By BlackSymbiote 29 Comments
It's not a simple question that's for sure. Especially when you ask it to a fan. It's even worse when you're talking to a collector. The countless number of bits of merchandise that are thrown in our faces are vast in their variety. Posters, statues, action figures, t-shirts, framed artwork, the list goes on. It can range from the inexpensive to the exorbitant. So how far is too far?
Is a shelf of merchandise too much? What about a room? Is it too far if you have a large number of objects? Or does that become acceptable if you didn't have to pay a lot to get to that stage? If you only have one or two items, but you paid an arm and a leg for them, is that too much? Or maybe this isn't about the fan, but the people and companies providing it all. Does the root of the problem lay with those who make the goods? Maybe they should know better when making a set of themed night vision goggles. Maybe it's too far when you get to the jumbo jet painted with Pokemon.
This all came to mind when earlier in the week, Bioware announced the release of yet more Mass Effect 2 Lithographs on their online store. Not only that, but these limited edition pieces, signed and numbered by the artist, increased in price from the previously normal $30 each, to $40. Sure $10 isn't much, but when both you and the company know that they'll sell out within minutes of being online for purchase, is it just a money grab? But then maybe they're entitled to that for making something that has such a demand.
As a collector myself, it's definitely a question I keep asking myself. At what point to I call it quits? Do I ever call it quits? Will I ever reach that point when I'm satisfied? Why do I even have such a compulsion to begin with? How far is too far?