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Re: Scaling?

Postby highlanderfil » Tue May 15, 2018 12:15 pm

rowden wrote:Just now heard of this method wherein a person actually takes a scale to the store and WEIGHS the blind boxes.
Just recently a Hot Topic employee I know, told me about telling a person not to do that.
Now personally, I understand wanting to get certain minis. But, I (again personally) consider this cheating.
I mean, HELLO! BLIND BOX!
I'd like to hear about how you go about your mini hunt.
For example... Any good luck rituals? Do you just blindly (see what I did there?) grab away? Buy whole cases?
Let's hear it. :freddy2:
EDIT___I did not know of this before and just PERSONALLY FOR ME think of it as cheating. What you do is fine
I scale and I will continue to scale, until such time that Funko makes all figures of equal weights and odds. I don't need an army of the (absolutely worthless) Harry Potter hatted trio in my quest for exclusives, thanks.

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Re: Scaling?

Postby highlanderfil » Tue May 15, 2018 12:16 pm

kyten wrote:I know someone who was told at a Hot Topic recently (this weekend) that he was not allow to scale and it was against corporate policy. Not sure if that's true or maybe it depends on which one you visit. I don't mind it, personally. When you collect a lot of these and you get a lot of dupes it can become frustrating!
I've been told this, as well. It has not been confirmed by Hot Topic corporate. Seems that some stores are going rogue.

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Re: Scaling?

Postby highlanderfil » Tue May 15, 2018 12:19 pm

Mystery_Mini_God wrote: If the intent is to complete your sets because you actually collect, then great. If your intent is to go through all cases to profit, then meh.
What if your intent is to stock up on exclusives because you know the next set you'll end up collecting will have its own Yule Ball Hermione or Buckbeak which command exorbitant prices on eBay and you'll need leverage? That's the mode I'm in right now, looking for any and all exclusives ahead of the HP S3 release.

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Postby magicalme » Tue May 15, 2018 12:38 pm

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Kal-El-051 wrote:I agree profb, when people stop buying that is when they will need to evaluate. I think people weighing them is a whole lot better than the other option of finding them opened in the store.


Oh, I don't know. We were in a Gamestop over the weekend and they had a ton of Mystery Minis in their clearance section that were all opened. So we went through and found all of the ones we needed and bought them.


I actually know of a GameStop that will open up the last boxes of mystery minis in a set ao customers don’t have to guess and can just buy what they want lol
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Re: Please Add Weighted Decoys!!

Postby Kal-El-051 » Tue May 15, 2018 12:42 pm

magicalme wrote:
Cephus wrote:
Kal-El-051 wrote:I agree profb, when people stop buying that is when they will need to evaluate. I think people weighing them is a whole lot better than the other option of finding them opened in the store.


Oh, I don't know. We were in a Gamestop over the weekend and they had a ton of Mystery Minis in their clearance section that were all opened. So we went through and found all of the ones we needed and bought them.


I actually know of a GameStop that will open up the last boxes of mystery minis in a set ao customers don’t have to guess and can just buy what they want lol


I would love it if my GameStop adopted this practice.
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Re: Please Add Weighted Decoys!!

Postby Shalee04 » Tue May 15, 2018 12:49 pm

Kal-El-051 wrote:
magicalme wrote:
Cephus wrote:
Oh, I don't know. We were in a Gamestop over the weekend and they had a ton of Mystery Minis in their clearance section that were all opened. So we went through and found all of the ones we needed and bought them.


I actually know of a GameStop that will open up the last boxes of mystery minis in a set ao customers don’t have to guess and can just buy what they want lol


I would love it if my GameStop adopted this practice.



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Re: Please Add Weighted Decoys!!

Postby Kal-El-051 » Tue May 15, 2018 2:55 pm

Shalee04 wrote:
Kal-El-051 wrote:
magicalme wrote:
I actually know of a GameStop that will open up the last boxes of mystery minis in a set ao customers don’t have to guess and can just buy what they want lol


I would love it if my GameStop adopted this practice.



I,have been to a few that do,this practice.. I have gotten a few goodies minis also. \:D/


My stores are locked down pretty good by other collectors. Unless it’s a preorder I usually don’t make them a constant stop.
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Re: Scaling?

Postby Mystery_Mini_God » Tue May 15, 2018 6:10 pm

highlanderfil wrote:
Mystery_Mini_God wrote: If the intent is to complete your sets because you actually collect, then great. If your intent is to go through all cases to profit, then meh.
What if your intent is to stock up on exclusives because you know the next set you'll end up collecting will have its own Yule Ball Hermione or Buckbeak which command exorbitant prices on eBay and you'll need leverage? That's the mode I'm in right now, looking for any and all exclusives ahead of the HP S3 release.


I know folks who do that also. Maybe don’t clear the city with your scale? Maybe help some local collectors? It’s good karm.
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Re: Scaling?

Postby highlanderfil » Tue May 15, 2018 7:56 pm

Mystery_Mini_God wrote:I know folks who do that also. Maybe don’t clear the city with your scale? Maybe help some local collectors? It’s good karm.

Given how much stuff I've given away and sold at cost, I've got karma up the wazoo at this point. In fairness, I've also received Trevor (my last missing piece) for just a promise of trying to find Buckbeak or PoA Dumbledore. Lucky for the guy I can't bear to be in someone's debt, so he got his Dumbledore fairly quickly after I raided every Meijer in the area for a Selkie to use in trade. My area (Metro Detroit + Ann Arbor) is too vast for any one person to have full control over it, anyways.

But I did get lucky today with a Neville and a Pygmy Puff. Going to sit on them until they can be used as bargaining chips. Too bad my Meijers no longer restock...

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Re: Scaling?

Postby Shalee04 » Tue May 15, 2018 11:09 pm

highlanderfil wrote:
Mystery_Mini_God wrote: If the intent is to complete your sets because you actually collect, then great. If your intent is to go through all cases to profit, then meh.
What if your intent is to stock up on exclusives because you know the next set you'll end up collecting will have its own Yule Ball Hermione or Buckbeak which command exorbitant prices on eBay and you'll need leverage? That's the mode I'm in right now, looking for any and all exclusives ahead of the HP S3 release.



There are some in the FB mini group, who do just this. They say they are there to help, but have no issues bragging and showing pix of all the rare extras they have, but won't trade them, and when they do they want the same top 10 most expensive minis only... so,it's super frustrating.
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Re: Scaling?

Postby Sam25 » Tue May 15, 2018 11:54 pm

I just want the ones I want. I don’t think anyone should get stuck with a bunch of duplicates. I love the scale but it is not billet proof. I still make mistakes. I make a lot less now with the scale. Funko creates the problem. Easily eliminated with all boxes 1/12 or windowed boxes so you know what you are getting. Funko loves the chaos.

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Re: Scaling?

Postby Mystery_Mini_God » Tue May 15, 2018 11:56 pm

Shalee04 wrote:
highlanderfil wrote:
Mystery_Mini_God wrote: If the intent is to complete your sets because you actually collect, then great. If your intent is to go through all cases to profit, then meh.
What if your intent is to stock up on exclusives because you know the next set you'll end up collecting will have its own Yule Ball Hermione or Buckbeak which command exorbitant prices on eBay and you'll need leverage? That's the mode I'm in right now, looking for any and all exclusives ahead of the HP S3 release.



There are some in the FB mini group, who do just this. They say they are there to help, but have no issues bragging and showing pix of all the rare extras they have, but won't trade them, and when they do they want the same top 10 most expensive minis only... so,it's super frustrating.


Sounds like you are talking about me... if so, and you’ve been in our group long enough you’d know that I’m far from bragging. I have all minis aside from two or three sets which just released. I don’t need to trade a retired mini for something I’ll find in a few days. If I have a retired mini, I’ll trade it for a retired mini. The brand new mini hype is not my thing. Do I help, more than anyone knows. If not me, then not sure who who is posting rares like that.
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Re: Scaling?

Postby Mystery_Mini_God » Tue May 15, 2018 11:57 pm

highlanderfil wrote:
Mystery_Mini_God wrote:I know folks who do that also. Maybe don’t clear the city with your scale? Maybe help some local collectors? It’s good karm.

Given how much stuff I've given away and sold at cost, I've got karma up the wazoo at this point. In fairness, I've also received Trevor (my last missing piece) for just a promise of trying to find Buckbeak or PoA Dumbledore. Lucky for the guy I can't bear to be in someone's debt, so he got his Dumbledore fairly quickly after I raided every Meijer in the area for a Selkie to use in trade. My area (Metro Detroit + Ann Arbor) is too vast for any one person to have full control over it, anyways.

But I did get lucky today with a Neville and a Pygmy Puff. Going to sit on them until they can be used as bargaining chips. Too bad my Meijers no longer restock...


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Re: Scaling?

Postby highlanderfil » Wed May 16, 2018 12:42 am

Sam25 wrote:I just want the ones I want. I don’t think anyone should get stuck with a bunch of duplicates. I love the scale but it is not billet proof. I still make mistakes. I make a lot less now with the scale. Funko creates the problem. Easily eliminated with all boxes 1/12 or windowed boxes so you know what you are getting. Funko loves the chaos.
Windowed boxes defeat the purpose of the mini hunt, though. I'm all for mitigating risks with scales, but there's got to be at least a little element of surprise.

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Re: Scaling?

Postby Kal-El-051 » Wed May 16, 2018 12:45 am

highlanderfil wrote:
Sam25 wrote:I just want the ones I want. I don’t think anyone should get stuck with a bunch of duplicates. I love the scale but it is not billet proof. I still make mistakes. I make a lot less now with the scale. Funko creates the problem. Easily eliminated with all boxes 1/12 or windowed boxes so you know what you are getting. Funko loves the chaos.
Windowed boxes defeat the purpose of the mini hunt, though. I'm all for mitigating risks with scales, but there's got to be at least a little element of surprise.


There is still some surprise for people. I bet they are surprised when they open a box thinking they have pulled that 1/72 only to find their scale was off and they have themselves another 1/6 Ebony Maw. :roflmao: :roflmao:
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Re: Scaling?

Postby Jango_Fresh » Wed May 16, 2018 12:18 pm

If collecting is a competitive sport, put me in the tee ball league where I play for fun and don't have to worry about steroids, spit balls and sign stealing. It's sounds more fun that way.
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Postby allcutethings2 » Wed May 16, 2018 1:26 pm

I collect things I love, things I plan to keep - not just things I kinda sorta like, that I'd be okay having. For me, scaling helps me do that.
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Re: Scaling?

Postby Sam25 » Wed May 16, 2018 5:08 pm

Kal-El-051 wrote:
highlanderfil wrote:
Sam25 wrote:I just want the ones I want. I don’t think anyone should get stuck with a bunch of duplicates. I love the scale but it is not billet proof. I still make mistakes. I make a lot less now with the scale. Funko creates the problem. Easily eliminated with all boxes 1/12 or windowed boxes so you know what you are getting. Funko loves the chaos.
Windowed boxes defeat the purpose of the mini hunt, though. I'm all for mitigating risks with scales, but there's got to be at least a little element of surprise.


There is still some surprise for people. I bet they are surprised when they open a box thinking they have pulled that 1/72 only to find their scale was off and they have themselves another 1/6 Ebony Maw. :roflmao: :roflmao:


Exactly. Infinity War was the worst one I have tried to get. The scale works but definitely not 100%.

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Postby babasdada » Wed May 16, 2018 5:23 pm

Jango_Fresh wrote:If collecting is a competitive sport, put me in the tee ball league where I play for fun and don't have to worry about steroids, spit balls and sign stealing. It's sounds more fun that way.


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Re: Scaling?

Postby CaseyJones14 » Wed May 16, 2018 5:24 pm

babasdada wrote:
Jango_Fresh wrote:If collecting is a competitive sport, put me in the tee ball league where I play for fun and don't have to worry about steroids, spit balls and sign stealing. It's sounds more fun that way.


Pocket Scale

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You forgot to add the calibration weight :D
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Re: Scaling?

Postby Jango_Fresh » Wed May 16, 2018 5:51 pm

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babasdada wrote:
Jango_Fresh wrote:If collecting is a competitive sport, put me in the tee ball league where I play for fun and don't have to worry about steroids, spit balls and sign stealing. It's sounds more fun that way.


Pocket Scale

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You forgot to add the calibration weight :D


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Postby babasdada » Wed May 16, 2018 5:58 pm

Jango_Fresh wrote:
CaseyJones14 wrote:
babasdada wrote:
Pocket Scale

Join the dark side! :SW7:


You forgot to add the calibration weight :D


Pass, I will stay on play for fun side of collecting :cheers:


do you collect mystery minis?
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Re: Scaling?

Postby Martian1314 » Wed May 16, 2018 5:59 pm

Does everyone bring scale with them just curious ?

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Re: Scaling?

Postby Jango_Fresh » Wed May 16, 2018 6:32 pm

babasdada wrote:
Jango_Fresh wrote:
CaseyJones14 wrote:
You forgot to add the calibration weight :D


Pass, I will stay on play for fun side of collecting :cheers:


do you collect mystery minis?


Yes I collect them, but I will no longer buy from a case that is missing a box.
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Re: Scaling?

Postby Kal-El-051 » Wed May 16, 2018 6:38 pm

Jango_Fresh wrote:
CaseyJones14 wrote:
babasdada wrote:
Pocket Scale

Join the dark side! :SW7:


You forgot to add the calibration weight :D


Pass, I will stay on play for fun side of collecting :cheers:


I don’t know Jango, spit balls seem kind of dirty on any level in any sport. lol
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Re: Scaling?

Postby RobinBear177 » Wed May 16, 2018 6:49 pm

I don't see anything wrong with using scales. I personally don't but gotta get the advantage with such crappy ratios.

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Postby ShyGuyPal » Wed May 16, 2018 7:18 pm

I changed my mind on scales recently. I thought they were goofy and possibly unethical. What changed my mind was the change to worse ratio distributions, and how it isnt always a 100% given. It helps, but isnt always reliable. My experience with the FNaF S3 and KH made me realize some make it hard to tell, even if you weigh it correctly. Also I imagined them like kitchen scales, but the small pocket scales like pointed out in this thread arent cumbersome at all. Its pretty easy to carry!

I started using them as a third check before buying MM for now on (check case layout, shake for weight distribution, now weigh them for confirmation). It is only questionably unethical to me if you buy them just to scalp them, only becauase they're rare, or only as trade fodder (unless you have a person to trade with in mind already). I understand opinions on it being considered cheating or no fun though.
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Re: Scaling?

Postby fxrave » Wed May 16, 2018 9:52 pm

Sorry in advance for the insolent tone, but ...

Welcome to capitalism.

If you don't like scalers and layout hounds, get to the store first and buy the whole box before it's cherry-picked.

If you don't like flippers, never pay more than $7 for a mini on eBay.

It's not like people are stockpiling medication so they can extort sick people. These are toys! As for suggestions that Funko take steps to thwart this type of behavior, why would they do that when they are making money hand over fist? I wouldn't be surprised if they have done the research and found that a HUGE market for their products is people who think they are "outsmarting the system."

All that said, Funko makes awesome products and I'll continue to buy the ones I like, in any legal manner I like.

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Postby hpellot » Wed May 16, 2018 10:52 pm

Scaling at this point is just part of the collecting in my mind for minis
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Sam25 wrote:
Exactly. Infinity War was the worst one I have tried to get. The scale works but definitely not 100%.


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Re: Scaling?

Postby w00kiee77 » Thu May 17, 2018 6:52 pm

I was ok doing it without a scale until HP S2... So many dupes and so many 1/6 ratios... Funko have brought this on themselves and they have it in their power to fix it, but are only taking steps to work around collectors who are just sick of all the 4x 1/6s like the different internal wrappers...

fxrave wrote:As for suggestions that Funko take steps to thwart this type of behavior, why would they do that when they are making money hand over fist?

Because they are, and because they like to keep making all the monies still... If they persist with the 4x 1/6 and super rare exclusives rubbish, it will come back to bite them in the arse and of course they will have all the excuses except for accepting the blame themselves...

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Jango_Fresh wrote:
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Jango_Fresh wrote:
Pass, I will stay on play for fun side of collecting :cheers:


do you collect mystery minis?


Yes I collect them, but I will no longer buy from a case that is missing a box.

Remember that one time I told you I came across what looked like a new case of Horror Classics? Bought a bunch and ended up with a gang of Sharks and Elviras! Apparently, the case was consolidated from all the other cases that got cherry picked. Which is usually why I will just buy cases or go to ebay if needed to complete. I can always trade or giveaway the dupes.
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Postby BerserkerBlack » Fri May 18, 2018 10:42 pm

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Jango_Fresh wrote:
babasdada wrote:
do you collect mystery minis?


Yes I collect them, but I will no longer buy from a case that is missing a box.

Remember that one time I told you I came across what looked like a new case of Horror Classics? Bought a bunch and ended up with a gang of Sharks and Elviras! Apparently, the case was consolidated from all the other cases that got cherry picked. Which is usually why I will just buy cases or go to ebay if needed to complete. I can always trade or giveaway the dupes.


Damn I'm sorry to hear about that. I wasn't too happy with their 1/6 ratio on Elvira,Bruce and wolfman...It was total BS. Sadly I just bought a freshly opened box but not happy to find doubles of those three. That was when they were first released. I've learned since then...I hope for a Wave 4 soon tho

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Re: Scaling?

Postby Shalee04 » Sat May 19, 2018 10:26 am

The 1/4's and 1/6's are the reason I have stopped right now. I used to buy a case to start each series, but when I am getting so my doubles rig off the get go, that sucks big time.
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Re: Scaling?

Postby Katers » Sun May 20, 2018 3:21 am

Shalee04 wrote:The 1/4's and 1/6's are the reason I have stopped right now. I used to buy a case to start each series, but when I am getting so my doubles rig off the get go, that sucks big time.


The 1/6s are really getting out of hand with recent sets, and it's very frustrating. Even having a scale doesn't help with a lot of these - weights are too close, you get weird variations when it should be a 1/24, and it's STILL a 1/6.

None of us want an army of duplicates, especially the lower ratios that no one will ever need to trade or buy! I see nothing wrong with attempting to avoid that. And it's still better than the horrible people that flat out rip open boxes and bags in store to grab the higher ratio minis!

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Re: Scaling?

Postby Classier » Sun May 20, 2018 10:08 am

I’ve never really considered weighing Minis until recently with the Deadpool set. Funko’s somewhat encouraging weighing by making the same 4 figures take up the majority of a case in every series. If they kept to 1/12 for everything, with maybe the occasional 1/24 or something it’d be okay. Not everybody can afford to buy the same 4 Minis over and over and over just to get the ones they’d like.
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Re: Scaling?

Postby Sam25 » Tue May 22, 2018 8:43 pm

Popfanatics wrote:
Sam25 wrote:
Exactly. Infinity War was the worst one I have tried to get. The scale works but definitely not 100%.


Worst for me has to The last Jedi. I ended up with so many Phasmas and bb8’s...and still not completed :wwe11:


Yeah that one was tough. I ended up getting all the ones I wanted from that line. I traded a few good ones to finish it up.

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Re: Scaling?

Postby hpellot » Thu May 24, 2018 11:47 pm

Bobblheads seem to be all over the place
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