Had no idea, I did not read the rules -- did not know there even were rules . . .
Jul 05, 2020,08:40 AM
I honestly never meant to offend anyone or at all overstep. All I set out to do was to write an article (I used to write for a watch magazine and thought it would be a nice distraction to dig into the history and maybe find some interesting ideas). But next, when no one seemed to know much about the history, I thought it would be a fun distraction to trade them all for one watch -- Just have some light-hearted fun and perhaps use the shelving for another collection. I started planning and thinking -- I was suddenly energized.
Someone now just posted, "the problem here is that you show and share your collection, then a few posts later, you offer to trade it for a Patek." Whoever posted that is exactly right -- but honestly, that was never what I set out to do initially. I saw all of the excitement and thought it could be a win-win for someone. My wife encouraged me to enjoy the new group and see what happens. I was not interested in cash, profit or otherwise -- just an interesting and exciting trade. I guess I should have known that this is like any other club -- and there are rules that must be followed. There are certainly quite a lot of unsavory sellers and your rules make sense so you can avoid them.
I realize it was no one's intention, but I can't help but suddenly feel like some sort of interloper, scam artist and am now oddly uncomfortable. Thanks so much for your initial support and pleasant posts -- it was so refreshing, and I really appreciated it, especially during these hard times for everyone. I thought initially this was such a warm and welcoming community -- I was really blown away and took advantage. Thanks again.