for a while now I have this thought in my head: I ask myself if yoyo collectors are a good thing or a bad thing for the community. Before I go into the pros and cons, here’s what I think is a collector: someone who buys lots of brand new yoyos either from stores or directly from manufactures. Often times they focus on a specific theme or manufacturer but they share the hunt for new yoyos, especially rare or limited ones. And it’s likely that they have multiple of the same kind of yoyo.
Now for the pros and why collectors are good for the community:
Collectors support the manufactures and shop owners and make sure that part of the cost of producing and selling special yoyos is covered. If a manufacturer can count on a few collectors to buy a limited run, it makes the decision to produce said run in the first place easier because some of the cost will be covered for sure. That benefits all because we get a chance to get more cool yoyos.
Also, when collectors showcase their treasures, we get a chance to look at them from different angles and even after the store images have been removed.
As for the cons:
Collectors take away from the rest of us because they constantly hunt for special yoyos making it harder for the rest to make casual purchases. They might even be in close contact to store owners and manufactures and get a chance to buy yoyos before anyone else which makes it even harder for the rest to buy a specific yoyo. And even when they already have a model, they will still buy multiple versions and therefore reduce the total amount of a yoyo available in any given run.
Finally, collectors establish a certain feeling of an insider club because they can get their hands on yoyos that others can’t which might frustrate some of us.
What is your take on the pros and cons of yoyo collectors?