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He should probably heed his parents advice. In my experience, it was hardest to collect between the ages of about 18 to 25, because you've got college, new cars, new apartments/furniture/electronics, clothes, cell/rent/power/water/insurance/cable payments, and I didn't have much time to hunt for the things I want, either in the stores or online, because of part-time work, full-time classes, writing papers, researching, working out, paying bills, and partying/dating when I could.


My advice would be to funnel all that money into getting a place, getting out on your own two feet, becoming stable, then picking it up again down the line. You can always rebuy this stuff on Ebay, and unless it's a vintage MOC figure, you'll probably pay about the same as you did in the store. In a few years you might not want the Joes anymore, but you'll regret having missed out on the experience of having your own place at the age of 21. You'll probably be broke for a while, but it's so much fun!

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As a note on the collecting community, I've found that Joe collectors range from millionaires to guys who are well on their way to being millionaires to solidly middle class families to guys who barely scrape by on minimum wage.


I'm here to represent the last category. Never made more than 20K a year in my life.



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I'm a 27 year old adjunct professor of freshman composition/literary analysis/writing/technical writing/business report writing at two major universities (one in FLA another in NY; I teach online). I got my undergrad degree from Emerson College and MFA from FIU. I make 40k a year and I'm also an aspiring novellist (sold some shorter works, now fielding agents on my novel). I've always had steady girlfriends (living with one now) and feel reasonably successful.


I also collect JOEs, toys, and guns. You can be successful and have hobbies. In fact, hobbies have often fueled my success.

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TFJOE - I think that your parents and perhaps you are focusing frustrations onto the wrong thing. Perhaps they feel that it's time for you to move out and rather than discuss that with you, they're saying that you're not moving out on your own because you spend too much time with your toys. They may have a point - I know from my personal experience that I needed about a 5 to 8 year break from comics and toys to get my life in order. I stopped collecting for a while, got a good job and a nice house with my wife.


You're still living at home - do you have plans to move out? Do you have plans for the future? Do you have many friends aside from the internet?


I think that if you talked with your parents about your plan to move out, some life goals, and perhaps how you expect to make your career, that they would let up on you.


Here are some starters:


Do you have any idea what type of career you want to pursue?

- do you have the proper education/training for it or do you need to get that?


What kind of savings do you have?


At your current level of income, can you afford to pay rent on your own place or begin saving money toward getting your own place?


Do you have friends or acquaintances that you would consider moving in with?




I have some other questions for you - do your parents do your laundry for you? Fix your meals and buy your groceries? If so, you really need to get your act together as basically you're stuck as being a teenager and may never break out of it.


Take a long look at your life - what do you want to do with the rest of it?

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I sleep in a racecar....what do YOU sleep in?


I sleep in a bed...with my wife.




bitter much?


Ouch! @smilepunch@


Me bitter? No. Sarcastic, cynical, bored, sleepy, cranky, Yes!


Me like the funny. You should try the funny, you feel much better.


I didnt think there was a pissing contest about wages. I think the point of posting our wages was to show that Joe collectors come from all walks of life. ANd that we arent just all high school dropouts delivering pizzas and spending our cash on comic books, lottery tickets, joes, and mountain dew every week.


The point is, you can have a skilled job, raise a family. be a husband, AND be a GI Joe collector.





Eh, I just see the whole wage thing as unnecessary but do whatever floats your boat. As for the "all just highschool dropouts..." thing, I don't think anyone here would think that. The community here, I find, has a good idea of who the populous is.


And I wholeheartedly agree with your point, my post was me trying to add a wee bit of humor. As it turns out, people here are a little touchy on the whole 40 year old virgin thing (which is where half of the post's lines come from). I say embrace your inner 40-year-old virgin, jokes and all. Hell, I am 33 and minus the virgin thing (unless my kids were immaculate conception, but that is a whole other thread :) ) it could be me. Well, maybe not, but it is the running joke in my house.


I agree completely. I think it is important to show how wide and diverse the collectors are. We're not just a bunch of 40-year-old wierdo's hanging out at TRU at 4 am for it to open so we can hoard stuff for sale on Ebay.




Though you do paint a funny picture.



I read that, then looked at your sig and laughed. :) Not to be a dick, but I thought that was funny.


I second that emotion.

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I think it depends on the situation. My parents didn't like me collecting comics and toys when I was in my teens and forced me to get rid of them. Also, it was the...live in their house, live by their rules.


You are a grown man who has a large collection but should they worry about you? Are you progressing in life or regressing/couch potato?


As for your other question, I own a small communications company. I make good money but I have a wife who doesn't mind that I buy toys but she does mind clutter. I actually mind clutter now that the bins are far too numerous.



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everyone has made a lot of good points. Ask yourself if its a hobby or an obsession. Also, determine how much you spend on your hobby.


If you could put a down payment on a house or buy a car you might want to consider re allocating your expenditures. If you have money to burn than do with it what you please as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else.


I myself have a small collection that probably cost $500-700. It doesn't take up much space and is a nice distraction. Though, I might be interested in selling it, if marvel legend joes come out.

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I buy GIJoe toys and Star Wars and sometimes Marvel toys and McFarlane sport statues. I have a GIJoe tattoo and a Star Wars tattoo.


I'm also single father with full custody of a 2 year old girl, I work a 45 hour a week job, I have a gym membership and hit the gym 4 days a week, and now I go to school working toward a bachelor's degreen in medical technology.




Yeah, it's perfectly to be a normal, productive adult and collect toys as a hobby.

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They must have kicked him out or something? :)

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