WOO HOO! LOOK AT THE NEW THOR FIGURES!
I love the geektyrant. Great site, good Twitter. Or is that Twitterer? Twitterist?
That was the fun part of today’s post. Below is the slight introspection and breakdown/tear apart on the process of owning/selling toys… ready?
I have tons of books, toys, and comics. My action figure inventory went down severely when I sold a bunch to help buy my house, but I still own some cubic footage consuming plastic superheroes. Currently I’m trying to get some stuff flipped on eBay and clear out room in my computer room and attic. Lots of these online microtransactions add up, in some cases I’m making $1-2 per figure, and in some I’m technically selling at a loss i.e. a figure but for $7 last year now sold for $5 (less eBay auction fees).
But is it a loss?
That $7 has gone down to, say, $4.50. So let’s see what I get back in exchange for that action figure:
-eBay seller feedback rating increases +1 (hopefully)
-one less action figure
-one less box (I save boxes… because I sell action figures… which means I have to save boxes…)
-small satisfaction that someone maybe got that one missing figure for their collection
Doesn’t seem terribly motivating. But maybe that’s part of the big picture, having momentum. Taking control and getting rid of something. If you’ve ever watched Hoarders on A&E, you know exactly how important it is to have a sense of control… or how a misguided sense is a destructive thing.