What do you think about ROTF Pricing?

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  1. Tell_Story

    Tell_Story Well-Known Member

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    So it looks like the new price line for ROTF is

    $12.99 Deluxe

    $22.99 Voyager

    $44.99 Leader

    What do you think about the new pricing? fair, too much, don't care?

    Will it make you - buy the same, buy less, don't know?

    I don't like it I thikn it's way too much. I don't know what I'm gonna do, I want to buy, but waiting for premiums plays a factor along with costs.

    I'm also curious to see what appens on the market. Like will we see prices drop because the new toys don't move at a reasonable pace? Thats what I speculate will happen.
     
  2. tomboland

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    crap, but understandible considering the credit crunch
     
  3. Soundblaster1

    Soundblaster1 The Heisenberg of Toys

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    They should have been these prices 5 years ago. Deluxes were $10 for at least a decade before anyone even thought to alter the prices. Now everyone's too comfortable, and a necessary increase is all "OMG TOO EXPENSIVE!"

    In all honesty, I'm buying the figures I want. I don't give a crap about the price tag. What's really gonna happen with the higher prices is end the "I'm on the fence" purchases.

    /rant
     
  4. Grimwing

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    I'm going to ignore the bit of inflation and just pay the money. Its not that much more. At least walmart's absurd prices for animated figures will feel better with the rotf deluxes.

    They were the only ones to charge that much so early.
     
  5. Spyro

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    What do I think? I think it's a dumbass move. I also think that it damn sure wont help this shitty excuse for an economy we have right now.
     
  6. Eric

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    Horrid, but since we're in a recession right now, it only makes sense.
     
  7. Digilaut

    Digilaut My name is Drift.

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    TF toys are already more expensive where I live anyway, and their prices don't seem to change from Animated/Universe/Classics/Movie1/Cybertron, etc...so I don't care.
     
  8. Foster

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    Meh, I'll be waiting for a sale like that crazy Amazon holiday deal in December before I'm even tempted to pick up movie toys.
     
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    I don't like the price increase, obviously, but considering deluxes have been about $10 for 20+ years, we're long past due for a bump.
     
  10. Autobot Burnout

    Autobot Burnout SANTARN IS COMING AGAIN TFW2005 Supporter

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    Not really all that different from what we've got now. I'll probably be waiting on sales more often now along with trimming my need list (Demolishor, new Starscream, new Leader Prime, all new Bumblebees, and new Leader Megs are all figures I can live without if need be).

    I still want Jetfire, Mixmaster, Ransack, Desert Ratchet, and Breakaway though, damnit!
     
  11. underwear-ninja

    underwear-ninja Eats Gobots for breakfast

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    I'm a little more fussy about which figures I buy now, so I'm buying less, but overall I'm more satisfied with what few purchases I make.
     
  12. AnimatedFan

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    I think it has the potential to hurt sales. Not a great amount, mind you, but it could.

    One person will decide to buy one figure instead of two, two instead of three, and so on.
    Then we have those parents who say "I'm not paying $15.00 for a toy you already have. NO! I DON'T CARE IF IT LOOKS DIFFERENT! I SAID NO!"

    But in the end, ROTF will sell like hotcakes, but I have a feeling it won't do as well as TF07 did. We didn't have the economic problems like we do now. (I.E. now everyone, not just a select few, is affected.)

    As for me? I'll find the extra dough needed to buy all I want. I'll roll pennies if I have to. (Okay, not that bad. I'll roll pennies for gas, and have done so before, but you get the idea.)

    The cost was well overdue to increase for these figures. But now that the price has gone up, I expect QC to do the same. If my Voyager Class Starscream is any indication of what's to come, then Hasbro's listened.
     
  13. dorfsquest

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    I don't care too much. If I want the figure, I'll buy it. A couple more bucks isn't that big of a deal, especially if it allows Hasbro to continue putting out good product.
     
  14. Liege Prime

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    Prices are a huge thing nowadays, with the economy and all. Back when Hasbro announced these prices, it was much more understandable being the economy hadn't deflated yet and oil prices were sky rocketing. Now, though, their reasoning, while still sensible, is going to be a hard deal maker with parents more so then collectors, and as Hasbro and much of the fandom enjoy reminding us, we represent a small percentage of their business. So, I think the pricing is going hurt their overall profit IF the price hike didn't earn them a higher profit margin. If it did earn them a higher profit margin, then the impact will probably not matter. Whatever the case, I personally am understanding to the price hike, so I'm not at all mad about it. But I won't lie that it will limit my buying just a little more since there were figures where I would buy JUST because there was nothing else to buy, and now I would avoid those. Basically, even though the price increase is reasonable to those who know and read up on it, to parent's who don't know, they might be a litle off-put when they see the normal $10 toy is now more, or that everything is more expensive then when they bought their kid something from the last movie.

    Also, as a pretty busy collector for the past couple years, my space issues are more concerning then prices.
     
  15. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    I missed out onthe toys from TF1 ( in fact i just today got my first one Scorponok ) so ill be getting as many asi can afford my room shall over flow!, prices always go up all we can do is grumble and pay them
     
  16. ElekTriC

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    you guys are lucky... the prices of transformers here in holland are just insane. most of the movie figures are 16.99 but for animated its 18.99. and these are euro's

    so..

    deluxe 18.99 euro
    voyager 29.99 euro and sometimes they are 32.99
    leaders. highest i saw was 59.99. but most of the time 54.99 or 49.99.

    did get the nightwatch prime for 19.99 :) 
     
  17. Dirge121

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    I can see why they're doing it, but with ROTF its looking very hard to swallow.
    From the looks of it the amount of paint apps is down dramatically this year, and they seem to be taking cost cutting measures wherever they can (like Stratospheres parts being gimped).

    I mean, if the extra price is for better QC I can understand, but no toy I've bought in 2009 has indicated to me that they intend to raise quality, but the complete opposite.

    That just stings me after Hasbros Q&A answer about the price raise being to ensure higher quality.

    To be fair, I honestly cant see 1 deluxe this year that would be worth the $19.50 pricetag to me. Same with the price hike on voyagers.
    When it was £20 that was fine, but when I was paying £22.99 for toys with loose joints and sloppy paint? I felt cheated.
     
  18. Knightdramon

    Knightdramon Hasbro LIES to the US

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    Even with the price increase it's still cheaper than European prices. There's only going to be 3 leader class transformers [barring their repaints], so it's 15 USD more in the long term..

    This time I'm waiting out though, I'm NOT going to get any figures until I find them at dirt cheap prices and preferably loose. No point in purchasing a 44 USD figure, pay for shipping for a package\card I'm going to throw away anyway, see a cooler repaint come down the line AND have the same figure drop to 19 USD before two-three months pass.

    Having said that, I don't mind the increase [not going to buy all the figures that come out anyway] but I will definitely wait out this time.
     
  19. brr-icy

    brr-icy G1 Collector

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    meh, still lower than here, so i feel no sympathy lol, we've been paying over that for years.
     
  20. AMG

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    Like the first movie toys, I'm not going to be buying a lot of bots. So I'm not worried about the new prices.
     

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