Ever since I began collecting Dollfie Dream some years ago, it has always bothered me that some of the very crucial information such as how to go about acquiring a Dollfie Dream, and how much does it cost to actually get one are often difficult to find, especially for someone new to the hobby. As we all know, the distribution mechanics for limited Dollfie Dream is rather unique or should I say, highly time sensitive. Once we missed the boat initially, collectors old and new most likely have to end up dipping into one of the most popular aftermarket distribution channel, also known as Yahoo Japan Auction. Now, let it be known that I have always have a strong distaste for online auction for goods with limited availability, because once the availability of the said good is determined to be rare, it becomes a highly seller oriented market, which is bad for most of us who are looking to acquire the said goods.
I could go on and on for pages on why I don’t like these auction marketplaces, but I am not going to do that since doing that would be similar to barking at the wrong tree. Instead, I have been secretly collecting pricing history and trending for some of the highly popular limited Dollfie Dream, my goal here is to bring some knowledge and transparency of this marketplace to someone new to this hobby so they wouldn’t end up paying more than what they absolutely had to.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is only for reference purpose. All of these pricing information collected for this blog post were taken from completed Yahoo Japan Auction at the respective date.
First we are going to take a look at DD Rin Tohsaka~
Based on the data collected since June of 2010, a used DD Rin is fluctuating between 80k yen to 100k yen. A brand new unopened DD Rin is between 118k to 150k yen. The purple line represent a brand new unopened DD Rin along with the alternate school uniform, which is not exactly a very popular auction and has been trending down ever since.
Next we are going to take a look at DD Saber Alter. Saber Alter probably has one of the most controversial auction history of all Dollfie Dream released to-date. In fact, back in October of 2010, one auction almost set a new record auction price for Dollfie Dream but only to be canceled a few days later. The exact details of of the cancellation is still a mystery to me at this point. However, as you can see from the pricing history chart, the auction price of an item is heavily influenced by sudden supply and demand fluctuations.
And finally, we will also take a look at the most recent entry, DD Saber Lily, who was just released back in December 2010. I have monitored and recorded over 70 completed auction of DD Saber Lily by herself (not including Avalon or the maid dress) from December of 2010 to March 2011, thus giving us the best possible picture on how the auction price is changing over time. As you can see, I have conveniently plotted the trend line to show us where the price action is likely to go to.
While this is nothing more than just data points I have collected overtime and by no means does it represent how much you will have to pay in order to acquire one of these beauties; however, I hope these data will be helpful for someone new to the hobby and have no idea how the market works, enabling them to make intelligent decision on their next Dollfie Dream adoption.
P.S. The post will be updated periodically to keep track of pricing trend over time.
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