Well my experience with IK merch is they all decrease greatly in price after some time in general. Bought the Girl collection IK Punk Hazard Nami recently for 4k yen, she was 10k+ for a long time. Been wanting it ever since they were announced so I am excited to receive her.
On another note the store I watch listed the WCF Mega Sunny for 1900yen last night and it sold out quickly it seems. Since when I checked this morning there were none left. I would of passed regardless, though that is a decent price. Would have costed me near $35 Canadian total. Would rather buy the new Glitter and Glamour Boa Hancock that should be out this month.
That store has become ridiculous with price gouging upon release, that last WCF set they listed each one individually for $20 each which is by far the most I have ever seen them do for each one in a set and yet they sold out. Its to the point that there is no point in buying most things on release from them since they just end up discounting them later. The Diamond Flag Ship line is a great example, they don't seem to be selling at all. Rather disappointing since I have been buying from them for years and they used to be quite fair.
Haha, I saw that Nami to. I remember I got the 4 pc IK PH set, but I always wanted that nami (and even the limited Sanji ver.), but they were too expensive.
Yeah, five years on it's understandable that the price on figures popular at the time will drop. Nobody will be looking for Katakuri merch in 2023, the same way people are starting to lose interest in Doflamingo & Corazon merch now.
Problem is, I don't want to wait until the characters are no longer relevant to pick up the merch! I guess i'm a sucker for the hype! BTW, are you talking about Ninoma? If so then yeah, they have always been bad for scalping. I often see their adverts on MFC pages and think "HOW MUCH?"
For now I think i'm gonna stick with using amiami and rakuten ichiba with forwarding services. As crazy as it seems, it's working out cheaper to pre-order and have things shipped to US / Japan and forwarded to me then it is to paying the crazy aftermarket prices on Mandarake.