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Hey fellow collectors and fans,

 

I am starting a petition for Hasbro and all action figure manufactures to bring the price down on figures to $4.99 each.

 

If you get a chance sign on.

 

Here is the link below.

 

Sign up here for action figures at $4.99 each.

 

Thanks for your time.

 

 

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Not that I'm evenly mildly humoring the thought that this will make any difference...I signed it anyway! ^_^

 

The plastics argument is BS! The price on these action figure toys (as of late) is out of control, ridiculous and as arbitrary as drawing a number out of a hat. This is hardly the time for MOST companies to try and soak their consumer base for ANY product and most consumers are cutting back already on the non-essentials, so what's Hasbro's theory here....they lose a few of the bottom feeders but they can make it up by charging MORE from the cream of the crop with big pockets?

 

I'd seriously doubt the assumption that Hasbro would be giving these toys away, if they were priced below $9 and not even below $6? I'm all for CAPITALISM and a FREE MARKET, but let's get real. I wouldn't care if I made 6 figures a year, I'd still think the pricing is outrageous and could be lower. Why contribute to the charity of an already successful TOY manufacturing company with your hard earned money, when there's organizations out there that could use it just a little more? An extra $4.00 EACH on a 3 3/4" scaled toy might not seem like much to some, but like I said, I'd rather contribute that extra $4 (they THINK I've got to throw away on toys) to something besides the Hasbro relief fund.

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Hey fellow collectors and fans,

 

I am starting a petition for Hasbro and all action figure manufactures to bring the price down on figures to $4.99 each.

 

If you get a chance sign on.

 

Here is the link below.

 

Sign up here for action figures at $4.99 each.

 

Thanks for your time.

 

 

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Here too?

 

This is posted in the Star Wars forum also

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I support Capitalism so no signature from me.

 

If I cannot afford a luxury I don't buy, simple as that, I do not complain about retail price on figures.

 

 

Hasbro's FAST on it's way to making the HOBBY of collecting little plastic TOYS...a "luxury", I'll give'em that! ^_^

 

I'll complain verbally about anything and everything, but ulitmately, the only thing we can do is refuse to buy and that's it. Obviously...if they price too high on this stuff, THAT will be the issue that knocks the pricing back into a more reasonable range. There's nothing wrong with that. G.I.Joes maybe too expensive, but complaining about it is still FREE! @haha@

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I'm still a little bit confused. What's up with the donation part?

 

Why do I have to pay to express my opinion?

 

Wasn't sure on that myself? I just closed it. I'll express my opinion on crappy toy prices, (at the risk of damaging my social status) but I ain't paying SH@# for it to be on some petition! @loll@

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I support Capitalism so no signature from me.

 

If I cannot afford a luxury I don't buy, simple as that, I do not complain about retail price on figures.

 

 

Hasbro's FAST on it's way to making the HOBBY of collecting little plastic TOYS...a "luxury", I'll give'em that! ^_^

 

I'll complain verbally about anything and everything, but ulitmately, the only thing we can do is refuse to buy and that's it. Obviously...if they price too high on this stuff, THAT will be the issue that knocks the pricing back into a more reasonable range. There's nothing wrong with that. G.I.Joes maybe too expensive, but complaining about it is still FREE! @haha@

 

And that's your right of course, so complain away! Always fun to read.

 

I did mean of course that collecting toys isn't a neccessity for living, as opposed to going to TRU in the back of a strecth limo with Grey Poupon type of luxury.

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You guys want lower prices but higher quality. Sorry but they just don't go hand and hand. I agree that $10 for 1 3 3/4" figure is a bit much but $4.99 for a good quality figure is not feasible in today’s market or frankly desirable. I'd rather pay a little more for some good quality, articulated figures. I'd think about what you are really asking for before just blindly signing something.

 

Also all a manufacture like Hasbro can do is give a suggested retail price, they can't make a retailer sell it at such a price.

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I guess I'm not seeing where all these 3 3/4" (or even smaller) action figures on the market today are of such quality that warrants the excessive price on them? I understand that CORPS is the non-luxurious brand of toy action figure, but someone would be hard pressed to show me where Hasbro's G.I.Joe line is Porsche in comparison?

 

The Marvel stuff I see is junk as far as I'm concerned and a horrible style of action figure TOYS....and they're the most expensive of all. :o

 

The Indiana Jones line was even less quality and less articulation, and they were even way over priced, and hopefully why the line died before everything planned was released. So Hasbro now has to compensate for those mistakes by milking the stuff that IS selling well, with the logic that "well, it's very popular and selling quite well, so it's WORTH more now!"..?

 

While my G.I.Joe hobby is a non-necessity item I can live without, it's far from being a "luxury" item. A luxury to me, would be having the kind of income to amass the entire ARAH collection from the 80's off of ebay auctions in the secondary market.

 

I know I don't ever want to hear the old and tired excuse about Hasbro is trying to appeal to the KIDS with all their crazy concepts and directions. I'd say that goal has been tossed in the trash once and for all and it's all about the adult collecting market now....because if there's a "kid" out there that gives two sh@#'s about the quality and articulation of a toy action figure his parents bought for him for his Birthday....my name is Lonnie Lipshitz! @smilepunch@

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$4.99 would be too low to be realistic. By way of comparison, at a local Target, the cheapest figs are JLU and DCIH, at 4.99 each. Then Joes at about 6.99 (varies), then SW at 7.49-7.99 (also varies), then (and this is where I go WTF?) Marvel Universe at 8.49. After that you have the big guns like ML and DCUC.

 

So the JLU and DCIH figs are 4.99, but they are the most basic of figs in articulaton and detail. Joes will never be priced that low as they are so much more 'advanced'. But I don't get the MU deal - they are no better than Joes, and yet priced so much higher.

 

I'm good up to 6.99. Anything more than that for a 3 3/4 fig makes me hedgy. And might cost them a sale. But I'd rather see them average around 5.99.

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$4.99 would be too low to be realistic. By way of comparison, at a local Target, the cheapest figs are JLU and DCIH, at 4.99 each. Then Joes at about 6.99 (varies), then SW at 7.49-7.99 (also varies), then (and this is where I go WTF?) Marvel Universe at 8.49. After that you have the big guns like ML and DCUC.

 

So the JLU and DCIH figs are 4.99, but they are the most basic of figs in articulaton and detail. Joes will never be priced that low as they are so much more 'advanced'. But I don't get the MU deal - they are no better than Joes, and yet priced so much higher.

 

The best I can explain it is Hasbro has no licensing fee to pay for GIJoe. Marvel and SW they have the additional cost of paying someone else for the ability to make the figures.

 

The DCIH is a good example of the trade off on price for quality. Give me the better quality figure over the cheaper price any day. $6-7 for a good quality figure I think is reasonable for todays market for a decent quality figure.

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I can understand the price of a Joe figure going up to $5.99 due to plastic costs, but the plastic price has gone down since they first claimed this. I understand they lock in projected costs of goods, like plastic and they do it for each quarter. The quarter where they would have locked it in at passed in January when the cost would have gone down. I know this because my business buys many of the same type of items using plastics.

 

The price for Joes started at $4.99 for the first few runs and as soon as demand was high enough, they started uping the prices. Don't forget, the anniversary line was only suppose to be a limited line at first and it was the popularity of the line that has kept it going. So it would be hard pressed to say it was an introductory price point. Not to mention until recently the comic 2-packs have been only $9.99 which also comes with a comic with a new artwork cover.

 

I don't want to give up quality I agree with what JayC said about complaining about quality, but we were getting good quality to start with at $4.99, Hasbro is just listening to collectors now which is nice but they are only making a few changes here and there which costs them even less and costs us even more to buy an exsisting figure with a new head and a set of hands that now have gloves with a new paint scheme. Most Joe parts are reused and reused again so you are saving on body mold left and right, which is most of the cost of a figure in the first place.

 

The Marvel figures and Star Wars are way to expensive, even though the quality is piss poor at best for the new Marvel lines, the Star Wars lines have made leaps and bounds over the original 1995 Power of the Force line which in my opinion, they should! Every year it should get a little better, that has always been a businesses driving force to sell to the consumer. I will admit I understand those type of lines costing more due to the licensing cost, but G.I. Joe, they own it! Honestly Transformers are the only ones I see worth the money, but I can't say much since I only collect the Altenators or Masterpiece lines.

 

I dunno, that's my take on it. #US1#

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I can understand the price of a Joe figure going up to $5.99 due to plastic costs, but the plastic price has gone down since they first claimed this. I understand they lock in projected costs of goods, like plastic and they do it for each quarter. The quarter where they would have locked it in at passed in January when the cost would have gone down. I know this because my business buys many of the same type of items using plastics.

 

The price for Joes started at $4.99 for the first few runs and as soon as demand was high enough, they started uping the prices. Don't forget, the anniversary line was only suppose to be a limited line at first and it was the popularity of the line that has kept it going. So it would be hard pressed to say it was an introductory price point. Not to mention until recently the comic 2-packs have been only $9.99 which also comes with a comic with a new artwork cover.

 

I don't want to give up quality I agree with what JayC said about complaining about quality, but we were getting good quality to start with at $4.99, Hasbro is just listening to collectors now which is nice but they are only making a few changes here and there which costs them even less and costs us even more to buy an exsisting figure with a new head and a set of hands that now have gloves with a new paint scheme. Most Joe parts are reused and reused again so you are saving on body mold left and right, which is most of the cost of a figure in the first place.

 

The Marvel figures and Star Wars are way to expensive, even though the quality is piss poor at best for the new Marvel lines, the Star Wars lines have made leaps and bounds over the original 1995 Power of the Force line which in my opinion, they should! Every year it should get a little better, that has always been a businesses driving force to sell to the consumer. I will admit I understand those type of lines costing more due to the licensing cost, but G.I. Joe, they own it! Honestly Transformers are the only ones I see worth the money, but I can't say much since I only collect the Altenators or Masterpiece lines.

 

I dunno, that's my take on it. #US1#

unfortunately, that's a very selective way of looking at facts. only Wal Mart had them at $4.99, while everyone else had them at $5.99 right at the get go, so the $4.99 price is an anomoly and can't be used as any sort of realistic benchmark for comparison.

 

what people are also ignoring (if they comprehend the concept at all) is the basic marketing peril you have by lowering the price compared to other figures. if one toy line is priced at X, and another lower at y, that y toyline may be perceived as lower quality. thus, it is imperative that Hasbro carry consistent prices along all their toy lines, regardless of other expenses like licensing fees, to keep a consistent perception of quality.

 

lastly, proclaiming $4.99 the price you want, without any proof that it is achievable or reasonable, is simply arbitrary, and if it is arbitrary it is meaningless.

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