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留言 Buying figures at conventions?

  • Check if there is a "Bring and buy" area. There the con will sell your stuff for you. You are more likely to find a good deal there than at a vendor's booth. (Careful though, a lot of collectors set ridiculous prices as well. Always check for damages and imperfections).
    2個月前
    I only have experience with Anime Expos mostly but you got to treat these conventions like swap meets. Most booths that sell figures are just local shops selling what they have but if you can find the ones that are trying to unload their excess stock you may get some decent deals. Like you said, if there is a problem with the figure you probably won't be able to contact that them afterwards so you need to check before you buy. Last summer I almost bought a nesoberi (ITEM #921147) from a booth for a decent price but noticed the tag was a bit torn and she had some weird stain on her clothes so I asked the dealer if they had another one which they didn't. He didn't even offer me a lower price or anything and "put it aside" and when I walked away he just threw it back on the table.
    2個月前
    The problem I saw with figure shops at conventions is that the vast majority of them overcharges a lot, like more than you would pay online for the figure and its express shipping such as EMS. You'd be better off buying your figures in stores that you know don't go overboard with their prices.

    One rare exception I saw was Navito World, a figure shop from Toronto, Canada. Their booth, or at least what I saw at Otakuthon, was the cheapest in the con, with either the figures retail prices or something more akin to their aftermaket prices you see after release. The most you'd pay is the equivalent of the figure price + shipping.

    So yeah, decently priced booths exist, but they're rare, I guess.
    2個月前
    Chibi-Jibs Cosmic Mermaid
    The only two figures I've bought at a con was: ITEM #236199 - from an Official Kinokuniya booth, they have a store in the city where I am, so I knew she was official. And a Jibril nendoroid.

    Outside of that, I use preorders for most everything and AmiAmi's preowned section tends to be great for other things.

    The one year I went to the convention I was dying at the Zero Two prices. Her Nesoberi was like $100 and her one cheap prize figure like $90-120. Sometimes, in booths I cringe when I hear people buying two prize figures (in this case they were Rem) for like $75.

    Last year when I went to Anime NYC they had this ITEM #133961 figure for like $400. Most of the time I just look at the prices, laugh and be like could get that cheaper online.

    I do like looking through the booths most of my money goes into the artist alley at conventions though.
    2個月前
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