Online shop drop (scheduled) Event (DCON, Five Points, etc) Lotto (closed) Lotto (open) Online shop drop (random) Online auction Here are my preferences in order. A scheduled online shop drop is what I would consider to be the most fair, generally speaking. All you need to do is pay attention and get prepared and you have a fighting shot. The whole "bots" argument is honestly a bit bullshit at this point and easily beaten. Events are a lot of fun and I think and can be well managed, but definitely depends on the maker. Either way it is a lot of trial and error to find the system that works for you, but generally I find people can be happy with a well-managed event. Closed lottos are kind of a black box. Elegab does 50% of a run to people who buy consistently, 40% for semi-regular buyers and 10% for new. Seems to be working well as people appreciate the transparency and have a chance to be "upgraded" eventually. Open lottos I'm kind of getting turned off to. Lately it seems an influx of new buyers or hype really fucks up a market. I'm seeing a TON of tradebait here in that regard. Not to say it can't happen with others but if makers want to validate buyers that's time consuming and if they don't its ripe for abuse. It may come off as sour apples from lotto losses, but it's also just keeping an ear to the ground and hearing people offering toys before they even shipped out. Hell, I heard a guy won a recent popular lotto that hasn't been shipped, sold it, and the dude who bought it was using it for trade bait already. I don't want to fall into a "only a true scotsman" fallacy, but I think a lot of people will always go for hype open lottos because it's super easy and if they win it they got something "worth" something else. Random online shop drops are just super shitty IMO. I don't think telling fans "be prepared to drop everything you're doing at a moment's notice or reserve a giant window of time for a toy release" is fun. We all spend a lot more time than we would care to admit on toys, but the reality is if you make less toys than people want you'll piss off an equal amount of people vs. an announced shop drop without wasting hours and hours of their time. And for those who go straight to auctions? That's lame as shit and caters to the worst parts of this hobby.