Apart from a couple of 400% items I was up to speed with everything in the Star Wars series including the carded 'Kenner style' promos but when the DX3 series chase secrets went off the scale I made a decision that I've never really regretted ....I didn't buy the secrets. Then escalated into not buying anything from DX4 at all ......I will eventually pick up the basic set but I'm in no hurry.
That decision was extremely hard because I'm an ingrained completist with everything I've collected but I choose lines that aren't ridiculously & insanely expensive .....SW kubricks were never cheap but at one time I could stomach $150 for a 1:96 but when the DX3 & DX4 series arrived they jumped to somewhere between $3-600 .......I'm daft but not that bloody daft. Having collected them for some years I also felt that the re-sellers were acting like a cartel ,inflating the prices & holding back on the availability of secret figures. Paranoia ? Perhaps but when you've experienced the re-release of many other once elusive & expensive chase/secrets at a fraction of the original cost then you get a bit wary .
Suddenly, for example, this seller finds 3 of a figure that was once non-existent a year or so back http://www.ebay.com/...=item337f9df5b9
.....whilst this seller still hangs out for the big bucks http://www.ebay.com/...=item3a7dd9c5ad
I get tempted at times but bollocks to them I'm not playing anymore.