Hello everyone, I am Papa_Stevie and that is my eBay listing.
Wow! Some of you certainly have a lot to say about my listing and about me personally. Now that everyone has gotten it out of their systems, its time to put an end to this witch hunt.
First- I am a human being. I am a customer, supporter, and enthusiast of Dwarven Forge - both their products and the fantastic humans who work to create them. I am also a fan of the DF community that all of us, creators, moderators, and fans, contribute to.
Second- I did NOT win the recent lottery for a resin set. Like you, I submitted a single entry and did NOT receive a winner's email.
Third- The listing. Would it have made a difference if I had listed the set at $1,000? $2,000? For $400, I would rather keep the set. $500? I still keep it. $600? I'm going to review my collection. $700? I bet we could work something out. $800+? I can't afford to not sell it. This is because the set has value to me as well. I did not win this set in the recent lottery. I paid >msrp for it and eBay takes 10% and paypal another 3% of the sale.
It is not my intention to make this personal or upset anyone. I did not come to the forums with these prices. This eBay listing is my own business. But regardless, I am sorry I hurt feelings and upset this community. I wanted to get a second resin set, but did not. I do not believe that I'll have the chance at another set. Truthfully, I would love to trade this set for a complete Jade Shrine of Sysuul encounter 15 set. Have one? Send me a message and lets talk. Want to buy this set at lower than eBay prices? Message me. I posted this listing at the time I did because I cannot afford to buy another set, I did not win the lotto to buy another set, and the sets are selling for ~$700+ on eBay.
I understand that so much of this conversation is about the ethics of re-selling sets. I do not think it fair that I solely am publicly blasted for my one single set. Why not attack the eBay sellers whom are doing exactly what you despise on a money-making scale? There's a seller offering Cavern Water sets for $149 (msrp $60) in addition to marked up resin Woodlands sets. Why not publicly call them out here? When I read through this thread, I do not see camaraderie among collectors. I see a bitter and misplaced sense of entitlement. We are all equal customers, fans, consumers, and humans. This community is great, but I have also seen the ugly side of the DF community. The fanatics. I will never compare my level of "fandom" to that of other members in this community. I do not care, nor do I waste any time thinking about the hurt feelings of the trolls of the internet. But I do care about my character and my relationship with the staff of DF and this community. While in its infancy, it is a relationship that I endear. Because I too think the world of the DF team and that is entirely due to their efforts, considerations, and kindness. It would be a lie to say that those factors do not directly contribute to my decision to support their business and products. I do not want to be misrepresented to them or anyone else in this community.
I would like to take this opportunity to not only once again apologize to you all personally, but to also introduce myself a little more and give you all a chance to meet the real me. I am an honest, hard-working, and kind individual. To me, Dwarven Forge means so much more than I could go on about here. But the best thing about having a passion for something is being able to share it with others. DF has had an amazing contribution to the development of the youngest generation of my family. The imagination it provokes, the story-telling it encourages, it has helped me share with them the amazingly constructive and interactive world of tabletop role-playing and gaming. I have chosen to include some photos here to show you some of the builds that they are proud of and the fun we having playing with DF products. I encourage you to comment on them, but please be kind and think twice about what you say. This is an act of faith on my part to this community, done to encourage new beginnings and relations. Please respect that this is my family and that everyone deserves respect and kindness. Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I am very excited to participate in this community and hope to continue sharing and learning alongside all of you.
Thank you and kind regards,