As we are on this subject of spending, I'd like to offer a few words which may reflect those of others both here and elsewhere from other long term collectors past and present.
First of all, let no one ever fall into the trap that any of this is in any way a competition. There should never be any pressure felt by anyone within the hobby to feel as though they have to "keep up with the Jones's" or "stay ahead of any pack" so to speak.
You buy what you can afford, you have a lifetime to seek what you search for, and no collector ever had every title they ever wanted. It never worked like that.
That's what makes this hobby somewhat compulsive. It is because you can't just go out and find and then buy every top title film that was ever released. They are all too scarce to do that now.
That's why when you do find the ones you've been seeking for years, it feels the same to us as when Charlie found the Golden Ticket against all the odds!
That's exactly how it can be with film. Sure there are many people with much more, there are many who can spend much more, but every once in a while, even with just a miniscule of good fortune , there is good chance you'll stumble on something you regard as very special, that even the most seasoned and dedicated collector, will not have.
Don't fall into the trap that I've even heard psychologist collectors can do and that is to finish up almost an addict to the buying of film to the point where it is beginning to destroy your life. You have to always remain level headed about spending limits.
Yes live a little, you're only here once and all...I'm all for that.
But let's never forget, this is only a hobby and there are far more important financial demands placed upon us all as mature sensible adults, that should always be given priority over any hobby.
If I were to lose my job tomorrow, then tomorrow is when I stop buying films.