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Just how much more can the market bear.Comments • Just how much more can the market bear.

  • 2pt
    Size doesn't mean everything. A figure like ITEM #179391 is absolutely worth its price tag simply because of the incredible detail and work put into it. When you buy art, you aren't paying for the supplies, you're paying for the dedication, work and imagination put into it.

    That said, when there is hardly any work or imagination put into a figure and it is put out at 11000 yen, it does piss me off too. I mean look at the work and imagination put into ITEM #96908 and how cheap it is (6600 yen!). Now you have to pay twice as much for a plain looking boring figure. That figure was made just 5 years ago.
    3 months ago
    3pt
    back in 2007 the price is 2000-6000yen and as long as you stick to big brands like koto or maxfactory the quality is well better than the now ones and they are stable.

    dun ask why if it is 20000 yen average now. as long as dumbasses are paying no matter what they we will not be surprised if one day buying a dollfie is cheaper than buying a plastic figure.

    quality nowadays are way way worse too, including the past great maxfactory themselves. and now people think the quality is higher than past lel.

    see the problem.
    3 months ago
    0pt
    Kuromii Haikyuu nerdlord
    skylinedo (3 months ago) #27830348Come on people, dont complain ... work harder! Earn more, graduate, invest; do something! BC if you dont, you have no right to call yourselves otaku with that half-assed devotion.
    The market will definitely survive without your money bc the west isn't the intended target. And the japanese are doing the statement above since the 80s why can't you people do the same?

    Aye pal I'll just work 70 hour weeks on my £8 an hour and get loads of figures I never see on account of being at work all day. Top idea.
    3 months ago
    5pt
    skylinedo (3 months ago) #27830348Come on people, dont complain ... work harder! Earn more, graduate, invest; do something! BC if you dont, you have no right to call yourselves otaku with that half-assed devotion.
    The market will definitely survive without your money bc the west isn't the intended target. And the japanese are doing the statement above since the 80s why can't you people do the same?


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    3 months ago
    2pt
    when retail hits 20000 for scales, it will be too much unless it is gurranteed piece of art and colletors item. need to cut back and order only absolutely needed things. also going to look into other things that will be relatively less hard on wallet like custom bjds.
    3 months ago
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    Come on people, dont complain ... work harder! Earn more, graduate, invest; do something! BC if you dont, you have no right to call yourselves otaku with that half-assed devotion.

    The market will definitely survive without your money bc the west isn't the intended target. And the japanese are doing the statement above since the 80s why can't you people do the same?
    3 months ago
    1pt
    I'd like to add on by saying raising the prices also tends to raise aftermarket. Sure, some figures bargain bin or stay pretty close to their release amounts but some prices are ridiculous.

    Personally, I will 100%, hands down, pay up to $800 USD for a MASSIVE (1/3, 1/4, etc) statue that's limited/exclusive/etc, and do a payment plan. However, I refuse to pay $200+ USD for a 1/8. It just makes missing out on a preorder scary for me.
    3 months ago
    2pt
    nyugvo6 (3 months ago) #27821932The US p-bandai store doesn't have 1% of all their stuff still, and I don't understand why they'd open a store with no stuff to sell... How hard would it be to just give the site an english interface and start shipping worldwide?

    Do you have professional e-commerce experience?

    It's one thing do this in a small, homogenous country with tight logistical infrastructure. It's another thing altogether to extend that across a whole ocean to a bunch of customers with very different expectations and standards.

    This kind of stuff takes time. And for a country as risk-averse as Japan, doubly so.
    3 months ago
    1pt
    citrus (3 months ago) #27820993I think you're being sarcastic, but that's okay. The US Premium Bandai store (us.p-bandai.asi...) just opened a few months ago with a soft launch of three items. It went pretty well, and now they're selling a few new things.
    Yes, it was sarcasm. I would be really happy IF, and if I had full access to p-bandai, with cheap shipping. The US p-bandai store doesn't have 1% of all their stuff still, and I don't understand why they'd open a store with no stuff to sell. Plus the shipping cost is a complete deal breaker. It's cheaper to use proxy sites and they grant you full access to exclusive stuff.
    It feels like they were testing the waters and completely forgot about it, or they were just "politely" telling outsiders off with "here's your premium site, enjoy."
    How hard would it be to just give the site an english interface and start shipping worldwide? I think most of their stuff, esp the ones I'm interested in will never be available outside japan because the licensors are not okay with it being available.
    3 months ago
    1pt
    nyugvo6 (3 months ago) #27820777Thanks for the lengthy info. Can you tell me how can I access the premium webstore from europe, and how can I order my toku, precure, shf, a.g.p. figures and dx toys? How's the shipping? Still 40+ bucks?
    I think you're being sarcastic, but that's okay. The US Premium Bandai store (us.p-bandai.asi...) just opened a few months ago with a soft launch of three items. It went pretty well, and now they're selling a few new things.

    Premium Bandai HK and TW have been around for a while, but the SG and CN stores also opened fairly recently. I imagine Premium Bandai will open an EU store some time in 2018 or 2019, but I have no idea how large the audiences are for Bandai goods over there, so it could be farther off.

    In any case, all the products still ship from Japan (with region-appropriate labels affixed), so you'll probably pay the same shipping in the future as you do now. (Maybe even more, because Bandai definitely won't under-declare on customs, unlike some proxies you may have encountered.) But getting your new figures will be much less of a hassle than it is now.
    3 months ago
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