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Whats the point of even pre-ordering?Whats the point of even pre-ordering?Diary

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So I'm in a bit of a bind, before I started hardcore prize figure collecting I made a few mistakes along the way. My first mistake was pre-ordering figures on Bigbadtoystore when I don't live in the USA. A week later I found Mandarake and I was in heaven, second hand rates, no customs fees, ships directly to my place, and decent customer service. so I went back to cancel my pre-orders on BB and was too late. so I have store credit I don't want.

Honestly, what's even the point of pre-ordering when you're a Prize figure collector?
Even when their Limited edition Sega Figures Mandarake sometimes has an abundance of them just taking up space. What were some mistakes you made when buying figures?
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THICCLING Queen's Watchdog's Wife
Kaffeine8 dagar sedan#85060264Ya if your buying Scales I would shell out the money! but prize Nah I love them but not that much. I hope things clear up for ya'll in the US! hopefully next year Spring things will get better!

for sure! and thank you, i hope so too! glad you were able to discover the joyous wonders of mandarake :)
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THICCLING8 dagar sedan#85060261oh well yeah, obviously i'd choose other methods and sites if I lived outside of the US. i almost always use EMS or AIR but with COVID i obviously have a lot of restrictions. as for using DHL, i have the money so I don't mind shelling it out for combined orders. just don't see it worthwhile for a prize figure haha
glad your country has at least other shipping methods available during these times though!
Ya if your buying Scales I would shell out the money! but prize Nah I love them but not that much. I hope things clear up for ya'll in the US! hopefully next year Spring things will get better!
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THICCLING Queen's Watchdog's Wife
Kaffeine8 dagar sedan#85060257Yes, if I was in that USA I would order form BBTS because it seems so worth it but when you don't live in the US it's not because of shipping, conversion rates, Tax & Duties (customs fees). i end up spending less on Mandarake. Plus I don't see a reason to use DHL because this is a hobby, it won't kill me to wait. Spending the extra money on speedy services seems unneeded. But I can understand that Mandarake's DHL shipping is pricey but I've never had an interest in dropping 4000 yen when I can just spend 1000 - 2000 with Sal or Air.

oh well yeah, obviously i'd choose other methods and sites if I lived outside of the US. i almost always use EMS or AIR but with COVID i obviously have a lot of restrictions. as for using DHL, i have the money so I don't mind shelling it out for combined orders. just don't see it worthwhile for a prize figure haha
glad your country has at least other shipping methods available during these times though!
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THICCLING8 dagar sedan#85059696honestly like others have said, it really depends. recently i have been preordering prize figures from BBTS only bc DHL is the only shipping method available to the US, and mandarake charges a LOT for them. i tried ordering two rem 1200 yen prize figures on two separate occasions, and they wanted 4000 yen to ship them DHL (each). i'd rather just preorder on BBTS (again, bc I'm in the States) and a $4 shipping fee than $40 to ship a $10 prize figure. but that's just me personally!
ichiban kuji figures are the only ones that i've seen go really high up in price in the aftermarket. but again, it depends on the figure


Yes, if I was in that USA I would order form BBTS because it seems so worth it but when you don't live in the US it's not because of shipping, conversion rates, Tax & Duties (customs fees). I end up spending less on Mandarake. Plus I don't see a reason to use DHL because this is a hobby, it won't kill me to wait. Spending the extra money on speedy services seems unneeded. But sadly because of the pandemic people have Limited choses. But I can understand that Mandarake's DHL shipping is pricey but I've never had an interest in dropping 4000 yen when I can just spend 1000 - 2000 with Sal or Air.
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THICCLING Queen's Watchdog's Wife
honestly like others have said, it really depends. recently i have been preordering prize figures from BBTS only bc DHL is the only shipping method available to the US, and mandarake charges a LOT for them. i tried ordering two rem 1200 yen prize figures on two separate occasions, and they wanted 4000 yen to ship them DHL (each). i'd rather just preorder on BBTS (again, bc I'm in the States) and a $4 shipping fee than $40 to ship a $10 prize figure. but that's just me personally!

ichiban kuji figures are the only ones that i've seen go really high up in price in the aftermarket. but again, it depends on the figure
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Seconding this. I've hardly ever seen prize figures go up in price UNLESS they're Kuji ones, but even then you've got a chance. Just play the waiting game and prices will be sure to drop.
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It reaaaally depends. I've seen a few BNHA and Miku prizes sold in Mandarake for around the same price as preorder, if not slightly more. I actually skipped the preorder of ITEM #809190 thinking that it would go down in price, and the complete opposite happened.

And let's not even talk about the Kimetsu no Yaiba prizes.

It's true that most of the time, prizes do sell for much lower than preorder price; my advice would be: prior to placing a preorder, investigate a little bit for aftermarket price of figures from the same line, or same character. That will give you a better idea of what to expect.

But personally, I still prefer to preorder; that way, I'll have a guaranteed fixed price to pay. Playing the game of "will this go down in price in the aftermarket?" has brought me a lot of regrets in general, so it's a pass for me.
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When is comes to crane game prize figures, there is really no reason to preorder. I know most say it's to avoid the after market, but crane game figures rarely ever go up in price. That is my experience at least. The only time they do go up is usually long after they stopped offering them at arcades or maybe if they are a very popular character.

Most people win the prizes with the thought of reselling them online. The first few listings might sell for $40 or more so I usually wait a few days for more sellers to list them. There are so many added later on in the aftermarket that I can usually buy them for around $12 or less.

This logic only applies to crane figures though. Retail figures and kuji figures are completely different.
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So you can avoid paying higher with after market price and secure your order .again it depends on the figure . Some figures theses days almost 10 times the original price .
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Kaffeine9 dagar sedan#85031774ya, there's are a few that are overpriced because of how rare, in-demand, or there Lottery figures. Which I would never spend that much on a prize I would just buy a scale at that point. same
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