Monday, July 9, 2012

Pushing My Buttons

Apropos of absolutely nothing, I just want to say if I had a choice of auction models to bid on, it’d be today’s cutie-patootie rose gray Hackney with lime green ribbons. No one particular reason, it’s just the first auction model I’ve seen in a while that’s telling me it wants to come home with me.

(Pic from the Facebook page.)

Not gonna happen, of course. (Had a kitten try to do the same thing to me at the flea market yesterday. Dang it, he was persistent.)

I want to preface what I’m writing today with the following, to explain the tone: I broke out in a rash, the brake pads went on my car, and one of my projects just fell apart. Oh, and I’m having some scheduling issues at work, too. So yeah, my patience is a bit lacking.

Though some of it is my fault: I really shouldn’t be cruising the Internet when I have eleventy-billion things to do before I leave on my trip. But you know me and my multitasking problem.


I found it amusing that even Reeves is getting a bit annoyed with some of us. From their forum, in regards to the Premier Club Connoisseur Offer:
There were several ways people were notified about this limited-time offer. We posted about it on Facebook, Twitter, in the Club News section of our web site, and also started a thread in the Premier Collection forum on our web site. Also, the available models could be viewed in the Club Home section of our web site.

As stated, only an extremely limited number of these unclaimed Connoisseur models were available, and they sold out quickly. There will be more special offers soon!
For a hobby that almost brags about how it adopted - and adapted to - the Internet culture right quick, I am amazed at how "disconnected" many online hobbyists are. And how persistent misinformation can be within our community, in spite of the wealth of resources available to us. 

I am not on Facebook: I don’t have an account, I don’t want an account (unless it ends up becoming medically or professionally necessary). I am not on the computer 24/7; if you keep track of my post times, you’ll notice that I, in fact, keep pretty weird and irregular hours. I am also not a member of the Premier Club.

And yet, despite all these impediments, I still managed to have found out about the offer before they all sold out.

Look, when you actively pursue any hobby, you have two commodities to spend: time, and money. You have to have at least a little bit of both, but most of us have more of one than the other. (And those that have a lot of both - well, fortunately for the rest of us, they tend to get bored very quickly and move on.)

Reeves can’t do all your work for you. Simply belonging to a club is not enough. All club membership does is give you access: it doesn’t provide you with a palanquin, it opens a door.

(A few extra freebies for the money would be nice, but that’s another issue, for another time. And also, palanquins at BreyerFest would be awesome.)

If you don’t want to spend the money, spend the time. Don’t have the time? You’ll have to spend the money. It really is that simple.


Anonymous said...

You need to post this on Breyer's page. I tried to be a voice of reason there but I like your line about club membership opening a door.

Anonymous said...

I grumbled a little to my self, only, because they were all sold out before I heard about them, But just like anything else, I just figured it was my luck. I also missed out on the ordering (assuming I had the money) a porcelain Eberl from Horsing Around today because I didn't have time to read my email until after work and they were sold out. Eh, life happens. Eventually I will be in the right place at the right time to get something I want. Maybe it will be the Fascinator contest!

Anonymous said...

I am getting so tired of the complaining. People suck the life out of just about everything. I saw the sale an hour after if went live and everything was gone (I only wanted Spot On) I didn't cry and throw a fit. It just was not meant to be. I still have the fun chase of finding him for a good deal ahead of me. I'm starting to think Breyer should just close the forums, they are nothing but negative and I don't want Breyer to be influenced by it.

Anonymous said...

"I don't Facebook, I don't Twitter, I don't email, I don't want to check the website...." Maybe, just maybe these aren't the people who Breyer is aiming their product at anymore. Of course, these people don't do any of the above things but they sure can piss and moan on the forums. You know if a hobby doesn't make you happy, get a new hobby.

Anonymous said...

In regards to the Collector's Club Connoisseur offer: Reading for comprehension isn't a strength of this hobby is it? I hope the reading challenged get so upset with Breyer that they give up so some of us will have a better chance when the models become available this evening.

So, just what is left for the Friday morning store sale at Breyerfest?

Anonymous said...

What is the NPOD's official Breyer name? Sorry if it's a really dumb question, I've never been to Breyerfest but might go this year. I'm thinking about going to NPOD.

Anonymous said...

What the heck is a palanquin?

Anonymous said...

Maybe you could look it up???

Anonymous said...

So, you don't know either, huh?