I recently joined a Facebook pony group and I find myself disappointed and frustrated with some of my fellow collectors. This FB group has many new, young collectors that seem to have a vastly different perspective on collecting. (I have absolutely no specific bias against new or young collectors, it's just I've noticed certain attitudes from some in this group) I get tired of people constantly posting about monetary worth or value of specific items. How much is this worth? Does this have value? yadda, yadda I had to curb my rage with another young collector who had the nerve to try to tell me I shouldn't open my MOC and devalue them and basically that I had a responsibility to other collectors to give up my MOC to someone who would appreciate their value. A word on this topic of worth and value. Value can have multiple meanings. If you have intentions of selling your collection or if you're in the game to make money, then I can understand why you wouldn't want to open a MOC. It's not my thing, but it's a big deal for many other people. However, if you are like me, the value of a pony is in the memory of the pure joy you once felt opening a new pony and getting a whiff of that plastic. I see ponies as toys. Objects intended for play and imagination. Any of my opened ponies are still in 100% mint condition, because I'm not now, nor have a I ever been a destructive 6 year old. I definitely have more friends who aren't into opening MOC and I respect that and understand why a person might want to leave them in a package. I don't usually buy MOC, because I prefer opened ponies with the card from other collectors who feel as I do. The point here, is that I don't tell others how to manage their ponies or collections and I expect others to do the same. Maybe I have idealized a pony collector world that doesn't actually exist. I love the ponies. I have no intentions of ever selling my collection. The ponies hold an emotional value for me that I don't put a price tag on. Who knows, that may change one day, but I'm certainly not into collecting for the monetary value they might now have or one day acquire. If I ever had to sell my collection for any reason, I would feel a terrible loss. I like the MLPTP because I've found some cool and entertaining pony friends here who share my love and mostly we all respect each other's opinions, even if we don't agree. I appreciate the connection to other long term collectors who share a history with me. I also love many of the newer, younger collectors too who are enthusiastic about G1's and have a love of ponies. It's a much nicer environment when people play nice and leave the haughty and self righteous attitude at the door.