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    I have observed that Mi-Jo is doing more and more exclusives of late and they are more expensive. All these special exclusives add more price to the consumer. Geez, Auto World what happened to models coming to Walmart and we get to purchase them? Now for example the new Challengers are mostly Mi-Jo exclusives, Impalas, etc, and will not be available in Walmart and more expensive as I said earlier. Maybe I'm being petty but it all adds up. So here we go we have old Johnny Lightning with maybe some tweaking at most and they are available then we have mostly all Mi-Jo exclusives that aren't available to the average joe. Pretty crappy in my opinion the new direction Johnny Lightning and Auto World has taken.
    Due to the recent budget cuts,
    the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the
    current state of the economy, the light at the end
    of the tunnel has been turned off.

  • #2
    They only care about money money money

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    • #3
      I bought 2 of the Mi-Jo John Wick Mustangs. Nice cars.

      I might buy more Mi-Jo Exclusives in the future.




















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      • #4
        Originally posted by The Old Timer View Post
        I bought 2 of the Mi-Jo John Wick Mustangs. Nice cars.

        I might buy more Mi-Jo Exclusives in the future.



















        Anthony is right it's all about the money. Yes, some are nice and I'm an owner of several but when does Auto World distribute more to the everyday collector with regular prices. When does Johnny Lighting create more new stuff instead of selling us the old?
        Due to the recent budget cuts,
        the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the
        current state of the economy, the light at the end
        of the tunnel has been turned off.

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        • #5
          It all boils down to money & the nature of the business. It seems that MiJo exclusives sell better, in repeat, and often in multiples at the same purchase, to monied adult collectors, than Classic Golds and the like do to all kinds of people in a big box. Plus more and more of the hobby biz is going online, to OFAS and Amazon and to social media, among other places

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          • #6
            If MI-JO would not commission new models, they wouldn't be made. It's another way for AW and others to gain production without worrying about distribution. I buy a few if they interest me and I understand that MI-JO needs to make a profit from a limited run of models.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Leroy Brown View Post
              If MI-JO would not commission new models, they wouldn't be made. It's another way for AW and others to gain production without worrying about distribution. I buy a few if they interest me and I understand that MI-JO needs to make a profit from a limited run of models.
              Well, It's a shame in my so humble opinion to buy two cars off the internet and almost spend fifty dollars. I can spend if I have to but my wife doesn't understand it and to be honest, she is right.

              Here's an example. I love to buy this truck in the store but as Chris says the internet is taking over and he's right. So now we pay shipping and extra for the truck and it makes a grand total near thirty dollars after taxes. Shame on Auto World I say. They care more about a profit than they do us. Really. Remember the 3 dollars to 4 dollar collectible? Some people argue about buying Coca-Cola for political reasons but at least it stays the same price and I can hold my own opinion to myself and still enjoy the best drink in my world anyway.

              https://www.ebay.com/itm/36343915949...i7yxGiTJkPrKr5


              Listen I can't change minds and that isn't what I am trying to do it just makes me feel better to voice my opinion. Arguing isn't going to change it, life does go and people just keep their own interest in mind and I sure the heck don't want to make confrontational argument being the shape the world is in now.
              Last edited by Daniel; 06-26-2021, 04:11 PM. Reason: Misspelled word.
              Due to the recent budget cuts,
              the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the
              current state of the economy, the light at the end
              of the tunnel has been turned off.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Daniel View Post

                Well, It's a shame in my so humble opinion to buy two cars off the internet and almost spend fifty dollars. I can spend if I have to but my wife doesn't understand it and to be honest, she is right.

                Here's an example. I love to buy this truck in the store but as Chris says the internet is taking over and he's right. So now we pay shipping and extra for the truck and it makes a grand total near thirty dollars after taxes. Shame on Auto World I say. They care more about a profit than they do us. Really. Remember the 3 dollars to 4 dollar collectible? Some people argue about buying Coca-Cola for political reasons but at least it stays the same price and I can hold my own opinion to myself and still enjoy the best drink in my world anyway.

                https://www.ebay.com/itm/36343915949...i7yxGiTJkPrKr5


                Listen I can't change minds and that isn't what I am trying to do it just makes me feel better to voice my opinion. Arguing isn't going to change it, life does go and people just keep their own interest in mind and I sure the heck don't want to make a conformational argument being the shape the world is in now.
                Good post and points, Daniel! Did you meant to type the word CONFRONTATIONAL instead of CONFORMATIONAL, though?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Leroy Brown View Post
                  If MI-JO would not commission new models, they wouldn't be made. It's another way for AW and others to gain production without worrying about distribution. I buy a few if they interest me and I understand that MI-JO needs to make a profit from a limited run of models.
                  This is accurate.

                  The Rat Fink truck auction that was in the link in this thread says limited to 3000 pieces. If Round2 thought they could sell 10,000 of these they would be at Wally World now, but they know they can't. It is a niche audience that I am not a part of. It is far more expensive to serve a niche audience than it is to cater to the masses. Good for MiJo for serving a niche audience, but understand that comes at a premium.

                  The manufacturers need these other optional markets to survive and keep prices as low as possible on the mass appeal stuff. Don't forget how many brands were pushed into financial crisis when Wally forced them to sell to them at tighter and tighter margins until it was unsustainable. They need to spread their wings to survive, and I happily get what I want from reputable online dealers. If it helps those mom-and-pop retail dealers to have these MiJo "hobby exclusives" to sell as well, then I'm also good with that.
                  Last edited by Lane1through75; 06-26-2021, 04:07 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Matt'sCars View Post

                    Good post and points, Daniel! Did you meant to type the word CONFRONTATIONAL instead of CONFORMATIONAL, though?
                    Thanks I corrected it.
                    Due to the recent budget cuts,
                    the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the
                    current state of the economy, the light at the end
                    of the tunnel has been turned off.

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                    • #11
                      I think the common collector would love to see the Rat Fink myself.
                      Due to the recent budget cuts,
                      the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the
                      current state of the economy, the light at the end
                      of the tunnel has been turned off.

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                      • #12
                        I'm happy MI-JO (or anyone) will offer models that otherwise aren't available. They, the manufacturer and the dealer all need to make a profit and, yes they do care more about profit than the do about us. Their kids need to eat.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Leroy Brown View Post
                          I'm happy MI-JO (or anyone) will offer models that otherwise aren't available. They, the manufacturer and the dealer all need to make a profit and, yes they do care more about profit than the do about us. Their kids need to eat.
                          My question is why can't Auto World do this on their own? Right now this so-called MI-Jo has more cars in distribution than regular Auto World.
                          Due to the recent budget cuts,
                          the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the
                          current state of the economy, the light at the end
                          of the tunnel has been turned off.

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                          • #14
                            I'd agree with Lane. Depending solely on stand alone retailers for 100% of revenue for diecast toy companies isn't a brilliant varied financial plan. There are many narrowed interest markets that make up a smaller percentage of the collector market on the whole. Greenlilght and AW do a large number of hobby exclusive models esp recently. GL has done grain trucks, pickups and other special models in recent years with B&B Farm Toys, Town & Country, MIJO and Outbacktoys among others. AW has issued their square body Chevy model at least four dozen times already with the majority being hobby only. Companies go where they can make money. Last I checked diecast models are luxuries as no one really needs these items to survive. I view them as mini-luxury items. Same goes for my toy tractor collection. We also need to take into account we're in the year 2021 and not all new diecast models are going to be cheap. If we're looking for less expensive models then HWs, MB, and Majorette plus others have $1 and up offerings. No one ever forced a customer to buy diecast.

                            We also need to keep in mind it wasn't but a dozen or so years ago that the small scale diecast market was nearly DOA. Greenlight was not investing much at all in new castings rehashing their 2000 era Crown Vic in endless Hot Pursuit releases JL issued then their last new casting around 2012 and was down to offering plastic base models to attempt to stay afloat with their Forever 64 line. . The economy was tanking and adult diecast collectibles was in general on life support. Yatming, Motormax and others didn't survive in that market. Skip ahead to today and the North American diecast market has expanded greatly. HWs has premium models of wagons, sedans, plus plenty of JDM. GL is issuing 10 or more new toolings a year with rapid expansion in the diversity of product lines . . . Hitch and Tow, Estate Wagons, All Terrain, Down on The Farm, HD, Hitched Homes and Monster Trucks. 10 years ago a company expanding into all these different areas was just a dream for collectors. AW/JL's direction is controlled by Tom Lowe/Round 2 with new castings on board though not quite the distribution as the other major firms. Heck even Matchbox has a semi legit premium line with a decent selection of basic models even with cost cutting to meet box store demands to hit the sub $1 market. Toss in what seems like dozens of new companies from SE Asia giving us super high details models of the JDM plus covering high end Euro models plus other vehicles from Asia and we have the most diverse selection of models in true 1/64 than even before. There's so many new companies it's hard to even fathom all the new models. We now see AW with regular production runs of 10,000 or more. I'd venture to bet Greenlight has selections in that same range aimed at box stores and when including hobby retailers.

                            Mi-jo is a distributer and importer. The more exclusive models they can get into agreements with the manufacturers the better it likely is for their bottom line as well.


                            We still have quality control issues, at times lousy distribution and the time/money it takes to shop in person in stores while trying to beat other collectors or scalpers to the pegs. Those issues were present 20 years ago, here today and will be a reality 20 years from now in some part. I wish some of the exclusives were cheaper but then they wouldn't be all that exclusive then would they?

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                            • #15
                              Crafty, I know you mean well but I can't read all that unless it was the Bible. My interest just can't stay in such a long read. But I guess the gist of it all is nobody says you have to buy anything. What's wrong with the customer being right? I have my points and you have quite a few here. Thanks for the conversation and you are right I just don't like high prices and I refused to surrender all my monies for toys. I remember doing it for Racing Champions back in the 90s for Nascar and refuse to take that route again.
                              Last edited by Daniel; 06-29-2021, 06:33 PM. Reason: Additional Text.
                              Due to the recent budget cuts,
                              the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the
                              current state of the economy, the light at the end
                              of the tunnel has been turned off.

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