"WWII Militaria collecting has no cure and the only medicine is to collect more" - My Opa
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When I ask about value, it's typically to find out what the reasonable range on something is. And, because I'm pretty new to this, I don't have the years of perspective to understand if I'm paying reasonable prices, or getting taken advantage of.
Now that I've been at it for the better part of a year, and have had the benefit of my friends here who offer so much guidance, I'm starting to get my own wings on some of these items. A lot of it is having seen much of it a number of times, or now knowing where to look. I still struggle with picking out the fakes, and like to go through medal threads and make a determination before reading what people who know have to say. I find myself still getting it wrong a good bit of the time, but find myself getting it right more often lately, even though I still often double check things here anyway.
So, for me, knowing pricing is part of the learning experience. And, for those coming here for help, pricing lays a foundation of trust and prevents these people from going elsewhere or to a slick dealer and giving up valuable heirlooms for nothing. Not too much unlike a lighthouse in the dark waters of any collectible hobby.
"Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis