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Comments The delight and dismay of hunting pre-owned figures!

  • I usually stick with Amiami and Mandarake for pre-owned figures. For the most part I've never had an issue but a couple times I've ordered a figure with a box condition labeled as B only for them to arrive with huge holes in the box x_x

    luckily both times they were prize figures but I was still annoyed since it'll be harder for me if I ever decide to sell them, and I wouldn't have purchased the figure if I had known the box was THAT badly damaged :/
    11 days ago
    AcePlatinum11 days ago#86908915I buy mainly preowned from Mandarake which for the most part has been great (with the exception of a few horror stories concerning insects!). The only issue I have with Manda is that most of the time, preowned figures don't have photos or are not displayed out of the box when showcased on the front page so its hard to tell what it actually looks like. But, they are pretty accurate to the rating system and Japanese collectors are usually pretty good at keeping things in prime condition. Bless MFC users as well for keeping up with the same--if not better--standards (at least, so far with my dealings on here). Ebay is another place but there are higher risks involved there (although it has gotten better in the past decade).
    Elaborate on the insects?
    11 days ago
    I buy mainly preowned from Mandarake which for the most part has been great (with the exception of a few horror stories concerning insects!). The only issue I have with Manda is that most of the time, preowned figures don't have photos or are not displayed out of the box when showcased on the front page so its hard to tell what it actually looks like. But, they are pretty accurate to the rating system and Japanese collectors are usually pretty good at keeping things in prime condition. Bless MFC users as well for keeping up with the same--if not better--standards (at least, so far with my dealings on here). Ebay is another place but there are higher risks involved there (although it has gotten better in the past decade).
    11 days ago
    Most of my scaled figures are AmiAmi pre-owned with damage (C rating). Prices are usually 50% of the current market price, so the saving is substantial. AmiAmi is mostly quite honest and accurate with damage descriptions. You have to think realistically if the faults are bearable or if you have the means to make repairs. For example, slight paint transfers are easy to fix, while broken or missing parts will make it not worth while.

    I've previously written an article about one of my repairs here.
    11 days ago
    solluxcaptor11 days ago#86908674AmiAmi not having actual photos of the secondhand product was always a deal breaker for me on anything under A or maybe a B condition. I wish they wouldn't just use the stock images when the item is damaged.
    The worst AmiAmi secondhand story I ever heard can be found in the comments of this figure... items.v4.php?it...
    (TLDR: C grade AmiAmi figure had uh, liquids on it and smelled. There was no way to know this because AmiAmi only listed it vaguely as a stain.)


    Oh, that is beyond gross.
    11 days ago
    AmiAmi not having actual photos of the secondhand product was always a deal breaker for me on anything under A or maybe a B condition. I wish they wouldn't just use the stock images when the item is damaged.

    The worst AmiAmi secondhand story I ever heard can be found in the comments of this figure... items.v4.php?it...
    (TLDR: C grade AmiAmi figure had uh, liquids on it and smelled. There was no way to know this because AmiAmi only listed it vaguely as a stain.)
    11 days ago
    I do buy pre-owned from time to time, not as much as before due to the orders piling up thanks to the delays. But only ever bought pre-owned figures off Amiami and only went for A/B quality.
    11 days ago
    From a normal viewing distance in that one photo, so she looks like a good prize figure. I have always said that you can enjoy viewing prize figures just as much as more expensive scales (even if the prize figures are less than perfect). I've had mostly good experiences buying used figures from MFC users and Amazon Japan, although the discount to buying new has to be worth the risk of some flaws. Still, I tend to buy mostly new because the bulk of my purchases these days are pre-orders rather than hunting for old releases.

    If you do re-paint your figure's flaws, you'll have to show us the before and after photos. I did a small re-paint of one of my prize figures that had noticeable scratches/nicks so it's doable.
    11 days ago
    That looks pretty good for a prize figure, as a prize figure i would be happy to tidy it up if it was mine.

    I have picked up occasional second hand figures on trips to Japan.
    I picked up ITEM #549491 for 5000yen, without a box, the shop assistant warned me it had a stain and confirmed i was ok with that.
    When i got it home i looked at it and i am still not sure what it is he was pointing out as i can't see anything wrong with it. I have a brand new one in a box and can't see any difference between the two.
    I think if you buy from Japan then likely you will find the condition is rated a lot lower than the quality you get.

    One reason i like second hand is that usually cheaper i don't mind putting them on display, whereas my brand new in a box i am more reluctant to take out, at least until i get a better display case.
    11 days ago
    I usually buy pre-owned from Amiami with A or B condition, both scale and prize. A/B is practically brand new, A-/B figure is sealed but box is unsealed. Also bought B/B ITEM #176108 which had been obviously displayed because there's dust, but other than that the figure is in good condition.

    I'm eyeing this particular C figure with issue: Discoloration. Anyone who has experience buying a C figure with similar issue? I hope it's not too noticeable.
    11 days ago
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