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galabluegalabluehace 26 díasAsk MFC
hi everyone,

i'm kind of wondering what everyone puts their monthly budget (or maximum) for collecting at? this includes figures (scales, figma, nendos, gks, model kits), manga, dvds, keychains, etc. basically what you spend in a month on the hobby. and how much do you expect to get for that amount of money? would you rather have quality (one amazing figure for the month) or quantity (4-8 figures that have their imperfections)? and what's the most you've ever spent in a month with your hobby?

and if you don't feel comfortable giving a dollar amount, feel free not to.

i ask this because as was pointed out in BLOG #44168, prices are getting higher and a lot of collectors feel like they are being priced out of the hobby. but i also noticed that a lot of people collect more than 1 piece a month for their collection (i do 1 scale a month and stick to that), so i feel like some people might actually be spending the same as others but might just be getting 1 thing rather than 5.

my answer below the cut

View spoilerHide spoilerso i think the most i've ever spent in a month is 600 dollars, but i purchased several preorders (i think 4) that month that will be coming in 6 ish months from now, so i guess it's money over time. the most i've spent on a preorder is around 400 dollars for that insane miku that my mom loved. realistically, i'd like to keep it under 200 a month including manga/books, which is the difficult part for me. i love to read and i like to read on paper. so maybe 250 is a realistic number but that seems kind of outrageous when i write it down. i do work full time though and i'm single, so i don't really go out and do things with anyone, and the money is just spent on me (and majority of my money is saved anyhow. eventually i will have enough scales and will not really be buying any preowned, so i feel like the hobby will be more expensive for a while and then will peter out.

as i said above, i only choose to collect one scale a month. if i collect two that month due to preorder dates or having to get the figure immediately, i don't get a figure the next month. i have my preorders on a list so i can see which months are empty and which are full, and what months i can look for something preowned. it takes a lot of self control to keep it this way lol. again, manga is more difficult, so i try to limit myself to one book per bookstore visit.
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21pt
Depends on how depressed I'm feeling during the month. Plastic is cheaper than therapy after all.
hace 26 días
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Fun fact: if you click here on MFC (at least on the desktop version) on your username, select Manager, then on the Manager page select the 'My Collection' button, then chose the 'Statistics' option, you'll get a popup showing you exactly how much you spent each month or each year -- at least, how much you spent on everything you entered as having purchased in the database.

Before you do so, though, think twice... you might not really want to know.
hace 26 días
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2pt
When my wife and I were expecting our first baby (17 years ago), I researched dolls that I thought my future daughter might enjoy as a collection, prized doll, and financial investment. After being overwhelmed by the massive world of Barbie, I decided I wanted something a little more serious and off-the-beaten-path, so finally decided on Gene Marshall dolls (designed by Mel Odom). At the time, I was a marketing director for a good-sized design firm, and was making GOOD money. In a six month period, I spent just over $2,100 on about 80 dolls and 75 additional outfits.

They have been in my basement ever since. My daughter never showed interest (until I decided to sell them, of course). So about three months ago, I decided to sell them (even though I learned through the process that the dolls were loved by me more than I'd known). I put them up on ebay, one at a time, and they started selling within 30 minutes. When all was said and done, I had sold everything for around $5,800!!

I put a large chunk of that into renovations for our home, and kept about $1,750 to put into a new collection (to replace the missing Genes). Having been involved in fashion, art, and photography for so long -- with a very definite focus on elegance, sensuality, and artistic glamour -- I knew that I wanted the new collection to be focused on the female form in one way or another. Keep in mind, though ... I have a 17-year old daughter and a 13-year old son at home, so it couldn't be too "over-the-top".

I had loved anime for several years, and when I learned of the massive volume of figures out there, I was lost.

In my first three months, I spent the entire $1,750 -- plus a little more for good measure. Purchasing 25 figures in quick succession was a real joy, but it is now a definite let-down. I don't sit and listen for the mail truck anymore. I don't get excited when I see a package on the front step, as I know it's not for me.

My goal from this point forward is to purchase a figure per month -- on average, the only figures I am interested in purchasing are usually in the price range of $55 to $300 -- but that will clearly be dependent on any income that I can generate. I'm now writing full-time (a novel -- not as a 40-hour a week job), so while life is quite comfortable, there isn't a lot of room for excessive spending on my part. I have other collections that I'll be selling, so hopefully I'll be able to add to my figures display, but I need to be careful and patient.

My wife came up behind me at my desk last night and watched over my shoulder as I scrolled through MFC, checking out new figures, and I said, "I've found another 100 figures that I want." She laughed and said, "I figured!"

I'll have to go slow and patient from this point forward, but that's okay. No need to rush.

On a closing note, I'll say that there is little in my life right now that is quite as satisfying (hobby-wise) as looking through the previous week's ads on MFC, seeing a figure that had previously caught my eye and seeing the red word "unavailable" beneath it -- only to realize that it's unavailable because I purchased it the day before. :) Great feeling!
hace 9 días
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Einn (hace 14 días) #70585975That's my bane, I swear, I can't keep my little hands off good doujinshi and if there's an event with lots of interesting releases it can go up to 200$+ in spending, yikes. At least I can use them to study, both the art and language, but still. I should be as strict with getting doujinshi as I am with scales but... but they're cheap.. and beautiful.. :'''(

This is like me when I go to the book store. "Just one book!" "I'll only go on Sunday's!", I say to myself ... well, it's easy to spend 50 bucks in one visit, and I definitely have a hard time keeping it to just one day a week if I'm driving by. I just...love to read.
hace 14 días
2pt
When it comes to figures/merch I try to keep it at 50-150$ depending on what is in the order. I only have a couple of 150-200 scales on PO for next year. Recently I've been very smitten by some prize figures though and those are so cheap I don't mind getting a few a month alongside other merch.


The problem arises if it's doujinshi...
That's my bane, I swear, I can't keep my little hands off good doujinshi and if there's an event with lots of interesting releases it can go up to 200$+ in spending, yikes. At least I can use them to study, both the art and language, but still. I should be as strict with getting doujinshi as I am with scales but... but they're cheap.. and beautiful.. :'''(
hace 14 días
3pt
No strict budget but I only try to buy figures that I would miss if I don’t PO. I also sell figures if I don’t like them as much as I thought. But a rough estimate is about $300 per month including other merch and not just figures.
hace 22 días
2pt
dandybaby (hace 25 días) #70191019I never used to have one, which ended up being an expensive mistake (and lesson).
I agree with the top voted comment, state of mind has a lot to do with it. During one low spell, I bought 4 grails and a few other figures over the course of about 3 weeks. Ended up being somewhere around $2k all up. See ya, savings. That sure made life difficult for a while. For the record: I don't regret any of my purchases, just that I was so reckless.
These days I aim to spend no more than $350, but it's difficult when all your pre-orders decide they're gonna release in the same month, ugh.
I don't have a preference for quality or quantity. Some months I might get one scale or one action figure. Another month I might get 4 Nendoroids. It changes all the time.


yeah i am much more likely to hit the button on a preorder that i'm so/so about depending on my mood. but also what you talked about preorders stacking, this is why i like to pay up front if possible. that way, if the preorder moves, i'm not burdened the following month. but i've also started to put away money in a separate place in my bank account so that i have the money no matter what.
hace 24 días
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I never used to have one, which ended up being an expensive mistake (and lesson).

I agree with the top voted comment, state of mind has a lot to do with it. During one low spell, I bought 4 grails and a few other figures over the course of about 3 weeks. Ended up being somewhere around $2k all up. See ya, savings. That sure made life difficult for a while. For the record: I don't regret any of my purchases, just that I was so reckless.

These days I aim to spend no more than $350, but it's difficult when all your pre-orders decide they're gonna release in the same month, ugh.

I don't have a preference for quality or quantity. Some months I might get one scale or one action figure. Another month I might get 4 Nendoroids. It changes all the time.
hace 25 días
2pt
I set myself an annual budget instead of a monthly one because: a) Even my annual budget is not that much, and b) I just don't buy or PO figures that regularly now.

By the way I also set caps for each kind of figures (Action figures, scaled ones, etc.). Now I literally can’t Po anything new with those caps (For example, my cap for 15 cm action figures is around 8000 JPY, far below average figma price nowadays) and turned my limited focus on pre-owned old releases.
hace 25 días
2pt
I decided to set my monthly budget for figures at 200€. I don‘t include manga because I only collect a handful of series. I usually don‘t buy anime as I watch them online (Netflix and so on) and I only rarely buy new games.
That means for me that I have to plan my POs carefully. There are months where I don‘t spend much so I can afford an expensive scale that will be released in a later month and so on. I do save up the money that‘s left of my budget at the end of each month. So although I had to pay more than my monthly budget and I hadn’t planned to buy him I was still able to spontaneously afford ITEM #728451 with my budget :D

An exception are cons tho. I‘m only attending a few (usually 3) cons every year and I allow myself to spend the money I bring with me (100-200€) on figures as well which I usually only do when I want to buy exclusive Nendoroids that you can only get at cons.

Personally I prefer quality over quantity when it comes to scales but I mostly only get Nendoroids anyways xD

It‘s not my goal to have a whole room filled with figures tbh so I don‘t feel the need to rise my budget. I don‘t really have the money anyways as I have some other rather expensive hobbies and am still - 3 years after moving out - in the progress of getting furniture for my apartment lol.
hace 25 días
2pt
Anywhere from $50-$1000+, depending on what's coming out, what I have pre-ordered, statues on payment plans, etc. Yearly is easier to estimate, and I'd estimate that usually comes out to $4000-$5000 or so.
hace 25 días
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SebastianLover (hace 25 días) #70190362One time, with pre-orders and pre-owned shopping, I spent $1500. I feel like I'm confessing a drug addiction.XD

LOL "hi my username is galablue and im a FIGURE COLLECTING ADICT!" - me when i joined this website.

yes mood totally affects my collecting. if i've had a bad day i'm more likely to jump on a preorder than if i'm having a good one, partially because it's like giving a gift to myself.
hace 25 días
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