Hobby vs. Obsession

I’m sure all of you out there have an anime collection, but how big is it? Does it seem like it’s getting out of control? I have a modest collection. It takes up a full book shelves. My manga collection is the same way. I would be easy for me to go overboard and buy everything I want. I’m not rich; I just know how to take advantage of anime sales. I know how easy it can be to get out of control when it is something you like.

As a kid, I collected baseball cards, comic books, and video games. It all got a little out of hand. I was buying used games because; I could get more of them. No other reason. I learned then that quality was better than quantity. Today I have found a way to get the anime I want while not driving myself into bankruptcy. You would be surprised how quick a hobby can turn into an obsession.

What I do is to wait until around Christmas. May online stores will have big sales around that time. I know it means having to wait until the end of the year for me to get anything new, but it is always worth it. I combine the sales with other discounts I get from memberships or coupons. One year I spent $300 on anime. I saved up a little by little over the year. I ended up walking away with anime worth a lot more than the $300 I spent.

Doing this helps keep my hobby a hobby. I’m not telling you to only buy anime once a year. That’s just what works for me. You need to find out what works for you. Find a happy medium that allows you to purchase the anime you want without it taking over your life. Live to enjoy your hobby and don’t let it obsess you.

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10 thoughts on “Hobby vs. Obsession

  1. Yup, finding the best way to tend to your hobby is key. For me, a lot of my purchases are when sales are on, or I see something used. There are some exceptions where I pre-order, but not many these days.

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