I look at the holiday sales for anime figures, and I don’t see much on sale this year. For example, last year ToysLogic had a buy one figure, get one half off deal. This year, it’s just 15% off.
I’m surprised that HobbyLink Japan’s flat rate shipping sale (980 yen for SAL shipping, 1980 yen for EMS shipping) was for only 24 hours. If someone (like yours truly) wasn’t checking emails, he would have missed the sale. I personally think it should have lasted through the weekend to Monday. *shrugs*
To be fair, because the dollar is worth much less against the yen these days, retailers simply cannot afford to cut prices, even for holiday sales. They have to pay rent for their warehouse space. The situation will not improve until the dollar appreciates against the yen.