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8 Comments on Convention Exclusives, and What Exclusive really Means!

  1. jr22173

    Sadly, it is becoming a harsh reality that these companies are indeed finding a way to make some items more exclusive and out of reach then others. When you seem to have multiple duplicates of the same item, only to find that yours is the lower value because it does not have the official seal of comic con, you know you have been duped.

    Indeed, from everywhere to hot topic, to Bigbadtoy store, Entertainment earth, and everywhere else, just a little patience can get you what you are looking for, but since so many have jumped on the exclusive bandwagon, many of these sell out very quickly.

    What I do see is long after comic con is done, a number of so called exclusives also go to die on these websites, always in stock, and eventually in the clearance bin once they realize no one cares. And there are a graveyard of them that go for decent prices at the start and slowly sink into oblivion and eventually just buy the damn thing for 10.00 bucks hell.

    Also, Funko is adding fuel to the catch me if you can fire by no longer allowing you to pre order special funko, and there were hundreds of them this year. As the almighty dollar becomes more important, expect to see more companies force people to go to comic con and try to block pre sales all together.

    • Steven Saldutti

      Hey JR! Thanks for the reply. I agree with everything you said. And yes, the multiple dupes are ridiculous, and my luck is always I have the least valuable one!

    • Nick Lenihan

      What I’m seeing a lot of companies doing is not telling anyone about it, but around the time SDCC is happening, their exclusives are available at retail stores like Barns and Noble, Hastings, TRU, etc.

      A few companies that comes to mind would be NECA and Funko, but I’m sure there is more.

      Some of the companies that offer pre-orders for their exclusives don’t even have any stock to sell at the show. Mezco’s One:12 Batman exclusive this year was the perfect example. It was basically sold out from the time the SDCC doors opened, leaving attendees no way to get the item.

      • jr22173

        That is a great point, which means the pendulum can swing either way. Some companies give attendees the benefit of first come first serve, but lock out non attendees who are forced to then buy them at three times the price on the back market. Some do the opposite and indeed, by giving non attendees early access, end up shorting those who spent money going to comic con. I know entertainment Earth changed their policy this year and said even if you see a sdcc 2015 item on thier site and order it depends on whether they actually have any left and the send them out when they return. Bigbad toy store will subject you to allocation as well. In defense of Mezco, they never made the batman one: 12 a sdcc 2015 exclusive specifically and sent out plenty of info where and how to order it. It was hard to miss. They did however along with other ONE: 12 variants, make a specific one for Puerto Rico Comic Con that had his yellow and black bAt emblem and you had to attend to buy it. It was not for pre order on their site.

        • Nick Lenihan

          I’m personally all for making them available to attendees first, as they are exclusive to that event.
          I attended SDCC this year and ended up just buying my Hasbro exclusives on eBay because there was no way I was going to attempt the Hasbro line again.

          • Steven Saldutti

            I have to agree with you. Otherwise, what is the motivation to actually go to these conventions simply for buying convention exclusives? I know most people don’t go just for that, but there should be some kind of a benefit. Heck, we’re not asking for freebies, we’re just asking for convention exclusives that can’t be found at my neighbor’s garage sale!

          • jr22173

            I am suspecting that is probably the way it will begin to go in the next few years. Funko sent out a pretty ominous signal buy cutting off any pre orders this year and making their special edition funko’s with the comic con badge only available at the event. They did however, create a back door by allowing stores such as Hot Topic to sell some of the same ones with a basic Funko Summer exclusive badge, not the SDCC comic con badge. You can guess which one is more sought after, obviously.

            And the Black Friday scenerio is spot on, that is really how it feels, but go back to the aisle a week or two later and that same item can be had for half price. Hasbro sent me a link yesterday giving me access to the left over stock for their exclusives where you could snatch up a few of them at regular price.

            In the end, I think there needs to be balance. Not everyone can afford to attend Comic Con in SD, and it is an expensive venture, so completely locking Non attendees out, and there are a lot of them out there, is not the way to go either. I can see the argument though that if you spent 3 months of mortgage payments to go down there, there should be some benefit. I think that was the case with the Batman VS. Superman special edition funko which still goes for about 200.00 on Ebay and you could not get without being there.

        • Steven Saldutti

          I have to liken this to “Black Friday Deals”. You know, everyone is pushing young children and old women down, trampling them for these new and wonderful deals. Give an elbow here, a punch there. Only to find out that those totally awesome deals are really not that awesome at all. They are the usual price, and touted otherwise.

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