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November 2019: The price is getting too high.Comments • November 2019: The price is getting too high.

  • 1pt
    carbonate (6 days ago) #70145946I think I am about at my limits with prices.
    I started saying nay to 200 bucks 1/7 scales.
    Heck even 150 is too much... it was affordable and very good quality at 130.
    When getting under 100, quality was bit sacrificed.
    It is getting harder and harder to convince me to PO a figure;
    since, lot of them bins later on.
    Unless it is origin I care and has good artistic value...
    Just cute girls or popularity don't cut it anymore.


    These days when I go for collecting figures I prefer figures with articulation so action figures have won over cute girls and popular characters and since I don't follow the seasonal anime crazes and have stayed focus on one main series to collect it makes the hobby a little easier.
    5 days ago
    3pt
    I agree, and I fear that soon I may be "priced out" of the hobby. The prices of some recent 1/8 and 1/7 figures have been shocking to me. Figures I was sure I would buy suddenly become unappealing when they cost 1.5x what I was expecting, before shipping.

    I know that it takes a lot of hard work to create figures, and I don't mind paying more because of that, as I have in the past. However, it seems like, in the past year, prices have been increasing radically without a good reason.
    5 days ago
    8pt
    Never again buying figures above $150. If anything, I would only buy prize figures now, if at all.
    And for me, no matter how much I love the character and the design, to be able to say no and control my impulsive purchase online feels good!
    5 days ago
    10pt
    I don't know if many people know this, I found this out through the personal shopper I use in Japan whose super sweet and amazing, but this October the Tax in japan increased from 8% to 10% so on these expensive figures that will make the price jump considerably. It's not actually the manufacturer's fault this is happening, the Tax price is increasing but some manufacturers are increasing the prices but that's to gain the same profit as before. The materials to make these figures have been affected by the Tax increase so of course the price is going to go up due to that, I don't know if people such as sculptors who make these figures have increased their prices the more figures they design. I know for certain prices have increased for figures due to the tax increase this October and the sellers have raised their prices to obtain the same profit before the tax increase. That's of course not the main reason, for example trade deals from other countries will also affect prices of figures.
    I understand it is a real nuisance to have all of this happen but that's just the way it works, especially since Japan is independent so trading deals are a big deal for prices increasing or decreasing.
    I hoped this helps, if I were you I would stay on top of this and just look up what happens in Japan to be aware of a change. Otherwise I would switch to personal shoppers, they buy directly from retailer so guaranteed to not be a bootleg, the lady I use is amazing and wraps all my figures (including my prize ones) in mounds of bubble wrap and uses a lot of washi tape to ensure they don't move and that they're safe if someone handles a package roughly. They're prices also aren't as expensive as these online stores, you're getting the figure directly from them whereas if I bought a figure from a retailer that ships to the UK they would have over priced shipping, ridiculous customs and VAT, no way of sending a figure back to a retailer if there is a default and they don't check the figure whereas my wonderful friend checks the figures before she sends them to me. Her fee isn't that big either, $10 on items over $100 and a $20 on items over $150.
    I'm happy to help if you want anymore advice, I agree the prices are getting ridiculous but I just suck it up, if I like the figure then I buy it, especially if I'm supporting the manufacturer to make more.
    6 days ago
    2pt
    I haven't been collecting for too long and I'm only a student so I never really had much money to get figures with. But even when I started a nendoroid was about 50€ in local stores and for some reason some nendoroids get pushed up to 70€ for no real reason, this is not the case with international stores I think but their price slightly increased overall. The thing bothering me the most is probably the ridiculous increase of figma prices and how little they come with. I mean there are figmas with tons of accessoires that I bought for like 55€ or soITEM #236206 but I've been SUPER anticipated for this figma ITEM #871661 but the cheapest deal I can get overall is lile 92€ for the figure and... two axes? There is literally only two axes and one face and that's it from what I can see. I'm probably gonna get it anyway because the main body turned out so amazing. I've never had many scales simply because I don't have as much money but I can see their price shot up hard. My first scale was ITEM #264423 with the limited head for 110€ but now it seems like it's impossible to get any other scale except kotobukiya below 120-150€. Per example Aniplex ITEM #836926 is ridiculously overpriced in my opinion (without the dragon) It just looks silly and I can't believe this is listed overall for like 160€ while the kotobukiya counterpart ITEM #813035 looks like a genuine scale and I saw it on solaris for only like 79€ at solaris early bird.
    I am used to certain figures being quite expensive but I feel like every second figure that gets released is overpriced. I'm not saying some expensive figures aren't worth their money because some figures are like 200€ or so but they genuially LOOK amazing and are worth it in my opinion ( ITEM #813341 )
    I'm gonna stick to getting good condition preowned figures unless a new release really hits me I guess
    6 days ago
    5pt
    While, without doubt, the prices got higher and a lot of them are ridiculous, I think part of the whole hobby is searching for the best price, comparing sites with each other, gambling on the aftermarket and/or buying second hand. If I would have used retailers all the time I would have stopped with buying scales - or any figure for that matter - a long time ago. Heck, I think I would not even have started with the hobby. I get that retailers need to make money as well and I think their prices are more or less reasonable - mostly, but I still stick to the japanese sellers. But not always. Sailor Moon figures for example are mostly less expensive on the EU market then pre-ordering them via a proxy. Or I buy them on my regular trips to Paris. I also really like to hunt for figures on Y!A - its so exciting and sometimes its really worth it.

    I think we collectors have a range of possibilities and part of the hobby is using them in the best way - at least for me /o/ ♥

    So, no, I am not tired out by the prices*. If anything I... feel more challenged by them I guess?


    * I say that now and tomorrow I will scream at my screen when the next price is announced for a scale I want xD
    6 days ago
    4pt
    Everything is getting expensive as resources decrease and companies have to pay their workers more every year for increased cost of living.

    I am not very familiar with statues but this isn't limited to them. I started with this hobby because of Medicos's Jojo figures. And they were cheaper long before the anime adaptations came out and Jojo increased in popularity thus increasing merchandise.

    I guess for myself I only collect from very few titles I enjoy so I don't have much of an issue with pricing. These figures being from obscure titles sure does help with the cost. Since I just wait for them to go down after release.
    6 days ago
    5pt
    At this point, I don't even know why people are surprised with the pricing of new figures when we keep having people justifying the price. Isn't it obvious enough at this point? Figures companies are extremely abusive of their pricing.

    For example, look at Figma. For 8000 yen I can get this: ITEM #713422. At the same time, for 200 yen less, I can get this from Bandai: ITEM #735516. Without looking at the price, one would surely think that the latter would cost more. But somehow, the one that cost more is the one with engineering that, basically never changed since day one and articulation that is dated as fucked.

    Right now, they are only bending us over and spanking us with these pricing. Give it another year or 2, they will be using power drills on our rear.
    6 days ago
    3pt
    I think I am about at my limits with prices.
    I started saying nay to 200 bucks 1/7 scales.
    Heck even 150 is too much... it was affordable and very good quality at 130.
    When getting under 100, quality was bit sacrificed.
    It is getting harder and harder to convince me to PO a figure;
    since, lot of them bins later on.
    Unless it is origin I care and has good artistic value...
    Just cute girls or popularity don't cut it anymore.
    6 days ago
    9pt
    I am a comparatively new collector (started in 2017) and I have also noticed the change in prices since 2 years ago (what more for the more seasoned ones with a decade in the hobby).

    How many of you are feeling this way when you see a new statue that looks great that you could want for your collection and you are excited for it then that excitement goes poof when you see the price and the excitement is replaced with grumbling?
    That being said, my end reaction is probably different from yours though :) If I see a great statue I want for my collection and the horrible price comes out - I usually just accept that I won't get it. I think it's more about weighing how much you are willing to part with for that certain figure and if it's way beyond the budget, then it's just not worth it.

    I won't abandon this hobby due to the rising prices - there are still plenty of figures that I really like and are within my purchase power and the hobby still brings me much happiness :)
    6 days ago
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Pre-owned figures in top quality and good value