|01-26-2009, 10:06 PM||#61|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dirty South
Well, the economy has been trouble and the marketplace has reflected that. It's hard for specialty stores to compete with mass market retailers. The small, crappy toy sections of Walmart and Target make it hard for TRU to compete. Though TRU has the best selection, they may not order near as much as their competition and therefore have higher pricing in some cases. Someone mentioned video games and they totally eat into the market toys used to dominate. Instead of using their imaginations, kids just play in a world that was imagined for them. TRU is just doing what it has to do. Holding lower inventory levels to reduce their capital overhead is good for them but not for selection. Remember other companies are dropping like flies, look at big ones like Circuit City and Linens n Things as prime examples.
|01-26-2009, 10:35 PM||#62|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Three things have killed ToysRus:
2. Video Games
3. The Internet
|01-26-2009, 10:51 PM||#63|
Join Date: Nov 2008
for any ny people, remember the original tru on 33rd st in manhattan, not the bastardized version on 42nd?
the old tru used to be full of toys not a trex & bloody ferris wheel!
they will go the way of the dodo. its coming, probably just change the whole store to babies r us.
|01-26-2009, 11:10 PM||#64|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Knox TN
I remember when I used to walk 5 miles in the snow with no shoes to go to TRU....
|01-26-2009, 11:15 PM||#65|
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Corpus Christi Texas
rumor is that tru may go out of buiness
"In confusion, there is opportunity" by Astrotrain
|01-27-2009, 12:19 AM||#66|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Pana, IL
The one thing that made me excited about TRU, was all the giveaways that Double Dare, Fun house and the likes did. 5, 10, 15 minute shopping sprees. Me and friends would debate what exactly we would go for and how many of each thing we would take.
|01-27-2009, 12:45 AM||#67|
Join Date: Sep 2007
|01-27-2009, 12:47 AM||#68|
Iron Grenadier Sorcerer
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: The Silent Castle
With all the cutbacks and closings of specialty stores due to the economy, I wonder what the fate of TRU will be. They're the last brick and mortar toy store standing, but can they endure the economy much longer?
To be fair, they don't seem to have any more or less than they ever did since the late 1990's, at least where I am.
I don't know how it was at other TRUs but ours was ransacked during the Christmas season. You'd have never known it was a recession by how packed the store was and how the aisles were picked clean...except for all those Wave 2 SRO's, CG and Greenshirt 5-packs, and Revenge of COBRA DVD sets.
|01-27-2009, 12:55 AM||#69|
Join Date: Aug 2008
I think TRU still is the only place where you can buy Buffy The Vampire Slayer figures... well, the Willow one anyway. LOL. I think that thing has been peg warming for more than a decade now. LOL.
And now that KB is gone, TRU is probably the only place you will still find Starting Lineup and McFarlane figs; not too mention Heroes and Dr. Who figs. LOL. But our TRU has been consistently great at having Star Wars stuff, and Lego stuff, but that is pretty much it.
We never had a TRU in the 80's, so I don't know what that store was like in the glory days of GI. JOE. I think TRU must make most of its money now from selling diapers. LOL.
|01-27-2009, 01:14 AM||#70|
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: United States
They may stock some ridiculous product (dog treats?), but anybody who truly believes that TRU, as a company, will go out of business is wrong. Think of all those people (meaning those who are NOT addicted to plastic crack) that have kids and DESPISE WAL-MART WITH A PASSION. There are way more people who don't shop at Wal-Mart (for any reason) then those who don't shop at TRU because they have "poor selection".
As for the surge in baby related product? Those areas up front seem to rotate their focus every couple months. In May it will probably be something like outdoor toys or swingsets...
Back on track... I agree, when that goober from FAO Schwartz ran the show, they started sliding...
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