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It boils down to greed and on the vendors side and the scalpers side.   The pre-oder price, without markup already has a profit margin for the vendor built in, they would make "ok" money all day selling it for that but It is plain as day that NY, among others have held their stock and raised their pre-order prices out of greed because they can.  

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DX Chogokin 1/48 VF-1A TV Max pre-order madness:  April 8, 2019

 

AVAILABLE NOW

249.99 usd  @ Loopaza  https://www.loopaza.com/dx-chogokin-macross-delta-vf-1a-valkyrie-maximilian-jenius-custom.html

27,500 yen  @ Nippon-Yasan  https://www.nippon-yasan.com/figures/27881-super-dimension-fortress-macross-dx-chogokin-vf-1a-valkyrie-maximilian-jenius-custom.html

278.13 usd  @ Nin-Nin-Games  https://www.nin-nin-game.com/en/japanese-import-hobbies-toys-game-character/31513-macross-vf-1a-valkyrie-maximillian-jenius-use-dx-chogokin--4573102567222.html 

29,399 yen  @ CDJapan Proxy Service   http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/agency/yahoo/product/puremiamuserekuto_4573102567222

 

NOT AVAILABLE

16,280 yen  @ Nippon-Yasan  https://www.nippon-yasan.com/figures/27881-super-dimension-fortress-macross-dx-chogokin-vf-1a-valkyrie-maximilian-jenius-custom.html

17,100 yen  @ Hobby Search  https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10605111

18,000 yen  @  AmazonJP   https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B07QC9VHJC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=AN1VRQENFRJN5&psc=1

18,000 yen  @ CDJapan  http://mag.cdjapan.co.jp/?4_--_3284216_--_1885_--_9

18,000 yen  @ HLJ  https://hlj.com/dx-chogokin-vf-1a-valkyrie-maximilian-jenius-use-bans56722

18,000 yen  @ Anime Export  http://www.anime-export.com/product/43703

18,450 yen  @ AmiAmi  https://www.amiami.com/eng/detail/?gcode=FIGURE-047859

18,468 yen  @ Nin-Nin-Games  https://www.nin-nin-game.com/en/japanese-import-hobbies-toys-game-character/31513-macross-vf-1a-valkyrie-maximillian-jenius-use-dx-chogokin--4573102567222.html 

18,470 yen  @ PlazaJapan  https://www.plazajapan.com/4573102567222

259.90 usd  @  Kurama Shop  https://www.bandaionline.com/dx-chogokin-vf-1a-valkyrie-maximilian-jenius-custom-action-figure/

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2 minutes ago, Mechinyun said:

It boils down to greed and on the vendors side and the scalpers side.   The pre-oder price, without markup already has a profit margin for the vendor built in, they would make "ok" money all day selling it for that but It is plain as day that NY, among others have held their stock and raised their pre-order prices out of greed because they can.  

Again, I'm not going to get into that too much here but greed is the capitalistic way. There is no scenario in capitalism where you can fault someone for trying to maximize their profits unless they are breaking some law to do so. Even with the price hikes, as people have pointed out and I also noticed, the NY prices are still usually below secondary market prices. 

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54 minutes ago, rdrunner said:

It's a moral dilemma to me.  Do they (meaning N-Y) sell all stock allocations they have on day 1, get sold out in minutes, knowing that >50% (or more) of the volume sold will go to scalpers who then turn these around for an immediate profit on day 1?  Or do they keep some stock and release a second batch at prices slightly below the scalpers on YJA, and give us a chance to get them at an inflated price, also keeping some potential profits that might otherwise have gone to the scalpers?

Personally I can see both sides of the argument, but the fact is that at 27.5k, a few fellow members were able to secure a PO in the end and get the peace of mind.  And I think that's a good option to have.

 

13 minutes ago, Mechinyun said:

It boils down to greed and on the vendors side and the scalpers side.   The pre-oder price, without markup already has a profit margin for the vendor built in, they would make "ok" money all day selling it for that but It is plain as day that NY, among others have held their stock and raised their pre-order prices out of greed because they can.  

 

As much as it may seem from the lack of stock, to sudden price spike, I do not think NY withholds stock. They are in a biz of clearing stock not holding more as it costs money (shop space, handlers, power etc) to store stocks.

The more stock they hold, the bigger the risk they can not clear them. NY are not macross fans, they are a business and they don't have time to micromanage what toys might be popular or not.

Not to mention that word may go to bandai if any vendors arent pushing the sales, and there would be consequences.

The spike in prices is more likely N-Y acting as a middleman to procure orders from the secondary market for the buyer and just get a smaller cut from it. They could perhaps have identified a local area with local sellers they are familiar with and leverage their advantage there to sell to others.

The other clue is that the higher priced pre-orders normally have pay upfront, whereas actual bandai pre-orders have pay later options.

N-Y's only problem is not communicating to their customers that these are secondary market products. This is normal practise but declared by others as proxy shopping like via CDJ and even sites like buyee/fromjapan thru yahoo auctions.

 

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10 minutes ago, HardlyNever said:

Go for it.  I'm glad someone enjoys it; I definitely got a chuckle.  Just leave the watermark, if you don't mind.

I won't alter it at all. You deserve credit for thinking of and making it. Thanks!

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35 minutes ago, Shizuka the Cat said:

PlayAsia lists the DX VF-1A TV Max as "pre-orders opening soon".

Might be worth keeping an eye on, in case this is true.

https://www.play-asia.com/dx-chogokin-macross-delta-vf-1a-valkyrie-maximilian-jenius-custo/13/70cndh

 

Huh, what do you think this means it the product page's Description?

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Here is VF-1A Valkyrie in Maximilian Jenius Custom added to DX Chogokin series!

Please note that there is a possibility of heavy reduction.

 

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10 minutes ago, DYRL VF-1S said:

Huh, what do you think this means it the product page's Description?

 

Probably meant “low supply/ numbers” available for P.O. They call notifications  “agent”. 

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14 hours ago, Duymon said:

I am feeling high levels of salt right now....

I found I had a tupperware full of 1/48 yammie missiles in storage and with just a few swipes of a file I was able to get them to fit just fine on the 1/48 DX.....

Looks like I'll be selling those two overpriced DX missile sets I preordered since I have enough yammy missiles to equip a fleet of VF-1's

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Hey Duymon. Are the missile can be removed from its pylons? Maybe you can take a photo of this for fun by putting some tacks on the missiles? For everyone's pleasure and curiosity. :rolleyes:

SDFM_ep10_Max_Tailfin.jpg

2 hours ago, HardlyNever said:

As we learned this week, Max can destroy more than just wallets:

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You beat me to it. :rolleyes: Cool GIF, @HardlyNever! :good:^_^  

36 minutes ago, canklebreaker said:

Since it’s 4am in Japan, do you think orders will open up during their normal business hours or random?

Random.

 

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14 minutes ago, canklebreaker said:

Since it’s 4am in Japan, do you think orders will open up during their normal business hours or random?

Over the last few days, a few retailers opened their POs at these hours (judging only by the time of the first link posted by fellow members):

Plaza Japan : 2:12 pm Japan time

AE : 4:01 pm Japan time

HLJ (second round/cancellation): 1:51 pm Japan time

 

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1 minute ago, no3Ljm said:

Hey Duymon. Are the missile can be removed from its pylons? Maybe you can take a photo of this for fun by putting some tacks on the missiles? For everyone's pleasure and curiosity. :rolleyes:

SDFM_ep10_Max_Tailfin.jpg

 

Actually can't we 'tack the loose missiles from the 1/48 GBP set to the tailfins to recreate this effect...?

IIRC there are a total of 68 missiles in that armour pack:rolleyes::D

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7 minutes ago, moose said:

Do they price hike like NY

During the initial preorder or the second round?

I don't know if they're basing their initial preorder to the actual MSRP depends if it's a hot commodity. But I did check a sample like an ongoing preorder for Figuarts Iron Man Mark 43 (Reissue) between NY and PA. NY has it for $46.84. PA has it for $52.99. I think it's a little bit higher. So expect that the DX Max might be higher than most shops. But still beats the Y30000+ prices it's going for now, right? So if you can get a preorder from them, then congrats. ;) 

But beyond that, since their preorder is a little bit late for DX Max, and if the item is in-demand, the next question would be 'do they deliver'? :rolleyes:

 

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30 minutes ago, F360 said:

2 out of 2 , play-Asia fail to deliver my valk preorders in the pass .  So I would not recommend them .  

Ouch. Also, I just checked that Play-Asia has already been listed in our unholy 'Blacklist' list. That's too bad.

 

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On the topic of cancelled preorders, in the last round (DX VF-1J) of PO madness, which companies cancelled on peeps?  Just HLJ?  Or Amiami as well?  Did any other of the "major" vendors cancel anyone's orders?  Sorry I lost track.

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34 minutes ago, F360 said:

2 out of 2 , play-Asia fail to deliver my valk preorders in the pass .  So I would not recommend them .  

 

Did they send an email tell you they could not full fill the order and then turn around and sell it for a mark up on their website. I had it happen with another small time shop in japan.

I filed a claim when they failed to send me my eva metal build figure and sending me a tracking number that never pulled up anything shady stuff going around 

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5 minutes ago, rdrunner said:

On the topic of cancelled preorders, in the last round (DX VF-1J) of PO madness, which companies cancelled on peeps?  Just HLJ?  Or Amiami as well?  Did any other of the "major" vendors cancel anyone's orders?  Sorry I lost track.

I can't say from personal experience, but someone on another board said that Amiami cancelled their DX VF-1J PO.

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Got this from my email. It says I viewed this eBay item when it was still at $349.99. Not it's $299.99. The pricing is as competitive as NY's shipped priced to the US. :rolleyes:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/BANDAI-DX-CHOGOKIN-VF-1A-VALKYRIE-MAX-ROBOTECH-MACROSS-vf-1j-masterpiece-1-48/254192964913?hash=item3b2f14d531:g:SjMAAOSwJzpcqxrJ

 

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8 minutes ago, no3Ljm said:

Got this from my email. It says I viewed this eBay item when it was still at $349.99. Not it's $299.99. The pricing is as competitive as NY's shipped priced to the US. :rolleyes:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/BANDAI-DX-CHOGOKIN-VF-1A-VALKYRIE-MAX-ROBOTECH-MACROSS-vf-1j-masterpiece-1-48/254192964913?hash=item3b2f14d531:g:SjMAAOSwJzpcqxrJ

 

I saw that at 350.00. Seller does have 100% rating. Someone in the states may want to consider it while its available.

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18 minutes ago, fry said:

I saw this too. Would be slick w/ ebay coupon or ebay bucks to spend.

I've got $293 in eBay bucks to spend by the end of this month.  What are the odds that POs will open up again somewhere for retail price before then.  

Hmmm... decisions, decisions...

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4 minutes ago, dafob said:

I've got $293 in eBay bucks to spend by the end of this month.  What are the odds that POs will open up again somewhere for retail price before then.  

Hmmm... decisions, decisions...

How much did you spend on eBay to accumulate $293 in eBay bucks?!  HOLY COW!

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