I've been thinking, how many of us purposely collect to make a profit, how many buy knowing that they are paying top dollar for a 'must have' item and fully aware that they may not get their money back - and how many don't care either way?
What I mean is, you go on a holiday, spend thousands of dollars, have a great time and end up with a very expensive photo album!!! From a sterile business perspective that is bad economics but we all brush that logic aside to enjoy the trip ( or we would all be hermits and never go outside ) We rationalise it by saying " that is the cost of living" or "the cost of running a vehicle" ....... and for us, "the cost of collecting".
I for one know that with my helmet buying and having to add $30-$50 onto each for shipping to Australia that in many cases I will NEVER get my money back when I sell ( let alone make any ) and frankly, I don't care! For me, it is ..... a) the thrill of the hunt, b) the capture & the study and imagining the stories they tell, c) I am helping to preserve history.
That's my reasons, what's yours?
( not sure which section discussions like this fall into so please move if necessary )