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Comments AmiAmi Pre-owend section is to competitive

  • This is lowkey what I wrote in my last article as well - AmiAmi's pre-owned section is nuts, especially for popular things which Dragonball belongs to.

    I don't think much of it are bots though (I suppose some are), just very dedicated people. Since I work from home and have three monitors I just refresh pre-owned pages of series that interest me from 9 - 11 AM my time since I know AmiAmi will update then ... ngl, I sound like I need an intervention.
    13 days ago
    2B9S13 days ago#86941345Yeah I honestly suspect some people use bots to automatically add stuff to their cart because some are way too fast to be human lol. Mandarake is much easier to find deals where if I search for a pretty sought after item it's sometimes in stock and I'm like how has nobody bought this yet? Maybe it's because you have to search pretty specific terms (sometimes even in Japanese).

    Bots, scripts/tools are being used on both Ami and Mandarake. Whenever something online becomes a business which you can make money out of, these leeches of society who never learned any actual life skills infest it and dominate it until the shop takes measures against it. You guessed it, the latter never happens because "hurr durr free market = equal chance for everyone"...except it's not when online, at all. It also falls in line with the transhumanism agenda that's being pushed by the top dogs so don't expect the biggest shops to do anything.
    13 days ago
    tharglet13 days ago#86975349Yeah, there's been an increase of people getting into the figure game, and I've witnessed an increase in chatter on a couple of Discords about AmiAmi preowned "drops". Noticed through the chatter (as I don't really participate myself) that there's very much a game of buy now, think later.
    One thing to bear in mind is the "bigger" collectors will have monthly orders on the go, so there's a higher chance of them checking out singular items and stuffing them in their order. Is obviously possible to do without an order on the go, but less intuitive to do so and a risk if you don't find anything else you want.
    Yeah, Mandarake is less of a bun fight, but popular items can still fly off the shelves. Or get bought instore. I think Manda's site design will always make it the less desirable site to go to (I've talked to a few people who simply refuse to use it due to plain ugliness... fine by me) and the fact you can buy stuff and it may be out of stock. Not being able to combine across stores also is a point of annoyance.


    im the opposite lol, mandarake first and then amiami for me. saves me the trouble of being disappointed.
    13 days ago
    To be completely honest I get it but the way I used to do it when I was still in college was from sellers on MFC. I feel like I get the best deals on here and plus the advantage of meeting some really cool people. But then again I’m the kind of person that just went through 300 pages of the pre owned section of Ami Ami in 30 mins as well . ;S lol
    13 days ago
    RPG_FAN12813 days ago#86960446I don't believe I've ever bought pre-owned things from AmiAmi. But I have the inevitable story of Mandarake where I'll buy something that requires a 'store check' and get a fateful email saying the item is out of stock.
    Otherwise if I am on the outside of a sold-out preorder (either on a waitlist or daily searching sites in hopes somebody somewhere has cancelled) I waste no time in making a purchase/down payment if it suddenly becomes available.
    ah yes the store check. They didn't get back to me for over 2 weeks once so I assume it had sold (15k was a pretty competitive price back then) but i sent an email anyway like hey...closure pls? May i buy? Pretty pls? And they were like oh we forgot to check here it is, sure. lmao
    13 days ago
    Bearcat13 days ago#86919070One thing you can do with Ami-ami is you find one thing, make an order for it, then while you look for more your first is secured. Once you find your second/third items, you make the order for them, go to your account page and combine the orders. As long as it's within the same day and you haven't been invoiced yet, there should be no issues :)

    Seconding this, it's exactly what I was going to suggest. In fact, many of us try to refresh AmiAmi preowned section at the exact time they publish their daily update; many items are gone as soon as they're published! So yes, it's highly competitive, and you're better off grabbing that good deal as soon as you can, you can worry about consolidating later.
    13 days ago
    Yeah, there's been an increase of people getting into the figure game, and I've witnessed an increase in chatter on a couple of Discords about AmiAmi preowned "drops". Noticed through the chatter (as I don't really participate myself) that there's very much a game of buy now, think later.

    One thing to bear in mind is the "bigger" collectors will have monthly orders on the go, so there's a higher chance of them checking out singular items and stuffing them in their order. Is obviously possible to do without an order on the go, but less intuitive to do so and a risk if you don't find anything else you want.

    Yeah, Mandarake is less of a bun fight, but popular items can still fly off the shelves. Or get bought instore. I think Manda's site design will always make it the less desirable site to go to (I've talked to a few people who simply refuse to use it due to plain ugliness... fine by me) and the fact you can buy stuff and it may be out of stock. Not being able to combine across stores also is a point of annoyance.
    13 days ago
    Bearcat13 days ago#86919070One thing you can do with Ami-ami is you find one thing, make an order for it, then while you look for more your first is secured. Once you find your second/third items, you make the order for them, go to your account page and combine the orders. As long as it's within the same day and you haven't been invoiced yet, there should be no issues :)

    LemonMIntCat13 days ago#86962754Yep, and actually I would recommend just making your figures a monthly order. That way you can spend the whole month checking out anything you want to buy, and ship at the end. When I used to buy a lot preowned I did this.

    What these guys said. I'll find an item, immediately check out to secure the item. Then if I happen upon anymore I'll do the same with those. Also, when AA first puts up their new pre-owned listings they do so in batches, and there's usually a few minutes difference between the figure showing up in the section, and the add to cart button going live. So, you can open up one or multiple figure pages and just keep refreshing until the button goes live. Sometimes I'm able to check out with multiple figures this way.

    Anyway, I have the complete opposite experience. I find AA a lot more convenient, and at least for the stuff I want to buy generally cheaper than Manda. Especially now with Covid, Manda is down to just one shipping method for the US, DHL, and they aren't offering a discount like AA. I ordered two figures from them recently. The shipping cost was almost 3 times as much as I was paying for the figures. I wanted to vomit.

    Do, I sometimes lose out on a figure, because someone else was a little faster on the order button, yeah (This actually happened last night with an Onoda Sakamichi figma). But, I've gotten more stuff then I've lost. Also, being able to combine my pre-owned figures with my monthly order just makes things easier for me.
    13 days ago
    Maybe it's just due to the things I actually go for but I've always had the opposite experience with AmiAmi, even pre-owned items I have an interest in tend to stick around for a couple days at least. If you're going after stuff from very trendy and high demand IPs like Demon Slayer or Dragon Ball then a much higher amount of competition inevitably brings with it a lot of people with enough money to not even have to think it over. Sucks for you but all you can really do is keep looking and be quick enough on the trigger if you do actually want it. Jumped on the Kotobukiya Senjougahara fig being sold there brand new a couple weeks ago for half the price you can often find it for nowadays, was still being sold for a few days after. Again, it's largely about demand, supply and what's hip with the young'uns. Since you don't really have a stable income right now, you're better off saving what you can and keeping an eye out for the absurdly good deals if you still want to buy stuff. Between my last and current job I found ITEM #47 unopened for 1780 Yen on AmiAmi, god damn steal of the century.
    13 days ago
    2B9S13 days ago#86941345Yeah I honestly suspect some people use bots to automatically add stuff to their cart because some are way too fast to be human lol. Mandarake is much easier to find deals where if I search for a pretty sought after item it's sometimes in stock and I'm like how has nobody bought this yet? Maybe it's because you have to search pretty specific terms (sometimes even in Japanese).

    that's so true. Some stuff has different spellings like Sonico is also spelled Soniko or if you want Izuku you have to type in Izuka to get more merch. There are things on Mandarake I swear would be sold out but are there for a solid week. but hay live and learn.
    13 days ago
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