I found a fully assembled and pre-painted 1:6 scale King Tiger tank over on ebay the other day. “Sweet!” I thought, until I saw noticed its price tag: $9,000 plus $1,000 for shipping. WHOA! Even if I could afford such an extravagance, I knew that my personal price threshold would always prevent me from even considering such an expenditure. Not that I’m particularly cheap; it’s just that $10,000 for a toy tank pushes all of the WRONG buttons in my brain.
I continued browsing for more affordable 1:6 armored vehicles, but the memory of that unattainable “$10,000 Tank” kept coming back to haunt me. I realized that my brain was having sort of a subconscious tug-of-war with itself, battling back and forth between the LOGIC of knowing that I’d never buy such an expensive toy, and the PASSION that all collectors must feel whenever they discover such a beautiful piece.
This concept of a “personal price threshold” and its effects on a collector’s purchasing decisions intrigued me. I realized it’s something that affects us all; even physically; setting our heartbeats-a-racing, and our adrenaline to pumping. For example, we’ve all experienced the “thrill of the hunt,” when searching for a new figure at a store or online. Similarly, at flea markets or garage sales, the sudden discovery of a GIjOE can trigger almost breathless excitement. If a deal is struck that turns out to be a particular bargain, the feelings of “buyer’s euphoria” can return again and again as we recount the moments of the event to others. “Wait till I tell you about the deal I got on a Big Trapper. It’ll blow your mind!”
Of course, every collection reflects its owner’s personal preferences and financial wherewithal. To see what I mean, take a some time to view a few of the breathtaking collections showcased over on the GIjOE Collections website (found HERE). Some of the Joe Rooms and collections you’ll find over there are so “over the top” your jaw will drop open in disbelief. Many also include handcrafted, custom vehicles (such as the Tiger tank shown in this article) that required months or years to create and some serious money to purchase. (So SOMEONE’s been buying them—#@!!).
Bottom Line: If you have a moment, please leave a comment here on The Joe Report describing how you feel about your own collecting and purchasing habits. What is YOUR “personal price threshold” for items in your collection? How much would you pay for a vintage figure? Or this tank? How much is TOO Much? Whatever your answers, Happy Collecting!