So I just finished a PM session with another member here asking what his thoughts were on a fair price for a specific figure since he had a focus on it.
His reply gave me a range that I was thinking, but he had a little word in it that made me stop and think on things.
That word makes me really think about valuation on a given figure.
Any figure can fall into this really - well, if they had an accessory and/or weapon of course.
So, here is my question, what do you value a figure on?
I have two main character foci.
Leis Bespin and Luke Farmboy.
Both pose similar problems when adding the word "Complete".
Luke's lightsaber is tough since the tip constantly breaks.
Leia has a tiny blaster that gets lost and a cape that suffers from rips, tears, fading and pattern loss.
Both figures "complete" and in good shape make the challenge a bit harder at times.
But when I stopped to think about what I consider a fair value for a figure, I realized my numbers were/are off a bit.
This is an example that I am thinking of... I am NOT talking about anything rare nor exotic. Just run of the mill, common variations.
A Luke Farmboy in good shape, complete, to me is somewhere between 25-30 dollars US.
However, I would pay up to 20 dollars US for a complete saber all by itself to complete a figure. That leaves the figure all alone at 5-10 dollars. ???!???!??!?
A Leia in Bespin Gown I woud say in good shape, complete, is 25-30 as well.
However, I would pay 15$ for a blaster and $10 (about) for a cape.
Again, that leaves about 0!!!!-5$ for the figure itself. ???!???!??!?
But I would pay 15-20 dollars or perhaps more for either figure ALONE (if they fit my needs) and if they are in great shape if they come with no accessories nor weapons. What does this mean?
So, am I undervaluing a figure itself when it is complete?
Or do I expect a better deal when figures are sold as complete?
That actually seems backwards to me. If the figure is all original and never left it's original accessories or weapons, shouldn't that actually be valued higher?
Or if someone pieced together a complete figure with all original accessories, shouldn't that command a premium as well?
This just popped in my head over the past few days and I have only really started thinking heavily on it since then.
Are the prices really dictated by 'completeness' or are they truly dictated by the accessories and weapons?
The latter would explain some of the higher prices on complete figures from certain sellers that may already have figured that out.
I have done very well with good deals on complete figures in good to great condition from time to time.
However, I have spent way too much time and money trying to complete figures.
I am curious if you think this is normal or just a trend or am I just realizing the obvious that good deals can be had and my desired price range on a figure is low or my thoughts on accessories and weapon prices are way too high and ebay is the root of all evil?
OK... flame on!