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ShiibuiiShiibuii12 dager siden
I dont know about you guys but sometimes this hobby can really make me lose it.

Often times I find myself willing to pay higher prices for new figures, and I can feel quite comfortable making the purchase.

As someone with a growing collection of "1/4" scale figures and statues, I often already find myself spending near the "high end" of things.

However I just can't seem to justify (in my mind) the aftermarket prices of most of my grails.

I already have trouble getting the traditional FREEing Akeno's for a decent price (thats a beaten horse for most people I believe), but I keep finding figures towards the 1/8, 1/7 scale with prices that rival my 1/4's and often with 3+ years post original release.

I dont want to seem as though I'm complaining about aftermarket prices. As that IS a takeaway one could get from this post.
I want to make it clear that my main concern/question is in regards to justifying purchases.

Do you often find yourselves struggling to pay some of these aftermarket prices for "smaller" or older figures?
Or do you have a "dont hate the player hate the game" sort of mentality? Lol
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melisketch11 dager siden#95255309I'm noticing this too, especially with some nice, but rather plainer looking smaller scales that are going for new 1/7 or higher price values. Just got into the Tales of Vesperia series and discovered their scale figures and my god the prices! The figures are cute no doubt, but I can't justify these insane prices, especially for a 1/8 scale with simple base.

You feel my pain exactly
10 dager siden
I'm noticing this too, especially with some nice, but rather plainer looking smaller scales that are going for new 1/7 or higher price values. Just got into the Tales of Vesperia series and discovered their scale figures and my god the prices! The figures are cute no doubt, but I can't justify these insane prices, especially for a 1/8 scale with simple base.
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Shiibuii11 dager siden#95254888Care to share a rough guide?
And how much do you consider things like rarity, age, etc?


Well, in general, I have to work hard to justify any 1/8 over $150, 1/7 over $160, $1/4 over $220, and so on. These are obviously 'soft' caps and I've broken them when there's a figure that just really connects with me; they're not limiters, more, suggested guidelines for myself.

What I use more though (and to help avoid unnecessary impulse buys) is kind of an "emotional want" tier system where if I see a figure that piques my interest, I'll sort it into one of the following categories:

Grail - buy at any cost. Sell soul.

Super Want - buy if found for a tolerable (subjective) price

Really Want - buy if found for a reasonable price

Want - buy if found for a pretty good price

It'd Be Nice - buy if found for a ludicrously good price

I also loosely apply the aforementioned soft cap to these categories and then balance the cost verse the emotional 'want' to arrive at a determination if it is "worth" whatever the asking price may be.
11 dager siden
TheClive11 dager siden#95253859I have "soft ceilings" as to what I'd pay price-wise for each size figure (1/8, 1/4, etc) that help guide my purchases and keep things from getting too ridiculous

Care to share a rough guide?
And how much do you consider things like rarity, age, etc?
11 dager siden
No not really in my startting days I wept over aftermarket and actually bought a couple but later on I moved on. When I now see ridiculous aftermarket, I just keep calm and move on since there are plenty of other good stuff to go for. Mind if I encounter one on chance and it is cheap I will pounce on the deal.

Yes I feel ya with freeing getting greedy and releasing sockless versions. Also back in the day aftermarket was easier, now it just seem like a bubble.
11 dager siden
I have "soft ceilings" as to what I'd pay price-wise for each size figure (1/8, 1/4, etc) that help guide my purchases and keep things from getting too ridiculous
11 dager siden
I definitely get what you mean! I have a few grails I’d like to pickup, but have become insanely expensive. Paying a Prime1 1/3 level of money for a 1/8 or 1/7 is definitely not worth it. But, in a way, it is also nice to see high aftermarket prices for some of them. That kind of serves as proof that the particular piece gained value. Of course, since I missed out on release, it’s bad for me, but that’s just it. That entire factor of predicting which pieces to buy on release, and which ones to hold off on is also part of the game.
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Also to answer the question imo it just depends what you are confortable with.

Personally i searched for ITEM #236344 for like 2 years, and only found 2 for around 50k JPY, i really wanted it, i could afford it, but i just didn't wanted her for that price and then I finally found a more reasonable offer later for maybe twice it's release price, but i was fine with it considering how much i wanted it and her rarity.

Also, ITEM #758994 a fairly common one, that a lot of people wanted, that just got a re-release announced, i paid like 7-8k extra a few years after her release, and i'm fine with it, for me it's like, "I hesitated initially and didn't get it, now i pay 50-60€ more to have the luxurry to buy it later and when i want to spend the money unlike a pre-order".

Then there is are giga-ridiculous prices, often driven by scalpers, and that's another story, when it's the case, in my opinion, if we are not particularly "rich" rich, i would just concede and abandon the idea of getting them, if i don't find a good deal.
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Ginger11 dager siden#95216428But not every aftermarket price goes high. Some are lower than the original price..)
For popular figures, high quality figures, and figures that turned out better than expected, most of the times it's at least retail price, and often goes higher.
So mostly everything nice, goes up. Also i have that theory that the higher the release price is, the fewer people pre-order the figure, and then there is more than usual people who want the figure after release, thus why most more expensive a figure is, the more absurd a aftermarket price will be.
11 dager siden
But not every aftermarket price goes high. Some are lower than the original price..)
11 dager siden
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