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留言 Whats the point of even pre-ordering?

  • rogue_g1個月前#85031140As for your predicament, I would find something you want quite a bit from BB and use up the credit, move on afterwards.
    As for pre-ordering in general, it definitely matters more for scale figures than prize figures. Companies make the prize figures based upon interest in the IP of the figure, make a set quantity very cheap, and distribute to various coin machines. They know they have a captive audience and demand for the prize figures, they just need to keep providing new and recent designs.
    Scale figures on the other hand, will not get made if there are no pre-orders. Simple as that. So as a collector it is encouraged to pre-order, and generally speaking the immediate post-release of scale figures sees a large jump in price as any remaining stock gets picked up. This doesn't always happen, larger scales are a good example that tend to sit around in warehouses because shipping is so expensive and wind up on sale shortly after launch as a result. But in general you want to pre-order to avoid ridiculous aftermarket prices of scale figures.


    I have 2 pre-orders lined up if I cant get someone to take my offer. Even when they released I still have 3 months of waiting period so I think there's still a chance I can get them sold to someone else but if not I'll just bit the bullet. Gotta give it a shot even if it's slim to none.
    1個月前
    As for your predicament, I would find something you want quite a bit from BB and use up the credit, move on afterwards.

    As for pre-ordering in general, it definitely matters more for scale figures than prize figures. Companies make the prize figures based upon interest in the IP of the figure, make a set quantity very cheap, and distribute to various coin machines. They know they have a captive audience and demand for the prize figures, they just need to keep providing new and recent designs.

    Scale figures on the other hand, will not get made if there are no pre-orders. Simple as that. So as a collector it is encouraged to pre-order, and generally speaking the immediate post-release of scale figures sees a large jump in price as any remaining stock gets picked up. This doesn't always happen, larger scales are a good example that tend to sit around in warehouses because shipping is so expensive and wind up on sale shortly after launch as a result. But in general you want to pre-order to avoid ridiculous aftermarket prices of scale figures.
    1個月前
    I personally find it better to seek prize figures on the aftermarket like Suruga-ya, Yahoo! Auctions, etc. Not often do they get to a point they become rare and/or very expensive unlike other types of figures. Much easier and cheaper than preordering them. There's also usually a mark-up on prize figures that are available for preorder to secure the stock.

    We've all been there in the beginning where we've bought a figure and found out not long after that there's a far better site to get it from; it's all part and parcel of the hobby, but you learn very quickly that it pays to look around for the best deal first!
    1個月前
    RPG_FAN1281個月前#85010664Big Bad Toy Store made you pre-pay for $25 items? The only thing I've ever had to pre-pay were non-refundable deposits on the high-end stuff I buy from there. (Usually 10-20% of the final price)

    no, I had paid for two items and kept them in my pile of loot, but then that same week I discovered Mandarake and went to go cancel those orders (because the same figures were much cheaper than ordering thought BB) but then I realized that there's a 7 day limit for cash returns and I missed it by 1 day. Now I'm stuck with store credit.
    1個月前
    Big Bad Toy Store made you pre-pay for $25 items? The only thing I've ever had to pre-pay were non-refundable deposits on the high-end stuff I buy from there. (Usually 10-20% of the final price)
    1個月前
    I'm not into collecting prize figures, so I can't say if it's necessary to preorder sometimes, but I think it's not as bad if they sell out, because after market prices will (most likely) not be as high as the prices for some scale figures. Especially if you buy from sites like Mandarake where "used" basically means that the box was opened. Most collectors take good care of their figures, of course there's even less of a risk when you buy from a store that checks it first, but I have made nothing but good experiences buying "used" figures here on MFC.

    One of the mistakes I made when I started getting deeper into the hobby was not knowing how many different shops existed. I still haven't ordered anything from japan yet, because I'm a bit afraid of handling returns, etc. in case anything arrives broken and most products aren't a lot cheaper anymore when you have to pay international shipping and VAT. I always do the math before ordering though. If the figure just costs 20-30 bucks less than in my country I won't order it from a japanese shop. I usually order from German or European shops. Unfortunately, a lot of them have really crappy websites, which makes it a pain in the ass to compare prices. I realized that the prices can vary a lot though, so it's definitely worth the time. I've seen shops charging up to 100 € (about $117) or more for the same figure. Not because of a sale or a special deal, just the regular price. I realized that you get a better deal looking for the figures you want at stores that don't exclusively sell anime & manga figures / merch. The Damtoys figures are a great example for this, even if it's a chinese manufacturer. The "After-School Arena" figures seem to be getting more popular. Every German shop that's specialized on selling anime / manga figures offers them between 200€ & 230€, even if you can find all of them at a figure shop that offers all kinds of collectibles for 120€ to 145€, depending on the figure. They're legit, I've ordered there before. It's their regular price and they still make a profit like this. I feel it's not just the manufacturers but also the sellers being greedy af, just because it's a niche hobby. I even got banned from one shop, because I asked them if they would do the same price as a different seller. :D
    1個月前
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