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November 2019: The price is getting too high.kommenttia • November 2019: The price is getting too high.

  • 1pt
    Taralen (1 kuukautta sitten) #70190331If you've reached a slump in your hobby, I suggest maybe to try something new like kit building or customizing pre-existing figures. The cost to get started can be high depending on what you're going for, but it's rewarding to put hard work into something than to just buy something already completed and get mad at yourself for having to spend so much on an item that really has no heart or soul in it.

    Good thing I've got materials for painting and stuff sitting here for building model kits.

    I love to build model kits when I have the energy and patience for it and the goal is to not buy anymore till I have assembled what's here got an great assortment of cool Gundam kits to build here so I shouldn't even LOOK at other kits for a long time till I build all the ones here.

    I am happier when I complete one of those especially when it's a cool kit that makes me reorganize to display it well.

    I wouldn't say this is a slump it's just being tired of spending money every month on the hobby so I can shut down and focus on what needs to be done just I need to get myself focused on building models so as long as I don't get tempted to look for new figures I've got it made.

    The only reason I react this way is to prices if I stop looking at new figures I stop reacting this way and solve that problem.
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    2pt
    Taralen Elf Hoarder
    TyjosAzari (1 kuukautta sitten) #70190328I have cancelled more Pre-Orders this year than I expected too and finding each time it goes back to I really don't need to spend money on this figure when I've got a lot here already.
    Finding I'm a very happy collector when figures cost me $20-$40 and between Grocery Trips which cost me anywhere from $25-$40 depending on what I need to get found that the larger and expensive stuff has lost it's appeal and I try to make sure money is saved up.
    Hell I used to have a lot saved up last year and I gotta get back to that next year so hoping to get through this month without succumbing to the urge to get more just cause I have the cash for it.
    Been lucky to get through things without having any major expenses didn't have to deal with a lot from the Emergency room visit at the start of last month so right now dealing with the fact there really isn't a true need to keep spending on figures and the more that these prices make me crazy I keep on thinking this when I react the way I do to things with this hobby
    https://tyjos84.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/daffy33a.jpg
    Finding that when the hobby can cost me less than $200 a month when properly managed and budget and overall spending less than $400 a month when grocery trips plus eating out are combined the less that's spent makes the month a easy month.
    I'm 35 and have hit that point to where I don't feel like doing this for the rest of my life since I'd love to save my money next year and get away from the hobby for maybe a year if it's possible.


    If you've reached a slump in your hobby, I suggest maybe to try something new like kit building or customizing pre-existing figures. The cost to get started can be high depending on what you're going for, but it's rewarding to put hard work into something than to just buy something already completed and get mad at yourself for having to spend so much on an item that really has no heart or soul in it.
    1 kuukautta sitten
    1pt
    4catdoorman (1 kuukautta sitten) #70190236Can identify 1000% with your dilemmae re hobbies. I'm at that point myself re figurines. I have stopped ordering but my current issue is three-fold:
    a) like many of you money and life choices are constantly in flux. We can be reasonably happy when 1 is held in check or appreciated in moderation while living on this planet as we know it living our lives;
    b) what I'm finding as I age (72 in 2 months) is memory fade stays with a person longer once he/she achieves a certain physiological plateau. It is getting much harder to cognitively recall what I did or where was something placed a week ago or month ago than 5-, 10-years ago. I'm becoming increasingly aware that I should've limited my exposure to this hobby 5 years ago when its size then would've been easily manageable. I have a roaring tiger by the tail now and it's my fault I put myself in this situation;
    c) responsible money management aka canceling the preorders for items you do NOT need: if I received $1 for every failed attempt to contact AmiAmi (that balance is minimal compared to last year), HobbySearch (death, where is thy stand?), Nippon-Yasan / Good Smile / Native I could afford to feed 5 gluttonish people at a 5-star restaurant, afford the 20% gratuity, pay their lodging each at a 5-star hotel for 1 night stay.
    Current situation: like another poster here at a certain age my income has been greatly reduced compared to 10-15 years ago. Recently I postponed a needed $4.4K out of pocket oral surgery situation for affording a timing chain replacement on a 22-yr old SUV which has 4 of them and will cost $1k less than the surgery (truck is in shop now so I've committed). I can afford two-thirds of this bill while a credit card will cover the remainder. Paying the difference is manageable thanks to eBay sales for better or worse. However, my comfort zone is currently being violated by a Charles Dicksenish "Ghost of Christmas Future": pending POs thanks to my craven zeal figurine spending. I do not want to carry a balance, owe a credit card outfit a bazillion bucks plus finance charges trying to have it all while maintaining a positive relationship with those Japanese vendors willing to allow a foreigner to collect their exotics. If the figures continue to get postponed I'll survive "this time" affording nothing else in Life but bare bones basics. But if the POs come in like a tsunami for 1 last time...I'll develop a backbone, present the truck repair bill, walk away battered & beaten.


    I have cancelled more Pre-Orders this year than I expected too and finding each time it goes back to I really don't need to spend money on this figure when I've got a lot here already.

    Finding I'm a very happy collector when figures cost me $20-$40 and between Grocery Trips which cost me anywhere from $25-$40 depending on what I need to get found that the larger and expensive stuff has lost it's appeal and I try to make sure money is saved up.

    Hell I used to have a lot saved up last year and I gotta get back to that next year so hoping to get through this month without succumbing to the urge to get more just cause I have the cash for it.

    Been lucky to get through things without having any major expenses didn't have to deal with a lot from the Emergency room visit at the start of last month so right now dealing with the fact there really isn't a true need to keep spending on figures and the more that these prices make me crazy I keep on thinking this when I react the way I do to things with this hobby

    https://tyjos84.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/daffy33a.jpg

    Finding that when the hobby can cost me less than $200 a month when properly managed and budget and overall spending less than $400 a month when grocery trips plus eating out are combined the less that's spent makes the month a easy month.

    I'm 35 and have hit that point to where I don't feel like doing this for the rest of my life since I'd love to save my money next year and get away from the hobby for maybe a year if it's possible.
    1 kuukautta sitten
    3pt
    I have a stash of figures that have to be opened, plus I’m about to purge a chunk of my collection.
    Prices don’t bother me as much since I like buying off other people and they often ship more carefully than stores.
    It’s really the sheer amount of releases. There is just an insane amount of things out now. Plus being part of the Fate fandom doesn’t help. (I’ve been a fan since the VN days and patiently waiting for Best Girl Rider to get some love.)
    And the doll hobby really stings, small scaled accessories are stupid pricey.
    I’ll probobly go with kits, my own customs and nendos over scale purchases this coming year.
    1 kuukautta sitten
    0pt
    Problem is on the manufacturing side. The costs to produce go up - this is the end result. Maybe I'm wrong...but I don't feel wrong. So blame China.
    1 kuukautta sitten
    2pt
    Taralen Elf Hoarder
    At this point, I rather just spend the time and money to build my own figures. GKs have a lot of great sculpts that never get a wide release, and I found now that resin is generally better than PVC for highly detailed work.
    But I suppose I'm kind of in the market of people who can spend quite a bit on things like this. The most expensive thing I've ever bought was $650, but that's because it's super super rare and not mass produced. For prepainted figures, I'm actually surprised at how cheap they cost given the fact it literally takes weeks sometimes months to build just one figure.

    But I often see that companies are charging high prices for sub-par products. B'Full among others from my knowledge always charge high even though their quality isn't even near the level of something like Alter or GSC. If I can look at something and think "I can do that better" then it's not worth the money for me.
    1 kuukautta sitten
    3pt
    Can identify 1000% with your dilemmae re hobbies. I'm at that point myself re figurines. I have stopped ordering but my current issue is three-fold:

    a) like many of you money and life choices are constantly in flux. We can be reasonably happy when 1 is held in check or appreciated in moderation while living on this planet as we know it living our lives;
    b) what I'm finding as I age (72 in 2 months) is memory fade stays with a person longer once he/she achieves a certain physiological plateau. It is getting much harder to cognitively recall what I did or where was something placed a week ago or month ago than 5-, 10-years ago. I'm becoming increasingly aware that I should've limited my exposure to this hobby 5 years ago when its size then would've been easily manageable. I have a roaring tiger by the tail now and it's my fault I put myself in this situation;
    c) responsible money management aka canceling the preorders for items you do NOT need: if I received $1 for every failed attempt to contact AmiAmi (that balance is minimal compared to last year), HobbySearch (death, where is thy stand?), Nippon-Yasan / Good Smile / Native I could afford to feed 5 gluttonish people at a 5-star restaurant, afford the 20% gratuity, pay their lodging each at a 5-star hotel for 1 night stay.

    Current situation: like another poster here at a certain age my income has been greatly reduced compared to 10-15 years ago. Recently I postponed a needed $4.4K out of pocket oral surgery situation for affording a timing chain replacement on a 22-yr old SUV which has 4 of them and will cost $1k less than the surgery (truck is in shop now so I've committed). I can afford two-thirds of this bill while a credit card will cover the remainder. Paying the difference is manageable thanks to eBay sales for better or worse. However, my comfort zone is currently being violated by a Charles Dicksenish "Ghost of Christmas Future": pending POs thanks to my craven zeal figurine spending. I do not want to carry a balance, owe a credit card outfit a bazillion bucks plus finance charges trying to have it all while maintaining a positive relationship with those Japanese vendors willing to allow a foreigner to collect their exotics. If the figures continue to get postponed I'll survive "this time" affording nothing else in Life but bare bones basics. But if the POs come in like a tsunami for 1 last time...I'll develop a backbone, present the truck repair bill, walk away battered & beaten.
    1 kuukautta sitten
    3pt
    Damn, lately the prices are getting more ridiculous the more days pass. I really wanted a few figures announced lately but they have almost doubled the price of same type of figures from like a year ago (not even 2-5 years ago, 2018!). For example: I wanted figures from No Game No Life and aside from 2 lucky times where I was able to buy Jibril and Shiro 1/7, I was kind of forced to try and buy the S-Style version... Shiro was priced 3500yen, Steph went a bit later and had the 4000yen base price while Jibril reached 4500yen... making them more expensive that I have thought since they're 1/12 figures and not that many details as they're naked with hair/hand covering the goods.
    1 kuukautta sitten
    3pt
    I recently started getting into collecting but I also noticed figures were getting more expensive, I was always interested in figures but couldn't afford them at the time. They srs are way more expensive now, the new merlin 1/8 is $250
    1 kuukautta sitten
    2pt
    Priva (1 kuukautta sitten) #70174736I agree, and I fear that soon I may be "priced out" of the hobby. The prices of some recent 1/8 and 1/7 figures have been shocking to me. Figures I was sure I would buy suddenly become unappealing when they cost 1.5x what I was expecting, before shipping.
    I know that it takes a lot of hard work to create figures, and I don't mind paying more because of that, as I have in the past. However, it seems like, in the past year, prices have been increasing radically without a good reason.


    I know I have been priced out of this hobby.

    The fact that these price increases could drive me to a Frank Grimes Meltdown is the sign to move on.


    Still it's just crazy to think about how the prices are and when it's getting to where that has become the main thing that's stuck in my head now it's time to stop looking at those scaled figures.

    I long for the days when figures scaled figures cost around $70-$80 and were under $100 total when you added shipping just sucks to me to be constantly reminded mentally of the old days when it was so fun....
    1 kuukautta sitten
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