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Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 1:57 p.m. PST

Not your max budget price, not your planned project price, but that total impulse, "sure, I'll pay that," price. Let's assume that the object of your impulsive desire is more than just a bit of terrain or other fluff, but something like a set of rules or a boxed game set, or even a specific significant model. (For example, I was in my FLGS and picked up Gale Force Nine's Tanks: Panther vs. Sherman Starter Set. WWII isn't my typical period or genre, but I looked at it, saw it had three tank models and complete rules, and then I saw the price: $25. USD And that's when I thought "What the heck" and took it to the cashier. So my "what the heck" price is clearly $25 USD or less.)

Zero— I never buy on impulse
Less than $1 USD /1£ (Or societal equivalent)
$2 USD (or less— let's assume the "or less" for all other entries.)
$5 USD
$10 USD
$12 USD
$15 USD
$20 USD
$25 USD
$30 USD
$35 USD
$40 USD
$45 USD
$50 USD
$75 USD
$100 USD
$200 USD
$250 USD
$300 USD
$500 USD
I know no limit! I'll buy gold-plated miniatures, sight unseen! Take my money!

Winston Smith11 Oct 2018 2:05 p.m. PST

$25 USD for the AWI General model of ME.
Still haven't received it.

For a "normal" 28mm foot price, I think $2.50 USD is pretty much the bar for me.

Free is a good price.

CSherrange11 Oct 2018 2:07 p.m. PST

Well, judging by the figures i bought at various HMGS Wally's basements.

About 3 bucks or less for painted

Personal logo PrivateSnafu Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 2:16 p.m. PST

$20. USD If it involves adding more unpainted mini's to my collection it would need to be as low as $5. USD

KSmyth11 Oct 2018 2:37 p.m. PST

In recent years I've been willing to pay more. If the size of the project is small enough--under 50 figures--I'll go three bucks. If it's bigger I want to be in the two dollar or less range.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 2:53 p.m. PST

For impulse buys, probably $20 USD USD

BrockLanders11 Oct 2018 2:57 p.m. PST

A couple of months ago I ordered the 6mm Stalingrad grain elevator set from Timecast for about $125 USD with shipping on somewhat of a whim. Glad I did, terrific looking model!

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 3:05 p.m. PST

$25 USD USD I just bought another copy of Talisman 2nd ed and it turned out to have all the expansions.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 3:08 p.m. PST

10 sHeckles!

JimSelzer11 Oct 2018 3:41 p.m. PST


a starter set with mini's maybe $2 USD a figure if set has 100 decent mini's I would throw down the 2 bills crappy figures fa get about it

The Beast Rampant11 Oct 2018 4:42 p.m. PST

Avoiding the obvious "how long is a piece of string" pitfall-

IIRC, most such items have, for many years now, fallen around $15. USD

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 4:43 p.m. PST

It's probably about $10 USD for what you describe.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 5:34 p.m. PST

I think I've been known to go as high as $20 USD for a shoebox of 28mm castings or equivalent. I am getting a little wary of anything which starts a new project, though. But a few more castings in the pile--what the heck!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 5:38 p.m. PST

$1 USD per mini I get with the set. $2 USD per cavalry. Multiply by the cube root of the volume ratio for larger things.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 5:39 p.m. PST

The real answer is, of course, as SWMBO.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 6:39 p.m. PST

$3 USD for 28mm figures.

About $10 USD – $15 USD for vehicles, depending upon the scale and subject matter.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian11 Oct 2018 8:01 p.m. PST

For a long time my pricepoint of pain was $2 USD per figure for infantry, including shipping. That has crept upward a bit in the past 2-3 years. That is for army type armies.

For what I call collectable wargames such as Warmachine I will pay the going rate if it is a figure I need or want – even to the point of $10 USD-15 per figure for games like Bushido, Okko, etc.

For aircraft….. I like to pay under $5 USD per fighter or $10 USD for a bomber.

For ships – don't ask. I do a lot of resin kits besides my scratchbuilding and some of those can get pretty steep.

Zephyr111 Oct 2018 8:27 p.m. PST

My impulse to buy usually dies once the amount of shipping rears it's ugly face…

Aethelflaeda was framed12 Oct 2018 6:10 a.m. PST

What ever the amount of cash I have in my pocket that my wife doesn't know about.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2018 6:22 a.m. PST

I have blown $100 USD (equivalent) on impulse – that was a mistake, never played the game.

In general probably ~$30.

Winston Smith12 Oct 2018 7:21 a.m. PST

The OFM has said before that he could see disaster in the works way back.
He was then paying $.25 USD for Minifigs by mail order. SUDDENLY! Out comes some company I shall not name selling blister packs of 6 Infantry for $1.98 USD!
And 3 cavalry for $2.25 USD!
I think we can all agree that no good ever came from that!!!

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