Legion1979 wrote: ↑Sat Sep 24, 2022 9:44 am
But you seem to be painting all American sellers who can't meet those prices in the same terrible light. I agree with you that the scumbags who overcharge for Bandais and say poop like "HLJ is already sold out, I may not be able to get these again, you'll regret it if you wait for G-Fest" should be ashamed of themselves. Their business practices are disgusting.
See, that's where you're misreading me. I'm not saying ALL of them are like this, but there's a hell of a lot more of them than there are not. Vampire Robots, for example, is an excellent US dealer. Showcase Daikaiju is pretty solid as well, even though they are also selling these new MMS releases for $30+ while putting a "sale" mark on them etching out $39.99 and acting like $32.99 is a bargain for what are $20 wal-mart toys. Keep in mind, they're selling G-Store exclusives for a mere $10 more if/when their "sale" ends on the new trio. So at least they're only jacking up the prices on the new basic MMS and not EVERYTHING else.
But the dealers I support are sites like Showcase Daikaiju, a small site specializing in the niche business of selling kaiju related toys at the most affordable prices they can. Their prices are so low the other sellers hate them and use terms like "Robin Hoods" and "undercutters". I dont agree with lumping them with the guys who are mainly out to rip you off.
Agree to an extant. I actually didn't read this until I had my prior response typed out. They are especially great at getting decent prices on G-Store exclusives without using Buyee or another middle man, and don't jack those prices up too much. But I won't use them for basic MMS releases.
Your preferences for the Japanese sites doesn't mean we shouldn't support the reputable, customer friendly American ones or that what they're doing should be frowned upon. You support the Japanese sellers. Fine. But you don't need to start going on about scalpers and rip off artists every time someone mentions a seller than can't meet the prices you prefer to pay.
You also don't need to defend these sellers every time I bring up the fact that you can just as easily buy new basic release MMS for half the cost of every US seller by just ordering from a place like HLJ.