These last two weeks a topic has taken precedence over every other and has destroyed (in my eyes anyway) a number of good threads. Value.
To give extreme examples: one group says a titanium frog oughtta retail for US $200 worldwide. Another group might feel the GWT5030 would've been a steal at twice retail. All valid.
What I've been struggling with is everyone here is entitled to their opinions and the voice to share them, but not always doing it in an appropriate manner. What I really enjoy is how individual we all are. What works for some of us doesn't neceasarily work for all. I actually enjoy this aspect very much.
It is very cool to post an unboxing thread. You bought it, you have been waiting for it. You may have mulled the decision for a while, saved up for a while or went through the pre-ordering process or whatever. It was obviously worth it to you (and this really is what matters). Can we just be more supportive as a community on these kinds of threads? If you took the time to post and looking forward to sharing it and the very first comment is questioning its value?
There comes a time and a place where this is a hobby. Why shut someone down however politely?
On an upcoming product info thread. When viewed from 5 years from now when someone is researching something they are interested in, do they need to wade through pages arguing pricing? Or now, a new watch is coming out and people are just trying to find info out about a watch, but it gets derailed constantly ad nauseum on perceived value. Can we let news/info threads stay more factual? We all know in a few years watches will be used and someone will sell theirs at a price probably reasonable for someone who thought it wasn't "worth it" when new. Why dissuade informed people? As adults we have to weigh every purchase anyway.
Had to vent. Please post up any comments here. I think there is a lot of venting that needs to go on based on how much "bleeding over" has been going on in various threads.
These are just my opinions. Feel free to post yours. We don't have to see everything in the same light, but it helps if we can agree on communication.
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