I’m a collector. I collect the things I want to consume, the games I want to play and the books I want to read. I don’t, however, collect for the sake of completing a set. I don’t keep things sealed.
Over the past few months, I’ve been drifting away from Facebook and Twitter and have found a haven on Instagram. Unlike the other two social media platforms, Instagram isn’t as hate-filled and is far more relaxing to scroll through. I’ll browse a range of accounts and topics almost every day, from video games to model kits. It’s fantastic seeing what other people enjoy and who likes the hobbies that I do. One thing I can’t understand though, is why people keep products sealed?
To seal or not to seal
The concept of collecting sealed items has always confounded me. When others have shown me sealed items, my general response is “okay.” Staring at a box bathed in plastic wrap isn’t interesting. In general, most collectors will amass personal collections for themselves or to show off – they’re not a museum and don’t put effort into actual product/media preservation. I know that’s a harsh thing to say, but it’s also the truth.
I’ve never been able to keep a product in its original packing – I have to open it. If I’ve purchased a new board game, I want to pop out the pieces and oggle the components. If I’ve bought a new figure, I want to examine it, take in all of the details, and proudly display it. I’ve long since thrown the packaging away for any Spawn figures that I own.
There’s an excellent episode of Dexter’s Laboratory that always comes to mind when I think about this subject. It episode is called Star Check Unconventional and I highly recommend watching it.
In my entire collection, I have a handful of sealed video games because I haven’t had a chance to play them yet. I have one sealed board game – Dreadfleet – because I don’t think my painting skills are up to scratch to do it justice.
The idea that an item will go up in price because it’s been sealed away from the world is an odd one. In theory, I understand the concept, but in reality, I struggle to attach it to tangible products. If it’s sealed, how do you know it works, that there are no broken bits and nothing is missing?
Are you going to retire on the profit from selling that sealed goodie one day? Will you actually turn a profit, will you pawn it off in haste because your credit card payment is due or because you wont-get-a-better-offer?
We live. We die.
To be philosophical: life is finite and we don’t live forever. There is a set amount of time we have alive, a set amount of time to spend working and a set amount of time to do the things we enjoy. If you aren’t using the things you buy (with the finite amount of money you have), then what’s the point?
I just can’t keep something sealed away.