I'm gonna come out of the corner like a ghost and voice a little something. Personally I can say it's hard to break in or feel as if your accepted in this community. I say this from straight experience. So gauging what I've read it's tuff to tell who is legit and who is a snake unless it's old hat or blatant finger pointing. This community is on the rise. More so than ever so the inevitable is that we have to give the benifit of the doubt. When it comes to IG, for me at least it's a place to bring my collection other than right here. I enjoy collecting what I love and what I find interesting wether it happens to be current hype. Past hype. future hype or no hype. I buy what I like or what I feel I'll like and if I don't end up loving it in hand my goal if decide to let the item go is to get it into the hands of someone who will appreciate or someone who has wanted it. That is our responsibility as the collector in the community that we love. i don't think it's IG fault. Yes it makes the access to people, info and pieces easier witch can be looked at as a good thing as well, but utimatly it straight up comes down to the transaction and how it's conducted. Guy says "sell to me" or "for me to buy. I need" and you ignore or say no. Plain and simple and you have done your part. Back to "breaking yourself in" I was always told to do my research when I startedand really like I said, I didn't feel accepted. And even after a few years here I still find myself feeling that way sometimes. Especially with the toys I collect. I'm not on a hype train but I've been told that I am and that I collect and or hoard to keep these pieces from others. I was also ridiculed for the very first and only sales thread that I had ever posted. Posting a toy for a price I paid and not for the retail. That made me never even want to post sales here and it took me 2 years to finally post another. Newbies don't know how it all works and get ripped off by creeps in the shadows or flippers. And they don't even know what a flipper is really until they have been around to find out and that's if they even stick around. I think that's BS and I don't frankly care who approves and doesn't. I share what I do and love what I collect because it's an extension of myself. And that's all we can ask of one another. To just do and be who we are and make connections to the people we feel are legit. This hobby is not for everyone and the layers of what you have in entirety are really indept. What's expensive to one might be a steal or cheap to another. This hobby sees a huge turn around wether said collector can't keep up with the cost or don't want to deal with the shit heads that bicker and gripe over every "mistake" said collector makes. People are intrigued by this scene and people are scared of it and some people live for it. Like mike said they are ONLY toys. Collect what you love and be a good person. People will respect you for that. And if they don't then they can suck it. Sorry for the rant.