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Trying to cut back on figures

Trying to cut back on figures
26 May 2011 21:04:58

After reading Usagi's latest blog post it got me thinking I feel the same way about figures at the moment. I'm not enjoying getting figures as much anymore (This might be why I find is difficult to write about them these days) and getting so many is almost starting to feel a little like it's just a bad habit (especially since I'm starting to run out of space to display them) I've been meaning to try and cut back and get less figures but it's been hard getting out of that "I need this figure" feeling. But after reading her latest blog post (and the fact that this month I think I bought more then I should have) it inspired me to try again I managed to lower next month down to four (hey it's a small amount for me!) figures.

- figma Strength (I'm collecting the set)
- Nendoroid Snow Miku (I'm on the fence on this one)
- Figma Makise Kurisu (orderd her on a whim and I ended up loving the anime she's from)
- Super Action Statue Rohan Kishibe (again I'm collecting the set)

Out of those four the only that I might have removed is the miku, but the site I ordered her from doesn't seem to allow canceling so that solves that.

Also I'm thinking that I want to sell some of my figures. But coming up with prices for the figures and shipping usually ends up being too stressful for me, so I'm not quite sure what to do. Anyone have any ideas?
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usagi_joou
usagi_joou (Russia)
26 May 2011, 21:20:07
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I already voiced my ideas in PM!)) In my case, noone was complaining for the pricing.

I'm sure you've got many rare things that will be most wanted by Shelf dwellers!
I'm too old for this shit, ain't I?
MrsSkeeter
MrsSkeeter (Germany)
26 May 2011, 21:59:24
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Well, you can always give your old figures as gifts to some kids you know. That's how I got rid of my huge barbie collection about 10 years ago) Our neighbors' daughter was so happy lol

But I'd still try selling even if it's stressful. Bet you've spent lots of money on figures, this way you at least get some of it back!
Velorn
Velorn (Russia)
27 May 2011, 00:48:27
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As for me - i'm trying to keep prices same like i've paid

PS Still thinking of how to sell something overseas =))
PPS I'm selling Louise La Valiere & Shinku ^_^
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mu597
mu597 (USA)
27 May 2011, 19:35:30
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I'll keep that in mind.
Viridia
Viridia (USA)
27 May 2011, 08:56:51
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I don't see why you should feel a little bad about it, although buying something you're on the fence about might lead to buyer's remorse. Usually I buy things I uber want, personally this year I've spent a lot more than I have in the past.

I mean; I buy things figures of a character(s) since it's like owning a little something from a particular show or be impressed by the craftsmanship/engineering works of it or pure aesthetics of having something awesome in my collection.

Oh as for that Miku, you could always place it up for auction on ebay The other option for deciding how to sell or figure out what prices/shipping are is to simply ask the shelfers what they're willing to offer for a specific item. Rather let people offer, and obviously pick the offer you're most satisfied with. Well just throwing out some ideas out there. pardon me for the text wall
mu597
mu597 (USA)
27 May 2011, 19:45:53
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It's not that a feel bad for buying too much figures its more that I feel bad spending too much money in general.

I'm going to keep the snow Miku only reason I consider cancelling her is because of the amount of Mikus I already have along with her high price.

And thanks for the ideas on selling.
Viridia
Viridia (USA)
27 May 2011, 23:35:02
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Oh you meant by spending too much money; I wasn't sure. I've spent quite a bit myself this year; also the fact that the US dollar is so weak these days is not helping either .
KururuSouchou
KururuSouchou (USA)
30 May 2011, 19:50:29
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I had this epiphany a while ago, but I've discovered an effective method to making it work. I just sell off older figures that don't get posed/photographed as much these days, and the hobby pretty much funds itself. I guess I'm pretty lucky, though, in that I ended up losing interest in a lot of high-demand figures (Figma Drossel, Revoltech Vash, Nendoroid vanilla-Miku, etc.), and each of those were able to easily fund two or three figures.

I've also discovered the merits of repairing broken figures. After discovering this miraculous German boat-glue that can glue even really tiny, rubbery bits without difficulty, I've been able to get bargains like a $25-shipped Figma Kamen Rider Incisor that had a broken antenna, and I was able to trade a Revoltech Layton and get an SHF Nasca Dopant in return. It also gives these figures a new home and a second chance, so to speak.

If you're into the vidya, I have another tip for saving money, although this may or may not gel with your own ethics on the matter. I recently bought a DS flashcart, so what I've taken to doing is buying DS games, completing them, then trading them in for other games and downloading the ROMs onto the flashcart. Everyone's happy - the original developers still get their money, I get to build my collection, and the games keep funding themselves.
HONK HONK~
mu597
mu597 (USA)
31 May 2011, 00:48:16
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Honestly I can't stand modern gaming, so if i'm interested in a game at all I usually wait till it's really cheap if I even bother getting it at all.
Kajico
Kajico (USA)
01 Jun 2011, 18:10:36
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I've started cutting back too, I'm sticking only to Figmas and Figuarts now, I'm no longer considering Revoltechs (Gunbuster pissed me off and Iron Man is ok but wasn't worth the price).

Good thing I don't like Kamen Rider OOOs, but with Bandai's recent releases of Showa era Riders + more Faiz riders they aren't really helping me out.

Figma has all of Madoka characters coming out soon, there is still the touhou ones too. Not to mention I got Yomi and Mato on preorder. It's bad enough focusing on just two lines there's other lines that have got me snared too, like Busou Shinkis and SRCs.

I am drastically limiting my preorders though, i no longer preorder figmas since they are more plentiful on initial release now. I wait till amiami restocks and buy them some other time, or get them through mandarake. I've found i'm saving about 150 bucks this way because with all the delays i'm not stuck having to get everything all in one month, plus it cuts out impulse preorders which aren't necessary. I can't believe I had Mirai on preorder or that newly released maid. Just accesory purchases I was considering and not even worth it. So yeah, cutting out buying figmas of characters I dont care for or want.

I still haven't stopped getting excited about new figures, I just got my 3 MISAKA sisters and they are every bit as awesome as I'd hoped they'd be.
mu597
mu597 (USA)
01 Jun 2011, 22:12:29
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I probably should cut back on my impulse preorders as well. Especially since I usually order them thinking "I'll get this figure if I don't have too many others on order that month." witch usually ends with me having too many things on preorder.

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