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Broken figures, re-sales? How do you feel?Broken figures, re-sales? How do you feel?Ask MFC

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CloudKingdomCloudKingdomHace 11 meses
Hi guys,

How do you feel about buying pre-owned items that have (not cosmetic) damage from previous owners? I'm asking because I have one figure with a broken leg and I just can't stand to think about it so I have ordered a new one but obviously I was thinking.. "I wonder if someone would take her off my hands for like.. Let's say 50-70% off the price I got her?"

Like, I have done deals with some shady MFC people before and I have not always felt like the condition was as described when I received the figure. How ever, I have always accepted the shipment without complaint.

Anyway, I'll be very forward and send images of the figure before selling it. I won't say what one it is or where I got it, in this article. I'm simply wondering.. Me being more or less a perfectionist; Do some of you buy banged up figures for cheap prices and fix em?

If not, I'd really not even try to sell it on here, hehe - since I don't want to screw anyone over.

But in general.. How do you feel about cheap figures that could probably be fixed and not really visually be ruined after the glue or other fix?
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2aabHace 11 meses#65701911Woah woah woah, did i just randomly come across the person who just sold this very figure on ebay a few days ago? 0.0

Oh no, that definitely wasn't me ^^;
Hace 11 meses
MagusfiguresHace 11 meses#65542122I haven't bought any broken figures before (though I've been tempted by C figures in the amiami preowned section before), but I think if I found a hard-to-get figure I've been wanting for a long time, with the only issue being a simple break, I would probably buy it and make the fix myself. I've repaired a few figures before and am confident I could do at least a passable job fixing them.
In terms of selling figures... If I can't do a repair myself I would probably sell the figure for a deep markdown and be as upfront as possible about the condition.
In the case of ITEM #128857, if I did end up parting with him, the broken part is the head of one of his spears. If I repaired that spear, it would make him more difficult to transport (his hand is sculpted such that I would basically have to make the spear unremovable to fix the break). So, I would probably be selling him as-is so as not to risk further damage in the mail, and would make that extremely clear in the listing.


Woah woah woah, did i just randomly come across the person who just sold this very figure on ebay a few days ago? 0.0
Hace 11 meses
Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
I sold several damaged goods. As long as you're upfront and honest about it and price is right, I don't see why not :)

Sold a bathposter with cleaning damage, 2 figures.
After a while it would annoy me even if I fix it.. So I tend to sell those.

Got 2 louises I probably sell cause of damage too

If it's rare ppl will pay really. Like with my misa by native who had a broken wing and discolored boobs
Hace 11 meses
I will totally buy a damaged figure for a good bargain. I buy a lot of my figures used on Mandarake for significantly less because of a beat up box or bit of paint transfer. Actually, I tend to wait and get things a little broken on the aftermarket because I just can't afford some of the crazy expensive new figures. I probably have more figures I got a little scuffed up for a sweet discount in my collection than figures I bought new
Hace 11 meses
I haven't bought any broken figures before (though I've been tempted by C figures in the amiami preowned section before), but I think if I found a hard-to-get figure I've been wanting for a long time, with the only issue being a simple break, I would probably buy it and make the fix myself. I've repaired a few figures before and am confident I could do at least a passable job fixing them.

In terms of selling figures... If I can't do a repair myself I would probably sell the figure for a deep markdown and be as upfront as possible about the condition.

In the case of ITEM #128857, if I did end up parting with him, the broken part is the head of one of his spears. If I repaired that spear, it would make him more difficult to transport (his hand is sculpted such that I would basically have to make the spear unremovable to fix the break). So, I would probably be selling him as-is so as not to risk further damage in the mail, and would make that extremely clear in the listing.
Hace 11 meses
I once sold a figure, ITEM #321897. She was broken( her twintail) when I got her and I was given a replacement main figure bc she was brand new. So I sold only the figure herself, no base, no box for about 1/3 the price since its really only half a figure at that point. I made sure to make it very clear that it is only the figure ( no base no box) and had many pictures of her breakage. I think the person who bought it didn’t have any problems with that and I hope they enjoyed her. I myself probably would not buy a damaged figure just because I don’t trust myself to make repairs. But I do think that for those who are confident in repairing figures some broken pieces may be a good way to get nice figures for cheaper.
Hace 11 meses
I would love to buy damaged figures for a steep discount and repair them. Making repairs is very rewarding for me even if it is difficult or time-consuming.

Only thing is people around here seem to have a real funny concept of what is "damaged", I had someone once saying they would sell me their "damaged" figure, but for something like 15% less than a usual price, which isn't a lot. The "damage" was a microscopic scratch in the paint and a single dark paint fleck that had transferred onto the figure. That's not damage, that's surface imperfections. Perfectly fine price for a figure with flaws, but I was looking for a repair project to adopt at a low price, not simply a figure with some imperfections.

Damage = significant breakage, or large, readily visible discoloration, or both. It really tells me that many many collectors are unwilling to attempt even the simplest repairs themselves. Mostly of a fear of ruining it of course, but I think if the figure is already negatively impacted, what have you really got to lose by trying?
Hace 11 meses
I've bought broken figs beforw and fixed them up, and broke one of my figures and fixed it, so yes I think they still have value. If the damage will still be visible despite the best ever fixing, then personally i wouldn't pay more than 60% off.
Hace 11 meses
I've bought a broken figure once and repaired it and I would do it again. It depends on the damage though, I just had to repair where the base pegs broke off of my ITEM #285432 and that was such a pain to pin with the angle and lack of real support from the base. I really like the idea of taking a broken figure and giving it new life.
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CloudKingdomHace 11 meses#65541694yaibaHace 11 meses#65541682I buy figures that are labeled as "junk" from YJA all the time. I'm sure there are plenty of people doing conversions etc. who pick these up. But depending on the type of damage and the particular figure, only 50% off is probably more than I would pay for one.Ah, I see, this is valuable information too. I'm not one to overprice. I'lkl of course try to be fair about the sale in question.
That 50% comment is just my own preference. It may be just fine for others. If you want to sell it, just have pictures and include ones with the place(s) where the figure is damaged. You can always start out at a higher price and drop it down if nobody bites.
Hace 11 meses
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