So, I was reading Firehawc's comment earlier today & got it me thinking about how in the end, the people who consistently come out on top are the middlemen, rather than the buyers or sellers. In other words, that regardless of who comes out with the better deal, it's really that someone waiting below us with a bucket (such as Paypal, postal services & of course taxmen) who will have a much more stable edge over the other parties because they're constantly collecting scrapings from every transaction. Now, without getting too much into taxing theory & whatnot (as this would not only get political, but also be quite redundant for most of us), how do you feel about the quoted statement, and, how have you been involved in the circle? I mean, even though small time buyers & sellers are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to turning a profit, the basic mentality of selling goods & services for more than it costs you to acquire them is present everywhere, and dealing with middlemen like paypal, ebay, shipping companies & of course our country's taxes are simply some of the mandatory costs of doing business. Similarly, if you have something that others would value right now that you don't particularity care for anymore, isn't selling it for a price that you can currently move it at a way of making profit for yourself because you're cutting your past loses & taking advantage of a current opportunity, regardless of what you might have paid for it in the past? However at the same time, I also think we've gotta recognize what we're capable of drawing here without making it our full time (or even part time) job, and how we shouldn't always expect to make money from this hobby because selling toys that we don't want anymore isn't exactly the wisest business strategy in general, let alone the best way of building an inventory (at least not with having a steady income in mind). It's actually the same thing with Yugioh & most other collecting hobbies, except often to a more painful degree in card games because of fast something that used to be 70 dollars can become worth next to nothing, often due to things that don't even involve how rare or even useful the card is. tl;dr - The 162'nd Rule of Acquisition states that even in the worst of times, someone turns a profit. It's usually the middleman when it comes to an aftermarket, but what does this mean for the rest of us?