Just another reason to have patience and not rush into anything. - mtedenajimenez
My advice would be to have a plan and maintain focus. I am particularly guilty of this. I became a collector only recently and had a strange, self-imposed sense that I had "missed" something up to that point (which I guess is technically true), and found myself scrambling to "catch up". Exactly what I was catching up with is anyone's guess. I know what I like and what I want, but I also found myself with my hands full; not only that my eyes were bigger than my wallet but that I lacked comprehension on exactly what it was I was going for. I started out with one goal focused on one model but before I knew it, I had far too many items that spanned a wide range of styles - many of which I barely touch anymore.
I had to take a quick breather at a certain point and re-evaluate what I was doing. Excitement wasn't an issue; in fact, I was probably TOO excited and things were getting out of hand. After I calmed down a bit, I made my "hit list" and have been following it ever since (save for my recent fascination with the microbags but I digress). I think it was not enough to just know what I was looking for but also the range of which was available. Some frames simply did not come in certain colorways and others lacked the functionality I desired. Still others looked great but fit like a tourniquet on my big, fat head. Compromise isn't necessarily a bad word, but more like an acceptance that a plan is needed to sustain my hobby. I have done it before in other hobbies I have so why not this one too.
As was already said, patience is paramount. I became a hunter of sorts, lurking the various forums, ebay, and online retailers; not so much just to buy but rather to put together the reality of what was actually available versus practically achievable. I can wish every frame came in an electric blue all I want, but it just didn't make it so.
With any hobby, there is always one or more pieces that will grab your attention and make you act on want. The key is to control it; have a plan, have patience and have resolve. In a long enough timeline, you will achieve your goals even if it seems like you are missing out on something else. As it turns out, I really didn't "miss" anything anyway; all the pieces I thought I missed out on are still available in some form or another. So I have learned to sit back and wait, keeping a sharp eye out for just the right game. When I see the right one, I'll take my shot, and i'll get my trophy. The one well chosen proves a greater reward than the many taken in haste. - skull.jacket
I found myself buying things just because it had Oakley written on it I felt like I needed to play catch up and make my collection bigger allegedly size doesn't matter. upon reflection its quality not quantity. - lord oakman
Being a Collector sounds like difficult work; the tough end of the hobby.
I'm just a User.
I buy to wear, and have no illusions or reservations about collectability.
Here's a tip of the Static Beret to you Collectors.
May your chosen manifestation of OCD become less complex in 2016. - flyer