I know there's a price check thread, but I thought this could stand alone, and I didn't think it fit in the buy/sell/trade forum. But I have a habit of missing information and asking questions that have already been answered. A search didn't show me a topic with this kind of information, but accept my apologies if I missed something.
So, I've been in the vintage game for about 4 months now, and I've learned a lot in a short period of time. But, I've made a lot of mistakes. Some kind of pricey mistakes. I know one of the single most consistent pieces of advice is to be patient, that things always come back around (Always? I'm looking at DT Darth Vader, whom I can never afford), but that's a challenge for me. My collection blew up pretty quick because I was willing to spend money, maybe foolishly, to get what I wanted. I'm just over 50 figures, including variants, 3 playsets, and 3 vehicles. And how much I've spent? Well into 4 digits. Anyway, even after all this, I still wonder how seasoned veterans determine good prices, and how do you handle selling to maximize your ROI? I've sold a few figures that I picked up extras of for various reasons, never really getting out what I put into them. I use Star Wars Tracker to gauge market values, though I've come to find it is not completely reliable. That's not a criticism. What it attempts to do with automation is really, really challenging.
Anyway, what are the tips, tricks, ins and outs that the "old-timers" here use when shopping for a figure or selling a figure? I mean, value is arbitrary. These figures are worth what people are willing to pay. Period. So, how do you calculate a base price to guide yourself in the murky waters of collecting some of the most sought after vintage toys in the world?