@flump6523 and to all: think about how silly this whole drama looks to anyone else in the world that would like a small meal today. For everyone complaining about the next person, we could have millions (billions?) of people complaining that this entire forum isn't sharing our TOY Lego money with the rest of the world for food, clothes, medicine, etc. Remember, every dollar spent on these plastic bricks by everyone in this community could feed someone for days. How's that for perspective? Let's give it a rest, shall we?
True, but I don't come here to fret over world problems, I come here to escape into my passion and hobby. In that context, these are important matters indeed.
True, but I don't come here to fret over world problems, I come here to escape into my passion and hobby. In that context, these are important matters indeed.Perspective, that's the word of the day.
Of course like a monkey gorging himself at the banana buffet, I couldn't help myself and picked up the following half off: 2 pyramids, 2 sphinx sets, 2 cursed cobras, 2 of the pharaoh planes, 2 kings carriage ambush, 3 HP burrows (nice looking parts especially for $30 per), the city yellow boat and truck combo, police boat and a ninjago set.
I'm not griping about anyone's spending habits. I don't gripe about much in this world really. If I wanted to whine, I'd be pointing the finger at myself to do something before I did anything else.Yet so many have problems with what people in this forum are doing spending too much money on TOYS. I think if we polled the world, they would say the entire forum is selfish.
I'm not griping about anyone's spending habits. I don't gripe about much in this world really. If I wanted to whine, I'd be pointing the finger at myself to do something before I did anything else.Yet so many have problems with what people in this forum are doing spending too much money on TOYS. I think if we polled the world, they would say the entire forum is selfish.So are you suggesting that we do away with brickset and other enthusiast web sites until such time that we eradicate world famine? I think you need perspective.
You continue to suggest that you are doing the store a favour or that they should be grateful to you for clearing them out in one fell swoop. Have you not considered that after your visit in the early hours, there might follow twenty other fellow Bricksetters or AFOLS in hope that they can grab one or two? I'd think it likely that WalMart's shelves would be more or less bare by the end of the day in any case. WalMart therefore would still be happy - probably happier given they've put a smile on twenty one customers' faces and not just one.
Again, @Pacific493 - you feel frustrated that MFL has yet to provide you with some sort of "objective standard or criteria". Surely it just comes down to sheer decency and goodwill? If you were to arrive at a party to face a platter full of sandwiches, being first through the door would you as quickly as you could clear the sandwiches onto your plate just because you were hungry? Of course not! The host doesn't feel the need to limit their guest to two rounds of bread. They'd hope that they'd be mature and courteous enough to leave enough food for everybody else to enjoy. Just because one's first through the door, it doesn't mean they have to try their damndest to make sure nobody else gets a look in and keep it all to themselves? 'Brickset' is not a 'dog eat dog' or "early birds gets worm" culture. Other members might like a look in..
"I certainly get what it means to be a part of this community". Really.......really??
@DrDaveWatford: Thats because they want to get rid of these sets, and do not care, unfortunately for smaller collector, who buys them all.As for those who obviously think it is alright for this type of behavior:Ok, People 'liking the 'hunt', as you call it, does not justify your clearing out a store of a particular set or line, to eliminate the chance of anyone else getting them, just for your 'rush'.What, buying 2-4 of a set is not enough? Stepping back, looking at your cart (or carts) completely filled with one type of LEGO set is not enough to wake you up?Whatever.. I guess you just cannot convince some people, as evident of those ganging up on my comments and not many people agreeing. I also notice only one part of my original thread was focused on, and not the other...So when are all of you then going to give an opportunity for those who missed out on the sets they wanted, because the likes of you, and chance to buy the sets at the same prices you cleaned out a set for?? No?? Did not think so....As for the greedy people on this thread saying get up at 5am to go get your item? WHY? WHY should people have to do this? and WHY should one guy go in a clean out a store? Some people have LIVES, they need to get to work, or get sleep to go to work, some of us do not have oodles of cash lying around to go take a day off of work to go run down every store in an area for what? To then clean out said store?Sadly I know I am not getting through to the greedy people here in this forum thread, but it is just sad because if there are 4-5 guys (at least) that see no problem with this, in this thread, lord knows how many people do this in total.In which case, sales and clearances will not mean anything to the majority of casual collectors, or even casual buyer/sellers.. Not if hardcore... ummm 'collectors' are getting their daily 'fix' buy running to every store with a clearance they can think of and buying every piece of LEGO in that clearance to stop anyone else from getting anything.But again, like talking to a brick wall, so have fun with your conquests, and spoils, I guess.
First, your party analogy is a bit misplaced because the party forms a social construct that informs an individual's behavior in a much different way than a retail buying situation does.
@Pacific493, you write persuasively and quite well! Not surprising, given your profession. (I remember because you quoted your wife which, I believe, makes you not what she claims ;) )
And therein lies the point that many have been trying to make. A community such as the Brickset Forum also forms a social construct that informs, or should inform, an individual's behaviour. Outside this community, the "dog eat dog" attitude of buying everything up before someone else does and then bragging about it to anyone who'll listen is perfectly acceptable behaviour to many. Within the forum, however, the aim has always been to try and foster a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and promote the kind of cooperation which means that people will hopefully share their good fortune with other members at cost and help them out. Not boast about how they've cleared the shelves of sale items, how many sets they've stockpiled, and how much they think they'll get for them eventually, while fellow forum members miss out on the bargains and then have their noses rubbed in it for good measure. So for me this boils down to the kind of behaviours and attitudes that you'd hope to see on the forum and within this community, not about whether it's right or wrong to clear the shelves of sale items and stockpile sets.
FWIW, I did have to ask the cashier to apply the 50% discount on the polybagged snowman and wreath--they are clearly holiday merchandise--and she happily complied. Still on the hunt for the elusive half-off MVR... :)
If anyone wants to trade a Slave 1 or Kings Carriage Ambush I am very interested.
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