Showcase #35: Japan/Taiwan/Hong Kong: Kinnikuman Travel Musings
Posted 18 September 2017 - 11:59 AM
Surprisingly dude (in my opinion) not that bad; it was around 40 EUR a pop/each (I haggled so I got a better deal and I always try and buy in bulk to sweeten the pot).
Plus I think since I had bought something like the day before that the woman cut me a deal.
Taking into account shipping from Japan, using a proxy or even customs; I thought the price was more than fair.
The prices for vintage Japanese toys or Kinkeshi in general in Hong Kong are so random considering what I saw these Kinkeshi go for in Japan at Mandarake for example (the son who is owner of the Baby Boom Toy shop was even selling the first issue of REX Magazine).
Unfortunately only two shops sold Kinkeshi or Keshigomu (both on the 2nd floor of Ins Point).
Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:02 PM
circa 40 EUR (more like 49 but still a good deal right?) I always lump everything together (even if they have separate prices) and divide by the number of items and just low ball first (with my intended amount hopefully coming somewhere in the middle).
Usually that works and also...
I did the old "I am walking away routine" (the woman was on the phone with her son); after a couple of seconds she came after me (I think at least in Hong Kong the market for Kinkeshi or Keshigomu is not that high). Maybe the son felt: "I am not gonna sell these otherwise".
The store also had the Flesh version!
I really wanted the Flesh version of Satan Cross from Part 3 (especially because it had the insert from Part 3) but she/he would not budge on the price which was circa 200 EUR (give or take which by that point in my trip I could not responsibly afford for just 1 figure), so when I said I had bought some stuff from her the day before yesterday and that I would take another 3 etc
My final offer was 1400 Hong Kong Dollars and she eventually took it (the day before I offered her 800 HKD for the other three Part 3 figures and that was about 28 EUR a fig)
I guess the seller thought I would rather have a sale of about 240 EUR total than not (Usually am pretty good about haggling in markets: Mexico City or Thailand etc)
Edited by kayfabe1985, 18 September 2017 - 10:07 PM.
Posted 19 September 2017 - 03:30 AM
damn...I regret not getting that Flesh Satan Cross now lol
Posted 19 September 2017 - 12:52 PM
Approximate final tally from my trip of vintage Kinkeshi from giant bags (not counting separate single figures, pachi, chibis, Amada, a gashapon machine and the regular/crystal premium sets I bought + anything else I forgot):
I go back to work on Thursday and I had some down time to sort through my purchases (plus clean the Kinkeshi and count them)
I can now update some old showcase articles and post new ones (so keep an eye out).
My goal during my trip was to try and complete as much of the vintage 418 Kinkeshi line and I almost succeded sans two figures; I'll take 416 figures total man.
Now I gotta pull some extra hours freelancing to make up for some of that toy money I spent on my trip!
Edited by kayfabe1985, 19 September 2017 - 12:53 PM.
Posted 19 September 2017 - 02:31 PM
Gonna need to see some pics of your score when you have a chance. I'd love to see it all together.
Posted 19 September 2017 - 04:13 PM