(Original compilation by Deborah of the Rubber Stamper's Email List)
11) If everyone else wants it, even if you don't know what it is, and you find it on sale, buy it ALL. (Editor's note: This phenomenon is widely known as the SALE factor, and is the only situation in which the Stamper may completely ignore Rules of Acquisition #6 and #7, and announce gleefully how much money s/he has SAVED by purchasing said items. (This suspending of the rules is dependent upon: a) the actual percentage off, b) the total dollar amount spent c) the projected reaction of partner/other interested party. For more detailed worksheet on Rule Suspension see Stampers' Rules of Acquisition Handbook - Chapter 9, Sub-section C, Paragraph 14, and model on facing page.)
12) NEVER, NEVER let your DH read the Stamper's Rules of Acquisition........for reasons OBVIOUS to the seasoned stamper. For those of you who are newbies....does "the gig is up" mean anything to you?
13) Reconciling yourself early to the fact that every trip to the stamp store costs a minimum of $40, even if your intentions were to buy just one sheet of sticker paper, will save you much anxiety and false guilt.
14) Grabbags MUST be purchased at they time they are advertised. There very likely could be that ONE special stamp you cannot live without, and the others work for RAKS! If you don't order immediately, you may lose that special stamp.
15) Keep *everything*, no matter how useless or ugly or small it may be. It *will* become absolutely essential for a rubber project some day.