And in some cases believe they’re overpaying for what they’re buying.
These screen-shots of questions related to
But the real question is:
Anime merchandise expensive? And how do you define expensive?
Google’s definition is obvious to anyone:
costing a lot of
But this is subjective for many reasons.
First, the average everyday person (at least in western society) owns either an Apple MacBook, an IPhone, an Android smartphone or Windows computer.
The cheapest MacBook costs £900-£1000.
A Windows computer costs £300-£400 at the decent/
An IPhone costs over £400+. An Android can cost £200-£500+.
Not to mention the average person owns a TV, which costs between £200-£700+.
Compare that to the average cost of
The average product (like the device you’re reading this from) costs more than the average
Even if we compared TV’s by themselves, the average price is still much higher than
And yet almost every one of us owns a TV, phone, computer, or even a gaming console.
Of course, there are rare exceptions when
Now we’ve cleared that up, here are 6 possible reasons why
Whether that’s in Japan, USA, UK, or anywhere else in the world.
Anime Industry Salaries
Here’s a breakdown of this list:
- Animator – $9400 per year.
- College student – $17,200 per year.
- Part-timer – $18,700 per year.
- Production assistant – $19,500 per year.
- CG Animator – $22,400 per year.
- Episode director – $28,600 per year.
- Series director – $42,500 per year.
- Chief Animator – $44,000
- Executive producer – $64,600 per year.
- A-list voice actor – $599,900 per year.
So when you
Not because it has anything to do with
No. But because if these salaries were any higher,
Or put another way: The
It’s a complicated topic but also a possible reason.
If you prefer video, you can watch this video done on the same topic.
2. Cost of Producing
They say the average
If you take an
A post on
If you take an
And that’s why
a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
Think about the best
Can you feel that? That feeling brings back good memories and makes you feel warm inside.
And this is the reason collectors
We all do this.
It’s the same reason we’ll
Or preorder a new version of an upcoming video game. Or why we
Nostalgia sells. And for the reasons above – it always will. Nostalgia creates its own demand.
4. Novelty Items
Unlike smartphones, pencils, food or clothes, you can’t walk into any store and expect to
Only specific retailers sell
And that’s what makes
The more unusual, original, or hard-to-find a product is, the more it costs. Because it’s far from a commodity which can be bought anywhere and everywhere so easily.
5. Lack of Sales
Just as Goboiano stated in their
So what do you do when the thing you shove
You create and release
And when fans like you
Then the industry benefits and has more
6. Lack of Innovation
Look at the
Why? Because the internet has taken over. And the industry has been slow to adapt and innovate.
Regardless of whatever your opinions are on Piracy, it happens because:
- It’s too easy to watch
- Some countries don’t have access to a range of
Animeshows. Like the UK and other places. Animeisn’t popular or supported in some countries.
- Fans don’t see the value in paying for
DVD’swhen compared to its cost.
Animeis blocked in some countries ( streamingservices, etc).
The fact is – all these reasons (and more) make it too inconvenient for fans to pay for
If it was
productswould be low quality.
- And profits would drop.
- Then the
Animeindustry could go bankrupt.
Imagine if a company like Gucci or Versace suddenly made their items
How long do you think they’d last? Their
The higher the quality, the more it will cost.
anime figures cost so much?
It’s not just
With that said, here are some answers:
Anime figures use high quality materials
If you’ve ever bought your own
Looks premium. And has the type of quality that will blow the minds of the average collector.
Here’s an example to explain things easier…
See this Saber Statue above? It’s one of the latest released in 2018, courtesy of Fate Stay Night.
It’s made in-house and manufactured with high quality PVC materials (and other parts).
It’s the reason the attention to detail is so precise. Almost as if it’s straight out of Fate Stay Night itself! Seriously, it’s a masterpiece.
PVC Statues in particular have the highest quality of any
But it’s uncommon for an
So if an
And aesthetically pleasing to look at.
2. Supply and demand plays a big role in
anime figure prices
The supply of
This is true with all collectibles. Hence why fans collect these items in the first place.
No sense in collecting IPhones when everybody can get their hands on them, right?
Low supply + high demand = higher price + higher quality. That’s how business has always been, and it’ll never change.
It’s the same reason the latest IPhone X cost Â£1000 when the average Android phone is less than half that price.
Or why an Apple Macbook costs Â£1000 or more, and your average Windows computer costs half that. Or less.
The harder it is to attain something, the more it costs because demand goes up, and supply goes down.
The point of this post is to educate.
Often customers have no clue what’s going on behind the scenes of business.
Sure, things “could” be cheaper. But we can say that about almost any product that’s not considered “
The reasons in this post aren’t concrete. But they do have supporting evidence that makes it legit.