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Re: Prime and his trailer, is it really that expensive to include one?

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:03 am

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I think Hasbro not only looks at the possible retail price, but also looks at possible shelf space. Items like Movie Trilogy Prime or Ultimate Prime have really large or long boxes, and every store has a section exactly measured out for the line. More bigger figures -> Less space for the rest -> less possible sales. That's why we have endcaps :lol:
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Re: Prime and his trailer, is it really that expensive to include one?

Postby GuyIncognito » Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:04 am

I would think that when you consider design costs, manufacturing, packaging, and shipping, the trailer probably costs AT LEAST as much to make as the main figure, probably more. And it takes up more shelf space, as JelZe mentioned above. So a Prime that comes with a trailer should cost at least double the price of Prime without a trailer. $30 for Deluxe DOTM OP with trailer was a fair price, but the trailer sucked. If they made a Voyager OP with trailer, I would expect it to sell for $49.99 - $59.99. If the trailer is good, I'm willing to pay that much.

I happily paid $50 for a BTS-01 trailer for Classics OP, plus another $10 or so for Reprolabels, and it was worth every penny.
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Re: Prime and his trailer, is it really that expensive to include one?

Postby FortMacs » Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:15 am

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Id be willing to pay an extra 10 or 15 without complaint for a prime with a trailer. prime without a trailer just doesnt look or feel complete to me.
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Re: Prime and his trailer, is it really that expensive to include one?

Postby Breakdown 2099 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:55 pm

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Arctorro wrote:It would be nice if he had a trailer, for maybe $10 - $15 extra. That's based on the U.S. Voyager prices on BBTS. I'm in Australia, so prices are a little (craploads really) more expensive here.


I agree completely. We pay up to $30 for a figure which may cost the US Market $17. Considering the Australian dollar is worth 1.05 US and that the same product is getting shipped from China a shorter distance, we truly are getting the rough end of the deal


Too true! Voyagers on the shelf are around $50!

Sorry to sidetrack the thread :grin:


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Re: Prime and his trailer, is it really that expensive to include one?

Postby Arctorro » Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:30 pm

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Arctorro wrote:It would be nice if he had a trailer, for maybe $10 - $15 extra. That's based on the U.S. Voyager prices on BBTS. I'm in Australia, so prices are a little (craploads really) more expensive here.


I agree completely. We pay up to $30 for a figure which may cost the US Market $17. Considering the Australian dollar is worth 1.05 US and that the same product is getting shipped from China a shorter distance, we truly are getting the rough end of the deal


Too true! Voyagers on the shelf are around $50!

Sorry to sidetrack the thread :grin:


Don't worry about sidetracking, they're all big boys. Can you imagine how many transformers we'd have if we payed US prices? Two-for-One, can't get better than that


I can do more than imagine! I take full advantage of BBTS's PoL feature, leaving toys there for months at a time and shipping in one big batch. In the end, with the shipping costs, it still works out cheaper than buying em in store.

I've run out of space and still I keep the damn things :grin: Unfortunately that means most of my collection is packed up in the wardrobe.
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Re: Prime and his trailer, is it really that expensive to include one?

Postby Breakdown 2099 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:41 pm

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Arctorro wrote:
breakdown99 wrote:
Arctorro wrote:
breakdown99 wrote:
Arctorro wrote:It would be nice if he had a trailer, for maybe $10 - $15 extra. That's based on the U.S. Voyager prices on BBTS. I'm in Australia, so prices are a little (craploads really) more expensive here.


I agree completely. We pay up to $30 for a figure which may cost the US Market $17. Considering the Australian dollar is worth 1.05 US and that the same product is getting shipped from China a shorter distance, we truly are getting the rough end of the deal


Too true! Voyagers on the shelf are around $50!

Sorry to sidetrack the thread :grin:


Don't worry about sidetracking, they're all big boys. Can you imagine how many transformers we'd have if we payed US prices? Two-for-One, can't get better than that


I can do more than imagine! I take full advantage of BBTS's PoL feature, leaving toys there for months at a time and shipping in one big batch. In the end, with the shipping costs, it still works out cheaper than buying em in store.

I've run out of space and still I keep the damn things :grin: Unfortunately that means most of my collection is packed up in the wardrobe.


It's quite sad when you think about it, we can order off BBTS, pay international shipping and still get it cheaper than walking into ourl local toys r us. and it's not just Transformers either, a 3 and 3/4 inch Star Wars figure for $17? Come on..
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Re: Prime and his trailer, is it really that expensive to include one?

Postby Arctorro » Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:02 am

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Arctorro wrote:
I can do more than imagine! I take full advantage of BBTS's PoL feature, leaving toys there for months at a time and shipping in one big batch. In the end, with the shipping costs, it still works out cheaper than buying em in store.

I've run out of space and still I keep the damn things :grin: Unfortunately that means most of my collection is packed up in the wardrobe.


It's quite sad when you think about it, we can order off BBTS, pay international shipping and still get it cheaper than walking into ourl local toys r us. and it's not just Transformers either, a 3 and 3/4 inch Star Wars figure for $17? Come on..


It is sad, made worse by the fact that it is only Australia that suffers the mark-ups...

Ah well, at least we have the internet ;)
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Re: Prime and his trailer, is it really that expensive to include one?

Postby SKYWARPED_128 » Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:14 am

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Arctorro wrote:It is sad, made worse by the fact that it is only Australia that suffers the mark-ups...

Ah well, at least we have the internet ;)


I don't know about other Asian countries, but Malaysia also suffers from serious price mark-ups. Take ROTF deluxe figs for instance--what would have only cost 12 USD in the US, costs 20 dollars here. You read that right; nearly double the price.
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Re: Prime and his trailer, is it really that expensive to include one?

Postby Arctorro » Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:21 am

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Arctorro wrote:It is sad, made worse by the fact that it is only Australia that suffers the mark-ups...

Ah well, at least we have the internet ;)


I don't know about other Asian countries, but Malaysia also suffers from serious price mark-ups. Take ROTF deluxe figs for instance--what would have only cost 12 USD in the US, costs 20 dollars here. You read that right; nearly double the price.


That sucks :-(

I should've been a bit clearer before, meant that NZ doesn't get the mark-ups. Was watching a news report a while back about it.
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Re: Prime and his trailer, is it really that expensive to include one?

Postby SKYWARPED_128 » Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:10 am

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Arctorro wrote:It is sad, made worse by the fact that it is only Australia that suffers the mark-ups...

Ah well, at least we have the internet ;)


I don't know about other Asian countries, but Malaysia also suffers from serious price mark-ups. Take ROTF deluxe figs for instance--what would have only cost 12 USD in the US, costs 20 dollars here. You read that right; nearly double the price.


That sucks :-(

I should've been a bit clearer before, meant that NZ doesn't get the mark-ups. Was watching a news report a while back about it.


Well, I guess it's a small consolation that we pay relatively less than the US when it comes to Takara products. Shipping from Japan to here is definitely cheaper and closer than from Japan to the US. Also, there's plenty of hobby stores to choose from (since the 2007 "Bay-boom" that created a massive demand for TF's and other toys and collectibles, anyways).
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