And the nuggets of wisdom at Scum continue into the new day... Who wants to guess which Einstein whipped this remark out?
Considering (like what steve said above) we pay US$13 per basic figure the price of these aren't that bad, I honestly think some people are just spoiled rotten "the Clone wars version was $5.99 so these figures should be that price as well" - times change and what a perfect way for them to earn more money. Yeah it does suck but if you (and I'm not aiming this at anybody) do have a problem with the price then just flat out refuse to buy them - simple as that.
Now, I'm not about to take a dump on foreign collectors because the fact of the matter is they are entitled to their opinions... And the "Steve" mentioned in the above quote is Stylie Steve from Scum, and he's a good guy and not really complaining about anything other than saying he's content with the price, etc.
But, to those who ARE complaining that U.S. customers need to "stop whining" simply because in their native lands they spend more $ on toys than we do, I have a little word of advice...
**** costs more in your country because it's not considered a domestic product, and as such there's prices paid to import it.
Yes, Hasbro's an American company, and yes, as an American company they can make their product available to their consumers cheaper.
The simple fact is, we're talking about international economic boundariers and structures. Something I'm going to wager the maroon who made the above comment knows little to nothing about, so he really ought to think before he opens his sucker and inserts his size 3 foot.
On a more simple note, you can use the comparison of cars and their costs as imports and exports.
Imports in the U.S. can cost an arm and a leg, depending on the quality of the car. The same is said for U.S. imports however, when sold overseas. U.S. pick-ups go for premiums overseas, as do good U.S. cars (My car actually has a large collecting club for it in Europe I guess... I sure would've never known that, and apparantly the U.S. engine with Turbo is the more popular model... Go figure).
While one's definition of "value" is subjective, that's a fundamental rule of economics, it's a shame to see so many of the European, Australian, etc., collectors out there so easily willing to lash out when not actually understanding that things cost more in their country for a reason.
U.S. collector's are griping legitimately... This isn't our "standard". Of course one could always just say "Well imagine you had to pay $23 USD for figures instead of $13 ya numbnuts!", but I doubt that point would drive home to them either.
And it's not even "them". It's mostly this one maroon, but there's others.
Again, should Steve read this I hope he sees the point and isn't offended... And this is by no means the majority of foreign collectors, but it is a handful who EVERY time a U.S. price is disputed by a U.S. consumer that they have to pipe in with comments filled with ignorance.
Hey, have any of you figured out just who would have said something that stupid yet?
Begins with a G, ends with a T, and his quote is one of only countless remarks of utter stupidity. I shouldn't be as surprised as I am, but he never ceases to amaze, this kid out there.