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Thoughts on prices drastically increasing?Thoughts on prices drastically increasing?Misc

marrieletsgomarrieletsgo14 dag(en) geleden
I’ve been an active collector since 2018, and got my first figure in 2015 (ITEM #236159), I remember upon buying it I thought the price was insane,

“how could I spend over $130 dollars on a piece of anime plastic!” Or so I thought.

As time moved on, and obviously things changed, it ceases to amaze me how much prices have increased throughout the years of collecting, specially from 2018 to now, only 3 years and I’m seeing drastic changes as it is.

There’s always the argument that goes that, “inflation caused it” or “higher demand means higher prices” and so on, but I always feel like it’s because how companies have accepted the fact, that no matter the price, we’ll always eat it up, prime example is estream, I have no idea how they can get away with their atrocious pricing, but they do, I honestly can understand for the crystal dress figures, but for the neon set and so on, I find it ridiculous, I remember back in the day ALTER was higher end and even then the pricing was 16-20k max, and I thought that was ridiculous, and I feel like the relatively “affordable” companies out there, are only Kotobukiya, GSC and Myethos (their pricing is amazing).

The norm is 20k+ for any kind of slightly elaborate figure, and for standing figures we’re reaching the 16k mark norm, it’s kinda scary and also makes me wonder how high will prices reach until the general public can no longer afford prestigious pricing.

While There are some cheap alternatives such as Pop Up Parade and Prize figures, I personally prefer collecting and displaying scale figures, solely for their quality, and seeing how expensive it’s getting, it somewhat scares me, mainly because I feel like the quality isn’t increasing along with the pricing, they’re just raising the pricing to match demand and compete with other companies (in my opinion).

So after expressing my concerns and thoughts, what do you think?, does the price increase scare you?, or are you fine and understanding with it? I’d love to hear some opinions.
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Are you fine with drastic increases in pricing?

2%Yes, I don’t mind it
16%Yes, if the quality increases
25%It depends
57%No
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also old figures are being sold for much more than they were worth 3 years back, even if they're not rare.
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I see the over saturation of the market of too many higher priced items limiting the likelihood of collectors wanting to obtain every piece that they would if there were fewer. Well that maybe sounds stupid but.. Likening it to television shows, for a long long time one could watch every show that they were remotely interested in; now there are TOO MANY to possibly watch them all – resulting in every viewer having to choose only those which they can either conveniently or really want to watch – letting all the others pass.
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ShindoW8 dag(en) geleden#98888207Honestly I relate to this post so much. I'm basically at the point where I'm getting priced out of collecting scales. Even 1/8 are like $200 now, when it used to be $80-$100... I just can't justify spending that much on something that's so small. I see the people buying the $400 1/4 Bunnys and I'm just in shock :V I don't know how they do it.
I've either moved to less pricier lines like Bring Arts figures or make exceptions to buy maybe one scale a year.

i'm glad someone relates. i can't justify spending $200+ on one 1/8 character especially knowing i will probably want more from their series... i am more into pop up parade/the cheaper lines, high quality figures are beautiful of course but that money adds up.
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Honestly I relate to this post so much. I'm basically at the point where I'm getting priced out of collecting scales. Even 1/8 are like $200 now, when it used to be $80-$100... I just can't justify spending that much on something that's so small. I see the people buying the $400 1/4 Bunnys and I'm just in shock :V I don't know how they do it.

I've either moved to less pricier lines like Bring Arts figures or make exceptions to buy maybe one scale a year.
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billowsandsmoke14 dag(en) geleden#98568783Thiiiiiiiiiis, literally everything both of you just said, thank you. Particularly re: new collectors having money and not being discerning about quality--within the past week I was asking a new collector on Reddit if she thought her Crystal Dress Rem was noticeably better quality than her Emilia? And it was really lovely that she was so excited about how much sparklier Rem's dress was, and she seemed very nice, but she also had zero idea what I was talking about when I tried to explain the concept of like...actual quality/craftsmanship on a figure.
Anyway, my one addition is that I have another theory about why the influx of new collectors is causing prices to rise. Basically, companies can't keep up with the consequent influx of pre-orders (i.e. handmade things are not designed to be manufactured at mass-production level numbers), and so they're purposefully trying to price people out. Hypothetically, if they could raise prices high enough that they get pre-surge order numbers--but at this much higher profit margin--then they could put out releases at the same rate as before but make even more money.
I do have a question for both of you if you feel like answering? Recently I've been chatting with another veteran collector about this (and obviously nobody can say for sure), but what do you think about the possibility of this being a popularity/market bubble that bursts? Might we see a significant number of pandemic collectors fall off the bandwagon? And if so, would that lead to a hefty price drop in the figures that went to pre-order during this time? (Personally, I thought we'd have at least started to see a slowdown by now? But like two out of every three posts on the figure subreddit is someone asking for beginner advice or showing off their first figure, and I feel like it's only continuing to pick up speed. So now I don't know. /:)

I would honestly be surprised if prices became more reasonable anytime soon, especially since we were seeing them creep up even pre-Covid. There's lots of thoughts about why the prices are increasing from increased demand, to rising manufacturing costs, to companies simply testing limits. But whether they get their money mainly from new collectors, old ones, or a mix of both, I feel like the best we can hope for is reaching a point where sales drop off enough that companies don't raise their prices any higher for a little while.

As far as newer collectors dropping off, unless the prices continue spiking at the same rate they have, I actually think this topic's a good indicator that we'll be seeing more of the opposite. Several newer collectors basically said the prices don't bother them because that's all they've known, whereas those of us who have been collecting for at least a few years can't help but look back at what the prices were when we started and more often than not, feel the increase isn't warranted.
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sarious Chino is My Life
Jessi080713 dag(en) geleden#98652782I believe as the popularity of anime and Otaku culture has skyrocketed in recent years(snip)
The popularity increase was mostly outside of Japan, so I doubt it had much of an effect on the prices. Figures have become more mainstream within anime culture (and out) universally however.
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sarious Chino is My Life
I'm just glad that event goods prices haven't gone up along with figure prices. The release and aftermarket prices have largely remained the same throughout the past few years.
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I believe as the popularity of anime and Otaku culture has skyrocketed in recent years, companies feel the need to keep the exclusivity and awe of scale figures high, so they mark them up. As the hobby has become more popular, companies need to manufacture more and jump onto popular series to keep up with demand. Manufacturing costs and keep going up, getting the rights to an IP could be becoming more difficult for all we know, and companies want to squeeze whatever they can out of a series/character's popularity knowing fully that fans will pay mostly any price. Even Nendoroids have been getting more expensive as of recently. (They used to be averaging like $45 USD back in 2017 but now they're averaging $55 with some being as high as $75.) I think Companies are also seeing the selling aftermarket prices of items and feeling like they can now get away with raising prices beyond what they're worth. It's definitely sad to see something like this happen in such a short amount of time, especially as someone who's only been in the hobby for a few years.
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I think what is really surprising me is how much figures tend to increase in price lately. Some popular figures going for as much as $900. And it seems like most are increasing a lot in after market lately, which puts more pressure on pre-ordering. I don't remember the aftermarket being that crazy back when I used to collect many years ago.

I'm sure the increase in price has a lot to do with the pandemic and supply costs, etc. I do manufacturing and prices have increased a lot since the pandemic. The unfortunate thing is even if they can lower the price in the future because of stabilization, they won't because we are now used to this pricing structure.
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ive been figure collecting for a decade now... started when i was in middle school. i remember thinking back then, "wow, i cant afford the average price of 7500-8000 yen for figures. hopefully when i get out of college i can!"

Me, 23 y/o, looking at the 12000-13000k average for figures nowadays:

But I guess it makes sense. Figures aren't really hand sculpted anymore, and are a lot more complex in general. And look much better than they did back then (usually.) It just sucks for me, lol. Sometimes I wish I was just a little bit older...
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