It Is Him wrote:Also, the likelihood of me paying $17 at retail is extremely low. Just because I can quantify where the number is coming, doesn't mean I have to go along with it.
This has been one of the most frustrating things I've seen in the fandom since the 07 movie, this crazy idea that because a thing can somehow be 'justified' or explained, it is by default acceptable.
Don't like Bayformers? Well, YOU'RE wrong because get with the times.
Don't like obviously smaller toys at the same price? Well, YOU'RE wrong because of part counts and plastic weights.
Don't like what a figure looks like? Well, YOU'RE wrong because Hasbro doesn't care about fans, only 10% of sales, piss piss piss.
Don't want to pay $17 bucks for an obviously small deluxe? Well,....
You are ABSOLUTELY correct. It does not matter to me in the slightest bit if the price increase is due to oil or transportation costs or whatever. People can choose to justify it in any way they wish. It doesn't matter. The ultimate thing comes down to whether or not I'm going to pay for it, be it these tiny deluxes or movieverse figures or Botshots or whatever. IF I don't want to pay for it, no amount of explaining why is going to make any difference.
That goes whether it's retailers or Hasbro or whoever is behind this price hike.
All that aside, things like this make me both happy that I'm only on the hunt for a few TFs from any of the recent lines, and makes me reconsider whether or not I'm actually interested in any of them at these prices. I'd really like a set of combaticons, but based on all the bad stuff I've heard about them I'm not sure I'm willing to take the 17$ a piece gamble.