I think I have found how to make a figure increase in value, one of two ways. 1)Buy the figure, wait a few months to a year and sell it. 2)Don't buy it at all. I don't know how many figures I have either sold when they weren't worth anything or had a chance to buy them and for whatever reason didn't. I was curious what a 6 inch Black Series Luke Skywalker in X-Wing Gear was going for and when I searched for it on ebay I couldn't believe it. And that's just one example. If I buy a figure and keep it, it seems to never be worth squat. I guess it's good I just buy what I actually like because I would stink as a toy speculator apparently.
Post by Thor Laserpunch on Jun 30, 2018 18:42:54 GMT -6
God, I am just exactly the same. I did the whole ebay toy speculation thing and did make some good money out of it but it was in no way sustainable. For one, it’s so much harder to get something at a good price to the point where you can actually resell it and make a decent profit from it.
For my personal enjoyment, I just need the inherent entertainment value of the toy to be worth it to me as far as what I put into it. If I decide to sell later and I don’t get back as much as I put in, it doesn’t really bother me that much.
I briefly did the speculation thing and it never turned up anything good. The hobby magazines at the time McFarlane's Necromancer figure came out were saying how hot this figure was and blah blah blah so I nearly got thrown out of a Wal-Mart store for opening up a case of McFarlane figures and buying the Necromancer and put her up on ebay. Started the bidding at a penny and that's what I got for the figure. Keep in mind this is back when the hobby was still doing good. Anyhow the buyer felt sorry for me and gave me a dollar plus the shipping rather that just a penny. Let's just say my "speculating" days were numbered after that.
Yeah, huh? One needs that kind of "ruthless divide" to be terribly serious about doing big reselling toys (or similar) when it's also a personal passion. Division between their own tastes and what will work, which for myself is so much easier said than done. Also run that risk of killing the magic in something you love when it becomes serious business.
Post by Thor Laserpunch on Jul 7, 2018 17:21:31 GMT -6
There’s truth to that, and I did for sure get burnt out on Transformers among other things, but it’s cool to be able to handle stuff even if you’re not holding onto it. I’m happy to have been able to play with tons of stuff I never knew about or always wanted like Starcom, Micronauts, Vor-Tech, etc.