Several of my friends have asked about price over the years and it's been a good thing:
- In one case my best friend, a tech-minded guy like me, needed a new hobby and fell into it full-bore, buying projects and such after doing recon at my house.
- That same friend later put me in touch with a very well-to-do individual with a priceless car collection, who had a couple busted pins... for me to fix of course.
- Second case, a family asked me to price and find a pin project for them and restore it for the day. They paid me very nicely for my efforts.
- Third case, another family looking for a pin on the periphery. They're playfully upset that I sold two at Louisville Expo without telling them, oops.
- Of course, others have shaken their head, but whatever. My entire collection cost less than one or two of the demo-derby cars my in-laws wad up and throw away every year.
But I don't take offense to the questions or reactions because it's natural for folks to be inquisitive to the price of things. I know I've often wondered the same about other folks' interesting or prized possessions... not to compete or be a dick, but just to put it in context or reference against my own interests and opportunities. Who knows... I might take the plunge myself!
The car analogy is a good one. Some cars you can't give away, some you can't hope to afford, and in the vast middle are differing elements of value. But I'm afraid I'm not a good comparison for that. My daily driver is a stubborn soldier minivan I sprang from a surplus/junk auction for $200 in 2012. Thought I would do something silly with it like a LeMons rally or whatever. Instead I got it going and in the past 6 years it's been a reliable companion, needing relatively little (though its time is finally running out, sadly).
Actually I can safely say were it not for this spitemobile, I would not be in this hobby. Money it saved me afforded pins, not to mention moving over 20 pins with it so far. But the crux of it is: my daily driver cost less than even the shittiest pin I've bought... I'm not sure if that's something to be proud of or not