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My purchases as an obsessive deal hunter (Miku edition)My purchases as an obsessive deal hunter (Miku edition)Loot

maithymaithyHace 5 meses
Just to preface this, this will mainly focus on Hatsune Miku figures (mostly prize figs) because it's like 90% of what I collect haha. Also all of these were purchased after January 2021 and came in less than 3 weeks because I like to purchase from the US or use airmail when buying from JP sellers. I'll also be including tips on buying miku prize figs at a good price so read on if you're interested!

If you've read my last article, you probably know about my habits of spending wayyy too much time on finding deals. So now it's time to see the fruits of such obsession!!

Side note: I can't tell if this should be categorized as Loot or Diary since I'm talking about both current + future collection but plz don't take down if in wrong category ;-; spent so long writing this up

eBay purchases
So my very first figure purchase was the 3rd Season spring figure and I bought it pre-owned with the box for $15 + $10 shipping! It was originally listed at $20 but I sent an offer for $15 and they accepted which was really neat. So if you're thinking of buying an eBay listing with the "Best Offer" option available, don't be afraid to shoot an offer! No harm in trying :)

View spoilerHide spoilerhttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2021/02/14/2634869.jpeghere she is posed with some cute hand sanitizer hehe

Next purchase is the Dark Angel SPM figure. I paid $40+$4 tax for it sealed in box which I still kinda cringe at because I usually don't spend that much on prize figures but she just looked sooo awesome. I had actually bought this figure already without the box for $35 shipped on Depop but I really liked the box so I just sold that figure when it came and kept the eBay one. I only lost like 50 cents selling the figure so not too big of a deal.

View spoilerHide spoilerhttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2021/04/15/2689459.jpeghehe look! doesn't my nikki nendo kinda match? she's wearing the gothic lolita dress up clothes from nendoroid more

A more memorable purchase of mine was when I sent a lowball eBay offer just for the heck of it and they actually accepted! It was the Racing 2016 Banpresto prize figure. It was originally listed preowned with box at $24 with $8 shipping and I sent an offer for $15 and they actually accepted?!! A personal rule of mine is to spend around $25 or less on prize figures (I break this rule sometimes but whatever :p) so that's why I sent such a low offer of $15. So I ended up paying like $24 total for it and paid using a discounted eBay gift card I bought on Reddit so the actual cost was like $20 shipped! I actually recently ended up selling this figure though since it didn't fit my collection and had no issues making the money back since I bought it so discounted so woo!!

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reminds me of rainbow dash!


The most recent purchase from eBay that I had arrive a few days ago was the Sakura Miku 2021 Taito fig! It was listed at $36 free shipping and I offered $32 and they accepted yay!! The seller was from Japan and I received it in 2 weeks which was amaziiing. I still can't obsess over how the box was packaged too. It came in literal PRISTINE condition because the box it was packaged in was a perfect fit. Anyways I also bought this with a discounted eBay gift card so after taxes ($34 total), it basically cost me like $30 (shipping included) for it. It's a little more on the expensive side of a prize figure purchase for me, but I've seen a bunch of people listing this figure for $40-70 on Depop, Mercari, and MFC.

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2021/04/12/2687048.jpeg dwayuhdwa i love how her hair flares out like a bow

Those are basically most of the eBay purchases I've had! I have 2 more purchases on the way which is the exclusive Costumes China Dress figure pre-owned with box for $23 shipped (originally $28 but I used discounted gift cards) and 2nd season winter figure for $20 shipped ($24 but discounted gcs used). I'm particularly proud of these purchases because the exclusive china dress one usually sells for like $80 and the 2nd season one sells for like $40 :3

MFC purchases
MFC usually has some pretty decent deals but you might have to do some extra digging! My all time favorite purchase was this huuge 7th Dragon Miku like new in box from a fellow MFC user. There were a few ads on MFC listing it at $80 which was a little too much out of my price range so I actually checked the lists the figure was listed in and searched for the keywords "sale" or "sell". I messaged a few people asking how much they were selling it at and someone was selling it for $60! I thought it was a great deal and was planning to have them ship it to me but realized that they did local pickups in my city. Even better!!! Just like that, a good deal became a great deal because I was able to save on shipping costs woohoo! The best deals on MFC are definitely found through some work searching through lists rather than looking at the ads.

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2021/04/15/2689462.jpegsoo big eek!!!

I know I knoww supposed to be focused on US purchases but I actually made a large figure purchase from an MFC user based on Canada. Their prices were so good that I just couldn't resist! Shipping ended up costing $50 but since me and a friend split the cost, it wasn't actually that bad. I got a 1/8 Racing Miku 2013 with a damaged box for $55 and a slightly damaged 1/8 Racing Miku 2015 with no box for $40! So those two figures ended up being like $95 + $25 = $120 including shipping o3o Shipping wasn't actually that bad too it came in like 3 weeks so woohoo

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tbh i actually hate how these 2 figures don't fit ANYWHERE in my collection...the racing miku 2013 kinda fits okay but i don't like how she covers so much of the selfish manager miku. i think i might get some acrylic risers to fix that though. as for racing 2015, it's just too out of place i feel gahh might sell her idk im really on the fence about that since i bought it so recently


Mercari purchases
To be honest, I find a lot of figures on Mercari hella overpriced but sometimes you can snag a good deal if you're really lucky or refresh the newly listed items frequently. I actually snagged the sitting down pajama figure for $24 including shipping! Tax and whatnot made it like $27 T_T but I still think I got a pretty decent deal on it since I've seen it sell for $35+ shipped.

View spoilerHide spoilerhttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2021/04/15/2689457.jpegwahaha so cute hehe. i put these lil mini figures from some fb sticker pack i use frequently. i bought it for wayy overpriced ($6) from a local mall

Amazon purchases
I very rarely buy from Amazon since the risk of getting a bootleg is sooo high especially with the more popular figures like the Sakura and Easter figs. But I really really wanted the Selfish Manager miku because I just looove the dark look on miku hehe. I couldn't bear to wait 3 months to buy it preowned from Solaris Japan so I bit the bullet and bought it sealed for $50 on Amazon with Prime shipping. With tax, it ended up costing $54.35 but I actually bought a discounted Amazon gift card at 80% of its price so technically it cost me $43.38! Not too bad!

View spoilerHide spoilerhttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2021/04/15/2689460.jpegher gears are actually kinda lopsided but. um. im gonna ignore that. simply close my eyes...do not see it..

LunarToyStore
One of my favorite US retailers for my prize figs! They have $5 flat rate shipping and some decent prize figures listed at $20. I got the Birthday 2019 figure sealed for just $25 including tax so woohoooo

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just a simple prize figure! she's a great addition to my taito shelf


TokyoOtakuMode
I managed to preorder the Halloween miku fig for just $15.80 shipped since that was my first TOM purchase (to their knowledge...) and a few days before that on another TOM account I used a birthday coupon to preorder the super cute Red Riding hood figure for $30 shipped! Not that good of a deal but wowowoww she is sooo cute

Figurise
Gahh me and a friend ordered together and her preorder will be holding back my instock miku until august T_T. She preordered this Zenitsu nendoroid and the estimated release date was March but it got pushed to August so now my miku will just be held off from me ;-; I had ordered the Costumes China dress fig in the regular color variant for like $25 plus $5 shipping (shipping was $10 but split in half with friend). I don't want to cancel my item in the order bc then my friend would have to pay the entire shipping cost which I feel bad about. So... missus impatient genius here decided to buy the figure again preowned on AmiAmi for $15 LMFAO. Once the Figurise order arrives in August I'll just sell her or something lmao. I ordered using airmail so shipping will probably cost like $10 ? maybe more but the duplicate amiami fig will probably just end up being like $28 shipped. so. yeah. life of an impatient double buyer.

Physical conventions
I've only gotten into figure collection in February this year so I've never experienced any actual big cons T_T but I have gone to a local convention in my county about twice during the pandemic! I went to the Frank and Sons Collectible show and there was this one vendor selling prize figures at $25 each! It wasn't exactly a super duper good deal but it was a decent price for me considering I didn't have to pay tax or shipping on the figures. I bought the Winter Live figure and considered buying this Project Diva figure but decided against it because I didn't really like the look of it enough despite it being only $25.

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nothing much to say excvept that she's a good centerpiece for my taito shelf since her hair's so big and flare outy lol


That's basically it for now! I do have a buncha more figures I ordered through sea mail at a decent deal but it causes me physical pain to think about those figures in limbo so........... yeah...

I think this was a pretty boring diary entry lol but I do like keeping track of how much I paid for all my figures and having an outlet to brag about finding good deals haha

Hope this was mildly helpful for knowing where to snag good deals!
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Wow awesome collection of mikus personally I’m trying not to buy anything but sell haha
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Elise_Grimwald The other Warner sister
It sounds like you got a bunch of great deals on some awesome Mikus. I had no idea that the 7th Dragon Miku was even $80 in the first place, and the deal you got was even better. You're REALLY lucky lol. I'm going to have to pick her up myself later, as she's cheap for a scale and looks good.
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I love doing this as well. I use online proxy's to get used figures from japan because ive found that even with the additional costs to use the proxy and shipping... its still cheaper then a lot of used figures sold online in the states.
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maithy shiteyanyNO
donslipoHace 5 meses#95501636" I actually checked the lists the figure was listed in and searched for the keywords "sale" or "sell". I messaged a few people asking how much they were selling it at"
I use that too. I don't like tho, when the price is not listed in LIST. I hate bothering people if I don't know if I will buy it ;P
On my list I put both "sell" and "sale" in the title ;P


lol i also understand the feeling of not wanting to bother people about prices. but then again i shouldn't complain too much because i also don't put the prices in my list HAHA

just sooo lazy to list my prices for all my items T_T
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" I actually checked the lists the figure was listed in and searched for the keywords "sale" or "sell". I messaged a few people asking how much they were selling it at"

I use that too. I don't like tho, when the price is not listed in LIST. I hate bothering people if I don't know if I will buy it ;P

On my list I put both "sell" and "sale" in the title ;P
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