Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Matty, Nov 19, 2010.
I don't come across too many others from the
mountain state around here.
In the link above the toy's "sku" input box you can search for all the other TF's in their system.
everything in generations except titan masters
Legends SKU: 49802156 UPC:630509431458
Deluxes SKU: 49802128 UPC:630509431359
Voyager SKU: 49802139 UPC: 630509431427
Leader SKU: 49802152 UPC:630509438815
If you see that your walmart store has stock, but there is nothing on the shelves and if the amount "in stock" reflects how much would be in a new case (i.e a case of deluxe has 8) then they may have an unopened case that hasn't been put out yet. If its a weird number, say like my local walmart had 6 legends but nothing on the pegs, then that usually mean there is an inventory miscount.
Either way attempt to give the UPC to a "competent" walmart associate that has a tellzon/hand scanner and they should be able to locate the product, or identify that there is an inventory mistake. When there is an inventory mistake, but the shelves are empty it usually impedes new product being ordered.
For best results on fixing the inventory mistake, try to track down the dept. manager for toys, and ask them to check to see if that product is in stock, because it says so "on the walmart app".
If you bring up brickseek you may get treated like a crazy person.
Awesome, thanks a lot!
Went back to that Walmart tonight, found a new case. Didn't scan Topspin since that is the one that I got the other day, which is still strange at $16.99. Took a screen shot of the tag at $14.92 just in case they were all ringing up at the higher price. Got to the register:
Don't know if they just haven't updated them all in the computer, and the cashier looked less interested to be there than I was, so I just called it a wash.
That was a super easy price match if you went through with it lol
She was pretty snarky when I asked why the same line was different prices. Swore off this Walmart for over a year, but sadly the other Walmart in town doesn't get nearly the stock, and has had a sharp increase in shady characters in the parking lot over the past year (not to mention that last week lightning hit one of the parking lot lights, and they have almost all been out, and I go after I hit the gym at 11pm). The front end management at the one I found them at treated me like a crook when I tried to use a coupons.com coupon, and had the wrong price on an end cap of voyagers a few years back, so I walked out and emailed them about how bad their front end management is (which was confirmed by employees later on Facebook), so long story short, it was a price I was willing to pay today.
Looks at avatar..... LOL
Are you sure? I don't think GCs boost your eBay bucks at all, es evident from buying gaming GCs. I think they treat it as buying credit, not actual product, so different rules apply.
That's.... a whole lot of effort. Wouldn't it be easier to apply for a job, sabotage the current manager's career, and then conveniently swoop in to take over the store as new manager? You know, in order to get a fresh case of TFs?
THIS is exactly why I dread the Walmart experience. You don't live in a big city, do you? You mention TWO Walmarts, which leads me to believe you do.
You'll want a country-side Walmart. They're like an entirely different chain. Clean, friendly, plus normal customers.
You're right, they must have changed the rules on that, because I remember they used too...
Cool Target.com trick:
1) Add stuff to your cart.
2) Leave it there (exit site).
3) Wait a few days.
4) Check email - Target will let you know you have stuff to buy, and offer you a unique code for $5 off of $50 (works with TF toys).
I actually just got a 2nd email! The first one expired a few days after I set up my cart, and this one expires 2 days after the first (both coupon codes are unique). Useful for purchasing TF box sets or any other (non-grocery) goods. Expiration seems to be about a week from leaving stuff in your cart, but they may send you a new code (as happened to me). You can also empty your cart and put stuff in again to get another coupon.
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I just found the hotrod wave in the walmart clearance section. they were only a penny off. $14.94 or .96 or something. mabye thats got something to do with the weird pricing.
Mabye someone thought with "new" movie toys coming they should clear out "old" stuff? Kinda made me wonder if thats why I havent seen any new stuff at the walmarts by me in forever.
I am losing hope on any new generations toys at any retailers around me, there is barely peg space for TFs before the movie toys, now they have to have room for 3 different figure lines.
Some food for thought: there are now THREE different toy series (not particular scale or feature within the toy line) above TR.
1) Movie line
2) Rescue Bots
If you'll notice, all three of those lines not only compete, but actually succeed over TR (the toys hit shelves regularly and in ample supply). You can trip over RID SW, for example. And RB Sequoia isn't exactly big foot.
Not to add salt to the wound, but this is definitely historical for Hasbro, as they're now managing several toy lines (1-step, 3-step, deluxe, etc.) within FOUR toy series (movie, RID, RB, TR) out on shelves. There's no way in heck you'll see any new TR stuff now. Not unless Hasbro starts calling movie toys TR (like in Generations 2014), in which case, you still won't really see new TR!
On the bright side: save your money. Take a break. Maybe buy a 3P instead?
I would argue that those toys are on shelves and easier to find because less people are buying them. When RiD toys sell out here they take just as long to re-stock as Generations toys.
Also, Rescue Bots is in a different aisle and sold to a different consumer. All the other lines will have 5-8 waves per line, rescue bots has two. Also, RB lines last much longer (2.5 years vs 1.5 years) per line. They shouldn't be looked at in comparison to Movie/Generations/RiD.
Regardless of RescueBots, Zap above, states the truth. TFs cannibalize themselves for peg space at stores. This is why I don't understand Hasbro's marketing, you would also think Hasbro's own web store would be the best place to get their stuff, but most of the time they get things for sale last.
Right now, ordering online is definitely the way to go for me. Brawn is about the only thing new I've seen in stores lately. I haven't seen any deluxes past the Hot Rod wave.
Great points (and I always defer to your expertise on these things, as you know your stuff ), but I was saying RB competes from a resource/production point of view. Hasbro is likely not investing in more factories or resources, right? So instead, they allocate what they have (and maybe add a little extra, but not much). So RB competes in the sense that the factories are pumping out the new RB stuff instead of the TR stuff. Or if not on a production level (arguably not), then on a distribution level for certain. And by that, I mean that Hasbro has X amount of space on that shipping container, and you can bet your last dollar, it's reserved for movie, RB, and RID.
It's true that RID gets slow restocks sometimes... but it's also true that all of the new waves have hit stores everywhere, consistently (with the rare exception of Deployer Crazybolt and a few mini-cons). The same cannot be said of the TR line. And, for example, if you cannot find Premier Bumblebee or Barricade, I can say with certainty that your local store WILL get that stock SOON, and that there are an abundance of online shops to get these same toys (TRU.com itself keeps selling out of Barricade, but quickly restocks; Chaos on Velocitron was sold ONCE online, briefly, and has never been restocked - apples to oranges, but TRU is also behind on TR Legends and Deluxes, in general).
It's the McDonald's strategy: when sales are low, you add to the menu. When sales pick up, you cut the menu down. I'm certain it's just business 101. And your observations are 100% right, too - it doesn't seem to make much sense, especially when you consider how they do a poor job of tracking individual sales (i.e. Target uses the same SKU for all Deluxes and all Legends and all Voyagers). Hasbro also doesn't pay any attention to WHO is buying what. For example, though RID seems like the most obvious kid purchase, I saw (on a few occasions) kids drop their RID toys in favor of TR toys! If that happens a lot more frequently than we think, then surely Hasbro is investing in the wrong toy line (and should ship more TR toys than RID) - but we have no way of knowing; and I doubt Hasbro is paying attention either. So, imo (I don't work for Hasbro), this is a business running TFs like an old business - blind, clumsy, and throwing as many darts as possible to hopefully hit the bulls-eye a couple of times!
For certain, Hasbro pays attention to store orders and re-orders; theoretically, the stores only order product that they successfully sell (and the stores do keep track of different toy lines, even if they don't pay attention to which particular characters sell well). But it's also true that stores will invest in cheaper junk in order to avoid heavy losses, so I've always suspected 1-steps and plastic Titans are cheaper/safer to sell than Generations toys (and NOT that these simple things sell much better). And the counterargument for this is... nothing. You can't trust Hasbro's word on these sales, as (like any other corporation) they've been known to exaggerate or lie. It's all just speculation on our part.
But back on topic: Has anyone else noticed that both Seaspray and Cosmos are OUT already? Amazon has listings, Chosen Prime had Seaspray in-stock (at some point?). It's odd that we haven't seen major pre-orders... I'm thinking of buying, but maybe I should wait for a revision wave of Legends? You can now get a 4 pack of Gnaw, Kickback, Brawn, and Roadburn for $39.99 (at TF web shops), which is excellent for those who missed out on the first two. It'd be nice to see a set like that with Seaspray somewhere.
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