Vincent Valentine wrote:However, I must note that a change in the way that originals are priced would help the cause. Clearly, there is demand for FSS that exceeds that of the originals market. The existence of the recasts prove this.
I don't think I can really agree with this.
Recasts don't exist solely because originals aren't available. This may be the case for very old and out of production, or limited event kits. But it's not the case for current kits. And as we know, recast shops sell a lot more than just copies of old kits...
Besides, how many people out there are clamoring to get copies of old AF series and SSS kits? Not all that many.
Most people are out there buying recasts of current stuff.
So the idea that recats exist because originals are too hard to come by really doesn't hold a lot of water.
WSC kits in particular are regularly re-issued. Just look at HLJ. The majority of WSC kits are in stock, and have been sitting on stock shelves for months. Does this indicate that there are not enough originals to meet demand? No. Quite the opposite.
And then let's look at Volks. The re-issued Volks MM kits that HLJ stocked? Are they flying off shelves? No. How about the restocked SAV Prominence? Flying off shelves? No. And in Japan, are the Volks showcase stores well stocked, or are the shelves always empty? From what I've seen and heard, they keep the shelves stocked. Once again, this would seem to indicate that demand is not greatly exceeding supply. And of course, certain sources have indicated that Volks has large-ish quantities of some originals just sitting on wherehouse shelves...
Recasts are a great boon to those who would like to purchase the very old kits, or the very limited kits... but to say that people recast the new stuff because there's not enough copies to meet demand... seems greatly untrue to me.