How To Price & Sell Hot Toys FiguresPaul
With new Hot Toys figures being released all the time and space a limited factor for many sixth scale collectors you may be faced with the challenge at some point of having to sell some part of your collection to make way for new figures. Like many collectible toy lines, after an item has been released and sold through by a manufacturer there is almost never (few exceptions outside of updated versions of the same figure) a second production run. This is a great thing for Hot Toys collectors because it helps protect the value of your collection. If Hot Toys were to re-release sold out figures and add more supply to the marketplace then secondary market prices would be negatively impacted because instead of purchasing the item from a collector and being subject to their asking price a buyer could just opt to purchase it at regular MSRP from the manufacturer or a retailer. Private sellers often ask prices higher than MSRP to not only make up for the funds spent on acquiring the item but due to item scarcity they can command extra in many cases so it would be silly not to. Finding sold out Hot Toys figures can be an expensive head ache but on the flip side: how much would it suck to know the value in your figures could tank at any time if re-issues were common? Pricing Hot Toys figures for sale can be a confusing task but we are here to give you some pointers on how to come up with a price for your used Hot Toys figures without too much trouble.
The first go-to marketplace that probably comes to mind for selling used goods for most people is probably eBay and that’s a great starting point to get an idea of value. The most important thing to remember about eBay or any marketplace of private sellers is that a seller is free to ask whatever price tag they want for an item. Just because a seller has tagged an item at $400 for example does not mean that someone is going to purchase that item for the given asking price. Sometimes these erroneous listings can give people a false idea of value when searching eBay in search of what they should sell their figure for. The best way to avoid this is to make sure you select “Sold Items” under the Show Only heading on the left hand side of the page. This will filter the listings shown to you so that only successful sales are visible instead of sellers reaching for the stars with unrealistic asking prices. Then it’s as simple as matching a listing (or multiple) with the condition of your item and using that pricing as an idea of what you should ask for your Hot Toys for sale. Make sure you look through multiple successful sale listings to get an average price instead of just using one example. Typically speaking, auction style listings will sell for a cheaper amount than Buy-It-Now options so a good tip for spotting a deal is sorting listings (after searching by keyword) by “Time: Newly Listed” as this will display the most recently listed items first. eBay will frequently offer coupons for additional savings so keep an eye on their homepage for those, too!
Another good place to sell Hot Toys figures without all the fuss of fees is Facebook Social Groups / Facebook Marketplace – a growing staple in the collector community for Hot Toys collectors to share their collection, discuss new releases and just general chit-chat. There are two different types of Facebook groups primarily: those aimed at discussion and others geared for buy, sell and trade among the members. A good first step when joining one of these groups after introducing yourself is to consult the feedback thread. Most groups will have a pinned post or thread of some kind where members share positive (or negative) feedback about others so you know who you can deal with safely without fear of losing your money or having a poor experience. After that it’s just a matter of making a post in the group with a description of your Hot Toys for sale and the pricing. Then you just sit back and wait for interested Hot Toys collectors to reach out to you. Typically speaking, Hot Toys for sale in these groups will be listed cheaper than prices you can find on eBay as collectors know they are not subject to fees and as a result often sell at lower price points. It’s a good idea to keep your eye on the new postings made in these groups on a daily basis as what’s available for sale changes quite regularly and it can give you an idea of how to better price your items for a quick sale if that’s what you are looking for. And remember, in private sale groups where you can interact directly with the seller more fluidly buyers may attempt to negotiate with you on the pricing or shipping costs so be ready for that.
Probably the quickest and easiest way to sell Hot Toys figures is at a local comic or collectibles store if you have one in your area or by utilizing a sell your toys service like we offer here at Toy Origin. Most local comic shops that sell Hot Toys and other collectibles will in most cases purchase items from customers for the purpose of re-sale and offer hassle free cash over having to price and sell items yourself. One thing that’s important to keep in mind if you plan to sell your Hot Toys figures at a local shop in your neighborhood is that you will in most cases get less than half of their intended re-sale price in cash paid. Running a business is not a cheap endeavor and with costs to pay it’s simply not feasible in many cases for these establishments to offer you anywhere close to retail pricing and expect to make a profit. The trade-off is time saved versus less money made but for some people it’s worth it. At the end of the day, as the old saying goes.. time is money. If your area lacks a shop that will purchase your items (or you don’t feel like leaving the house) you can sell Hot Toys and other figures or collectibles right here on Toy Origin and have a courier service pick-up your items at your house directly and after delivery and verification at our warehouse, a PayPal payment or check is released to you. Quick and painless.