The collecting community is like any other part of life, you get all sorts collecting for all sorts of reasons. This forum welcomes all who collect, beginners to experts, high end collectors to budget collectors, all of which have a common theme, the passion for the hobby, and the general buzz of collecting for themselves, to also learn and to research to further knowledge overall or in the particular area they are collecting.
I have found over the years, especially through this forum and the genuine collectors you interact with, the value of something or its rarity are secondary to the genuine reactions of " great pick up, really pleased for you, well deserved " comments from budget and high end collectors alike, who are all chuffed for you.
We are collecting and we are passionate, but it's a hobby all the same, the real things in life are what count, family, happiness and health, they are the "grails"
"My house, my car, my bank account is bigger than yours", it's about the person who lives in t hat house, drives that car and has that bank account.
As with all walks of life genuine good guys are just, that regardless of their collection or bank balance.
Having said all of that, life's too short for negativity, those that get wrapped up in it are missing out on the good things in life