Hasbro Toy Shop Website: Ending Direct Brand Sales, update 12/5: new site launches 2019

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  1. AzT

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    That kind of sucks. I didn't order from them often, but when I did, it was usually a boon. Of recent, getting Sludge and Snarl from them for below retail, which saved time, money, and trouble.

    Though I suppose if they keep their eBay account and have a good selection on Amazon, it won't be that bad.
     
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    This is frustrating. Only going to make hunting for figures and getting decent deals on them even more troublesome.
     
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    Any word on their eBay store?
     
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    So who's getting SDCC exclusives now?
     
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    Let's pray they kick it into high gear over at amazon
     
  7. AzT

    AzT Azlaroc, Yeargroup 431 Moderator News Staff TFW2005 Supporter

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    SDCC exclusives just went from 'difficult' and 'annoying' to obtain... to 'impossible' and '**** you' o_O 
     
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    Walmart has to be stopped.
     
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    Pretty much. Despite the PR boilerplate in the press release about them working to "provide our customers with the best possible experience with our portfolio brands," you know this is a result of Walmart strongarming them because direct sales are a threat to brick and mortar.

    It also occurs that if they no longer sell products directly, the HasbroToyShop website functionally won't exist any more. There's no point without the sales.
     
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  11. StrifeZ

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    This doesn\'t make any sense. In fact, Hasbro needs to be going in the EXACT OPPOSITE direction, which is more Direct Brand Sales.

    I don\'t understand what\'s with them and Walmart. Hasbro is the biggest toy maker in the US. It controls almost all the toy brands worth a damn. How does it let itself get strong armed by Walmart? What\'s Walmart going to do? Not carry Transformers? Not carry Marvel? Not carry Star Wars?

     
     
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    That's unfortunate, though I admit I typically only used them when they either 1. had a sale/deal going or 2. they actually had a Marvel Legends figure I wasn't finding at retail in stock.

    The SDCC piece is the part that concerns me the most going forward. It seemed that many exclusives weren't as difficult to get after the convention, like they were finally getting a handle on how to avoid the site crashing and how many to produce without leaving too many out in the cold. I'm not sure yet if I'll be able to make SDCC next year yet (still waiting to know the date for professional registration, and whether my friend can get me in again, with the changes to that registration for '19), and HTS was kinda-sorta a decent backup plan. That Primitive Optimus from '17 sold out at the show before I could get to it, and it was nice to easily pick it up from HTS a few weeks later without any trouble.
     
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    Hasbro may be the largest American toy manufacturer, but they don't exist without buyers. And the only buyer in the game at the moment, for all intents and purposes, is Wal-Mart.

    Wal-Mart doesn't make a lot of money on Marvel, Star Wars, or Transformers. They can afford to dump them if Hasbro doesn't abide by their terms. Hasbro, on the other hand, can't afford to lose Wal-Mart's business.
     
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    I have a hard time believing Walmart would cut off Hasbro, especially when they're expanding it to fill the TRU vacuum.

    I just see it like... Wal-Mart needs products. Hasbro can supply most that sell. If Wal-Mart cuts Hasbro off, then they're cutting a big chunk of the entire toy industry off.
     
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    Hmmm as for the future of SDCC exclusives hasbro did test out a SDCC pop up shop/portal through amazon offering the prime wars exclusives and some exclusive t-shirts this last SDCC didn’t they?

    Hasbro Partners with Amazon for 2018 SDCC Store

    Anyways I can see that as how they offer their future SDCC exclusives.
     
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    Toys do not sell well enough for Walmart to care about them. I'm reasonably certain the only company with a chance over Walmart is Lego.

    If you don't like Walmart having this power, don't shop there. Sooner they die as a company, the better
     
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    Cool. Now i can’t find their products in stores or directly online. At least their distribution sucks consistently.
     
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    Weird how they announce the end of online sales right after announcing a line of online exclusives. You'd think HTS would be the main retailer for those.
     
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    Is this stage 1 of Hasbro closing up shop or selling itself to someone else? This seems like such a backwards step.
     
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