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    1. They're going to keep coming. As a retail operation, Bandai need to keep an influx of new merchandise if they want to attract and retain traffic to their online store.

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  2. Is 1,296 Yen a pretty average retail price for a kit like this in Japan? I'm looking at the Carta Corps version and wondering how it's different than the retail release of Carta's Graze Ritter. Aside from different stickers and the shorter shoulder armor. If the price in Japan is that close to normal retail, it's understandable. Then it's just like another kit, only with limited production numbers, but for international release, this doesn't make much sense as a P-Bandai kit. It offers so little to justify the extra cost. In fact it... pretty much offers nothing to do so. I'm not trying to complain. I'm just trying very, very hard to figure this out.

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    1. Well P-Bandai is not meant for foreign consumption. You are buying from others who bought it, those people need to profit hence why you pay a higher price. For regular Japanese people its completely fine even as Pbandai because you just order it from the site for the same price as regular kits. You forget that North America does not have a big enough market for Gundam and it is not as big a cultural icon in foreign countries.

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    2. Carta's Graze has an effective price of around 950 yen if you know where you're shopping in Japan.

      The kit is molded in a different colour to existing Ritters, has a unique chest piece and the pauldrons and antenna are from the Barbatos 6th Form. It's more different than McGillis' Ritter (which is a straight recolour of Carta's).

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    3. pbadai is aways priced at retail equivalent in the regions they operate in.
      it is intended that customers buy direct from them.
      they are just cutting out the distributor, freight, and retailer to absorb the full profit.
      if all those made an equal cut out of a retail graze, bandai would make like 300yen per kit.
      when retailer stocks a pbandai kit, they have to pay the full price and shipping fee too.
      so the international markup is pretty justified, but it isnt bandai's intent.
      bandai's intent is that you cant get it at all because its not worth running a pbandai site for your region.

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    4. The Standard Graze Ritter has different a cockpit, horn, and shoulders from the Carta Custom Graze Ritter. The shoulder thrusters are smaller and slimmer in the Standard version, the horn is also smaller, and the cockpit in the Standard doesn't use the panel piece from the Carta's custom (essentially a normal Graze cockpit, but it fits with the Ritter chest armor piece). Originally, the Barbatos 6th form had those pieces in that kit and the Carta's Custom just came with the Carta's Custom parts. So to make the Standard Graze Ritter through regular releases, you essentially had to buy both the Barbatos 6th form and Carta's Graze Ritter to make the Standard Graze Ritter. Pricey, but that was how it went originally. Now that we've got the Standard Graze Ritter as a P-Bandai release, I guess it makes it easier to get the mobile suit, but of course this is still P-bandai, making it more expensive outside of Japan.

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    5. Well, the Carta's Graze Ritter cost 1200 yen (which would be 1296 yen after tax, which is the cost of this kit), and this will probably include everything that's in that kit plus a portion of the runner of the barbatos 6th form for the "new" shoulders. It can get confusing sometimes, as Bandai always advertises their kits prices with the tax already included. So this is the same price as the previously released Carta's Graze Ritter.

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    6. If you shop around, it's trivially easy to purchase retail kits at around 70-75% of MSRP. It's definitely more expensive than Carta's Ritter for practical purposes.

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  3. I guess p Bandai conversion parts for these would be too easy?

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  4. Totally expected... along with the McGillis Corps Graze Ritter...

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  5. All P-Bandai kits are priced similarly to normal releases. The point of P-Bandai is to limited the number of kits on the shelves at Japanese stores. Unlike most models, collectibles, and toys Bandai continues to print every kit they have ever made and you can go to just about any store that sells Gunpla and find most kits but because of their model to have basically every kit they have ever made available in stores, that puts quite a burden on the finite amount of shelf space for any store in Japan. I live in Japan and appreciate the fact that I don’t need to look far for any kit ever made. But stores don’t necessarily want 10 different graze models sitting on their shelves. P-Bandai makes complete sense but it’s ridiculous to think that just because YOU want a kit doesn’t mean that enough people want that same kit to the point that it will sell well enough to warrant a space on a shelf at all stores. Why do people get mad at Bandai and not the 3rd party sellers that rip foreign buyers off?

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    1. That's not how markets work. Because resellers can only order a finite quantity of P-Bandai kits and that stock is non-renewable, secondary market prices will normalise to demand. Any kit that's underpriced to the market will rapidly sell out, leaving only the more expensive ones available. That high price you may consider a rip off may be the entire reason why you have an option to buy it.

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  6. Totally worth it! Parts will come uncolored, but this is a great one overall.

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  7. Something most people don't understand is that if Bandai were to open up the P-Bandai shop internationally is that it would undermine local retail (think GW). That's a big problem if you're trying to grow a market as you're hamstringing those working the front lines and bringing in new customers. Because it is competition. P-Bandai is vying for the same customers as local retail and those customers (as an aggregate) have only finite budgets and finite time to build. Sales to P-Bandai will cost Bandai at retail, and even though it's a much higher margin, they lose a valuable marketing tool in increasing Gunpla's visibility in foreign markets.

    For a saturated market, like Japan, that's less an issue (would still upset people on the supply chain though). The entire population is shrinking and that doesn't leave any place to grow.

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