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Buying Stuff You'll Never UseBuying Stuff You'll Never Use

GCNessGCNess6 months agoDiary
So anyone collecting while still living with their parents might have had this said something like this to you: "what's the point of buying something if you're not going to use it?"
For me, it mostly applies to my visual novel collection. A lot of VNs have to use an external program to play, even if you're on Japanese locate (*cough cough* SiglisEngine *cough cough*), and when I first bought some of my VNs, I couldn't even read Japanese.
So many people would ask why I bought it. But nobody seems to realize, the reason why I bought it is because I want to own it. I generally prefer physical editions of games, since I like having my stuff on a shelf (or space in my closet for my VNs), even if they're more expensive.
As for manga (since I recently bought some that was in Japanese), I like looking at the pretty pictures. XD
I've always had a strong belief that, as long as someone's not spending their money on something illegal or drugs (does that fall into the same category as illegal stuff?), than they can buy whatever they want.

Has anyone else even had this asked to you?

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27pt
I've come to the conclusion that there are people who have the collecting 'gene' (not literally, just an analogy), and those who do not. Those that do not have the collecting gene can not ever understand why someone wants to just have something that has no immediate or even future use.

What I say to people who ask me that, or similar, question is simple. "Because I want to."

For example:

Person who is annoying me: Why do you buy all that anime stuff? It just sits there and doesn't do anything.
Me: Because I want to.
PWIAM: But..
Me [interrupting]: ah, ah, ah -- I don't need to give you any further justification or explanation. I want to, I'm going to, deal with it.
[PWIAM stomps off mad]


This may sound like a very rude reply. But it used to go like this...
Person who is annoying me: Why do you buy all that anime stuff? It just sits there and doesn't do anything.
Me: Because it fills my time, and keeps me from learning bioengineering and creating a supervirus to wipe out all of humanity from the Earth, thus preventing people from asking me rather silly questions.
[PWIAM runs off to notify the authorities]

I've become so mellow in my old age.
6 months ago
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1pt
It's Art
6 months ago
1pt
My immediate and extended family all collect something, so I've never been asked why by them. Everyone else in my life may not understand it but support me. They listen to me rant and rave about struggles to find one figure, ask to see photos all the time, ask what direction my collection is heading this month.
6 months ago
4pt
Isn't that like 99.99999999% of what this hobby is? Buying things but not using them. I mean of course it's different for everyone and varies by type of figure/merchandise but I don't /use/ my figures for anything but looking pretty. I own even duplicate copies of dvd/bds and games that I don't plan to use for the sake of collecting
6 months ago
6pt
I don't think my parents have ever collected anything so they don't understand why I do it. My mother told me once "Your figures just stand there and look straight ahead. They don't do anything." So...if I build dioramas for each one to create scenes, you'll appreciate my collection more? She already complains about how expensive my figures are, now she wants me to throw more money at them to be more appealing to her... No, just no. I love my collection the way it is.

I love it so much that when I got drunk last weekend I just sat on the floor and stared at my figures and my husband told me I was worshipping my chibi shrine lol
6 months ago
4pt
kakanaru (6 months ago) #28489960Purchasing something with your own money instead of just watching it online for free is not philanthropy. You don't get a humanitarian award for not pirating.

Who said anything about not pirating? ;-)
6 months ago
1pt
kyoshinhei (6 months ago) #28465692
So why did I even buy them in the first place? Owning the object is part of the reason but that's not the end of it because then why did I import the disks from Japan when I could have bought the domestic version for one tenth of the price?
The answer is philanthropy. I do it because this is the approach that brings the highest returns towards the creators (well to be fair the money almost exclusively goes into the production committee's pockets but it makes them more likely to re-invest that money into more contracts for the same studio/authors in the future so indirectly this logic works).


Purchasing something with your own money instead of just watching it online for free is not philanthropy. You don't get a humanitarian award for not pirating.
6 months ago
0pt
Pinokkio Want to be free!
Welcome to the club...
6 months ago
5pt
I am in a somewhat similar position in that do own a number of BluRay disks that will never see a BD player in their lives (*cough* fansubs already got me covered *cough*).

So why did I even buy them in the first place? Owning the object is part of the reason but that's not the end of it because then why did I import the disks from Japan when I could have bought the domestic version for one tenth of the price?

The answer is philanthropy. I do it because this is the approach that brings the highest returns towards the creators (well to be fair the money almost exclusively goes into the production committee's pockets but it makes them more likely to re-invest that money into more contracts for the same studio/authors in the future so indirectly this logic works).
Contrary to more mainstream forms of entertainment that strive on a vast number of followers, each forking small sums of money, the anime hobby is a niche market that survives on a small number of fans, each contributing important sums of money (look at the price of our figures ^^).
VNs (and indie games in general) also share this niche status and need all the support they can get.

So next time someone tells you that you're throwing your money away, tell them that you're using your money to feed artists and to create jobs.
As long as you're not ending up in a position where you would have trouble feeding yourself, there is nothing to argue against your generosity.
6 months ago
5pt
Once, I think it was clear file. "For what did you buy it? You won't used it, seriously."

I was dumbfounded for a little, but for a whole different reason: "WTH this person talking about? Obviously I won't use it. Why would I use it? Why does it matter whether I'd use it or not?" was what I thinking.

dollbyn (6 months ago) #28462738People who aren't into collecting generally don't understand the appeal of the things collectors can like

Only after reading this finally I can understand what made me dumbfounded back then: how can that person not knowing/realize, AT ALL, I buy it because I'm collecting them, because I like that character? I buy it because I like the character, why would whether I use it or not becomes a problem?

I see. So it's not just about what people collecting, even collecting itself is a foreign idea for many/some people...
6 months ago
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Figures, Goodies and Dakimakura shop.

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