We laugh, but there's a reason doll collecting shares the same language as drug addiction. How many times have you heard or maybe even said these phrases: "Who's your dealer?", "I need a fix", "I'm having withdrawals", "I can stop any time" or "Who'd you blow to get that??". I believe I've said all of these at one time or another and sometimes in the same conversation. Being collectors, I think it comes with the territory.
The question I pose, today, is how serious a collector are you and how far will you go to feed your addiction? I'm not interested in judging anyone or making anyone feel badly about their choices at all. I am, however, very interested in the conversation. Serious collecting brings about little moral dilemmas all the time. Do these even occur to you anymore or are there some instances that make you pause?
A dealer that has done your friend seriously wrong in the past is given a gorgeous exclusive of your favorite sculpt. Do you buy the doll? You receive a purchase with a tiny flaw. You know you'll keep the item anyway because you love it but do you tell the seller in hopes of getting a partial refund? You find out about an amazing sale before anyone else. You know of someone who really wants the sale items but is a blabber mouth. Do you tell the someone and possibly blow your own chances of snagging cheap loot?
Post as anon or Tweety Bird if you feel more comfortable but spill.