It’s a simple question. It could be anything actually, but in this post I’ll discuss more on anime DVDs/BDs, manga, light novels and games. Maybe even game consoles like PSP and figures. It has to be something you hold dear to.
It’s not like I’m a stingy and being mean that I dislike lending others my collections, but the truth is it comes with a risk. The moment an anime DVD is off my shelf and into my friends or families’ hands, its fate is not known till it safely returns to its home.
I had a bad experience lending a book to a close friend of mine when I was in primary school. I treasured it very much and thought I’d like to share it with friends. After many months later, I finally got my book back but it has water stains on it and with a couple of pages torn. Needless to say, I was devastated. I was really angry at her for being so careless. Of course, we’re still friends. >.<
But since then, I’m more careful with who and what I would lend others. However unwilling I am to part with my collections, especially my favorite anime titles and games, even for a few days or months, I still lend them to others. Sometimes, it’s just hard to say no to your good friends. Up till today, I still have a few anime DVDs that were gone for a long, long time. I wonder if they’re really watching them. If you must know, the missing DVDs sparked the idea for this post.
However, when it comes to figures my answer will always be a solid no. There’s no way I’d lend my figure to anyone. My reason? If they break it or lose it, it’s a goner. As some of you may have already know, some of the figures are hard to get. One has to preorder to ensure that he/she is able to get a figure of interest. I don’t care if my friend or a friend of my friend or a friend of a friend of my friend begged me to lend them for a few days for their photography adventures – this one I stand firm. It would still be hard to say no especially to good friends, but I have my own concerns to deal with.
This brings to another question. Say if you’re stingy and not willing to lend others your DVDs, games and whatnot, would you be more generous with the titles you dislike? I find myself more than happy to lend or even give away things that I don’t like. For example, I have a School Days DVD sitting on my shelf, which I’m dying to get rid off. That anime creeps me out for some reason. Too bad no one wants it either. Note to self: When buying an anime DVD next time, google about it first! Even if it’s on discount. Sheesh.
Like I said, it’s a simple question. It’s a matter of yes, no and in-between. What’s yours?