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Sellers on MFC and pricing.Comments • Sellers on MFC and pricing.

  • 3pt
    I think the disparity between high prices and sales lies somewhere between the "market value" of an item being determined by pricing from Japan, but then the same demand not being there internationally to make the figures move at the Japan price. Since it's unlikely that people in Japan would go to the trouble of reverse importing, your market is limited.

    If you think a price isn't fair, just move on and don't let it get to you. It's up to the seller to evaluate the market and determine what is fair to them.
    11 days ago
    2pt
    Probably off topic. A good friend of mine that use to work at EB Games would often tell me about how customers get upset or even angry when the game they trying to trade in is nowhere near the price they paid for 1-2 years ago.
    11 days ago
    2pt
    Some people only use this site to sell a figure or two, and after they do they just forget to remove the listing. I forgot to remove one for a few months when I stopped collecting/selling. Came back to see the price I sold for($175) was suddenly very low. Almost all of them were above $250. For the most part supply and demand, and what I like to call masterpiece figures. The figures that are already in fairly short supply, but the demand is insane. Resulting in insane price inflation months/years after release. Without re-releasing. People are always going to keep raising the price when people buy for 250, someone sells for 275, and repeats until the demand and supply intersect which results in the price fall and stabilization.

    Examples:
    ITEM #561462 Bought mine at 117 on TOM, sold for 250 opened.
    ITEM #331633 Nearly triples in price since release.
    ITEM #455952 Price has doubled and tripled almost.
    ITEM #604593 and ITEM #604589 These two are huge examples of low supply, insane demand. And price was doubling even before they were released...



    I'd like to add a vast majority of my collection purge has been for under what I paid. EVen taking close to 70% what I paid for a figure. And 50% after paying shippings.
    11 days ago
    11pt
    GosuGopher (11 days ago) #68476769A lot of the sales listed for over a year are just dead accounts. Maybe the figure sold for that much, maybe it didn't, but all I notice is that it often inflates prices unnecessarily.
    I think there should be some way to automatically clean out at least some of those postings (ie. the sale has been listed for over a year and the seller hasn't logged into MFC in the last 12 months).


    100% agree, mods please do this.
    11 days ago
    10pt
    A lot of the sales listed for over a year are just dead accounts. Maybe the figure sold for that much, maybe it didn't, but all I notice is that it often inflates prices unnecessarily.

    I think there should be some way to automatically clean out at least some of those postings (ie. the sale has been listed for over a year and the seller hasn't logged into MFC in the last 12 months).
    11 days ago
    6pt
    There's a couple reasons sellers charge so much. Like other people mentioned, some people refuse to take a loss on their stuff. There's also the amateur collector mindset that everything goes up in value over time, so they think automatically charging a higher price than they paid is the standard. These people usually overpaid in the first place and don't have a realistic starting price point. Then there's the scalper who thinks setting the highest price possible and waiting for a sale is the smart way to sell. This isn't unique to MFC. Ever see those ridiculous listings on ebay or Amazon for $500 or more for figures? Even Yahoo Auctions has scalpers these days.
    11 days ago
    1pt
    Sometimes I wonder if people are just bragging that they own something. Or it could be that they think they need money, they're pretty sure they could get some money for a figure, but they don't really want to part with the figure so they overprice it and secretly hope nobody will buy.
    11 days ago
    4pt
    Like Solaris they are selling some figures for 80000 JPY .
    12 days ago
    10pt
    Limited information makes accurate pricing difficult. Market price isn't always selling price. If you really want something, but don't want to pay the price, just haggle. Worst thing the seller can say is "no." In the end, sellers want to sell and you want to buy, so there's always a deal to be made.
    12 days ago
    6pt
    Basically, selling for scalper prices (gotta be honest) is a game of waiting for the lower priced stock to sell out, so buyers have no choice but to go for the higher priced offers. This unfortunately happens to almost all collectible products, because even private non-commercial sellers usually want to maximize the profit they make.
    With figures it might not be as obvious, but when it comes to trading cards for example, this is common practice. Some sellers even list multiple copies of 1 card for multiple prices because they know the higher priced ones will sell later, after everyone made some quick cash with the lower priced ones :, D
    12 days ago
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