1x$180 or 3x$60?

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  1. dirtmodeler

    dirtmodeler Well-Known Member

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    Anyone else have a hard time dropping over $100 on a figure?

    I look at the math, and i can snag 3 figures at $60 each over the course of a few weeks and not really bat an eye... but i just can't seem to pull the trigger on some of the more expensive figures topping $100.

    I know i'm going to have to eventually. MP10, MP Soundwave Reissue, Carnifex, and eventually some 3P dinobot team will have to be on my shelf.. but it's something about that $100 barrier i have a hard time breaking.

    i was just curious if anyone else has the same apprehensions?
     
  2. alex1984

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    I can relate to this, but at a different budget level, as I don't regularly pick up $60 figs. I have not problem justifying a $100+ figure, as most of the time, it's something that I consider to be the "Ultimate/Definitive" version of a character. However, normally it just needs to go through a more extensive vetting process.
     
  3. divinecomedy

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    According to my own buying no. In my younger days probably, but nowadays I prefer paying for something that I would really like rather than spending money to buy something mediocre. If I do the later, I'd probably sell it off anyway and lose money in the process. There is an opportunity cost to regret.
     
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  4. TattooedRobot

    TattooedRobot Too Much Horror Business TFW2005 Supporter

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    Exact opposite problem I can't usually find a figure under $80 I want and most of the time I am buying something extra just to hit $150 free shipping, cause otherwise I'm just wasting money right?
     
  5. barok

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    20161019_133004 (1).jpg I'm kinda in the same boat as you. I really don't have disposable income but when I do have a lil extra, I would get what I really want, or been wanting. For example, I've been wanting MP Magnus but he's been in the back of the line since day 1. I just got it a few days ago. I had a choice of either getting him for 140 used or 4 MP KO cars used for 120. I chose Magnus. Another example is CW Devy, I bought him when released for a little over 100. A little disappointed on articulation and hollowness but hey, it was affordable. I added XS001 upgrade and it's a lot better, for now. Maybe someday Toyworld Constructor will replace it. I really want that Constructor but cant shell out 600 for the set. So it's really a personal preference. I say buy what you like and what you will enjoy without breaking the bank especially if you have more important financial priorities. I got 2 young ones with my wife and at the same time still paying alimony and child support from the ex. Life's a b!tch, otherwise I'd have a huge collection, for now, this is all I got.
     
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  6. Electro Rush

    Electro Rush Just a guy waiting for the perfect Whirl

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    As someone who recently dropped $400 on Maketoys' Pandinus... no. At this point I prefer to have one big figure instead of several smaller ones.
     
  7. TigerBlade

    TigerBlade Prepare for extermination

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    Quality over quantity.
     
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  8. Big Bronze Rim

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    I'm in the same boat. Rarely do I find a figure that's under $100 that I want. The $100 price category seems to be the norm for most purchases. Once stuff exceeds the $150-160 mark, I generally know I want it and am perfectly willing to spend the money. I'm of the mind also that I'd rather have a couple of expensive figures that I want vs. a lot of figures that are just ok.
     
  9. divinecomedy

    divinecomedy Well-Known Member

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    Size and diecast beats quantity everytime. Make it big and make it heavy, and they'll come.
     
  10. Sammael

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    $200 is the new red line for me, I passed the $100 mark a long, long time ago.
     
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  11. Big Bronze Rim

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    Yeah, once stuff goes past $200, convincing myself becomes a bit harder. I really want Pandinus, but do I want it $400 bad.
     
  12. lordcryotek

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    I'm of the mind that I'd rather save for one high quality figure rather than three medium quality figures. I usually go for one or two high quality figures a year. Last year it was CW Bruticus (who was a bit of a let-down), but this year it's going to be Carnifex and hopefully UW Devestator next year.
     
  13. dragontype

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    I think what you feel about the $ 100.00 mark is totally normal. With $ 100.00, I can pay my water, gas, and electricity bill. And those are sort of necessities whereas collecting toys is a hobby. (Though some may argue collecting toys is a necessity.) :p 

    I'm totally apprehensive when paying above $ 50.00 for a figure, let alone $ 100.00. But I look at my collecting as a luxury, and not necessarily a necessity. I allow myself a certain amount money a month to this hobby. Anything I don't spend that month, rolls over to the next month. Keeping a budget helps reduce the apprehension of spending on my hobby.
     
  14. dmarsee

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    If having more cheaper toys is your priority, why not go for CHUG?
     
  15. dirtmodeler

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    well, it's not that i can't afford it per se? (if i save a bit). Like, i've recently picked up Warbotron Turbo-Ejector, Fansproject Code and Smartrobin.... each of them were ~100/ea when they first came out.. but i waited until i could find a deal on them from a trusted source before i got them off the BST forums here at a substantial discount.

    The most expensive single figures i have are two of the Generation Toy Devastator bots ($95/ea).. I got into this whole 3P thing on a Black Friday deal on Quantron for $229, and it's kind of blown up from there!

    When Titans Return came out, the prices of Fansproject stuff dropped like a brick.. between TFSource weekly deals, and the BST market, i've almost got the set complete at 1/3rd of what they were when they first came out...

    I'm not sure what i'm going to get next..... DX9 Mightron? MP10? Carnifex? MP Soundwave? all of em' are over $100, so i'm thinking i'll be crashing that barrier myself as well...
     
  16. Insectabot

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    Yup me too. Pretty sad how quick that happened too
     
  17. Bumblemus Prime

    Bumblemus Prime Cracked in the head

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    When I figured out that I wanted to collect 3Ps, I started taking 50$ out of every paycheck. I had to drop some other stuff (I won't go out to eat as often, make my own coffee, etc) but it's worth it in the pursuit of perfection.

    That's a pretty mild budget as far as 3Ps go, though. I only spend about 1200-2000$ a year on Transformers total.
     
  18. mephinc

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    I used to shudder at the idea of spending $15 on a figure...Then I got my first masterpiece... Then I dove head first into third party.

    Anymore now with around 600 figures, it's a matter of justifying shelf space more than anything. Lol
     
  19. Kevin Iaquinto

    Kevin Iaquinto Saving the World, 1 VPN at a time...

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    After swallowing the thought of spending $190 on MP-10, I've stopped caring. I didn't think twice last night when I bought fort max.
     
  20. CyclonuS_ZerO

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    Pfffffft, 300 bones for an original MP 9 people. When I had money, no price was too high if I really wanted it. I'd still look for a good deal if I could find one though.