I would mostly agree, depending on how they make their money. It boggles my mind that you could actually consistently run a store that only sold LEGO collector's items and current LEGO products, especially with the wealth of online competition in BrickLink, eBay, etc.Paperballpark said:Wait a year or two, and the ones you're complaining about will have changed or gone out of business.
The other thing to consider is that it's possible he wasn't the owner (although he could be, I obviously don't know!). I know someone locally who owns a LEGO business, and he has to find people to employ since he doesn't want to work 7-days a week straight! And I'm not sure he's ever actually been able to land a true AFOL as an employee.The_Mad_Vulcan said:he rolled his eyes at me and assured me that he didn't need my help. Then he continued to push the shelf, crushing the boxes that had fallen.
Here's another interesting tidbit. I used to want to collect everything, but after calming down, I've stopped. I'm content not to own everything, and I've sort of accepted that. But then again, I'm also interested in building MOCs as well, and doing things in the community. So I've got energy for the hobby along other avenues apart from collecting. But if people are driven primarily by being collectors and completing their collections, then vast product expansions from LEGO really do threaten those hobbyists.Legoboy said:... I havent just slowed a little, but almost altogether because as a completist I can no longer be satisfied.
I would say that "testing" wasn't really limited to any particular year, except maybe 2000 (UCS and Sculpture sets). LEGO's been gradually producing larger and larger sets over the course of the last 18 years, tailoring itself more and more to the adult market, and price points and piece counts have been getting higher and higher.catwrangler said:I've seen people suggest that perhaps this year's sets have been a testing of the waters, to see how big and expensive sets aimed at the AFOL end of the market can get.