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Buying figures at conventions?Buying figures at conventions?Ask MFC

lillyquinlillyquin4 maand(en) geleden
I know we won't have to worry about this anytime soon (due to the current events causing all cons to cancel ;-;), but I wanted to ask: does anyone frequently buy their figures from conventions?

Or does anyone like to?

When I went to MAGFest 2020, there was only one or two figure stalls (probably 'cause that's not the focus of MAGFest) and oh geez their figure prices were questionable. I didn't look them up, but I'm sure they made their prices just the same as retail or possibly higher, so that they could make some profit (which I would agree with...IF their boxes were in prime condition - which they weren't. and a lot of them seemed to be preowned, i was guessing they were pawning off some of their own figures? 03o)

This is all coming from someone who can't really afford to blast thousands on my whole collection v-v I understand some prefer and are able to buy sealed MIB figures!

Also side note: the thing that I've so far despised about figure stands at conventions is that part of their hustle is the fact that they'll literally be moving shop in a couple days, so if you find something wrong with the figure and forgot to get their contact information, you've been screwed over T^T I think they also prey on people new to figure collecting - who don't understand how things should be priced, or how fair the prices are (especially for the condition of the box and figure)

I'm not hating on anyone who owns a figure stand by the way! These are just some of the observations I (and friends) have had from attending conventions in the past.

Does anyone have any great experiences or finds they've had at conventions? Please share!
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lillyquin4 maand(en) geleden#78154856:0 omg! Those prices are crazy good! What con did you go to? And do you happen to remember the booths that were selling those great finds? :000
I wish I was lucky (and even patient) enough to find such great deals :3! Glad to hear someone has had such great experiences buying figures at cons!


Sorry for the late reply. I got most of them at cons in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I don't remember who the sellers were but I think they were all local.
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I actually bought my first 2 (prize) figures at a con (way overpriced of course lol).
At least they were legit though. I remember looking at some "scales" as well, but they were all bootlegs... Like, I asked an assistant at this stall "Could I please look at that figure up close?" so they handed me the boxed fig and I immediately went "Are you aware that this is a bootleg ? You should take down these figures asap as it could get you in legal trouble" and they just put it back on the shelf and pretended they didn't hear anything....

I don't think I've ever seen a good figure deal at a convention at all tbh. It's either overpriced or bootleg or both
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lillyquin4 maand(en) geleden#78154867Wooooow that's so awesome you managed to snag those two up for the price of one :0 ahhh I wish I could've attended cons when anime figure collecting was probably in its earlier stages (but I wasn't even alive in 2000 lmao)
But yea, from what I've seen, it's pretty rare to find such great deals and instances like that at cons now ;-; what a shame...
And I can't believe stalls have the audacity to sell bootlegs (I'm guessing close to the authentic price?)


Thanks! It was definitely one of my best figure purchases in terms of deals. Back then you could find pretty much anything and it was one of the only places to find some of the pricier stuff. Unfortunately, I didn't have much money back then as I was in college, so I couldn't get much that was on the pricier end and had to be super picky about what I got.

It's not as bad now at cons, I see less bootlegs than I used to. I think the mid 2010s were the peak of it, especially at some of the smaller cons. Not to say bigger cons didn't have them, I know I've seen bootlegs at NYCC before, as the cons themselves don't check everyone's products, but luckily that appears to be on the decline.
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It's a hit and miss for me.
Whenever I visit my local anime con I almost always find prize figures overpriced af, but I got ITEM #548708 ITEM #548709 and ITEM #73397 for pretty much retail price. Scales are waaay to overpriced though. I usually buy other merch like keychains and such though. Since I always cosplay, I don't have a lot of room to carry around a lot of stuff anyway.
I do like to get swords though, these things can cost a fortune to ship (I guess because of the giant box) and picking up a decent replica of Kirito's Dark Repulser for 42$ was a pretty nice deal (and it goes with my Kirito cosplay too).
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lillyquin4 maand(en) geleden#78154875Most definitely agree with you there ;-; I have seen some people have pretty good experiences buying/finding great figures at conventions, but that only seems to be a few experiences - in comparison to the plenty of experiences people have had with overpriced figures or bootleg figures :(
Definitely true as well with the seeing figures in person! Seeing at the con (but not buying it because of the ridiculous price) is a good way to decide if you really want the figure that you see for a much better price online!


Yes, I helped a few friends find good deals, but never found anything that fitted my taste. Not bad keeping an eye opened thought.

In fact, I'd say cons saved me money. There a dozens of figures I didn't buy after seeing them in real life. ;-)
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sailormatlac4 maand(en) geleden#78154340Never found anything worth my money in convention. I used to think I would find some grails or obscure figures long forgotten. Never happen. As mentioned by others, prices are ludicrously high, cashing on people's emotion to buy on the spot, too many bootlegs, etc. At best, I consider it a good occasion to look at figures in real life before deciding on buying.
Most definitely agree with you there ;-; I have seen some people have pretty good experiences buying/finding great figures at conventions, but that only seems to be a few experiences - in comparison to the plenty of experiences people have had with overpriced figures or bootleg figures :(
Definitely true as well with the seeing figures in person! Seeing at the con (but not buying it because of the ridiculous price) is a good way to decide if you really want the figure that you see for a much better price online!
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bourneroyalty4 maand(en) geleden#78154031I'm guilty of buying figures at cons, even though I know reasonably I'm paying way too much for it. There's something just really exciting about having it in hand immediately. IMO if you're going to buy figures at conventions, it's best to wait till the last day when some dealers are trying to clear inventory. I'm gotten some nendoroids for ridiculously cheap that way.
True! I definitely wait til the last day exactly cause of that :3 most sellers have to pack everything back up so they always want less to handle on the last day.
But in the past, I have tried to get a deal on the last day - and the seller is extremely rude about me even trying (possibly because they've had other people with a similar mindset try to haggle with them on the last day) but it doesn't hurt to try right :D
Oh! But I am always deterred by the fact that the items I really really want will be gone by the last day :( I think that's what they're depending on when they're selling figures people are searching for at higher prices than retail.
P.S. I love your Mawaru Penguindrum pfp :3 so cute <3!
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lesser-robot-cat4 maand(en) geleden#78153695I don't often buy figures at cons. You could be so swept up in the hustle that you don't notice tiny things - not necessarily bootlegs. A lot of cons are good about patrolling and shutting down bootleggers. If you spot bootlegs at a con, btw, feel free to approach the staff table and let them know what you found and where.
What I'm more worried about is not checking the numbers/weight on a blind box and getting something I didn't really want. (Don't judge me, everybody secretly hopes for one item above all others.) Or accidentally getting a duplicate. There are SO many figures of Cloud, Saber, Miku, etc, you might see one that looks unfamiliar, get home with it, and realize it's just an older figure that you've had so long you forgot it existed!
But sometimes it's a great place to buy a figure. Say you bump into that dreamie that's overpriced all over the internet, but the vendor is so sick of lugging it around, he sees your excitement and cuts a sweet deal just to get rid of it! Or you've bought from one vendor so many times, he's learned to predict your tastes and he picked up certain rare figures just for you! It doesn't happen all the time, but I love those moments!

Yes! Those are the moments I live for!! Definitely gonna attend more cons (hopefully Anime NYC - fingers crossed) in hopes of stumbling upon an experience such as that!
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Venetica4 maand(en) geleden#78137432I have a friend who bought a figure from a convention and showed her to me. She was, without question, a bootleg. I had to give him the bad news.
So I advise anyone buying figures from conventions to never assume that everything is genuine.

T____T that's so tragic :,( I really don't know why stalls are even allowed to sell bootlegs (and sell at least close to authentic price) since it's basically like lying to the customer right?
I feel so bad for your friend :( but that's good you broke the sad sad news to him ;-; poor soul...
It sucks they take advantage of the fact that buying the figure is kinda time-sensitive, so it's difficult to do extensive research and not be swayed by the idea that someone else might snatch it up before you do :(
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Belle_Reve4 maand(en) geleden#78136513I've definitely seen a shift in con figure selling over the years. Back in the early 2000s in the US, you could find really hard to find figures for pretty much retail price at cons. And not just trading figures, but actual scales. At that point in time, since online shops weren't as extensive as they are now/Japanese shops wouldn't really ship directly to US customers that I knew of, that was the better option. At New York Anime Festival in 2007, a booth had ITEM #2746 and ITEM #2567 on display. I spoke to someone at the booth who told me that since they couldn't transport the display set back that they were selling both on the last day of the con for the price of one. I hadn't been planning on going into NYC that day, but I went as early as I could and managed to get them. No imperfections or anything.
As time went on and cons got bigger, I started noticing prices increased as did the number of bootlegs. I would still buy from conventions, but it would usually be either smaller items (trading figures/straps/etc) or things like funkos/nendos since those are usually priced near retail.
I always take a look around the dealer's room (even at cons when I rarely buy anything like Katsu) in case there's any hidden gems. Every once in a while I might get a prize figure or something relatively small but like others have said, if you get something pricy and there's a defect and you don't have that shop's info, you're taking a big risk. At bigger conventions like AnimeNYC, I tend to purchase from official booths (GSC, Koto, even Viz or Funimation for smaller things), and I'm well-versed enough on most figure prices that I don't need to constantly look up market prices on what I'm looking for when perusing other booths. I'm usually the friend people bring with them to tell them if something is a good deal or if they can do better (and I usually find them the better option too lol). The rest of my money goes to the artist alley and the rest of my time goes to cosplay.

Wooooow that's so awesome you managed to snag those two up for the price of one :0 ahhh I wish I could've attended cons when anime figure collecting was probably in its earlier stages (but I wasn't even alive in 2000 lmao)
But yea, from what I've seen, it's pretty rare to find such great deals and instances like that at cons now ;-; what a shame...
And I can't believe stalls have the audacity to sell bootlegs (I'm guessing close to the authentic price?)
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