Is Walmart over charging for 25th Anniversary Universe Optimus Prime?

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  1. G1_Leet

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    I was considering getting the 25th Anniversary set for collectors purposes since it comes with a very nice Autobot shield that is way way better than the old one from the 80's with the poorly voiced "I AM OPTIMUS PRIME" and the truck noises(which I still have). But it also had the re-issue of Tranformers Comic #1 which is a real treat. But overall the package is really awesome since Prime is my hero.

    So, Walmart had it, and the shelf tag for the Annniversary figure set said "$29.99". I am not kidding. So, then I went to check out. It was $69.99! I explained the shelf tag said it was $29.99. But they gave me a hard time so I said "**** it!".

    Yesterday I went to Target and saw they had the 25th anniversary set also. So, I priced it. It was only $49.99! $20 bucks cheaper!

    Well needless to say it sits in my room apart of my collectors stand.

    Lesson here, don't buy at Walmart. But is that too much for this? $70.00 is pretty high I think. $50.00 was way more reasonable, and I got the same stuff as the $70.00 price tag. WTF Walmart? Always low prices my ass.
     
  2. Bgrngod

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    It was $70 just about everywhere at first. It's been getting discounted a lot since. I've seen it for even $80 around here. But also down around $40 too, after discounts. The pricing on it was really way too high to start off. The discounted prices are right around where it should have been to begin with.
     
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    Does this answer your question?
     
  4. G1_Leet

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    I cant see the price tags. Too blurry.
     
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    I think he's insinuating that they are over priced and they are indeed too much. Thus the numerous quantity of them on the shelves in most stores. My local Wal-Mart has both the top and bottom shelf areas full of them.

    Sweet story thou my mom saw them and she wants one to keep in package and ask me if I want one. I turn to her and tilt my head like a dog and give the grunt of confusion. Mom? Actually buying me a figure that costs so much? I agree of course and I show her they are fairly cheaper at JCPenny.com and she orders two.

    And on a side note Wal-Mart should have given it to you at the price the tag was on the shelf it not your fault they did change the tag over when they went back up in price. Most retail businesses have the as a policy. Maybe even a law in some place if I'm not mistaken.
     
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    Your walmart still has slumblebees? wow. I haven't seen those in almost a year.
     
  7. G1_Leet

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    Ahh yes, I see your point. Yeah, interestingly enough, I went back to Walmart and they took all of the 25th Anniversary figures off the shelf. Tags are gone and everything. It probably sold like crap. When I was there last week, they had a bunch on the shelf like the pic above(maybe not as many, but still a few). But I thought it was weird that they were all gone. They had all of the other 25th anniversary figures and Classics 2.0 and the Animated figures.

    But I guess the 25th Anniversary wasn't doing well. Especially at that price point. Because that set is more expensive than any other Transformer figures they carry. So, to the average parent looking to buy a Transformer for their child, isn't exactly going to splurge $70 smackers on a Transformer.

    Even I was turned off at the price for the package. But $40-$50 is way more acceptable and realistic in terms of making a sale, and offering a collectable package without ripping people off.
     
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    I think that's elite guard bumblebee (or whatever they called the 2nd release of activators bumblebee)
     
  9. Greyryder

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    No. Bottom row, between the Animated Prime, and the 25th Prime. He was reffering to that plushie Bumblebee.
     
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    Yea. My WM desided to put those back out too. I decided to snag a prime plushie.
    I agree, the 70 dollar price point is a bit high, but I got it for christmas, so I'm probably not feeling as frusterated as you guys are.
    I personally thought that these primes would sell like hotcakes. Guess I was proven wrong.
     
  11. kylash327

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    just got mine at target for $34
     
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    i got mine off of STovokor2000 for $40 plus shipping...

    then ordered one off Amazon.com for $24 with someother TF's for free shipping...
    got the 2nd one for my nephew's birthday in JUNE...right along with the release of the TF movie....yeah!
     
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    I do have to ask the OP. Did you look closely at the shelf tag & it said Optimus Prime 25th Anniv. on it? Stuff on the shelves at Walmart tend to get pushed around so they might be sitting over a tag for another product. Not saying you did it, but some people will try to scam stores by putting products on the wrong shelf/peg and try to get the store to give it to them at that price.

    I pretty much price scan everything to verifiy the price. Sometimes I get lucky & I find it on sale when nothing at the shelf indicated it was.

    If the tag said Optimus Prime was $30, they should have given it to you for that price.
     
  14. 0ptimus__Prime

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    Same here. I got him for Christmas. I too am kinda surpised that they shelfwarm as much as they do.
     
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    I'm actually not that surprised. When he first came out, people on the board were complaining about the pinkish diecast metal color, the neutered smokestacks, the 80 dollar price tag, etc. and few people expressed an interest in buying it. Personally, I blame Hasbro/Takara's marketing strategy for this. If they'd done what Japan did and offer an exact duplicate of the original toy - and perhaps added a little bonus by making him more cartoon accurate with blue eyes and a blue-tinted windshield - and at 25 to 50% less than the original price, then maybe it would've sold better. Why buy an inferior rerelease of the original when you can have a great condition version of the original for 20 dollars more?

    Then there's the oppressive toy safety laws in effect. For me, it doesn't make sense to shorten Optimus Prime's smokestacks (which were damn dull to begin with) and elongate the Decepticon seeker's machine guns to prevent them from being choking hazards when doing the latter makes them longer, pointier, and more spearlike than the former's smokestacks ever were. Do these people even think? :crazy: 
     
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    A lot of Target's toys that were expected to sell well during the holidays have dropped to clearance. Optimus is easy to find for around $40, and the Ratbat/Springer pack is down to $18 or so.
     
  17. 0ptimus__Prime

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    You have a point there.
     
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    Wow! That's the best looking toy shelf I have ever seen at Wal-Mart! Ours normally looks like crap!
     
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    The funny thing is no stores by me have any left so i got 2 off JC Pennys site for under 80 shipped.
     
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    :lol  my thoughts exactly! the toy section at my local WM's are disaster areas!
     

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