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How often do websites like Mandarake make errors?How often do websites like Mandarake make errors?

Hello, everyone. Just curious about this - how often do websites like AmiAmi and Mandarake make pricing errors? I know they offer harsh price reductions for damage, and that the figures I collect aren't exactly the most prized anymore, but I'm still interested... Does it happen regularly? Or not at all? Are stupidly cheap prices just used when there is a lack of space or something?
Sorry all if this is a bit of a random question. I'd just like to know...
I'd use my Kotobukiya Sakuya and my alternative colour Keine as examples: 1,600 yen or so and 4,000 yen respectively, which doesn't seem right...
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CaptainZ (1 year ago) #45952784Too often
I've seen too many horror stories of things being broken from Manda or even worse yet getting bootlegs. Also, I don't think they have a great English CS so if something does end up a foul you'll be SOL.
You need to provide proof of such occurences otherwise I find this hard to believe.

Mandarake ends up being on the conservative side for assessments, to the customer's benefit.
1 year ago
21pt
If really wanna see a price difference on the same figure, check out solaris japan dude.
You can casually see a figure go for 5000yen then the next day it's somehow 25000yen lol.
1 year ago
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Thanks for the many, many replies. I think it must just come down to nobody caring about the figures I am collecting. I mean, that's not surprising - I just underestimated how much that could affect things.
1 year ago
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Sakura0055 (1 year ago) #45921974If really wanna see a price difference on the same figure, check out solaris japan dude.
You can casually see a figure go for 5000yen then the next day it's somehow 25000yen lol.


LMAO that's because Solaris is the same as Nippon Yasan. They want that secondary market $$ . As soon as they see the tiniest speck of interest, boom 200% price increase.

Amiami, as a generally direct seller, tends to sell at MSRP or below and they don't adjust prices dynamically (unless it's an unwanted item, in which case they'll offer sale discounts).

Solaris, Nippon Yasan don't feel obligated to sell at MSRP so they'll set it at whatever price they want. They also don't have a pressing need to liquidate quickly like Amiami, so they're perfectly fine with shit sitting on the shelves for months rather than take a price cut.
1 year ago
1pt
Just looking at Sakuya's page it seems like her sale price was around $30-40 around a year ago. It's gone up again since then, but for a lower-grade figure or box I can see a secondhand store trying to get rid of them for cheap.

For what it's worth I've never had an issue with ordering secondhand from Manda or AmiAmi, though their cancellation policies are strict. I had a broken figure arrive from Rakuten but that's the worst experience I've had with a used item from a Japanese retailer. I've heard very few complaints about either store's items even though any large retailer is bound to eventually have a few cases of mishaps. Most of those were for C grade figures (one arrived with rust stains and one was hot glued). Regardless, you might want to take some of the horror stories on reddit with a grain of salt unless they can be verified.
1 year ago
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Well, I think overall, from my experience, AmiAmi and Mandarake are super conservative about their quality estimates, and if it's anything less than sealed, there tends to be a health discount on price. Having lived in Japan and lived with and knowing Japanese people, I think it has to do with Japanese culture and expectations of quality. If it's anything less than perfect (even if it's acceptable to me) there can be a decent discount. Particularly if it's only the box that's worn/damaged but the item is perfect. A rough quality box often gets a big discount even if the item is fine.

So generally speaking, the quality is usually pretty good whenever I've purchased used from Mandarake I've been happy. Except once.

My second to last purchase from them (a used figma Touma from Index) came with the handle on the school bag broken. It is easy to miss it within the box, but obvious as soon as you take it out, so I don't fault them too much for not mentioning it on the description. Besides, they were very quick to help me out and have sought out and shipped to me a replacement bag item that they verified was unbroken.

Same with AmiAmi. Although it was 2-3 years ago now, when I received one item (of all my purchases) that was broken, they ended up sending me a replacement of the entire item for free.
1 year ago
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CaptainZ (1 year ago) #46001358OptimalGorilla (1 year ago) #45986000
Okay, Carl Sagen, I gave you the sources but you "whatever there just Reddit" and not people who have spent their hard-earned money and got shafted. Anyway, I'm not going to flood the page with a bunch if Reddit links or stores from people on Discord but I just want to point out that the obsessive fanboyism of people on MFC in regards to Amiami and Mandrake is concerning. Much like when I see college kids who hate all "evil" cooperation but not apple cause apple is cool and shits.
Over the last 5-10 years, we've seen prices skyrocket out of control and some blame has to at least be placed on the 2 larget figure retailers. I Know this will probably be mass downed voted but at this point, I'd recommend not using any of the "major" figure sites and just trying to buy collector to collector if you can, when it comes to Pre-owned figures.


lmao okay there champ don't pop a blood vessel thinking about those evil unrelated college kids who have nothing to do with the discussion of Japanese toys.

The last bit doesn't even make much sense. The price of new figures or the price of pre-owned figures? Because the price of pre-owned figures from places like Mandarake have always been either low or insanely high due to demand of the figure this didn't suddenly happen out of nowhere. As for new figures that's entirely companies like Bandai and the fact that compared to when the yen was stronger they now have to pay the Chinese factories they use to make their figures more because of how weak the yen is now. Also it's just a case of them being greedy and stores like AmiAmi/HLJ/etc have no say in the matter. Just look at the price difference between Figuarts Kamen Rider Zi-O and Geiz who use the exact same basic body mold and neither have accessories but Bandai wants around 2k yen more for Geiz. So when it comes to brand new figures it's entirely the fault of the companies who make them.

I'd also like to add that collectors screw each other over all the time just ask raspberrychainsaw who got screwed out of a Figuarts Kamen Rider Zangetsu by some chode on ebay and even if you don't go through ebay someone can still try to get you. I'd honestly rather deal with a store like Mandarake over some potential sociopathic manbaby any day of the week. I've personally had someone try to run off with both an expensive figma and the money they paid but thankfully paypal sided with me which isn't at all guaranteed.
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OptimalGorilla (1 year ago) #45986000
Okay, Carl Sagen, I gave you the sources but you "whatever there just Reddit" and not people who have spent their hard-earned money and got shafted. Anyway, I'm not going to flood the page with a bunch if Reddit links or stores from people on Discord but I just want to point out that the obsessive fanboyism of people on MFC in regards to Amiami and Mandrake is concerning. Much like when I see college kids who hate all "evil" cooperation but not apple cause apple is cool and shits.
Over the last 5-10 years, we've seen prices skyrocket out of control and some blame has to at least be placed on the 2 larget figure retailers. I Know this will probably be mass downed voted but at this point, I'd recommend not using any of the "major" figure sites and just trying to buy collector to collector if you can, when it comes to Pre-owned figures.
1 year ago
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CaptainZ (1 year ago) #45953112Okay 1) this is not a peer-reviewed assessment this is an MFC blog post
2) just go to r/animefigures there a lot of people who have issues with Manda banning them arbitrarily or sending them bootlegs. To there credit, they do seem to fix the vast majority of them but I think if someone is a first time or new collector they are safer options.


Ya really wanna use reddit of all things as a source for anything? Really? I guarantee their "arbitrary" bans are them ordering things and than cancelling them over and over which is annoying for any seller especially when it's not a pre-order which is more understandable to cancel. Gonna have to give this one a big fat (X) Doubt. This is like that dude who tried to smear Nippon Yasan because he broke his figure while opening and since it was a webshop exclusive made to order they couldn't replace it and refused to give him a refund because it was his fault he broke it. Figure collectors can in fact be massive manchildren as shocking as that can sound. Also even on the internet you can't just make claims like this and not back it up.
1 year ago
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CaptainZ (1 year ago) #45952784Too often
I've seen too many horror stories of things being broken from Manda or even worse yet getting bootlegs. Also, I don't think they have a great English CS so if something does end up a foul you'll be SOL.


I also find it hard to believe that they sell any bootlegs at all. I have like 20-30 orders a month from Mandarake and yes I did receive something broken, but it wasnt their fault mostly, it was the posts fault. But I never received a bootleg. I am very happy with their service and their products, or else I wouldnt buy so much from them.
1 year ago
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Some figures just kinda bin hard. I'm not sure I'd call them pricing errors, as they didn't cancel the order, which implies they sold it for the price they wanted for it.

Some of it may also come down to having to compete with the Japanese domestic market - some figures are probably easier to get there than online.
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darkfroggy (1 year ago) #45953035You need to provide proof of such occurences otherwise I find this hard to believe.
Mandarake ends up being on the conservative side for assessments, to the customer's benefit.

Okay 1) this is not a peer-reviewed assessment this is an MFC blog post
2) just go to r/animefigures there a lot of people who have issues with Manda banning them arbitrarily or sending them bootlegs. To there credit, they do seem to fix the vast majority of them but I think if someone is a first time or new collector they are safer options.
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