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2022-01-23 6:46:53 AM  
I usually try not to do "stop liking what I don't like" and all that, but man, F*CK Funko and the consumers they rode in on.
 
2022-01-23 7:58:46 AM  
Story would make more sense if it said where the fark Everett is.
 
2022-01-23 8:02:32 AM  

Great_Milenko: Story would make more sense if it said where the fark Everett is.


Washington state.
 
2022-01-23 8:15:39 AM  

baronbloodbath: Great_Milenko: Story would make more sense if it said where the fark Everett is.

Washington state.


KOMO is a good clue, fark links to that news site occasionally and it is Washington based.  Not to mention all the other side articles about local Washington stories.
 
2022-01-23 8:17:24 AM  
It's this generations' Hummel figurines
 
2022-01-23 8:47:28 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: I usually try not to do "stop liking what I don't like" and all that, but man, F*CK Funko and the consumers they rode in on.


Eh, I have a couple that pertain to my interests and the time period I grew up in.  Stoplikingwhatidontlike.jpg

Jerry Garcia/Rat Fink/Baseball Fury/Cthulhu/Alien
 
2022-01-23 8:55:54 AM  
shiat they took it out of the box!!!
 
2022-01-23 9:25:29 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: I usually try not to do "stop liking what I don't like" and all that, but man, F*CK Funko and the consumers they rode in on.


Oh, no tears, please! It's a waste of good suffering!"

Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2022-01-23 9:33:52 AM  
Happens every time. Business starts up in some cool place, attracts great talent, becomes successful - rewards the place that nurtured them by moving to some shiathole where labor is cheap and taxes are low, and then wonder why the lightning in a bottle that made their company a success has evaporated.
It's almost as if most business people were shiatty creeps, who make shiatty decisions due to their lack of any real moral compass beyond money.
 
2022-01-23 9:38:30 AM  

kozlo: It's this generations' Hummel figurines


That is very true. As the owners and collectors die off, living residents will check Google and Ebay for 'is this Chewbacca Funko Pop worth anything? We could do Uncle Larry's estate sale ourselves. These must be worth $100"
 
2022-01-23 9:45:32 AM  
SPARC Pile:

God. You're probably right. In my own experience though moving my parents out of their house, I know that the stuff they think is worth something, is in fact not. And honestly even if it is, I don't care, I'd rather just be rid of it than have to haggle with some yutz because "I know what I have".
 
2022-01-23 10:33:39 AM  
At least Hummel figurines had some level of craftsmanship. This is just plastic garbage.
 
2022-01-23 10:34:12 AM  

kozlo: It's this generations' Hummel figurines

Beanie Babies
 
2022-01-23 10:40:10 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: I usually try not to do "stop liking what I don't like" and all that, but man, F*CK Funko and the consumers they rode in on.


Thatsmyfetish.jpg
 
2022-01-23 10:49:03 AM  

SPARC Pile: That is very true. As the owners and collectors die off, living residents will check Google and Ebay for 'is this Chewbacca Funko Pop worth anything? We could do Uncle Larry's estate sale ourselves. These must be worth $100"


Are there any instances of Funkos actually appreciating in value?  I can imagine some very early, limited-edition ones being re-sold for a 1-2x profit off initial price (like sneakers and Record Store Day albums) due to extreme scarcity.  But do people actually believe their 1-of-100,000 Luke Skywalker in Endor Forest Camo figure will someday be worth anything close to (much less more) than the $30 (?) they paid for it?  I just assumed most everyone was treating these as toys, not as investment opportunities.
 
2022-01-23 11:19:56 AM  
I read the headline and let myself get all excited. Finally! Those artistically bankrupt plastic window props were going to go the way of the dinosaur! No more would I go to my favorite game or book store and see them taking up valuable real estate on an entire farking aisle.

Alas. They are consolidating their warehouse. fark you subby.

CSB: I told a boyfriend how much I hated those things. I went into great detail, how I thought they represented the worst of corporate collectible culture and "geek culture." Months went by and he bought me one of the damn things for my birthday. I dumped him soon after.
 
2022-01-23 11:22:35 AM  

Uzzah: SPARC Pile: That is very true. As the owners and collectors die off, living residents will check Google and Ebay for 'is this Chewbacca Funko Pop worth anything? We could do Uncle Larry's estate sale ourselves. These must be worth $100"

Are there any instances of Funkos actually appreciating in value?  I can imagine some very early, limited-edition ones being re-sold for a 1-2x profit off initial price (like sneakers and Record Store Day albums) due to extreme scarcity.  But do people actually believe their 1-of-100,000 Luke Skywalker in Endor Forest Camo figure will someday be worth anything close to (much less more) than the $30 (?) they paid for it?  I just assumed most everyone was treating these as toys, not as investment opportunities.


For today, I doubt it. I was thinking about what would happen in 50 years. People think that Hummel figurines, Precious Moment dolls and other bric-a-brac 'have to be worth something' in estate sales because someone collected it for years and the survivors don't want it and they don't want to accidentally toss out something that could be valuable. Antiques Roadshow, Pawn Stars, and other collecting TV shows tell people that their random crap may be worth something.

The random crap usually isn't worth anything. In 50 years, Funko Pops aren't going to be worth anything because it was mass produced stuff. The Pops are a cheap way of showing off fandom in an office or den.
 
2022-01-23 11:23:36 AM  

Uzzah: SPARC Pile: That is very true. As the owners and collectors die off, living residents will check Google and Ebay for 'is this Chewbacca Funko Pop worth anything? We could do Uncle Larry's estate sale ourselves. These must be worth $100"

Are there any instances of Funkos actually appreciating in value?  I can imagine some very early, limited-edition ones being re-sold for a 1-2x profit off initial price (like sneakers and Record Store Day albums) due to extreme scarcity.  But do people actually believe their 1-of-100,000 Luke Skywalker in Endor Forest Camo figure will someday be worth anything close to (much less more) than the $30 (?) they paid for it?  I just assumed most everyone was treating these as toys, not as investment opportunities.


I'm sure they're like any other collectible. A handful of them are worth a couple thousand, a larger chunk are worth $50-100, and the rest are worth half of retail price.
 
2022-01-23 11:53:02 AM  

jso2897: Happens every time. Business starts up in some cool place, attracts great talent, becomes successful - rewards the place that nurtured them by moving to some shiathole where labor is cheap and taxes are low, and then wonder why the lightning in a bottle that made their company a success has evaporated.
It's almost as if most business people were shiatty creeps, who make shiatty decisions due to their lack of any real moral compass beyond money.


I doubt there's much in the warehouse that has anything to do with their success.
 
2022-01-23 12:19:09 PM  
I finally figured out what those Funkos remind me of. The generative NFT art.
 
2022-01-23 12:27:02 PM  
Anti-business and anti-safety laws have consequences.

Enjoy the lower employment rate, and higher taxes caused by it Washingtonians.
 
2022-01-23 12:36:40 PM  

Great_Milenko: Story would make more sense if it said where the fark Everett is.


Everett is in Washington.

I'm more upset that someone linked to KOMO. It's a Sinclair station and it's 100% garbage.
 
2022-01-23 12:37:51 PM  
Also, f*ck them for moving to Arizona.
 
2022-01-23 12:56:38 PM  

austerity101: Great_Milenko: Story would make more sense if it said where the fark Everett is.

Everett is in Washington.

I'm more upset that someone linked to KOMO. It's a Sinclair station and it's 100% garbage.


It's easy to identify the Sinclair stations.  Nothing shows up when I click, I check NoScript, and close the tab.
 
2022-01-23 12:58:59 PM  

Shakin_Haitian: I finally figured out what those Funkos remind me of. The generative NFT art.


My wife sort of collects NFTs, except they are entirely fungible

She has to collect each and every new mount on World of Warcraft whenever they come out with one.

I tell that her older stuff is basically just GIFs to her if she doesn't still ride them, and you might as well just GIS them and pretend they were in her collection.

But no....

(especially the ones you buy direct from Blizzard)

/ at least it won't be an estate sale issue
// much like my son's gaming DLC
 
2022-01-23 1:15:11 PM  

kittyhas1000legs: austerity101: Great_Milenko: Story would make more sense if it said where the fark Everett is.

Everett is in Washington.

I'm more upset that someone linked to KOMO. It's a Sinclair station and it's 100% garbage.

It's easy to identify the Sinclair stations.  Nothing shows up when I click, I check NoScript, and close the tab.


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/KOMO-TV
 
2022-01-23 1:46:03 PM  

kozlo: It's this generations' Hummel figurines


I don't get the folks with crazy amounts of Funkos sealed in their boxes, but I did have to buy a Pickle Rick Funko for my desk at work.
 
2022-01-23 2:06:39 PM  
Pop Pop goes the Funko the Funko
Pop Pop goes the Funko the Funko
Pop Pop goes the Funko the Funko

Pop goes the Funko 'cause the Funko goes pop
 
2022-01-23 2:07:07 PM  
I have for years been honestly expecting Funk Pops to go the way of Beanie Babies and have the value of 90 +% of then crash and burn.
 
2022-01-23 2:15:27 PM  

jso2897: Happens every time. Business starts up in some cool place, attracts great talent, becomes successful - rewards the place that nurtured them by moving to some shiathole where labor is cheap and taxes are low, and then wonder why the lightning in a bottle that made their company a success has evaporated.
It's almost as if most business people were shiatty creeps, who make shiatty decisions due to their lack of any real moral compass beyond money.


Except they were in Everett, in the warehouse district. I worked across the street from them for a while. The only things up there are poverty, drugs, desperation, and Boeing. If they're moving to AZ it's because WA tied min wage to inflation and inflation went up quite a bit recently.

Also they're a terrible and toxic company that had heavy turn over.
 
2022-01-23 2:35:45 PM  
Collectibles are the innocent things 50-year-olds had 40 years ago. Not things that are produced as collectible.
 
2022-01-23 3:08:10 PM  

austerity101: Also, f*ck them for moving to Arizona.


What's Reshaping Arizona, New York City And Texas?
Youtube CarrnukNvmU
 
2022-01-23 3:26:20 PM  
EVERETT IS DYING
 
2022-01-23 3:48:39 PM  

jso2897: Happens every time. ...
It's almost as if most business people were shiatty creeps, who make shiatty decisions due to their lack of any real moral compass beyond money.


Fark user imageView Full Size


You rang?
 
2022-01-23 3:57:31 PM  
Great_Milenko: Story would make more sense if it said where the fark Everett is.

It's next to Mukilteo.  And south of Gedney Island.

/Glad I could help.
 
2022-01-23 5:13:48 PM  
I remember seeing middle-aged women lined up outside a Hallmark store back in the 90s, waiting to get dibs on the Beanie Baby delivery that was due to come in that day. These unremarkable plush toys initially sold for a few dollars at the store, then several more dollars on eBay, and some were hyped enough to sell for thousands of dollars at auctions. But now I go into some dead grandma's basement at an estate sale and find giant plastic tubs full of mint condition Beanie Babies, most with the little clear aftermarket protector still snapped around the heart-shaped Ty tag, and all I can picture is the time and energy someone poured into amassing this collection of worthless nonsense.

F*ck Funko is what I guess I'm getting at here.
 
2022-01-23 6:01:47 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: Shakin_Haitian: I finally figured out what those Funkos remind me of. The generative NFT art.

My wife sort of collects NFTs, except they are entirely fungible

She has to collect each and every new mount on World of Warcraft whenever they come out with one.

I tell that her older stuff is basically just GIFs to her if she doesn't still ride them, and you might as well just GIS them and pretend they were in her collection.

But no....

(especially the ones you buy direct from Blizzard)

/ at least it won't be an estate sale issue
// much like my son's gaming DLC


If she's doing it for some kind of personal satisfaction, I see no problem with it. Now if she were pretending that her mount was worth something because a random string in a redundant read only database points to a copy of that mount, then there's an issue. Especially if she's pretending like it has inherent wealth that will increase in value because reasons.
 
2022-01-23 6:24:23 PM  

Uzzah: SPARC Pile: That is very true. As the owners and collectors die off, living residents will check Google and Ebay for 'is this Chewbacca Funko Pop worth anything? We could do Uncle Larry's estate sale ourselves. These must be worth $100"

Are there any instances of Funkos actually appreciating in value?  I can imagine some very early, limited-edition ones being re-sold for a 1-2x profit off initial price (like sneakers and Record Store Day albums) due to extreme scarcity.  But do people actually believe their 1-of-100,000 Luke Skywalker in Endor Forest Camo figure will someday be worth anything close to (much less more) than the $30 (?) they paid for it?  I just assumed most everyone was treating these as toys, not as investment opportunities.


Didn't figure they'd shutter the production on the only one I own (Rush trio) but they did, so yeah, in certain cases, it's worth significantly (I paid $30 in '19).
 
2022-01-23 6:25:34 PM  

kozlo: SPARC Pile:

God. You're probably right. In my own experience though moving my parents out of their house, I know that the stuff they think is worth something, is in fact not. And honestly even if it is, I don't care, I'd rather just be rid of it than have to haggle with some yutz because "I know what I have".


I'll admit you are 200 percent spot on.  We are in the process of cleaning up out my expired parents house as we speak.  It's under contract and closes on the 4th
 
2022-01-23 7:27:22 PM  

Jaws_Victim: I read the headline and let myself get all excited. Finally! Those artistically bankrupt plastic window props were going to go the way of the dinosaur! No more would I go to my favorite game or book store and see them taking up valuable real estate on an entire farking aisle.

Alas. They are consolidating their warehouse. fark you subby.

CSB: I told a boyfriend how much I hated those things. I went into great detail, how I thought they represented the worst of corporate collectible culture and "geek culture." Months went by and he bought me one of the damn things for my birthday. I dumped him soon after.


I'm with you. These things are an awful monkeys paw wish for figures of basically every nerd thing there ever was, that looks as accurate as any emoji looks like your mom
 
2022-01-23 7:32:35 PM  

Jaws_Victim: CSB: I told a boyfriend how much I hated those things. I went into great detail, how I thought they represented the worst of corporate collectible culture and "geek culture." Months went by and he bought me one of the damn things for my birthday. I dumped him soon after.


Would be scarier if you told us you sold it for more money that he paid for it

/you did sell it, right?
 
2022-01-23 7:33:24 PM  
Someone is making and selling toys that look like BAD MILO. I do not get it, but I guess it is like a baby Yoda thing.
 
2022-01-23 7:41:39 PM  

SPARC Pile: Uzzah: SPARC Pile: That is very true. As the owners and collectors die off, living residents will check Google and Ebay for 'is this Chewbacca Funko Pop worth anything? We could do Uncle Larry's estate sale ourselves. These must be worth $100"

Are there any instances of Funkos actually appreciating in value?  I can imagine some very early, limited-edition ones being re-sold for a 1-2x profit off initial price (like sneakers and Record Store Day albums) due to extreme scarcity.  But do people actually believe their 1-of-100,000 Luke Skywalker in Endor Forest Camo figure will someday be worth anything close to (much less more) than the $30 (?) they paid for it?  I just assumed most everyone was treating these as toys, not as investment opportunities.

For today, I doubt it. I was thinking about what would happen in 50 years. People think that Hummel figurines, Precious Moment dolls and other bric-a-brac 'have to be worth something' in estate sales because someone collected it for years and the survivors don't want it and they don't want to accidentally toss out something that could be valuable. Antiques Roadshow, Pawn Stars, and other collecting TV shows tell people that their random crap may be worth something.

The random crap usually isn't worth anything. In 50 years, Funko Pops aren't going to be worth anything because it was mass produced stuff. The Pops are a cheap way of showing off fandom in an office or den.


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2022-01-23 7:44:39 PM  

GodComplex: jso2897: Happens every time. Business starts up in some cool place, attracts great talent, becomes successful - rewards the place that nurtured them by moving to some shiathole where labor is cheap and taxes are low, and then wonder why the lightning in a bottle that made their company a success has evaporated.
It's almost as if most business people were shiatty creeps, who make shiatty decisions due to their lack of any real moral compass beyond money.

Except they were in Everett, in the warehouse district. I worked across the street from them for a while. The only things up there are poverty, drugs, desperation, and Boeing. If they're moving to AZ it's because WA tied min wage to inflation and inflation went up quite a bit recently.

Also they're a terrible and toxic company that had heavy turn over.


Sounds about right for a company moving to the desert in 2022.
 
2022-01-23 7:54:17 PM  

BolloxReader: GodComplex: jso2897: Happens every time. Business starts up in some cool place, attracts great talent, becomes successful - rewards the place that nurtured them by moving to some shiathole where labor is cheap and taxes are low, and then wonder why the lightning in a bottle that made their company a success has evaporated.
It's almost as if most business people were shiatty creeps, who make shiatty decisions due to their lack of any real moral compass beyond money.

Except they were in Everett, in the warehouse district. I worked across the street from them for a while. The only things up there are poverty, drugs, desperation, and Boeing. If they're moving to AZ it's because WA tied min wage to inflation and inflation went up quite a bit recently.

Also they're a terrible and toxic company that had heavy turn over.

Sounds about right for a company moving to the desert in 2022.


It's normal unfortunately.

CSB

The company I worked at across the street moved their HQ to Scottsdale, AZ for similar reasons. They founded the company in WA, expanded in WA, but really really hated the standard of living in WA. So they moved Corp to AZ to pay fewer taxes. Joke's possibly on them all cause there is talk of AZ becoming uninhabitable in the coming decades. Might have to move again to some low tax state that has fewer worker protections like WV.

/CSB
 
2022-01-23 7:55:13 PM  
And the thing about a Funko Pop is it's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes, and when it comes at ya it doesn't seem to be livin'.
 
2022-01-23 8:04:59 PM  

GodComplex: BolloxReader: GodComplex: jso2897: Happens every time. Business starts up in some cool place, attracts great talent, becomes successful - rewards the place that nurtured them by moving to some shiathole where labor is cheap and taxes are low, and then wonder why the lightning in a bottle that made their company a success has evaporated.
It's almost as if most business people were shiatty creeps, who make shiatty decisions due to their lack of any real moral compass beyond money.

Except they were in Everett, in the warehouse district. I worked across the street from them for a while. The only things up there are poverty, drugs, desperation, and Boeing. If they're moving to AZ it's because WA tied min wage to inflation and inflation went up quite a bit recently.

Also they're a terrible and toxic company that had heavy turn over.

Sounds about right for a company moving to the desert in 2022.

It's normal unfortunately.

CSB

The company I worked at across the street moved their HQ to Scottsdale, AZ for similar reasons. They founded the company in WA, expanded in WA, but really really hated the standard of living in WA. So they moved Corp to AZ to pay fewer taxes. Joke's possibly on them all cause there is talk of AZ becoming uninhabitable in the coming decades. Might have to move again to some low tax state that has fewer worker protections like WV.

/CSB


Hah! You try shoehorning a warehouse into WV.
 
2022-01-23 8:09:54 PM  

BolloxReader: GodComplex: BolloxReader: GodComplex: jso2897: Happens every time. Business starts up in some cool place, attracts great talent, becomes successful - rewards the place that nurtured them by moving to some shiathole where labor is cheap and taxes are low, and then wonder why the lightning in a bottle that made their company a success has evaporated.
It's almost as if most business people were shiatty creeps, who make shiatty decisions due to their lack of any real moral compass beyond money.

Except they were in Everett, in the warehouse district. I worked across the street from them for a while. The only things up there are poverty, drugs, desperation, and Boeing. If they're moving to AZ it's because WA tied min wage to inflation and inflation went up quite a bit recently.

Also they're a terrible and toxic company that had heavy turn over.

Sounds about right for a company moving to the desert in 2022.

It's normal unfortunately.

CSB

The company I worked at across the street moved their HQ to Scottsdale, AZ for similar reasons. They founded the company in WA, expanded in WA, but really really hated the standard of living in WA. So they moved Corp to AZ to pay fewer taxes. Joke's possibly on them all cause there is talk of AZ becoming uninhabitable in the coming decades. Might have to move again to some low tax state that has fewer worker protections like WV.

/CSB

Hah! You try shoehorning a warehouse into WV.


The thing about Appalachia is, the mountains. There are like zero positives to being located there, other than dirt cheap labor.
 
2022-01-23 8:11:38 PM  

Karma Chameleon: EVERETT IS DYING


Houses there sure are farking expensive for a "dying" city.
 
2022-01-23 8:22:35 PM  

Raoul Eaton: Karma Chameleon: EVERETT IS DYING

Houses there sure are farking expensive for a "dying" city.


Investors
 
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