If you only knew then......... lol! How many times have we said that, eh? I never have missed out on a box full of stuff like that, but I have passed a few models up that I really wanted. One instance is an MPC '69 Bonneville Hardtop annual. A guy had one at the Toledo Toy Show probably about 10 years ago (or there abouts), and it was all complete and unbuilt except for the engine. The engine block had been assembled and nicely painted. The rest of the car was untouched. He was aking $85 for it. Try finding one of those for that that price now! I him-hawed around, and went to see if there were other things I might want there, before I spent the money on that model. I really wanted one of those Bonnevilles, and decided I better go back and get that one, because it was a good deal on it, even that long ago.
When I got back to the guy's table, I was already too late. Someone else had recognized the good deal on it also. I had been kicking myself since, until just recently when I finally found one at a decent price. Those things are ridiculous in price, and I got extremely lucky once again, although it took a few years. I honestly didn't think I would ever be able to get one again, given the price they are asking for them now.