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At what point does Collecting become Hoarding?At what point does Collecting become Hoarding?

ArararagiiiArararagiiihace 5 díasAsk MFC
I've been collecting for over a year and half now and I often ask myself, am I hoarding or collecting? because all I've been doing is constantly buying buying and buying, contrary to some of the users on this site that cull their collection, I believe the bigger the collection the better. surely there are some figurines I get bored of looking at, but ultimately I'd keep them on the very bottom of my shelves. now that my space has gotten smaller and smaller and each time a new figure comes I have to think of a way to somehow fit them on my clustered shelves. at this moment I don't think I am hoarding, but what happens when I completely run out of room to display and I still keep on buying more?
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62pt
There's a fine line between collecting and hoarding, but simply having a shall we say "figure dense" display probably doesn't cross that line.

One the other hand, if your collection totally takes over your entire living area, or you can't find things that you've bought, or your collecting negatively impacts your interpersonal relationships, or you just compulsively buy things to the detriment of immediate needs/long-term financial goals, then that *might* be hoarding.
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I don't think there is one right way to define hoarders. Rather, hoarders display one or more of these behaviours:

- If, once you get into a tough financial situation, you are still unable to sell off parts of your (gigantic) collection and you instead opt to starve for a couple of months
- Unboxing items becomes a chore, so unopened packages pile up more and more
- You have trouble keeping your collection and/or your house clean
- You need to store items in the middle of the room instead of cupboards, shelves and more
- You buy out of obligation, not excitement
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Metrogenic (hace 3 días) #41683438I'd say be careful, but you've only got 43 figures so you should be fine for now. My advice is to slow down, only collect what you can display, as that is my latest mentality toward collecting. I was in your shoes and bought way more than I needed to or could display in a room, but that said, I don't regret it. I'm now simply finding new homes for figures I no longer can fit in my space or that I have the attachment to.I have around 120 scaled figure and around 25 nendoroids I was just too lazy to put in on the site but like many of the people said, its not affecting my life in anyway since I’m still in university, wages in australia for a parttime is fairly high and all my boxes are in my storage room. There are no anime element anywhere in my house apart from my room so living space is fairly big. But yeah you’re right I need to slowdown since i’m running out of shelving space
hace 3 días
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strictlystyles Closet Nerd
its hoarding when your buying figures you know you wont ever display and they are taking up living space that you had or didnt have in the first place. I used to think i had a hoarding problem but my figures are neatly packed away in stored boxes in my attic and not affecting my daily life. Ive just been waiting to move to a bigger house to start actually putting them out there.

now if you have a smaller space or nowhere to put the figures and it starts cluttering up your house, then your a hoarder, even if you only had 20 figures.
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1pt
I'd say be careful, but you've only got 43 figures so you should be fine for now. My advice is to slow down, only collect what you can display, as that is my latest mentality toward collecting. I was in your shoes and bought way more than I needed to or could display in a room, but that said, I don't regret it. I'm now simply finding new homes for figures I no longer can fit in my space or that I have the attachment to.
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Fallen-Cloud (hace 4 días) #41667280I don't think there is one right way to define hoarders. Rather, hoarders display one or more of these behaviours:
- If, once you get into a tough financial situation, you are still unable to sell off parts of your (gigantic) collection and you instead opt to starve for a couple of months
- Unboxing items becomes a chore, so unopened packages pile up more and more
- You have trouble keeping your collection and/or your house clean
- You need to store items in the middle of the room instead of cupboards, shelves and more
- You buy out of obligation, not excitement
oof I think I fulfill too many of those.
which is why I am gradually cutting down my collecting. Biggest issue is, I just live in a small space.
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-4pt
Why is hoarding a bad thing?

Many wealthy people are the biggest hoarders of money and their decision to hoard so much money affects millions of lives.

I consider them hoarding because they literally cannot spend all that money within their lifetime. And yet, the world respects them because they hoard the right thing?

(instead of money, it could be shares, property, gold, assets etc. You get the gist)

If you're buying things for no reason or purpose, you're a hoarder. Otherwise i see you as a collector. (even if you live in a small room instead of a mansion to fit everything)
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2pt
when its a horrible cluttered mess and figures are displayed in places they shouldnt be or a crazy amount of figures are still in boxes as you dont have display space
i know im not a hoarder cus i had to stop when i ran out of space in my cabinet, my only option was to stop collecting till i got more space or sell some figures i had
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Yuelon (hace 4 días) #41662475I want to raise a question if one goal is being a collector equivalent to hoarding, for instance the collection of Rem in a recent article then is this interpret as mental health issue or love? One could say they spend the same amount on something like a fancy car or sport car but that just one thing that cost equivalent to a collection.
If some say collecting with a possible to sell is what being a collector is, wouldn't that defeat the purpose of collecting in the first place? In my sense is like saying "I'm collecting this but I'm going to sell it afterwards maybe when the resell value is high or insert reason/excuse to sell".
Back to question I think its one of those topics to consider yourself not to exert more than what you can afford or affect your daily life, even if you own 1000 figure. You may have second thoughts when someone say wow you're crazy to own so much but as long as you have your own reason to collecting is fine isn't it? (or im already digging my own grave here)
I mean most people would reflect back only once they realize the amount of figure they own is affecting them one way or another, thats when its consider hoarding isn't it? From what I can tell that most people here(exclude those who have high income) would actually budget to what they do with their money. I don't want to judge someone on how much they spend or invest to their hobby cause at the end of the day its their money that they earn if not that a different matter. By far most of you who ask such sort of question are mostly not married and by then I hope you will be able to balance between hobby and life. As such try expand your vision and notice how much everyone is spending towards their hobby. I bet there at least one person would rather spend on traveling (with the thought of greater value) than collecting.


For the guys that obsessively concentrate on just one character - I'd say it's just that; an obsession. Dark blue is my favorite color, I bought both a dualshock 3 and 4 recently with that coloration as opposed to the black I'm used to because I had a choice. The guys with the single character obsession have sort of found their 'favorite color' character and are continuously and consciously making a choice to select that color.
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I want to raise a question if one goal is being a collector equivalent to hoarding, for instance the collection of Rem in a recent article then is this interpret as mental health issue or love? One could say they spend the same amount on something like a fancy car or sport car but that just one thing that cost equivalent to a collection.

If some say collecting with a possible to sell is what being a collector is, wouldn't that defeat the purpose of collecting in the first place? In my sense is like saying "I'm collecting this but I'm going to sell it afterwards maybe when the resell value is high or insert reason/excuse to sell".

Back to question I think its one of those topics to consider yourself not to exert more than what you can afford or affect your daily life, even if you own 1000 figure. You may have second thoughts when someone say wow you're crazy to own so much but as long as you have your own reason to collecting is fine isn't it? (or im already digging my own grave here)

I mean most people would reflect back only once they realize the amount of figure they own is affecting them one way or another, thats when its consider hoarding isn't it? From what I can tell that most people here(exclude those who have high income) would actually budget to what they do with their money. I don't want to judge someone on how much they spend or invest to their hobby cause at the end of the day its their money that they earn if not that a different matter. By far most of you who ask such sort of question are mostly not married and by then I hope you will be able to balance between hobby and life. As such try expand your vision and notice how much everyone is spending towards their hobby. I bet there at least one person would rather spend on traveling (with the thought of greater value) than collecting.
hace 4 días
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WanderingWastrel (hace 5 días) #41599688To me, the line between collecting and hoarding is this: can you sell something? Can you bear to part with something you've already acquired?
For a collector, they acquire many items, sure. But they also at times sell (or just get rid of) items. Things come into the collection, but things over time also eventually leave.
A hoarder is all 'in', no 'out'. Someone who's hoarding can't bear to let anything go, no matter what.
If you've only been collecting a year and a half, then you're probably not at the point where anything has had your emotional connection to it start to fade. So you're not yet to where most collectors would start to consider selling items off.
But frankly just by wondering if you're becoming a hoarder, you're probably not one, since most hoarders never think of themselves as hoarders.


I spent a lot of time reading all the comments here and I think this one I quoted kinda sums it up best, especially with the last statement.

For some, bigger is better, and I mean, there are people on this website, who have large and impressive collections that they display in an incredibly organized manner.

I think as long as you're keeping a conscious effort not to overbuy for the sake of buying and nothing else, you should be good. Like I mean, buying until the point you LITERALLY can't fit anything else on display and what not. That's when its dangerous--especially if you start making excuses for that kind of purchasing. But I mean, as long as you have the space to actually live and function, you're not putting yourself in financial danger, and you're not compulsively buying things and then refusing to do things like get rid of unassociated trash under the excuse that it's useful, then you're really not much of a hoarder? It'd be different if you like broke something, bought a replacement, then argued that you couldn't get rid of the other.

But I understand the fear towards it completely

IDK I'm probably babbling now.
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