Discussion in 'Whatever' started by badteethcomics, Nov 1, 2019.
In-person events like D-Con and Design Fiesta resumed in 2021, that seems significant.
Apps like Popshop Live and NTWRK either starting or getting more popular for selling toys
Not with me!
Popshop seems as glitchyAF and NTWRK plain sucks!
Super slow (and super expensive) shipping and lame customer service from personal experience. Tales of overselling and the same lame customer service from other collectors.
Things I noted this year in 2021: the aftermarket is still priced as highly as ever in 2021, shipping is resuming for many countries now, NTWRK fucking sucks ($100 USD to ship a Pus print to Aus? No thank you!), even Shelterbank values themselves a bit too much (660,000 yen retail at a recent online event), shows are making a return in the US and they are still tracking along in Japan, the Aus scene is dead in the water for the time being (can't be helped after extensive lockdowns and we may have flown too close to the Sun anyway), as previously mentioned in this thread Creature Bazaar has been quite interesting, Charactics returns, Rentarof is a newer sofubi artist who is braindead in how he wants to enforce anti-flipping measures (provision of ID, buyers signing contracts) and larger artists may push to implement NFTs somehow in their sales modules.
Personally I haven't seen any NEW artists this year who blew me away but happy to be proven wrong. This is a great thread, hopefully we can check into it time to time this decade.
I don’t consider either of those things as good. NTWRK is pretty lousy. I’ve heard lots of stories of over sells, and I can vouch for the slow order processing and cancelling orders. They want to emphasize the speed of making purchases, but then seem to take their time once they have your money.
Not to mention it’s just perpetuating the hype beast kind of scene.
I think all the sellers are responsible for shipping. I bought something from giant robot and had it in 3 days.
Hype beasts are hype beasts I doubt they are jointing the clutter or giant robot events. It was funny on the Shelterbank, house 33, medicom drop, because it was medicom they had the normal hosts and the broadcast was all speculation about resell value and how hot it was because it was medicom. People were in the comments asking how much they could flip it for, and no one even mentioned Shelterbank or seemed to know who they were, it was just medicom name dropping over and over.
@JoeMan Everything I’ve ever got from NTWRK looks like it came from a fulfillment center. But maybe the items have to get to said fulfillment center from the artist/company first.
As for the medicom chat anecdote- that… does not surprise me. I much prefer my soft vinyl when it flys a bit more under the radar. Leave that nonsense to the sneakerheads.
Among the toy producers I know, 2021 is definitely going to be remembered for shortages and slowdowns. Shipping containers sitting in ports or on ships. Unexpected power failures in Texas that led to disruptions in producing resin and silicone. Scheduled shutdowns of the power grid in China that forced factories to reduce operations down to five or even as low as two days a week. I haven't heard of similar issues in Japan but I wonder if folks there can let us know about any.
A reduction in the number of flights heading out of Tokyo meant delays on stuff being shipped out. Also experienced delays shipping into China for the same reason (flight cancellations and smaller import depots being unable to handle the volume of redirected mail).
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