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    • CommentAuthorBBH
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2009
    My collection is put together on a shoestring budget. Sadly I just don't have spare money to spend on Heepy things in general. Many things are given as presents for Birthday, Christmas and Father's Day but that doesn't cover everything I would like to have. Ebay has been a great source for collectors everywhere. I often get outbid after a cheaky bid but just now and then I win at what I think a reasonable price. If circumstances were different I'm sure I would spend much more money on the collection but I do the best I can for now.

    The question may sound a little too personal and I'm not asking for exact figures of course, I'm just interested in finding out how much time, money and effort is dedicated to the collection. How far would you go to get what you want? ;-))
    Good question! It depends on the item. For example, late last night (I stayed up past my bedtime) I had placed a maxium bid of 41 USD on a signed item and 10 minutes before the auction was up somebody outbid me, who has a history of lots of retracted bids. It was tempting to go beyond my limit, but I stuck to it.

    How do I decide what to do? Well, I can't touch my regular paycheck it's been cut by 400 a month since last year due to economy and taxes. I work very hard on making extra money by subcontracting and freelancing work, and THAT is what sets my budget for how much I can spend on Heep merchandise. I also don't spend money on things that most other women would so I can spend it on Heep stuff. That includes no eating out, movies, etc.

    How far would I go to get what I want? If it was something really rare or sentimental, like related to Gary Thain, I might even borrow money! (and that is something I never do).

    As far as time goes, I spend at least one hour per day searching and looking what stuff is worth. As far as effort, I live a very minimal lifestyle to fuel my passion.
    • CommentAuthorbsmuheep
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2009
    Good question, Iain. But how do you define how much are you willing to spend. Is it for one item, a monthly expense, or maybe a total sum you're willing to spend in a year? And how do you control yourself;-)))
    I set up some basic rules for myself, like not more then 300 USD a month, and 250 USD max for one item. But I deviated from these rules not once. Many times I went over the 300 limit, with 500, 700, 800 a month. And sometimes even over a 1000 USD. Many times I said to myself "stupid, cool down, stop it";-))) I'm trying to reduce my spending's these days, and so far, this year I managed not to pass the 300 limit;-)))
    I somehow managed to keep the 250 max for 1 item rule, except once, when I paid 385USD for the original Weed LP release. And the original Head Machine LP with 240USD. I'll consider breaking that rule for some very rare items, if I'll see them on sale.
    I probably can spend a little more then most people, since I don't have mortgages to pay or children to feed;-)))
    I spend about half an hour a day, on ebay. I have saved searches, and I look only at them, for new things out in the last day. Ha, lately I started to forget to bid on items I'm watching;-))) Maybe that's why I manage to be below limit;-)))
    It differs a lot. Some months pass away without spending a cent on records at all, some see a few hundred Euros changing the bank account. It depends on how much time I have to search on Ebay and follow the auctions, or if I go to a record fair or flea market. I haven't set a limit like Boris, I just decide on time and sometimes it depends on how much I have to spend on other things.
    • CommentAuthorbsmuheep
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2009
    It's not that I haven't broke the limits;-))) But there's so much stuff out there, that I would like to have, all the different 7in, all the different LP releases, and whatever, so if won't have some kind of a virtual limit, I'll go broke very quickly;-)))
    I do think we all need some kind of a balance to our budgets.
    • CommentAuthorBBH
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009
    I think the so called credit crunch and the unfortunate circumstances of some of our members will drastically downturn the Heep collecting for the forseeable future.

    Is the best thing to do at difficult times not to search for Heep stuff or would you still look and have to watch others winning your desired item? I must say it's a difficult choice either way.
    • CommentAuthorbsmuheep
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2009
    Well, I keep looking, despite;-))) Thou, these days, I buy rarely and usually only cheap items, with cheap shipping;-)))
    Lately I mostly bought cassettes and singles. But I pass on items I know will turn out again many times.
    But if I'll come across something which is a must or really rare, I'll consider a higher bid.
    Anyway, nothing should stand in a way of our normal life. And by normal, I mean Heep collecting;-)))
    Well, right now I can't buy any Heep stuff until I find a job. Unfortunately, I did another bad thing and bid on an item signed by Gary and David, just so a re-seller would not get it (his bid history looked like he was a re-seller anyway). I bid when I still had a job, and the auction ended after I found out I wouldn't have a job. I actually got the item at a fairly low price.