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Comments Thoughts on prices drastically increasing?

  • Since I'm a relatively new collector, I guess I'm pretty used to figures being this expensive? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I do not know what life was before these price increases, but it does sound pretty nice! I was pleasantly surprised when I snagged ITEM #901527 for around $100 CAD bc that's around the price I pay for a single nendo :')
    13 days ago
    No, only figures, shipping prices are sky rocketing. I just got the payment email for the figma Guts Band of the hawk ver. and they are charging 4400 yen for EMS, more than double than the average they used to charge. I just got figma Lanze reite a couple of months ago, for whiche they charged me 2400 yen, and her box is bigger! what the hell is happening
    13 days ago
    RPG_FAN12813 days ago#98585038Exactly what I was thinking! ^_^
    $60 Kotobukiya figures, $70-$80 Max Factory and Alter figures, $30 Nendoroids, $40 Figmas. Good times. Please bring me back. I want to go back.

    2014 - 2015 they started pushing over $100 and people were like "Alter is worth any price!", "Shut up and take my money!". At that point I was out, can't afford it, can't justify it. But others can, and they keep driving up prices. Year after year, $80 to $100 to $120 and so on. In my opinion, the price hike does not reflect inflation. Nendoroid prices are probably the most accurate indicator of actual inflation rate.

    The first comment down below someone linked to another post and one comment over there mentioned a new Alter boatgirl figure retails for 37,800jpy LMFAOOO "I LOVE YOU ALTER, TAKE MY MONEY AYAYA"
    13 days ago
    billowsandsmoke14 days ago#98568783 I do have a question for both of you if you feel like answering? Recently I've been chatting with another veteran collector about this (and obviously nobody can say for sure), but what do you think about the possibility of this being a popularity/market bubble that bursts? Might we see a significant number of pandemic collectors fall off the bandwagon? And if so, would that lead to a hefty price drop in the figures that went to pre-order during this time? (Personally, I thought we'd have at least started to see a slowdown by now? But like two out of every three posts on the figure subreddit is someone asking for beginner advice or showing off their first figure, and I feel like it's only continuing to pick up speed. So now I don't know. /:)

    I actually think that people will slow down with collecting figures after the pandemic ends or moves towards ending, but there will definitely be more than there were before. We probably won't be seeing prices stabilize until a few more years, 2ish maybe less at least. I also think that with companies like eStream coming out with "premium" figures, some 1/7th's will probably permanently be $150+. Sucks considering all they need to do for people to buy is add a few colorful plastic dangly pieces on an unremarkable figure with a basic sculpt for them to justify "premium." People buying them can sometimes lack the taste and tact of a collector that knows what they want and how a price tag can really justify a figure.

    I also think it's not a sustainable hobby for the average new collector, the prices are rising, the figures they wanted of character's whose preorders have passed have skyrocketed in price, it's really discouraging. That alone will weed out a lot of people from continuing this hobby outside of 10 figures max if I'm being generous. Which, if you buy all scales is like nearly ~$1,000...if they're $100 each. I started collecting again this year and luckily I've been able to snag retail prices for almost every new in figure I've got so far, barring like 2. It took an inappropriate amount of patience and dedication though- which again is discouraging to new collectors who don't know "how to play the game", or just have enough cash to throw at a problem and just pay 200% more for a figure.
    13 days ago
    Nurarihyon14 days ago#98566580Honestly a lot of people I’ve discussed this with have told me that as of late especially with the pandemic, a lot of people have picked up this hobby. A lot of companies especially one with a famous b-style line has also conceded to the fact that buyers will buy any bunny girl with any boring pose as long as it’s 1/4th and looks decent, at whatever price.
    New collectors might not know better and also give into super high prices, letting sellers know it’s “ok” to sell for this price or higher. With an influx of new buyers who can do whatever with their wallet, it kind of drives everything into the overpriced category…even if this hadn’t happened, prices were slowly increasing over time with the same or worse quality. The pandemic just made everything more expensive. (Manufacturing wise, too…)
    I think it’s truly the worst time to get into figure collecting, but with everything opening back up I can see prices going down more.
    Pre-pandemic, the “10 count” bunny boys were $80 each. Now? $300…each. It’s kind of a nightmare
    i think I couldn’t agree more with this comment, hopefully it gets better once the pandemic is fully over.
    13 days ago
    i used to be able to get nendoroids for $45 shipped with ems haha. give me back 2014.
    im hoping there will be a mass exodus once the pandemic is behind us and things will begin to stabilize. im honestly less concerned about retail prices like i’ll live and more concerned with the aftermarket just continuing to be nonsense. figures that sold for like $40 pre covid are now $250 it’s maddening and i dont think companies are paying enough attention to the demand to re-releases. im lucky if i can get something for below retail used anymore.
    13 days ago
    kevinlowl14 days ago#98566486LOL has it really become that bad that even people who started collecting since 2018 - 2019 are complaining?
    I miss the 2012 - 2013 anime figure market.


    Exactly what I was thinking! ^_^

    Pretty interesting discussion in the comments. If these "yester-year" companies like GSC, Alter, FREEing, etc are charging what seems like way too much for their products I certainly haven't minded looking into considering more expensive statues. Case in point, are you willing to pay $200+ each for two decent 1:7 scale figures? If so then why not spend $400-$500 of that same money on a really nice polystone/resin statue that is an absolute show-stopper? I understand that logic won't apply to a lot of people but in my personal collection (remember I don't even watch anime) it really has taken over.
    13 days ago
    gettogaara14 days ago#98566596snip Nurarihyon14 days ago#98566580snip Thiiiiiiiiiis, literally everything both of you just said, thank you. Particularly re: new collectors having money and not being discerning about quality--within the past week I was asking a new collector on Reddit if she thought her Crystal Dress Rem was noticeably better quality than her Emilia? And it was really lovely that she was so excited about how much sparklier Rem's dress was, and she seemed very nice, but she also had zero idea what I was talking about when I tried to explain the concept of like...actual quality/craftsmanship on a figure.

    Anyway, my one addition is that I have another theory about why the influx of new collectors is causing prices to rise. Basically, companies can't keep up with the consequent influx of pre-orders (i.e. handmade things are not designed to be manufactured at mass-production level numbers), and so they're purposefully trying to price people out. Hypothetically, if they could raise prices high enough that they get pre-surge order numbers--but at this much higher profit margin--then they could put out releases at the same rate as before but make even more money.

    I do have a question for both of you if you feel like answering? Recently I've been chatting with another veteran collector about this (and obviously nobody can say for sure), but what do you think about the possibility of this being a popularity/market bubble that bursts? Might we see a significant number of pandemic collectors fall off the bandwagon? And if so, would that lead to a hefty price drop in the figures that went to pre-order during this time? (Personally, I thought we'd have at least started to see a slowdown by now? But like two out of every three posts on the figure subreddit is someone asking for beginner advice or showing off their first figure, and I feel like it's only continuing to pick up speed. So now I don't know. /:)
    14 days ago
    Everything around me is going up while wages stay the same so I'm kind of numb to it.
    14 days ago
    Nurarihyon14 days ago#98566580A lot of companies especially one with a famous b-style line has also conceded to the fact that buyers will buy any bunny girl with any boring pose as long as it’s 1/4th and looks decent, at whatever price.

    Back in 2015 Freeing Bunny Figures Binned for 50% off 2 months after release. Bought one for 11k back then. Nowadays you pay 50%+ more 2 months after release and 50% more baseline. xD
    14 days ago
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