Although more people flocked to the first day of the city's annual comics fair yesterday than last year, those who had queued for days in the hope of making quick profits on limited-edition items were disappointed. The mostly teenaged owners of items being peddled around the Ani-com and Games fair were forced to offer them for less than they had paid, but were still unable to find buyers. They said they were devastated by the falling prices of their goods, which they had thought would only go up. Bobby Chow, 13, bought a limited-edition figure of a character in the popular game Little Fighter Online for HK$500. He said he was not a fan of game at all and he had bought it solely to make a profit from selling it to someone else. 'It's a damp squib. It doesn't sell. Prices have fallen below the original,' he said. Another 13-year-old, Astro Wong, said he had expected to make HK$500 from the game cards and toys he bought for HK$1,000, but was prepared for disappointment because few buyers had shown interest. Some distraught young sellers suspected that what were advertised as limited-edition items were in fact produced in larger quantities. But Oscar Chu Chung-ho, general manager of U1 Technology Company, described the allegation as irrational. 'We cut the product number of the limited-edition items at the bottom ... of course we didn't produce two No250 figures. It would be outrageous,' he said. There were, on the other hand, genuine toy lovers who had waited for several days just to add to their collections. A 16-year-old wearing a white mask who was the first to enter the fair, after waiting for five days, was able to buy a coveted unique golden Little Fighter Online figure, which was offered to the first customer at the U1 Technology stall. He spent HK$2,300 at the stall. Holding the golden figure, he said: 'I'm very excited because it looks bigger than I thought. I love it and I won't sell it.' He also said he did not have much money left, and would ask his family to lend him some more so he could buy other things at the fair. He said he had decided to wear a mask because he was afraid of becoming the subject of public ridicule. An internet friend who was second in the queue was also the second customer at U1 Technology. He bought a silver version of the same figure, which was also unique. He spent HK$3,000 on figures and game cards. 'I like what I have and I won't consider selling them,' he said. The fair attracted a few tourists as well. Danny Cheng, 35, from Singapore, held bags of comics and toys and said: 'I'm spending four days in Hong Kong mainly because of this fair. And this is the fourth year I have come.' Filipino Chino Jayme, 28, was in Hong Kong for three days for the fair. Sporting a Super Mario costume and wielding a sword, he said he especially liked the costumes and trinkets available. Leung Chung-pun, executive director of In Express Expo, an organiser of the fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, said more than 113,000 people had attended the fair by 8pm, 6.6 per cent more than last year, though it opened at 11am last year and 10am this year. 'We're very satisfied by the visitor numbers,' he said. 'We have more space than last year and everything is going smoothly.'