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Poor decisions, less is morePoor decisions, less is more

KosuraKosura10 mese/i faDiary
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Long, somewhat diary-like blog ahead ...


Here's something I've realized during all these years, while meeting a lot of people, helping out a lot of people and especially during the time I've been helping out my mother.
Poor people make poor decisions.
My mom is one of those people. She doesn't have a lot of money, has been paying of debts for the past, almost 15 years.
These debts came from poor decisions when she was still with my father. My father was a more fortunate person, not filthy rich but fortunate.
He himself rarely bought anything and whenever he did it had to be good quality and if it was a bit on the expensive side, he'd save up for it instead of going for a cheaper counterpart.
My mom on the other hand never really purposely wasted his money but because of her poor decisions whenever she bought items she unconsciously started to throw money in the trash.
Whenever she saw something she liked or not, if it was really cheap, she'd buy it.
Just because it was cheap. Most often the reason that it was cheap was because it was of bad quality.
And because if was bad quality it often didn't last a long time.
For example, my father would buy a 100 euro vacuum cleaner from a known brand that delivers good quality products.
While my mom would buy one for 25 euro because it's cheap.
The one my father bought would last for years, while the one my mom bought would already start to lose suction power only a few months later.
Giving this example cuz it actually recently happened. My mom recently bought a new 25-30 euro vacuum cleaner and just a few months later it's already losing suction power. While mine was more than double and I've had it for years now and the only problem I have is that I accidentally pulled the cord to hard and it can't retract anymore.
I've seen this same "behavior" in other poor people. I came in contact with tons of less fortunate people because my mom and myself help out an old lady who's a family friend and the godmother of my youngest brother, who helps out a local church and poor people, by sharing food, giving clothes that were donated (in good condition) because they bought to small, to big or had some manufacturing flaws.
I sometimes spent some time with these people, sometimes in their homes and they all had this in common.
They'd buy what they could afford at the time even tho a few months later they'd have that same expense again, eventually wasting more money than if they would've focused on saving up for a better quality product.
Seen it with tv's, vacuums, fans, etc. Not just that but also getting tricked by those ads on tv that promise you a slim body or have this amazing useful cleaning stick ... this is also something I noticed but that's not on topic ... coming topic XD

The opposite is something that I noticed in "friends" family's or even other family members, that were a bit more fortunate.
Often I'd walk in their homes (most often to play cardgames) and honestly it looks just clean.
Not because they clean more because my mom cleans daily and even has a "housekeeper" that comes to clean and help with some chores (my mom's health is going downhill quite a bit, I help as often as I can but I can't do everything) but because they have less.
While I often think: "what douchbags" because they have this expensive furniture, tv(s) and such, they actually have less in quantity.
Often they have a few high quality things and pretty much everything they have are things they actually use or a visually appealing.
While whenever I went to the other side, the less fortunate people, it looked like a mess because they have so much stuff and all because they got it for a cheap price ... do they actually use it ... no. Sometimes, not joking btw, they didn't even know they had it. I've went to someone to help clean up because they had an accident (quite some years ago) and while cleaning, I found several things back that the person either didn't know they even had that or had lost it for years. Says a lot about what it means to them.
I cleaned out part of my mom's kitchen today, she lives by herself with 2 kids ... I myself am often there but other than that she rarely has visitors ... also cuz she's almost never home. But she has about 50 spoons, 50 forks, 50 knives not to forget the so-called "more sophisticated" silverware (which honestly is supposed to look fancy but because of the cheap plastic handles, just look awful)packS, yes, PACKS, 3 of em each with 10-20 pieces of each thing, in her other cabinets. Now this doesn't take in a lot of space but think that amount for almost everything.
A billion candle holders, a giant glass with nothing actually in it that's used for nothing but it's there cuz she thinks it's nice looking.
Honestly just a ton of cheap stuff all around ... often broken in one way or another, with little to no use and all almost packed on top of each other so that it's almost impossible to even "enjoy" the piece.
At least it's not as bad as "hoarders" XD

You might be thinking ... what the fudge has this to do with figure collecting and well, here's the part I was leading up to.
I came into this hobby at age 16-17, I never received any money from my parents for anything.
So no weekly or monthly allowance and for gifts (birthday, Christmas and so on) what you wanted couldn't be more than 15-20 bucks.
Good thing I never wanted anything except for Bionicle. That was the only thing I collected or wanted back in the day.
So I had no money coming in. I did start doing vacation jobs, studentjobs? not sure what the correct term is for that.
I did this for 2 years and only 1 month in the summer vacation (you can't actually do more than 1 month from the 2 during the summer).
First paycheck was used on a laptop and the rest of that and 1/10 of the second paycheck was used for a psp.
The rest I put on my bank to save up. Age 17, closing in on 18, I went to my first convention and well, my mom's genes kicked in completely.
I got nothing from my parents, habits, personality, manners, etc, for some reason when looking at just that, you wouldn't even believe that they're my parents but the poor me activated my mom's genes in me.
At the time I was really into Miku, she's what really got me into anime and K-ON (still am but not collection wise anymore).
I saw a tony taka Miku which I wanted to buy but was a bit to expensive so I waited, my friend who was with me bought it for himself since it was the last one, didn't want to miss the chance, he asked me and I was okay with it. Going further, I saw a cheap figure ITEM #26795 for only 28 euro, coming from a 110 euro Miku to that, my poor switch turned on and without thinking, I bought it. Not my most disappointing purchase ever but it's definitely there. Up until this day, I still don't know whether or not she's a bootleg. Looking at bootleg pics, she doesn't look that bad but still not sure and thus never tried to sell her.
I didn't even like the figure that much but bought it cuz, it was cheap. She's been in her box for the past 5,5 years ... she's only been out for like half a year XD
And then as we continued to walk I found another Tony taka Miku but now for I think it was 60 euro and because of that price difference from 110 to 60, again, without thinking, I bought her. I was even laughing at my friend because he paid so much for his and I got it for a bargain (kind of).
It was only when I got home that he turned into the one laughing ... yeah, I think we all know ... it was a bootleg.
Lesson learned there with the well known phrase: if it seems too cheap to be true, it most likely is.
But that still didn't turn me away from cheap items.
Over time (in the first few years) I bought several figures, items, keychains, etc anime stuff, because they were cheap and not because I really liked them and wanted them. Some just because it's part of a series.
Good thing that, because of the poor quality of the cheaper, prize figures (well poor is a harsh word), I at least stopped buying those.
However I still bought a lot of figures, items, etc because it was from a series that I was collecting and not so much because I liked it.
Miku is the best example here. I pre-ordered anything that came out even if I wasn't to much of a fan of the figure, it was miku, most of my collection was her.
Only after being so disappointed by the figure, the way it looks and the decreasing quality (not to mention increasing price that became unjustifiable over years) did I start taking strong steps. I stopped pre-ordering and am now looking at a lot of my collection in a completely different way.
Instead of just getting everything, I'm looking more for the "bigger" ones that show off more of the figure.
Instead of buying 20 good quality figures with a simple pose, I now look for 1 (or more if possible) good quality figure with more.
It's getting hard to explain what I mean by that ... as this post gets longer, my brain is getting number ... not sure if I'm getting tired or the painkillers are taking their toll XD
Here's an example ... 1 figure like this: ITEM #331648
instead of several figures like: ITEM #105081
ITEM #42032 and so on, you get the point (I hope).
I now have these figures as just 1 per shelf in a glass detolf cabinet and it looks so much better than a bunch of them together on one shelf.
This is exactly what I mean with "less is more", because not only do I like that single figure more, it's also visually more appealing. It's also more visible because it's not bunched up together with 50 other ones.
I've been shrinking a lot of my collection just to make it more appealing.
Not to others cuz I never have anyone over but for myself.
And again, not just in this hobby but I'm applying this to everything in my life.
Instead of going for what I can afford at the time, I look for what I want from a brand I know that delivers good quality or if I don't know, I ask information, look up information and then a price and focus on saving up for just that.
I've done this with a few things now and I'm actually saving up money in general by doing this.

Small tip: know what brand delivers good quality. But don't believe to much from reviews, definitely not online ones because often these are paid reviews, not honest reviews (even when it says, honest).
Listen to friends who're neutral, someone who doesn't just say "apple is the best just cuz it's apple"... same here in the figure community,
GSC was one of the best companies when I came in this hobby. Great quality items, great support but over the years it has changed a lot.
But people will still blindly follow them, give excuses to why it's so or so but not really give you honest opinions.
Or maybe follow past experiences. I personally like to use Samsung products when it comes to technology because of my past experiences with Samsung products. They've all been great, same with nintendo.

If you can't afford it, don't settle for a cheap counter ... save up ;)
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freezermilk (8 mese/i fa) #28267048Oh, I'm definitely not saying that I spend significantly less than a scale collector. My point was that I'd rather get a bunch of things for that money than one or two. And I guess it really does come down to a person's tastes. I personally don't like a lot of scale figures--they take up lots of space, they're often more serious than I want, and I guess I just don't place a lot of value on detailed sculpts and paint jobs, or dynamic poses. I prefer much simpler looks and the flaws in prize figures rarely bother me. I don't find them 'bad' at all and I know exactly what I'm paying for.
Also, I personally don't care much if people buy bootlegs. That's their prerogative. In my opinion, the only problem with it is that you can't support the creators that way. But ultimately there are lots of characters with fancier figures in poses + outfits I adore, and I'd take those figures produced at a lower quality in a heartbeat if I could still support the industry that way.
In fact, my dream would be having smaller/lower quality versions of scales produced, maybe in color variations or something just so there would be more incentive to still buy both.


I think it comes down more to people's personality than it does to taste, but those do kind of blend into each other anyway. If I wouldn't have shaped myself into the person I am now and actually followed the examples set to me by my family, people around me, etc. I'd have the same mindset of : quantity>quality as well as paying less is ALWAYS better than paying more, not understanding or accepting the flaws that it might or clearly has because I paid little money for it.
For me, when it comes to figures, it's more the fact that I'd prefer to have one bigger piece and extra space to show it off from all angles, than have 5 smaller pieces that I bottle up together but not being able to actually show all they have to offer. Something I used to do, had full madoka set and all 5 of them were nicely placed on one shelf but with lil space in between which made it so that you can only see what isn't obstructed by another figure. Not that it would make a difference if I'd have a lot of space and could space them all out because not having them in a specific way to show off they're a set would bother me extremely ... kind of ocd-like but in a really minim form.

Here comes the part where I'd get sh$t again. When I buy a figure, DVD or anything at all, I never think, I'm supporting this person/artist/company, hoping that they'll continue to make great stuff. I watch anime online for free and buy DVD's/figures/merch to remind myself that, I liked that, not to congratulate the creators cuz tbh I don't know a single anime creator/company/whatever, I'll probably recognize some names but that's all. Same as how I don't know voice actors or even celebs. The current biggest celebrity could knock on my door and I'd open up not knowing who dafudge they are ... you see how I didn't name anyone there? Cuz I don't know anyone ... except for Jack Chan, that's the only actor who I know by face and name XD
But aside from that that's all I know from him as well, not that I care to know more anyway.
Aside from dub, while I acknowledge the fact that there's a voice actor, I never seem to really think a lot about it, in dub that's something I do often think of more because it sounds less ... genuine or just straight up annoying.
Anyway, headache typing a lot to distract me from it but doesn't seem to help. Ah, winter favorite time of the year but if I don't fall sick at least once, it's not a regular winter XD
8 mese/i fa
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freezermilk Cute Girl Enthusiast
Kosura (8 mese/i fa) #28253013Your last comment is kind of funny tbh "unless of course you're rich as fuck. then you motherfuckers can shower yourselves in scales I guess" ... cuz I'm pretty sure if you live by your words of "quantity>quality" you spent more money on figures than people who buy scales. Cuz while you'll buy 5 figures of 70 bucks, I would buy one of 200 bucks. Don't get me wrong, I used to think that as well. But, and I know I'll get sh$t on for what I'm about to say, it's the exact same saying you'd rather buy bootlegs because they're cheaper than actually paying price for the "official" and while I can't deny that I understand why people would do that, I'd definitely recommend saving up for one good quality one than several "bad" ones. But before buying anything ... KNOW what you're buying, know quality and know an acceptable price for it, whether that's market price or a price you see that they're worth for yourself.

Oh, I'm definitely not saying that I spend significantly less than a scale collector. My point was that I'd rather get a bunch of things for that money than one or two. And I guess it really does come down to a person's tastes. I personally don't like a lot of scale figures--they take up lots of space, they're often more serious than I want, and I guess I just don't place a lot of value on detailed sculpts and paint jobs, or dynamic poses. I prefer much simpler looks and the flaws in prize figures rarely bother me. I don't find them 'bad' at all and I know exactly what I'm paying for.

Also, I personally don't care much if people buy bootlegs. That's their prerogative. In my opinion, the only problem with it is that you can't support the creators that way. But ultimately there are lots of characters with fancier figures in poses + outfits I adore, and I'd take those figures produced at a lower quality in a heartbeat if I could still support the industry that way.

In fact, my dream would be having smaller/lower quality versions of scales produced, maybe in color variations or something just so there would be more incentive to still buy both.
8 mese/i fa
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freezermilk (8 mese/i fa) #28241574View spoilerHide spoilerIt's strange but I've come from a pretty well-funded upbringing, and right now I get a little money from my family and enough from my job.
Yet, I have always been a heavy "quantity > quality" believer. I save money well and yet I still want to buy the cheapest things. I always rather buy 4 or 5 used/prize/trading figures for $70 than one decent scale figure. And god, to even think about the $100+ prices on new preorders? I'd rather wait and buy it used or even half-broken.
Hell, I purposefully hunt for damaged figures just to get the better price for the sculpt/character I want. Foot pegs broken, box beat up or lost? Sign me up. I'll fix it if I have to.
From my perspective, I've just watched my parents waste money on new and fancy things because they think there is no value in something that has been used, or they think the price tag is indicative of how much they want or need it. I've watched them completely ignore the cost of things and way over-pay all my life. So I guess there are two sides of this coin.
In the end I agree with this post on appliances and technology and things that need to be used like that but... figures?
Figures don't break from extended use. Figures are a silly hobby we all share, a hobby dedicated to objects which are by their nature useless. A vacuum is something that you will never stop wanting, because you will need it. But a figure? Sure, you can stop wanting that anytime. Sell it off. Move along. A figure has no reason to 'last', be it in use or in interest.
So I guess all I'm saying here is yeah, save up for a good vacuum, because you need that and you certainly don't want to buy a new one. It serves a necessary purpose and you didn't buy it because it made you happy.
But figures? Who cares. If you're about seeing those packages roll in, get all the cheap babies you can handle. Sell them when you get tired. It's just up to us to KNOW whether we want quantity or quality.
(unless of course you're rich as fuck. then you motherfuckers can shower yourselves in scales I guess)


Your last comment is kind of funny tbh "unless of course you're rich as fuck. then you motherfuckers can shower yourselves in scales I guess" ... cuz I'm pretty sure if you live by your words of "quantity>quality" you spent more money on figures than people who buy scales. Cuz while you'll buy 5 figures of 70 bucks, I would buy one of 200 bucks. Don't get me wrong, I used to think that as well. But, and I know I'll get sh$t on for what I'm about to say, it's the exact same saying you'd rather buy bootlegs because they're cheaper than actually paying price for the "official" and while I can't deny that I understand why people would do that, I'd definitely recommend saving up for one good quality one than several "bad" ones. But before buying anything ... KNOW what you're buying, know quality and know an acceptable price for it, whether that's market price or a price you see that they're worth for yourself.
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freezermilk Cute Girl Enthusiast
It's strange but I've come from a pretty well-funded upbringing, and right now I get a little money from my family and enough from my job.

Yet, I have always been a heavy "quantity > quality" believer. I save money well and yet I still want to buy the cheapest things. I always rather buy 4 or 5 used/prize/trading figures for $70 than one decent scale figure. And god, to even think about the $100+ prices on new preorders? I'd rather wait and buy it used or even half-broken.

Hell, I purposefully hunt for damaged figures just to get the better price for the sculpt/character I want. Foot pegs broken, box beat up or lost? Sign me up. I'll fix it if I have to.

From my perspective, I've just watched my parents waste money on new and fancy things because they think there is no value in something that has been used, or they think the price tag is indicative of how much they want or need it. I've watched them completely ignore the cost of things and way over-pay all my life. So I guess there are two sides of this coin.

In the end I agree with this post on appliances and technology and things that need to be used like that but... figures?

Figures don't break from extended use. Figures are a silly hobby we all share, a hobby dedicated to objects which are by their nature useless. A vacuum is something that you will never stop wanting, because you will need it. But a figure? Sure, you can stop wanting that anytime. Sell it off. Move along. A figure has no reason to 'last', be it in use or in interest.

So I guess all I'm saying here is yeah, save up for a good vacuum, because you need that and you certainly don't want to buy a new one. It serves a necessary purpose and you didn't buy it because it made you happy.

But figures? Who cares. If you're about seeing those packages roll in, get all the cheap babies you can handle. Sell them when you get tired. It's just up to us to KNOW whether we want quantity or quality.

(unless of course you're rich as fuck. then you motherfuckers can shower yourselves in scales I guess)
8 mese/i fa
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less is more is a concept more applicable to the length of a message.

everyone is different. if the satisfaction they need is that "i've got a good deal, what a steal!" then they purchased a satisfaction instead of a product thus having less long term value.

People who tend to clutter stuff tend to have less refined tastes such that figures are not positioned ideally. This gives the feeling "they got too much stuff, having less look better"
10 mese/i fa
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Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
Hmmm my parents had a tough time but my mom has always been saving and hunting bargsins, meaning high quality stuff for same you pay for low quality one. So i highly disagree with poor people making poor choices.
Maybe some have but those I know and especially my parents (in particular my mom, my dad was more of a spender) managed by saving and looking up deals.

It is why I am also like that and care a lot about money (even to the point it annoys me as I just want to enjoy life..)
While I have a good income especially with my husband's and im still grateful but I still think in survival mode we had before :) and everything i got left goes to extra stuff p/luxury thanks to saving! Like my violin lessons <3 and a foldable bike ^^

I used to collect a lot but lately i only buy small merch (manga, plush , nano lego etc) so no boxes to be stored!

Luckily I also skipped the bootleg phase, i only bout tiny chobit figs i suspect being bootleg (trading figures) but aside from that i only had like 2 prize figures or so which i sold after a while and mainly collected trading figures cause there was a store nearby :) and i didnt have much to spend. My ex bought a big figure later and then it started.. i knew those were way better ^^
10 mese/i fa
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Couldn't agree more on the entire message of this post.

My father is guilty of buying cheaper counterparts, or bringing home junk that's been thrown away, thinking that they are working products, and that the people that've thrown them out have no idea what they're doing.

He'd bring home electronics which look at least 10 years old, or obvious counterfeit goods, and he'll then ask why it's not working when he tries them out, or how he has the bad luck of having found a fake when he did further research online i.e. the 2 Daytona Rolexes he found a few months ago in the trash. No shit dad, that's why it was thrown out in the first place.

Same applies to cheaper goods, or goods that're on sale and come in large quantities like very ripe fruit in massive crates. How on earth are 3 people meant to finish this in the span of 24 hours? And then he'll complain they've gone soft so quickly - again, no shit.

This mindset hits home real hard for me, because it's such an expensive mistake to make each and everytime, but my dad doesn't see that. "It was cheap", "it was on sale", "it had a massive discount". He never thinks WHY that's the case - because at this point it's already junk, and not worth your money! But don't tell him that though, he'll just think you're stupid.

So irritating.
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Reianna_Trancy (10 mese/i fa) #25246299one of the best things i've read on here! i definitely agree with you with quality over quantity. i'm trying my best to save up for good quality scales rather than prizes ^^

You'll definitely be glad about the decision in the long run, even when you decide to quit and sell everything.
While you might think since it's cheap it's gonna sell easy but it's hard to find a collector who'd buy it. Speaking from experience :/

Also maybe something that might help as well is a quote from someone else that I've been living by as well: "it's not because you like it that you need to own it"
10 mese/i fa
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one of the best things i've read on here! i definitely agree with you with quality over quantity. i'm trying my best to save up for good quality scales rather than prizes ^^
10 mese/i fa
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While it's true that sometimes people buy cheap stuff just because it's cheap without needing it (Even I bought a few figures like that, but back then there were a lot fewer figures on the market and more space in my room so yeah, at that time it did look like a good choice - and what I consider amazing now will probably feel a waste of money 10-15 years in the future when we'll be able to print 3D models of our favorite characters in our favorite poses for less than the price of a prize figure and higher quality) - but the important part is how much enjoyment you get from what you buy. 5-10 nice figures definitely make me more happy than 1 nice figure so I do prefer cheaper figures - not bootlegs, but prize figures. Just need to be careful to not buy something I don't need that much only for the price.
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