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Buying to resell: savvy or scummy? (ER ramblings)Buying to resell: savvy or scummy? (ER ramblings)Diary

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rachaelrachael1 month ago
hello all!

it's been a while since my last article. getting a degree takes up a lot of potential writing time! though i've actually come up on a bit more free time all of a sudden; i've been admitted into the ER for an undisclosed amount of time! one night, 30 nights, i won't know until they figure stuff out. maybe i'll end this journey with one less toe. i'm just rolling with it!

so, since i don't really have much to do in here, i may as well tackle a topic i'm curious about: buying figures for the explicit intent of reselling them for profit.

i'm sure most of us are aware of the new shibuya scramble demon rem. the hype surrounding her is insane. in the excitement, i found myself questioning my typical negative views on buying with the intention of reselling.

i have some extra money right now, and i do need to put aside a good chunk of change to get my masters degree. maybe i could pick up a couple rems and make some extra cash. it's fine, i'm not doing it just because! i have a cause!

i had a heated mental debate with myself for days, and i almost pulled the trigger a couple times. in the end i just couldn't do it. i felt too guilty about the whole concept (plus it's risky anyway - i could very easily just not make the money back at all). i'm wondering if my morals about this are abnormal. do resellers just not care? are they greedy, or are they just better at playing the system? i can't pick a side. maybe it's some other third option i've not even considered! what do you guys think?
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There's a simple thing you need to remember if you decide to take the risk and speculate on the pricing of luxury items like figures. Guilt shouldn't enter into the equation - only appetite for risk. Remember this:

Purchasing something with the intent to resell it is how every store makes profit and stays open. If it's not considered "wrong" for AmiAmi to mark up a figure above the wholesale price they paid for it, how could it be considered "wrong" for an individual to mark up a figure above the retail price they paid for it? In all cases it's ultimately up to the buyer to pay the asking price.. or not.

That should put feelings into proper perspective.
1 month ago
To answer the question, savvy or scummy? It's Savvy.

CLASSIFIED #223863 Why would he sell at MSRP when he can get $460 to his pocket?
1 month ago
Actually I think it's fair game at that point too. Someone recently just harped on me for reselling coin figures for a "not bad" aftermarket price. Especially when the figures were absurd in the aftermarket to begin with. I mean, I paid for it, I sell it how I want!
1 month ago
It's not much different then paying someone to stand in line for an item like an Xbox or Iphone people do it all the time. Some people have more time than money and vice versa, HOWEVER if a small group of people buy up all the inventory and gouge people on the secondary market like they do with concert tickets using bots then that's a problem. Just my opinion.
1 month ago
I think preordering figure to resell is good for other potential buyers. If there are more stocks in the market, the aftermarket price would be lower. But for the seller, there are always risks for reselling figures plus the shipping charges and transaction fees are added to your costs.
1 month ago
kylinas1 month ago#92946547Yeah agreed! Personally I think the right thing to do from collector to collector is to sell at the accurate market value. If a figure just came out and someone is attempting to sell it way above MSRP although it's still available elsewhere at that original price I don't think it's quite fair, and I also don't see those people selling very successfully lol.
Yes this is the right mentality to have :)
1 month ago
Anime statues/figures are not a commodity so it's not in any way poor form to sell for a profit. No one knows what the seller truly paid for the item in the first place, and value is set by the market- if people are willing to pay above retail, then the market price is above retail.

Buying strictly for the purpose of retail when there is limited stock- well, that doesn't come without risk so if people want to do it then so be it. I don't begrudge anyone for charging a hefty premium for a figure I missed out on or didn't even know about at release, because there's no other way to obtain it. Recently paid about $450 for a figure I really wanted- re-release happened just two months later for half that, and I'm not upset at all. There's risk on both sides and anime figures are a luxury item to begin with.
1 month ago
We all like to feel like we had a great deal when we buy stuff, whether it's figures, cars, food anything.

If it's something that is hard to come by then sometimes is easy to feel aggrieved that someone else got it when we did not get the chance with the sole purpose of reselling.

I think with the figure market it's hard to scalp as a lot of stores have restrictions on how many you can pre-order and a lot of pre-orders make the number being bought.

I do find some of the stores are taking things a bit far when they have the pre-order price much above the manufacturers retail price, in some cases 2 or 3 times as much is what I have seen, but then they do need to make money to keep going.

Buying to resell is risky, so the question is how much risk are you willing to take and will the profit be worth the hassle, how much would you have to resell for for it to be worthwhile.

However if that is what someone wants to do then I won't judge them for it but generally I wont buy myself at inflated aftermarket prices.
1 month ago
Moeromoero1 month ago#92944324I sell at the fair prices the products are currently at. That's fair.
That's why I sold you my pre-order at MSRP (although I believe the price will rise)
and second hand higher than MSRPs.


Yeah agreed! Personally I think the right thing to do from collector to collector is to sell at the accurate market value. If a figure just came out and someone is attempting to sell it way above MSRP although it's still available elsewhere at that original price I don't think it's quite fair, and I also don't see those people selling very successfully lol.
1 month ago
kylinas1 month ago#92914552There's a difference between buying with intent to resell later and scalping. There's an even BIGGER difference between scalping and selling a figure that you've owned for a while and bought because you wanted it for a much higher price than you purchased it for because the aftermarket value has gone up.
The only thing out of those three that bothers me at all is ACTUAL scalping, where there is a limited number of a product and people buy a large amount as soon as it is available solely with the intent to resell at a largely inflated price. I don't see that very often here because of the way the figure market works. Usually figures are made specifically to meet order numbers, so it's impossible to "scalp"
I don't think it's scummy to buy or preorder a figure because you intend to resell it, but I do think it's risky because of how volatile aftermarket prices can be.



I sell at the fair prices the products are currently at. That's fair.
That's why I sold you my pre-order at MSRP (although I believe the price will rise)
and second hand higher than MSRPs.
1 month ago
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