|12-26-2008, 04:33 PM||#41|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Mint on Card
Couldn't have said it better.
|12-26-2008, 04:56 PM||#42|
Join Date: Aug 2008
AFA appeals to the ridiculous notion that your toys, unlike those of yesteryear, are going to be worth something. However, if someone is willing to pay $80 now for an AFA Airborne that should only cost $6.99, maybe they WILL be worth something down the road. Or if suddenly future generations lose interest in GI Joe it won't be worth 2 cents.
Marketing is a funny thing. It reminds me of the psychology of sales and discounts. Say a gidget is $5.00 and you might sell it for $6.00, but instead you list it as $20 but put a %50 discount on it, making it $10 and people are like wow I'm getting a deal, it used to be $20!
But if people are willing to pay a certain amount...Oh well... Personally I'd rather invest in real estate and just buy toys for fun.
|12-26-2008, 05:49 PM||#43|
Join Date: Jun 2008
whats to stop me from getting something graded and then when I get it back I stomp it all to hell with my boot and then sell it as an AFA graded item????????????????
I agree with you all there are more rediculose reasons not to grade but I just had to add that!
|12-26-2008, 07:15 PM||#44|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Don't Worry About It
So basically AFA suckers look at AFA as a means of an investment.
Like if I drop $$$$ on a AFA figure now, it will be worth $$$$$ in the future.
But that still dosen't mean that just because it was graded by AFA that action figure is worth that amount of $$$$$$$$.
Sense when did the 25th annniversary have any means of value.
Alot of the prices are over exaggerating because we all know that these figs are not worth more than what they retail for and just because it has a AFA stamp on it it triples the value. How when the same figure is still warming the shelves in the stores. So thats why I say AFA is crap.
I also bet you that AFA are not even proffessionals. There just some 3rd party company w/ a group of thugs that run it and was probably founded and put together in someones car garage. All they care about is profits and they get those profits from the suckers who send in there toys to be graded.
Sense when did AFA has the right to control the prices on how much a toyline is worth.
|12-27-2008, 12:24 AM||#45|
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA
They aren't an Authority of anything, merely a good business idea dreamt up by Cloud City Collectibles in Norcross, Ga.
If anyone else remembers how AFA got its start, it had a lot to do with that "shop"... Cloud City Collectibles - World's largest selection of Star Wars toys! that's a lot of AFA goodness there.
Anyway, I can see the point people make of wanting "the best" quality possible as far as figures, etc. go, since some people do like to display them basically as works of art. However, I don't see these guys as being a reputable business and to me have worked their way up taking advantage of the gullibility of collectors.
|12-27-2008, 12:58 AM||#46|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: on the Ghost Plains.
me want snoo snoo
|12-27-2008, 01:00 AM||#47|
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Originally: Huntington Beach, CA
It's a license to scalp.
|12-28-2008, 08:35 PM||#48|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: NJ, USA
The mother of all AFA has to be the 1985 Snake Eyes, 95-graded figure selling for $23,549 on ebay. this must be in the guiness book as the most expensive action figure.
"That's an even longer story... they're someplace where brave men are needed, badly."
1980's Figures Dream Collection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LF47ZttxRs&fmt=18
|12-28-2008, 08:49 PM||#49|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Austin, TX
AFA isn't getting any of my money!
|12-28-2008, 08:56 PM||#50|
Cobra Blue Shirt
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Wakefield, RI
I think the whole grading things is dumb. I remember back in 1999 or 2000, I had some sports cards graded. Some came back 10's, others 9 or 9.5, and some were 7. They all looked Minty fresh. Anyways, i sold the four 10's I had at a show in New York 2 weeks later for $3600, and the 9.5 cards for another $2800. The total book value for all 6 cards was only $75 bucks at the time in ungraded condition.
At the same time, I had a Mark McGuire RC that I pulled straight out of a pack that went in to the same company for grading, and they sent it back to me ungraded. They said they couldn't tell if it was real or not. When I took the cards to NY, I had them double check the card, and the guy there had everyone look at the card and although some thought it was real, others still thought it was fake. I still have the card, and trust me its real. The sad part is I lost out on potentially $25,000 by them not grading it.
Moral of these stories....... these companies don't know crap. I always picture them sitting around a dart board. They throw darts to determine your grade.
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