden rule in mind: you'll always win in the long run if you don't take advantage of people.

    - Buy from scalpers as a very last resort. They exist because people buy from them and do not make collecting toys easier. Scalping only promotes decay within the hobby.

    - Understand it is more important for a kid to have the toys than you; help them out whenever possible. You're likely to get another chance at the toy, he/she may not.


    What resonates with me is the final rule. This should be the cardinal rule of any adult toy collector. No matter how cool or nostalgic something might be to us, our memories are in the past and ultimately it will just end up collecting dust on a shelf. A toy sitting on a shelf represents future memories for a kid to make with that toy. If we want lines that we enjoy like Star Wars, Transformers, or G.I. Joe to exist in twenty years, then today's kids need the opportunity to get their hands on cool stuff too.

    Maybe it sounds a little too earthy-crunchy, but I think its a good way to go by. I generally adhere to these anyways, but its nice to see them written out. I know I feel better about myself and my collection knowing that I haven't screwed anyone out of potentially getting something.
     
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    Funny... I never heard of this Collect to Collect code, but I actually follow every single part of it.
     
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    < collects to play.
     
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    I agree with most of those. But I'll never refer to myself as a Transformer "enthusiast". That smacks of mid-life crisis. They are toys, not guns, hot rods or yachts.
     
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    Too self righteous for my tastes.
     
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    In case you've missed most of my posts lately, I agree with this 100% :) 
     
  7. Team Jetfire

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    Apparently Mr. Wise never tried collecting in places outside of the USA.

    The Collect To Collect Code Of Honor

    Collect to Collect is a program started by Mr. Philip Wise to promote the hobby of Star Wars collecting. The principles behind the Collect to Collect credo are two-fold: aid your fellow Star Wars enthusiast and discourage those who collect strictly for the sake of profit. Collect to Collect means doing your best to observe the following collecting etiquette:

    - Buy only what you need and make sure others get one before you get many.
    I like this one. I usually don't buy multiples and like to see all collectors get what they want.

    - Acquire pieces for your collection because you want them, not because you plan to profit from them.
    Some people buy stuff to enjoy and sell later, people do this with cars and homes too, why should collecting toys and comics be any different?

    - Help others achieve their collecting goals for the sake of the hobby, not profit.

    - When you trade or sell available toys, do so at cost.
    I have had some really cool people from the boards help me complete my collection. When I buy from them I ensure that they are properly reimbursed for there time. I don't mind paying a bit extra, others should not either.

    - When you trade or sell unavailable toys, do so keeping the golden rule in mind: you'll always win in the long run if you don't take advantage of people.
    Selling something at a price that people are willing to pay is not taking advantage of someone.

    - Buy from scalpers as a very last resort. They exist because people buy from them and do not make collecting toys easier. Scalping only promotes decay within the hobby.
    Not all people get a fair shake at certain products :) re MP starscream) if it wasn’t for EBAY I would be still waiting for it.

    - Understand it is more important for a kid to have the toys than you; help them out whenever possible. You're likely to get another chance at the toy, he/she may not.

    This I agree with.

    It is a nice thought, but would only work in a perfect world. People are people and will do what they can to get ahead.
     
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    Ain't that the stinking truth. There are some people in this world who would care less about others... especially on the road. Good lord... there have been a few times that I nearly got clubbered just trying to drive in Ann Arbor, MI.
     
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    Yeah, its not 'bad', but just something that doesn't deserve such overthought. Just pick up the damn toys, play with em, put em on a shelf, set em on fire, whatever. Kids won't grow up maladjusted because of anything you do with a toy unless you use it to beat them with, which you shouldn't need a Code to know about :p 
     
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    I dig it. But GI Joe 25th is excluded. EVERY COLLECTOR FOR HIMSELF! AHHH!!! :D 
     
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    <Pledges to the code, w/ one hand on the g1 series box set.>

    I already follow it for the most part.

    If we all take the pledge we could be in a secret club then we could have a secret handshake as well.
     
  12. Gears

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    You gotta let the lil' braddahs have a chance at those JOEs too, brah.
     
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    If lil Junior wants the MIB Armada Unicron from the flea market for $20 -- let him have it! If lil Junior wants the MIB G1 Jetfire from the same flea market for $50 -- SAVE THAT TOY! There are some toys children shouldn't play with. MIB Jetfires are one of them.

    ~Z
     
  14. smkspy

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    Lord, just when I thought I"ve seen it all this tripe is posted. I think if anyone feels the need to come up with a code of honor for any hobby then its probably best to move on from said hobby, and get on with your life.
     
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    I guess what I said is a little harsh....most people will do what they can to get ahead. There are a lot of great people out there (on these boards that prove it on a daily biases).
     
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    You know he'll just go to a Renaissance Fair and take up fencing.
     
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  18. Laser_Optimus

    Laser_Optimus Your opinion was noted. Now get lost. TFW2005 Supporter

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    Wow. I agree with a lot of that, but it comes off as a little to self righteous for my tastes (and frankly the current anti-scalper sentiment on this very board is ludicrously self righteous).

    Also, I agree with smkspy, if you feel the need to create any kind of code for a hobby (especially a hobby about freakin' toys) than it's time to get yourself a real life. I mean, are toy collectors starting to become as bad as the hardcore D&D "enthusiasts"?
     
  19. AutoCon2076

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    D&D? Whenever Im around people who play D&D, even -I- feel nerded out. I casually play Magic: The Gathering, I run a successful guild on Burning Blade in World of Warcraft, and I have more toys than my daughter and my nephews combined.

    Though D&D still nerds me out...

    ~Z
    "Okay, we both want that MP-Starscream. I have a high charisma, so I should be able to talk you out of it if I can roll greater than a ten on this thirty-sided die!" ~ ugh...

    PS: I never played D&D, so don't even try saying Im quoting the wrong die... you know who you are...
    PPS: Nor am I dissing those who play D&D. As I said, I play WoW. To each unto their own...
     
  20. KA

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    wise and rebelscum is a respectable group, dont hate on em brah. it may come off holier than thoa (you are!) but theyve got their hearts in the right place, SW collectors had to deal with scalper since like forever brah.
     

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