hook line and sinker wrote:I am not complaining. I am merely illustrating what I think is causing for the price hike here in the sates. And that is devalued money. I still plan to pick up the toys I really, really want though.
I agree. And minimum wage in the US has risen dramatically in the past few years, that means more money in circulation, which means an increased cost of living and cost of everything in general due to increased inflation. Such is the nature of economics, and it's hitting everything else too, not just toys.
Hasbro (and other companies) have tried over the years to keep the prices as low as they were in the past, but eventually they have to hike the prices to make a profit. I just wish they weren't also sacrificing size and quality. That makes the sting of all this that much worse and is why Takara's getting more of my money than Hasbro these days. The figures are still smaller, but the quality and paint apps are there and import prices are closer these days to Hasbro's retail pricing.
I'm sure these particular cases of extreme price hikes are just for the holiday 'sales' however, and that pricing will return to what it was before that (though never back to $10 or whatever I'm sure, as that ship sailed with the current economic situation).
Well it sure is relieving to see someone else out there "knows the score", as Gerry Celente puts it when analyzing the inflation rate.
I think that I'd like to see Hasbro just open a website to everyone and sell the toys, at unlimited quantity right there. Heck, if they charge 19.00 a piece fro the deluxes, so be it, because they would be saving me the time and trouble and gas of constant retail disappointment and they would kill the scalpers overnight as long as the site stayed fully stocked on everything.
It would also end the BB madness forever once they got away from casepacks and just watched to see which toys everyone actually bought and therefore they had to make more of. If you take a trip around the fansites, including FMH, you will find countless fans talking about selling their collections and either trimming back dramatically or quitting the hobby altogether. More so than ever before. So if this hobby is to continue then something has to be done about distribution at least, and Hasbro could do it with a site to sell as mentioned above. Then we can pick up whatever figure we really want bad enough for the price at normal cost at any time. The prices will still continue to rise, but at least you could pick and chose your toys, without buying whole case assortments from BBTS just to get a good rate per figure and get the 2 new ones you actually want.
In fact, this is the only way I can see this hobby being able to hold it's supporters en mass at this point. But like I said, this would ONLY work if the site had a constant IN STOCK policy for each individual toy.
One thing which definitely exacerbates the problem is the online shops starting to act like like scalpers themselves, matching each other with prices which are quickly losing any form of justification. They seem to miss that if enough people stop collecting, Hasbro will stop marketing the types of figures they sell to the point that they may be(gasp!) in need of another job.