>>10026806>You don't seem to have gotten that anons point. By showing off how much you spend you're saying something like>>I will keep this IP alive, I will make sure the artist who made this gets fairly compensated, single-handed if I have to.
You literally can't though, at the end of the day only a tiny fraction of the money that you've thrown into them will be actually benefit the artist who drew the image on the merch and the creators who create the IP it's based on. You can't win. Most of your money will go into the business that employs the people who create and manage the IP. They don't care about specific IP sales, but genre sales.>It's against the spirit to be so selfishly minded. If you want to make bags filled with shit -you- want to look at, that's not really making a bag. It's supposed to be a visual representation of how much you've basically suffered financially in order to give money to the people who made the thing you love.
Making rational economic decisions is not selfish. When official merch is difficult to come by what the fuck do you expect people to do? Buying 200 of the same officia pinl off ebay doesn't see a single cent end up in the pocket of anyone who's been involved in the creation of an IP. Per my point above it's kind of irrelevent, but it's hypocritical to assume that possessing official merch implies that person has actually financially contributed to the success of an IP.
Do you ask every ita bag owner to show you the receipts that say they purchased merch at MSRP from a first party seller?
Some itabaggers may hold themselves to specific standards but they're seen the same as any other elitists (like speedrunnners, no-nut-november participants) The majority of people in this hobby don't care and want an aesthetically pleasing bag that enshrines their favorite characters. Word meanings change, see: "Literally". Just because you think a word means something doesn't mean it means that same something to everyone else.