I already have a few ships but this is basically me set now to run games for people at our club - very few currently play so I thought that if I was able to provide a nice variety of ships for both sides, it would be fun. Plus even with shipping, all that stuff was a *lot* cheaper than buying here in the UK.
I am slowly working my way up in ship count for both factions for that very reason. I also keep some interesting prebuilt lists in my Plano that showcase the fun and game mechanics and save any confusion with listbuilding for a new player.
We have a growing community of players here with their own collections, but I would rather have enough ships on hand so that if someone new rolls up, the conversation can go like this...
"Whoa, that looks like fun!"
"It sure is, you wanna play a game with me?"
"Sure! Wait, I dont have any ships to play with though..." [Sad face]
"Well it just so happens that I have enough ships that you can play anything that you want, all you have to do is pick a side. Still loyal to the Evil Empire, or are you Rebel Scum?"
"Haha, Awesome! I'm Rebel Scum then I guess, can I play as Han Solo?" [Happy face]
...Aaand they're hooked.