So I was happy to sell my armies today. I think I sold them for a fair price. But I've seen a couple notes and heard from my friends that maybe I should have gone the eBay route (especially considering the two armies I just sold were in heavy demand). Everyone had the same reason for using eBay: I could get a lot more money out of it.
It's like my mom telling me I shouldn't just give away my drawings and paintings and drawings (another hobby I'm heavy into) when I could charge a lot of money for them. I agree that I could make some good money selling some of the stuff I have. But I thought about it, and it's just not who I am.
I'm certainly not going to undersell myself; I'm going to charge the cost of the minis plus a price I feel is fair for the painting time and skill I dedicated to the figures (and I'll charge extra for those items that might hold a little sentimental value). But I'm not going to gouge people (even though on eBay, the gouge amount is what someone out there is probably willing to pay.) I'm an honest man who loves his hobby and wants others to enjoy it without having to spend all their money to do so.
I discussed a similar situation a while back with some friends: I've donated blood every chance I can since the 9/11 attacks. Most of my friends give plasma for a weekly check. They tell me I should give plasma so that I can make money. I told them I prefer to donate - to give to something bigger than myself. They countered with, "Well, the hospital is going to profit from your donation, so you might as well make some money, too."
I agree with them that the hospital is going to profit from my donation. But even though I can profit, I choose not to. Just like a box of fairly priced miniatures, my blood donation is my gift to give.