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.