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What is with some of these pre-owned prices lately?What is with some of these pre-owned prices lately?

I've been largely out of the collecting scene for awhile now, only recently getting back in. My focus has shifted primarily to those 1/4 Freeing B-Style figures. They're definitely my favorites.

Now feel free to chime in, I want your guy's and gal's opinions on this. Please excuse my ignorance - This is just the perspective of someone jumping back in after about a year or so. No I'd say 2 years, I wouldn't count the couple of pre-orders I had.

In the past, the pre-owned market has been largely stable in terms of prices. Prices seemed to go up or down gradually.

Now they seem to either skyrocket or tank overnight, sometimes both!

My Yui B-Style figure pretty much doubled in value from what I paid for her for a time. I remember regularly seeing her going for $450. Now apparently the norm for her is about $250? Or how about Koneko? I had a chance to buy her for $220, and her value didn't move much for a long time, maybe about $250-$260. I saw that number for her just a few months ago. Now all the sudden her pre-owned cost is going for $500-$650!???? Where did this come from???

Like I get the new season came out, but that jump after that long of being available is enormous.

Did I miss something?? Like, did we have the Great Figure Famine of 2019 or something?
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28pt
just my opinion as collector from 2005

simple economic theory
less supply higher price, more supply lower price.
psychology of seasonal waifu

at 2005-2008
it was natural, at first pvc figure market wasnt as big as now. lack of info cause almost no internet.
old days we only have few choices. and that the nickname for each manufacture created
"in koto we trust" (sometime good, sometime awful qc)
"god alter" (still keep the qc, but change to God Later as extensive delay of release)
"dead griffon" (display unit is saber, but mass produce is sader)
"Max shiranui" (yeah 7k figure became 15k)

the reason why aftermarket figure keep rise at 2005-2008, cause it hard to get goods from japan. unlike now, u can buy 1 piece kuji item from japan. at that times u need to buy whole box at 90k yen. and not that many people knew pvc figurine. most of that time all figure usually Garage Kit.

then 2009-2012
it was rise of newcomer and more market segmented. and internet get more mainstream.
gsc produce nendoroid series, maxfac produce figma. and oil price make things get higher. and manufacture creater more more pvc figure (at this time we usually wait the anime cour end. then manufacture give the will make this chara)
and quality getting better, make people start to buy pvc figure. as Garaga kit expensive and need to paint yourself.
after market price at this moment still rise, but only on popular character. not so popular dump with 50% cut after 3 month. but people still pre order, at this time mandrake, yaj wasnt so popular adn most of them in japanese make it harder to buy.

2012-2015
it was golden age. figure price about 9k-15k (economic was good)
many great figure was created, buy stuff from japan getting easier. internet was a normal things. many japan only store begin opening order to overseas customer.
animation begun popular in west, in just matter of hour we can get fresh epsiode with english subs. and manufacture begin to sell charater even before the show begun.
to new collector impluse "gottcha buy them all" was high, and result after market figure hit hard. more supply then demand, make price after maket dump to 90% (yeah 21k yen became 5k yen)

2016-till now
our market became stable, price figure getting higher (almost 15k-21k is norm right now), economic slowing down, people less less preorder, make aftermarket price rise again.
not to mention, people get smart waiting for sale
20 days ago
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1pt
uselest (20 days ago) #679733252005-2008
...lack of info cause almost no internet.

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAH
/cries feels old
13 days ago
1pt
I feel like I see panic increases as people assume it'll rise and try to grab it even if they don't care about the figure?
Then sometimes they cool off or the prices drop. I guess everyone wants to get one of those "I paid 15k and now it's 40k!!" items.

Prices are getting too high for me though, at least for first hand. Including EU import fees it's just too much.

There's so much product being pumped out at the moment though T__T
19 days ago
3pt
Maybe people finally realized that bunny girls are the best?

Even my girlfriend wants a bunny girl figure.


Higher demand = higher price
20 days ago
1pt
Eccmy (20 days ago) #67973001That's just a wild guess that I can't back up, so take it with a grain of salt, but...
Figure prices on pre-order have increased significantly at least this last two years. And people's wallets aren't extensible. So this means those people, if they don't get out of the game altogether, become much more selective in the figures they decide to buy. So this means less pre-orders taken for a set figure and thus less units manufactured. And subsequently, with less units released, law of offer and demand kicks in and you see aftermarket prices spike more easily (especially if the figure is from a popular character and/or franchise, and if it's sold as an exclusive).
If you look specifically at FREEing regarding the pre-order price rise, another spike has occured in the last 8 months.
I'm absolutely appalled at the fact that seven months ago, you had on pre-order ITEM #740277 , a figure representing a tall, voluptuous woman (figure's height: 48 cm) for 23000 yen; while just one month ago, you have on pre-order ITEM #806265 , representing a small, scrawny child (figure's height: 37 cm) FOR THE SAME EXACT FRIKKIN' PRICE!! >_< Seriously, what the hell, FREEing! And don't tell me it's a licence fee problem, Ryuuou no Oshigoto doesn't even punch in the same category as Fairy Tail!


take123 (20 days ago) #67973004Yes as a fellow 1/4 bunny collector I have noticed this uptrend as well. In beginning I did not preorder so I was happy with the initial reduction in value. I have been preordering in past few months but now have stopped preordering. I am wondering if I should go back to preordering.
The prices of these bunnies are ridiculous now. They have more than doubled since when FREEing started. And the shipping prices for EMS keeps going up. And the strong Yen in this year is not helping. This causes less bunnies to be available in the market after a release.
I usually notice the FREEing figures go down in value, some to bargain bin prices like 12K. And then usually it takes 2-3 years before they climb up to 20K after those 12K deplete, and then the desirable figures are then sent to 28K or 35K range. But now I see a lot get to 50K+ which is ridiculous.
For Binding/Native I notice that right after release the price holds a lot better than Freeing (probably the Native premium brand). They will at least hold for price it was preordered for but most will go over 30K after release as it's limited. And year after year expect this price to go up slowly. Only the really high demand ones will shoot over 40k quickly.


So from what I'm gathering, you think the high preorder cost has pushed people to believe older figures are worth more? I mean I can actually see that. Despite making a bunch, the new high "entry price" on a brand new figure creates the misconception that older ones are equally as rare and expensive.

I also collect video games, and in the past, a lot of shows talking about extremely rare and valuable games made everyone think they were sitting on a pile of gold. When in reality, very few were actually rare. But this brought up general prices overall.

But I actually have an alternative theory. Maybe the high preorder cost pushed people to say "Nah not worth it, I'll just work on getting some of the used figures I wanted for a long time." You have enough people saying and doing the same thing, of course general prices will rise. This, mixed with the previous theory of perceived overinflated value, has caused people to believe certain figures, Koneko and Yui for example, are a lot rarer than they actually are.

This is just a theory I pieced together though, so take it with a grain of salt.
20 days ago
5pt
I'm pretty sure that it's because preorder prices are steadily climbing. Plus, people really seem to like the bunny figures.
20 days ago
4pt
take123 Bunny Farm
Yes as a fellow 1/4 bunny collector I have noticed this uptrend as well. In beginning I did not preorder so I was happy with the initial reduction in value. I have been preordering in past few months but now have stopped preordering. I am wondering if I should go back to preordering.

The prices of these bunnies are ridiculous now. They have more than doubled since when FREEing started. And the shipping prices for EMS keeps going up. And the strong Yen in this year is not helping. This causes less bunnies to be available in the market after a release.

I usually notice the FREEing figures go down in value, some to bargain bin prices like 12K. And then usually it takes 2-3 years before they climb up to 20K after those 12K deplete, and then the desirable figures are then sent to 28K or 35K range. But now I see a lot get to 50K+ which is ridiculous.

For Binding/Native I notice that right after release the price holds a lot better than Freeing (probably the Native premium brand). They will at least hold for price it was preordered for but most will go over 30K after release as it's limited. And year after year expect this price to go up slowly. Only the really high demand ones will shoot over 40k quickly.
20 days ago
9pt
That's just a wild guess that I can't back up, so take it with a grain of salt, but...
Figure prices on pre-order have increased significantly at least this last two years. And people's wallets aren't extensible. So this means those people, if they don't get out of the game altogether, become much more selective in the figures they decide to buy. So this means less pre-orders taken for a set figure and thus less units manufactured. And subsequently, with less units released, law of offer and demand kicks in and you see aftermarket prices spike more easily (especially if the figure is from a popular character and/or franchise, and if it's sold as an exclusive).


If you look specifically at FREEing regarding the pre-order price rise, another spike has occured in the last 8 months.
I'm absolutely appalled at the fact that seven months ago, you had on pre-order ITEM #740277 , a figure representing a tall, voluptuous woman (figure's height: 48 cm) for 23000 yen; while just one month ago, you have on pre-order ITEM #806265 , representing a small, scrawny child (figure's height: 37 cm) FOR THE SAME EXACT FRIKKIN' PRICE!! >_< Seriously, what the hell, FREEing! And don't tell me it's a licence fee problem, Ryuuou no Oshigoto doesn't even punch in the same category as Fairy Tail!
20 days ago
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