How much is TOO much for a stick?


So I just wished to start a discussion on how much is too much for a fightstick and, moreover, why are certain brands/models so expensive to buy off the shelf? I only ask as I am intrigued in that I have a modded F500 with a Sanwa JLF a 4lb spring a kowal actuator and 8 Sanwa OBSF 30 buttons and the whole lot was WAY less than £50 GBP but, I did once have the Capcom Street Fighter X Tekken stick that you could lock together with a 2nd and stupidly sold it and that was almost £200?! And the components were pretty much identical?!

Does anyone think that they are overpriced regardless of quality and as I have mentioned already, how much would people be willing to pay for an off the shelf branded stick? And what is the most that anyone HAS paid be it for the exclusivity, the look, the desoign etc?

I am VERY new to all this and would LOVE a collection as I have seen some people post pictures of but, I also realise that I would not be a good enough player to warrant a collection of my own!!

Be interesting to get people’s thought’s/ opinion’s please!!

Everything mentioned is based on at the time of writing, fair US prices and reflects the US market. European players are expected to pay much, much more.

Honest it depends what you are looking at and what is your needs.

If you want a competition level stick with real arcade quality parts, you are looking at $175 to $250.

El Cheapo budget sticks $50 to $75, and only go for them if the upgrade path on the parts are clear and not cost you more than the first group of sticks.

Collector and specialty sticks can go fron $300 to 500 or more depending on the stick. Like a New VLX is about 300 - 350 easy. Obscure niche sticks from japan for example can start at 400.

What you need to do is look at what console you are looking to play on, what’s the market like, and you still need to do your own research despite what people online might tell you.

Oh and customs, a custom stick can go 300 to 500 easy, depending on the workmanship and quality. B15 used to make some godlike sticks from scratch and goes for serious cash.

Hey Darksakul,

Many thanks for your input, it is VERY interesting in that yes, I can imagine if you were to “order” a specific design from someone who made it themselves, from scratch and loaded it to your hearts content with all the best quality parts, it would go for a lot of money, especially as no two sticks would I suppose be identical?!

However, I am guessing it is like anything, you wan’t expensive watches, go buy a Rolex or something similar, you want a fancy sports car, a Ferrari etc. I am just amazed at when you open these things up, there is so little inside them and the cost to replace the stock stick and buttons in my Mayflash was really a whole lot cheaper than I first anticipated?!

I am in Europe and yes, I do think that the cost is quite frankly ridiculous and that you are of course just paying for the name. I would put my modded stick up against a TE2 maybe not from the case perspective, like the Razer Stick that comes pre assembled with the same Sanwa parts I bought, the Green one, I forget the model but in seeing that in more details and the way the whole top just flips open so as it too can be modded, that in my opinion, sorry for maybe stating the obvious, is what you are paying for, well that and the name!!

I would LOVE to see a pic of someone’s one off never to be seen again sticks as from what you tell me, they do exist?!

And in watching a whole bunch of times, videos of tournaments with the beast v’s Justin etc, it’s hard to tell which models of sticks and which components they prefer be it Sanwa or Seimitsu!?

It’s all good though and I will probably just stick with what I have, at least for now!!

Love this website and the whole community though!!

Many thanks, man!!

Mass market sticks are probably priced fairly. Yes, you can buy the parts yourself, and possibly find or fabricate a case. Then you’d have to fab a PCB, get your LEDs, wires, and other ancillary items that we tend to forget about when pricing out a custom stick, and then you have to assemble it. Now do that 100 more times. And pay any licensing fees. And try and turn a profit.

Custom sticks are their own animal entirely. One thing I will say about a custom is you don’t get one to save money. How much you spend and whether it’s ‘worth it’ is absolutely up to you. Are they any better or worse than an off the shelf stick? Functionally, no. But if you want something specific, be it functional or aesthetic, then whatever you spend is worth it.

All the sticks I have are custom. The first one was out of necessity (I wanted a stick with iL/Happ parts, and no mass market stick made them). The others were because I liked assembling them. As for cost? One case I bought was more than my PS4 (when they first came out). That was before parts. By looking at it, you wouldn’t understand why. And it’s not the only case like it (though it is 1 of only 5 made). Was it worth it? To me, yeah


Theres no one answer.

All depends on the buyer.

For example some veteran players whether casual or competetive, will happily pay $350 for a VLX, and keep it sealed and pile it in the rest of the collection. For them its worth it. Even they dont use it.

Someone new to the fgc, gets caught in the hype may pay $200 for a VLX and use it for a few weeks, months and find sticks not for them. Pack tge stick away, but everytime they see it they reminded of the money wasted.

Dont forget theres also the convenience and clean finish of these retail offerings.

Some people cannot or do not have time to mod and design from scratch. The cost to buy or even the ability to borrow or hire tools etc


I say the takeaway is this,
Don’t pay more than MSRP for a mass market stick that is currently on the market.
If it’s in short supply don’t get caught up by people who buy out supplies enmass and flip it on eBay.

Collector pieces are going to be worth whatever people are willing to pay for it.

When I’m having a tough day at work I sometimes whip up eBay and search “Mad Catz TE2+ for parts”

Shit makes me LOL (at work) EVERY time :rofl:

How a creaky hunk like that can maintain retail value(+)…w/ many listings with no boards included…when most people feign picking up a soldering iron, is why I’m convinced reality is just a simulation.