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Old 04-03-2009, 09:39 PM   #1  
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Does anyone out there purchase stamp sets based on how many cards are in its gallery? I have too many sets I never use, and I'm thinking of going to this method. After all, if there are 1038 cards in a gallery, the set must be good, right???
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:51 PM   #2  
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No, I never do. I am not into the newest and greatest though--can't afford to keep up. I buy based on what I use or plan on using--recently bought the Congrats set from SU because I needed the retirement stamp and know that I can use the others too. So, for me, never.
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I don't want to start a riot here, but I would rather pick a stamp set because I like it, not because everyone has used it. Are you stamping to collect popular stamp sets and hang on to them and hope that some day they may be worth some money, or are you stamping because you like the hobby and get enjoyment out of what you are doing? Some of the stamp sets, I agree, are really contagious, but still, I buy the stamps that I like and not because everyone else has them. Just something to think about. Not trying to ruffle any feathers.

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I only buy what I really like. I usually don't look at the gallery until after I have bought it and I need some ideas. Sometimes there are sets that people love and it is not really my thing.
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I don't pick a stamp based on the number. BUT if I'm on the edge of do I really want it then I will go to the gallery to see how it was used on a card, that will help make my decission. I've ended up with a lot higher order because there's so much talent here LOL
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I don't want to sound wishy-washy on this topic, but there are some stamp sets I seek out simply because I've seen them used so effectively in the gallery. There are other stamp sets that I won't buy, simply because I get tired of seeing them in the gallery! Does that make sense?
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I don't pick a stamp based on the number. BUT if I'm on the edge of do I really want it then I will go to the gallery to see how it was used on a card, that will help make my decission. I've ended up with a lot higher order because there's so much talent here LOL
LOL I do the SAME thing! And it ALWAYS costs me more money! Instead of the gallery, they should call it the 'enablery'.
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I only buy stamps that I love which are a good fit with the cards that I customarily make.
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I think sometimes the numbers can be misleading because often SU! will release certain sets early at a special deal to demos and those sets always flood the internet.
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Nooo - don't do that. At least, not without looking carefully through the cards in the gallery and seeing do you like them, are they your style and so on.
Far better to browse the catalogue, see what you like, come back a week later and see if you still like it, and then look at the gallery and see can it be used in a versatile fashion.
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I confess I do look at the gallery when I like a stamp set and am wondering how useful it would be. I think the most important thing for me is to see the variety of cards that can be made from that stamp set. If the cards all seem to look alike, I pass on that set.
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I buy only what I like regardless of what is *popular*. Everyone's style and abilities are different so if you buy what everyone else is buying then you may be wasting your money.
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No way.

The # of comments is, IMHO, totally unrelated to the quality of a card.
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Nope, I only buy what I like. However, I too will look in the gallery to see what I can do with a set, if I am having trouble deciding whether or not to buy it. I think that if I bought something based on what is "popular", I would end up not using 3/4 of my stuff because its not MY style. Everyone has their own style.
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The # of comments is, IMHO, totally unrelated to the quality of a card.
I didn't think the OP was referring to the number of comments on a card, but the number of cards uploaded to any particular set gallery, such as Inspired by Nature, Forest Friends or whatever...
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For me some sets I've been drawn to are harder to use than others...SU Happiness background stamp, Seasonal Whimsy, Play on Words, & Totally Tabs. I've found others have had a bit of a hard time with some of these also. When I browse the gallery and see stamps/cards I really like, I make a note of the style/stamps. I found I absolutely love Stem Silhouettes, Garden Sihouette, and Pocket Silhouettes by doing this...it's by default...I was just having fun surfing the gallery. I've realized my style is more of a natural/nature style by doing this. I don't know if I would have realized this otherwise, as I hadn't had any experience with these sets at stamp camps and they hadn't stood out in the catalog for me. I just adore the new set in the SU mini.....Scene in a Garden...All of a sudden I thought "Oh no, another one of those sets I'm drawn to and won't be able to create with. What will I do with those boots and the table is so cute, but on a card?" So then I viewed cards with these stamps...and ohhhhhhh, so sweet. I loved one card with the boots in two colors...like Wellies...sp? So darn cute. So I'm being more careful now. I tend to get inspiration from the galleries and while I make them my own, I tend to case cards...Forever to be a Macie Casey! So, with this said...I do understand what you are wondering about. It's not really about being "trendy", just if the set is easy to use and versatile. I've had these "difficult" sets turn out cards I really don't like....but I liked them on the page in the catty! So go with your likes/style of course, but check out cards made with sets/stamps you're not able to really envision well.

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That all being said, I have just finished my Easter cards on my own..no caseing...so good for me!
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I confess I do look at the gallery when I like a stamp set and am wondering how useful it would be. I think the most important thing for me is to see the variety of cards that can be made from that stamp set. If the cards all seem to look alike, I pass on that set.
I agree with eyestitch. Of course you wouldn't buy a 'popular' set just because it is/ or isn't...
but... I do think the number of uploads can be an indication of that set's versatility and use. I think it could be a legitimate point of comparison, especially if you have a tight stamping budget and you look at is as "is this set going to have "teeth" and do me well over the long haul?"

I think about:
A. Do I like it? (if no, doesn't matter how others view it)
B. Can I think of multiple ways to use it? (gallery numbers are an indication)
C. Do I like the samples others have made?
D. Will it have some longevity? (cuz I keep all my sets)
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I sort of do. I get my list, then come to the gallery and see what is there for each set on my list. If there is not much at all it discourages me. If there is a lot I am more likely to buy it.

Also that set Lovely as a Tree, I don't have that, but the gallery for it is amazing. So I'll probably get it at some point. I think if I were not exposed to the gallery I'd not have ever picked it.
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That might be a smart move for a demo to make. If there are lots of cards, you can assume the set is popular, and that your customers will buy it if you demo it.

For me, I have bought popular sets in the past, and they don't always work for me. I can totally LOVE what someone does with a stamp, but that doesn't mean that it's my style or that I will like what I make with it. I really enjoy looking at OTHER people's use of contemporary style stamps, like PTI, but I don't have any, because I'm not sure I can make anything good with them.
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