Solo wrote:Tyrant, I agree with you on a few points, and I can't help but laugh at others. But we're not taking ANOTHER thread in this direction. Try to refrain from ranting every time you see someone express their displeasure about resellers/scalpers/"eBay-obsessed nimrods". This is a forum for fans and hobbyists - not the people trying to make a profit off them. This is a standard complaint and you're wasting your time trying to defend everyone's favorite scapegoat.
So, to be clear, I should write it off as insulting that is okayed by an ambassador? I'm fully aware this is a forum for fans, it's the whole reason I signed up. However, rules against insulting are fairly common across forums. Or at least they are on forums where others can "suggest" where threads are guided. This is sanctioned insulting. It's pretty easy to disagree with people without insulting them. More importantly, insulting prevents any real discussion, which is the usual point of a message board to the best of my understanding. This is up there with the occasional, casual US bashing on Eurobricks. But please, do tell. Which of my points do you laugh at? Tell me via PM if you think discusssing the fact that resellers aren't the ones who made these hard to find at this price point isn't something worth talking about in this thread when numerous other posters have brought it up.
I also fail to see how I am wasting my time combating casually insulting people. I know my opinion is unpopular. Or does that mean I shouldn't voice it and just let insults fly? As for making money off of people, I know this may be news but every person/company/entity out there selling something is trying to make money (maybe not a profit, but if you are paying for it then they are in fact making money). If you don't like the system, convince TLG to stop making limited runs. Problem solved.
And for crystal clarity, I'm not trying to defend resellers. I've lost out to what I believe to be resellers in the past so I understand the anger. Then again, I took a little time to figure out the system and beat them at their own game instead of throwing around insults online at a group that may or may not be responsible that I will likely never meet. I happen to resell on occasion so I take offense to what I believe is a pretty clear insult. I also know I am not the only person on here who resells. I'm trying to explain that in this particular case (because I'm sure there's all kinds of casual insults tossed around that I don't respond to by what you are saying) there is no reason to blame them when these were available online and the people who waited were taking a risk. Not all risks pay off. That's an undebatable fact. People still complain though and then they through out insults. Like most people, I don't enjoy seeing what I take as an insult. I assume if I were to paint all ambassadors (for instance) in a fairly negative light with an all encompassing insult, one or more of them would respond with varying levels of civility. That's kind of what tends to happen when you insult people and it's why most people tend to avoid it if they have any hopes of civil conversation. So, if that isn't the rule here, I'll keep that in mind and I'll try to be more colorful in future posts. Or maybe I should just keep a list of accepted insult targets? I hope it's obvious why that's a terrible idea.