How did people start out collecting?
When I was about 10 years old, I started collecting Digimon. I was a serious Tom-Boy, and because all the boys (and some girls) at school had them, I did as well. Absolutely loved it.
I never managed to get a BanDai Tamagotchi when I was younger (1997, when they first came out) - my parents thought that they were a waste of money, and since I was only 6 years old, I never got one. I ended up getting a Puppy Dog digital pet and it died the same day I got it.
When the Tamagotchi Connection came out in 2004 (??) I was ill that day, so my Mum raced me down to K-Mart and I bought two of them. The infatuation and thrill of the chase has hooked me ever since.
Do people collect like all versions of Tama's? Or do people collect shells that they like? Because I think I would be the second of the two. There are many beautiful shells, especially for the V2 and V4.5 I find.
I tend to collect Tamagotchi based on the design of the shell. I have a lot of Tamagotchi that I prize because of their unique and totally cute designs. I do collect all versions of the Tamagotchi, as I would like a complete set of them - even some special editions. I would like to add more P1/P2 Tamagotchi to my collection. I'm currently on the hunt for Angelgotchi, Mesutchi and Ocean.
How much does it cost to amass x amount of Tama's in a year? And where do people usually get their tama's? Via like trades, ebay, etc?
I usually buy a Tamagotchi once every six months. I work almost full time, and I don't go online as much as I used to. I buy most of mine on eBay, it's just easier and convenient. Sometimes my friends give their old ones to me, they don't see the point of collecting them like I do.
To be honest, I don't know how much I have spent on Tamagotchi throughout the years. Digimon cost around $20 back in the day and I have 7 of those... My collection - I have probably spent over $250+ over the past few years. Most expensive was my iD L.
What would be the *best* time to get a Tama? Like, when they are most commonly around on ebay/amazon/import sites.
Right now. I have seen more Tamagotchi on eBay around Christmas time, than any other time of the year. I wouldn't stress too much, there seems to be an endless amount of them online at any one time.
Is there a price guide generally for Tamagotchi? Like example, the cost of a New V3 in package vs a loose one?
In general, Tamagotchi that are packaged are usually more expensive. It really depends on the model of Tamagotchi you are searching for. I find that the ones out of the packaging work just as well and some of the shells are in pristine condition. But if you are somewhat picky about the shells and features working - definitely go for packaged ones.