You sound bitter and are painting with a wide brush. You don't see me posting about buying three Gibson R8s in a row, three Memphis 335s, or a Custom Shop Relic Strat. Or buying boutique hand-wired amps. For those that can do that, more power to them! No, I don't have disposable income. Even to this day, if I want a new/used guitar, I have to sell one first. I've always appreciated what I saved for even when I was younger. And if I had to Pawn one to pay the Rent or feed my Child, that's what I did. Then when I could, I replaced it with an even better one. No one handed me my guitars and gear for free, I worked hard for them and earned them. You get years of use out of them, and then you sell them if you want to/need to. Retirements coming and I'm not a collector. I do 'make money' on them while offering a deal. And my time is not worthless. It takes 5 minutes to put up an ad on Craigslist. A few minutes on the phone with someone, then a ten minute drive. Big deal! It's worth my small amount of time to do it the way I do. I'm not leaving a pile of gear for my Daughter to deal with when I'm gone, so I've been down sizing. You can't take it with you. There's more than one side and approach to things. Peoples situations can be different. So please don't assume. Cheers.