onions wrote:if i am reading everyone's sentiment here, it seems that hoarding is defined as buying up all available stock on a discontinued or clearance product. is that right?
the next sentiment that nearly always that is "leave some for others to buy". what if there's only 2 or 3 sets left and some joe buys them all? still hoarding?
if tru clearance prices swamp speeders at half off, like heck they would but let's just pretend here, and you walk in and see the last two sitting on the shelf, would you honestly leave one behind so another person has a chance to buy it? i seriously doubt it. if it's 2 left, or 20 left on the shelf, where do you draw the line between acceptable purchasing and unacceptable hoarding?
Yeah... no, that's not my sentiment. Frankly, at that point, it's like either I do it or someone else will.
So no, the way I feel about it, once it's on clearance (IOW, LEGO or some store is trying to get rid of inventory), then it's all good. It usually means the sets have been out a good long time, and people have had ample opportunity to get them. If I walked into one of these places and they had battle packs at $5.00, I'd buy as many as I could. I'd probably use most of them myself to build up armies, but I wouldn't hesitate to hold on to some to sell, either.
And I don't care if that means little Johnny doesn't get his Home One for $80 instead of $110; most kids seem to have more disposable money than I do, I don't see why I should sacrifice $30 in savings for someone I don't even know. Now I didn't buy 10 or even 5 of them... I bought 2, but if I had more money I probably would have.... little Johnny doesn't get the Home One, but I get the parts... and if I don't open it because I have no need at the time, and after a while they become very valuable, then so be it.
Y'all can hate me if you want. I've also given stuff away to help out kids at the LEGO store... like pre-owned pick-a-brick cups to save a little bit of money (when mom's were borderline about letting their kids fill one up... it's surprising how $0.50 can push someone over the edge on a large PAB), and one of the two pick-a-brick gift boxes I got at Christmas, because I knew if I didn't this girl in the store wouldn't get the LEGO dog to put in the house her dad was buying her.
But you know, stuff goes on clearance and people buy it up... doesn't matter if it's LEGO or something else, if it's a good deal, it's a good deal. There's still plenty of other sets on the shelves, and there's new sets coming out all the time.