Thanks for sharing, man. That pic was mine, too (I posted a variation here >>2145341
). My story is kind of similar save for the fact that I found it in my first issue of Anime UK magazine. Like you I needed to have it but had to wait a few days to collect enough money. I am thankful to this day that no one bought it before I could claim it!
I can really relate. I even had that very same vague sense of guilt.