How about over $700 USD for a single fastener strap?
Well, apparently Yuri Lowell of Tales of Vesperia is… At least to certain fans.
In what had to be the fastest escalating bidding war I’ve witnessed on Yahoo!Japan yet, this small strap quickly went from 5,000 yen in the last hour, to 25,000 yen, and so on until it ended just a short while ago at the final price of 57,000 yen (approximately $740 USD).
Needless to say, I was kind of shocked.
Yuri Lowell is due for regular release near the end of October 2011, but Kotobukiya sold some of the Tales of Friends Vol. 2 straps in a special early release at their booth in AFG (Animate Girls Festival).
…Needless to say, some scalpers were all over it. And one of them seriously cashed in.
So tell me guys, with this strap having a retail value of only 450 yen (about $6 USD), is it really worth the extra $700 to get him a month early?