SRP was $25. That's how gage what I'm willing to pay. I understand things like G1, and even Beast Wars being expensive thse days. But when BBTS and others dtart slapping an $80 on Cybertron Nemesis Breaker... That's just plum no. Cybertron has been off the shelves for how long now? A year, perhaps? Little over? A single year is not justification for that much mark up. I'd pay no more than $10 over the SRP plus shipping for something that could've been in my hands if only my ex had cheated on me a few weeks sooner than she did.
Problem is, they aren't available anymore. That is why they are an inflated price on the after market. People pass them up
because they do see them just sitting on the shelf. Even if they think to themselves 'Oh I'll pick that up later.', they won't be around forever.
Ex: I went to visit my mom in Iowa last summer and stopped at
a Walmart and noticed a CD Red Alert on clearance, but I didn't really have the spending cash for it, so I passed it up.
At the end of the summer when I went back I went to check and see if it was still there. I couldn't believe it, it was. I snatched that thing up. It was like 20 bucks. I couldn't understand why
it had been sitting there all that time. I think it was fate.
While some people notice the current trends that these toys/collectibles exhibit, others don't, or simply don't have the cash, or they don't currently fit in with their current collection. That's what will drive the prices up. Once people take note of a certain item once they are not as easily available
many are willing to break down and pay an inflated price. I do it
and many others do too.
Even though the Cybertron toys are not even over for a year
they are becoming sought after. Especially the Ultra class for some reason. I really missed boat when I could have picked up a
CD Scattorshot for the $13 clearance price. I'd be selling that thing on ebay now for one hell of a return.
Funny thing is that I've noticed the prices of past 'Hott' figs like Flame Scourge and Leobreaker are evening out and aren't selling for the ridiculous prices they were but 6 months ago, but
figures like CD Scattorshot, Jetstorm, Sky Shadow, CD Red Alert
and other Cybertron Ultras are gaining serious momentum.
People who passed on these are gonna be up a creek now if they aren't willing to shell out some dough now.
Interestingly the Takara versions aren't as inflated as the
Hasbro ones. At least the ones I've noticed when looking for them.