I used to get excited in tracking down/owning something that was 'exclusive' (to a store, convention, location, etc.). Basically, I would say something like: "Wow, I own something ONLY available at Target and no where else!!" or "Only a few people (in relation to the entire TF collector world) have the chance to attend TFcon, and I'm lucky enough to be here and buy its exclusive!" There was a unique satisfaction in obtaining one because of the levels of difficulty/rarity/luck involved in being able to go to that store/event. Not every collector had the same opportunity or 'playing field', if you will. But that good feeling came if I PERSONALLY attended the store/event. Fifteen-Twenty years ago, that was the primary method. And there were fewer conventions around too. And I would even go as far as saying that if I somehow obtained an exclusive without attending the store/event, THAT was also special simply because it meant I had extreme luck in finding it in a world where there were not a lot of avenues for purchasing from 3rd parties. And arguably, having something 'exclusive' automatically increased the value and selling point. But with anything and everything being available online the last couple decades - where ANYONE can buy the same item from a 3rd party or even the 1st party - the 'exclusive' term attached to an item means nothing from a 'value' perspective. It's no different than saying 'available only at'. And one could rightfully argue that is what it always meant...yes, but the 'appeal' of owing something with the term 'exclusive' has been watered down for me considerably. EVEN if I purchased the item at the actual exclusive location (and there's still that excitement of being there to personally buy it myself, mind you), just knowing that anyone across the world can buy the same item with ease, makes the purchased item less 'WOW'. With the term 'exclusive', it automatically denotes 'limited number', too, of course, whether it's publicly/physically noted or not. And strangely, I find that something 'limited' has more weight behind it. But ONLY if that number is small or relatively small in the grand scheme of things, AND that number is marked on the package. Having something say 'Limited Edition' or if there is the belief the limited number is something ridiculously high, means nothing to me. In the end, I know we are dealing with wording/terms that have variable effects on different people, and each person can play it 'up' or 'down' to their liking. I'll admit that I've been 'brainwashed' in the past to get a figure in which under normal 'mass release' circumstances, I would have never bought, simply because I put value in the 'exclusive' title it held. But as mentioned above, the world of internet, and many other 'purchasing' avenues, have completely deflated the pizzaz and WORTH of the term 'exclusive'. Nowadays, I'm saying "I like that figure/item, I'm going to buy it" It's either you like it or you don't. Period. Again for me, the 'wow factor' of being an exclusive or an 'exclusive VARIANT' alone, has completely gone out the window for reasons mentioned above. I understand toy companies will never stop producing 'exclusives' (and realistically, it is impossible to avoid because events and stores will want/accept something unique to them, or to differentiate themselves from others), but in todays generation of savvy collectors - and especially the seasoned vets - times have changed. But I will say this, from a non-monetary value perspective, I totally agree with some others in saying that 'sentiment' can lead you to buy an exclusive figure that you might not normally buy either. Eg. First time visiting Botcon, and you're having an amazing time. So you want to buy their exclusives as a keepsake, or to commemorate the event. Eg. You drive a Chevrolet Aveo and you want to get the exclusive 2008 Aveo 'Swerve' figure given out at Canadian GM dealerships when taking a car out for a test drive. (Also, just the fact that it's a Canadian exclusive and we rarely ever get just-Canadian items, that would be push enough for me...and it was). Any thoughts from others?