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How do you explain to someone (who's a non collector of models) the theory behind paying $100 for a model. :confused

I have been trying to do this successfully with a friend of mine who just fails to grasp the concept or the idea of paying $100 for any given model.

The conversations get so indepth and confusing at times as we weigh the semantics and thoery, that I often get confused and wonder why did I spend $100 on that piece :lol

Does anyone else entertain conversations like this ?
 

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All of the time. I don't think anyone who isn't a collector of diecasts could understand. If certain diecasts mean that much to you, $100 is not that much. I know it sounds crazy, but I would have paid a lot more for my GT than I did. Having your favorites in your collection makes it all the more special. I may be nuts, but I also think we like to pay more for models in a way. It feels like your getting a good quality model that should cost more. The buying "mood" is somewhat different for me between a $10 Maisto and an $80 Autoart :cheers
 

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No.

But every now & then I talk to my buddies about the cost of golfing. Why do they pay those high green fees so they can go chase a little white ball around the hills and valleys. They consider that entertainment? They seem to come back home more stressed than before they left. Now how do they justify paying money to get stressed out? (I'm not taking any shots at anyone who may golf here :giggle I'm just being a little tongue-in-cheek about this.)
 
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I'm an avid golfer and have been playing since I was 11 years old, and from an objective point of view, it is pretty crazy trying to hit a tiny white ball one and a half inches in diameter four hundred yards, through sand and water, into a cup four inches in diameter marked by a large flag, with a large mallet-looking driver and 10 other clubs. Not to say that all the gear combines to a cost over $1000 USD. And my clubs are replaced with new ones almost about every 3 years. It comes out to become quite expensive. But if you ask me why I do it, I say I love the sport.

The same can be said about diecast collecting and any other hobby: if one is passionate about it, there seems to be no price ceiling. Why does someone pay thousands of dollars for season tickets for the Knicks even though their performance can be best described as lackluster? It's the love.

And Luciano is definitely right: beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
 

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Well, when my friends guesstimate what I've spent on my models over the years they wonder why I didn't buy a classic 1:1 car or something similar, but generally they have an "each to their own" attitude. Hobbies are often expensive but they are good for the soul I think! Otherwise it's just work, TV and bed! :help

Everyone generally has a passion that doesn't always make sense. I know of several football fans who will spend fortunes each year following their favourite team to away games all around Europe (Chelsea, Man U, Liverpool and so on) to sit in a stadium to watch a nil all draw! Beats me! But then again, each to their own! :lol So instead of football, golf, travel and so on, I'm into model cars! :cheers
 

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Why do people spend big money on coin collecting or collecting baseball cards?
Or for that matter, a collection of almost anything can get expensive for the serious collector (even PEZ dispenses!).

Perhaps the question could be turned around, why doesn't your friend collect anything? :cheers
 
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I think its pretty easy to chalk it up as a personal preference.

I know some who collect DVD Movies, others who choose to invest monies in after market accessories for their cars, those that golf as Felix mentioned, those who have personal trainers at a gym which can get to be expenisive really fast.

I guess it just depends on what you choose to apply your monies to.
 

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I get that conversation every week!!! To that I answer...

"Why does woman has to own 40 pairs of shoes?" ...usally that shuts them up!
 

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:iagree with absolutely everything said there. I would certainly rather spend the money on models than something like cigarettes, and I often justify it to my parents by saying that other uni students spend as much as me just on beer, which has limited enjoyment and no future value, so I'm better off in the long run! Other hobbies cost just as much, and I have certainly used the shoes argument before!

Having said that, I can't actually justify even to myself sometimes, never mind anyone else, but I think Ronan hit the nail on the head - we have to have something other than work and sleep. You only live once, and if these models give me enjoyment and pleasure, I'm damned if I have to explain that to anyone else anyway :cheers
 

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I feel the shoes argument is very strong, afterall how can it fail? There's no way that 62 pairs of shoes is in any way reasonable! Also they get worn our whereas if you look after a diecast if should last a lifetime. However, should we really need to justify why we buy what we buy to anyone? I certainly never tell people what I think about what they buy unless it's complimentary.
 

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I gave up trying to explain it years ago :giggle

For all my friends that spend thousands a year to sit and watch men run around a field, playing a game, drink in a bar, smoke something that will kill them, gamble it away at casino's and whatever else they do, I have nothing to explain :wink
 

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As some one said many years ago: "If you have to explain it to them, then they just wont get it..."

P.S. I love the shoe analogy, as my wife has dozens of pairs. But it isnt her that asks, its some female friend that comes over for the first time, and looks in my office and asks. The shoe statement shuts them right up!
 
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