|08-28-2009, 04:57 AM||#121|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: No answer
How do I know the scalpers have came?
All is left on the shelves is a Cobra eel and if I'm lucky an elite viper.
Really, it sucks. The new waves from this line are so hard to find because they think are going to make a big buck on it. By October and Christmas, all the movie waves will be there and these guys will move onto the "Pursuit of Cobra" stuff.
I find that Hasbro initially ships one case of whatever new wave, once that sells. They really stock the shelves.
|08-28-2009, 05:43 AM||#122|
Steel Brigade Team "Wolf"
Join Date: Dec 2008
I can tell who they are because I've had to deal with them on and off for 10+ years. Mostly they're hot wheel first kind of guys but they'll try to chat you up and get info from you about what's new/hot from whatever line they see you looking at.
I know for a fact one of these "scalpers" runs a collectible action figure store and at one time swiped a pack of Pokemon cards right out of a child's hands at a TRU which prompted the father to punch him in the face
On the flip side I had a guy who I thought might be a "scalper" and maybe he is but he let me have the last water moccasin at a Wally because the box wasn't perfect. I was pretty psyched about that (especially after I opened it up and put it in water) so I'm a bit more cordial with him now. Of course maybe he's reading this right now and cursing me for thinking he was a lowly scalper :P
|08-28-2009, 05:46 AM||#123|
Crimson lady of the Guard
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Somewhere out there
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|08-29-2009, 08:56 PM||#124|
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Join Date: Oct 2008
The toy companies and box stores are successfully killing off scalpers, ebayers, and legit businesses such as ebay stores and mom and pop stores as well. And we wonder why the economy is a mess, mainly because of greed, a few people at the top get all the money and don't like other people dipping in...so families struggle.
Good job Wal-Mart, Target, TRU, Hasbro & Mattel....Damn good job!
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|03-15-2010, 01:39 AM||#125|
The Chaos Bringer
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Skid Row Yo!!!
I'm thinking to myself, "In this economy, does it really pay to scalp toys?" How much profit can one really make. Toys aren't that much a priority right now for most.
|03-15-2010, 02:23 AM||#126|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Everett, WA
What I see is that there is a ceiling to what collectors will pay for their toys (for the most part) and the manufacturers and retailers have caught on to it and started marking their products up to capture as close to that ceiling as possible.
Best example I can think of is the 3 3/4 inch figures. When they are regularly $4-$5 (remember when 25th Anni first came out??), resellers are able to sell them for up to $9 on average. That's about the ceiling for those figures. So it sort of makes sense that TRU, Target, and Wal-Mart would step in at encompass those potential profits.
I'm sort of glad they are marking them up. Since the figures have been $8.99 I can pretty much find what I want. Between that and down economy, it's been great.
|03-15-2010, 02:35 AM||#127|
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Bessemer City, NC
Here is a rare photo of the elusive "scalper" in action:
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|03-15-2010, 02:43 AM||#128|
Join Date: Sep 2009
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|03-15-2010, 03:12 AM||#129|
Join Date: Mar 2009
there's a group of star wars collectors where i live and they have an online store. i'll go into tru one day and see a whole crap load of cool sw troopers but hold outon buying any, and the very next day there might be like one standard clone trooper left on the pegs with all the other crappy ones ! they don't touch the joes thank god !
|03-15-2010, 03:21 AM||#130|
Cobra puppet therapist
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Area 51, Nevada
On several occations Ive seen this 60 year old guy searching through pegs for particular figures. I also saw this same guy stash an Alternator ford pickup Optimus on the top shelf of the hotwheels section. I don't know if he's a scalper but he sure is a strange cat.
I also know that at my local TRus, if I want any exclusives I have to be there when the doors open on shipment day, otherwise the entire shipment will be gone by noon. Either there are many collectors in my area or there are scalpers that are making their rounds.
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