Official New Sales, Deals, and Coupons Thread

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Matty, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. joespags15

    joespags15 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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  2. ZapRowsdower

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    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
    3) RID

    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. :lol 

    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! :lol 

    On the bright side: save your money. Take a break. Maybe buy a 3P instead?
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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  6. ZapRowsdower

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    Great points (and I always defer to your expertise on these things, as you know your stuff :thumb ), 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! :eek:  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! :thumb 

    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. :confused: 

    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?). :sly:  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. :D 
     
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    Walmart is always stupid like that. They'll put something in the clearance section at full price with red clearance stickers on them.
     
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    Yeah I just went to my local WalMart and they had a full case of wave 1 in the back. While another WalMart 30 miles out did have a sighting of the new wave. I would have driven there but it's probably gone by now.
     
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    ZapRowsdower Canadian Chuck Norris

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    Yeah, I'll add to your post! :D 

    I drove out to a good Walmart where I found TR Deluxe Wave 1... God knows how long ago. BrickSeeker showed 18 deluxe items in stock!!!! :eek:  Get there and find 13 TR Deluxe Wave 1s! :lol  :banghead:  :cry  #WhenBurningYourMoneyIsABetterIdea

    EDIT: And found Deluxe Wave 4 at Target, during milk run. :rolleyes2  Also snagged an OCTANE (Octone?) :eek:  so shocked that's out in my area, too. It's been about 5 months since New Year, so I guess it was about time to stock toy shelves... :banghead: 
     
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    Thank you for this post. I was able to use the 20% coupon in store and got the set for $55. I did not have a Springer or Arcee at all. This is really a great set overall. Especially as a G1 movie fan.

    Edit: Might as well post a deal. Fortress Maximus $108.91. Not the greatest, but good for anyone that have missed the last. Amazon.com: Transformers Generations Titans Return Titan Class Fortress Maximus: Toys & Games
     
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    Sorry... can I ask you for more details? You had 20% off in store... what store? Target? Cause I didn't know these sets were ever found in-store... :confused:  Or did you somehow have an Amazon coupon? Or is this a thing where you go to Target and they order the item for you, with store coupon?
     
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    Sorry I should have elaborated. I ordered it from Target online for the sale price, and when I picked it up in store I had them adjust the price using the 20% off coupon.
     
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    ZapRowsdower Canadian Chuck Norris

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    Holy Karp! I didn't know you could do that... Is that a store policy or YMMV? Cause it seems easy enough to do (Cust. Serv. at Target is usually pretty cool about things). Thanks for the info! Gonna try that next time... well, if Target ever deems to send me a coupon.
     
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    The coupon said "in store" and I was in the store so I was ready to point that out. Weak argument and I wouldn't have pushed it much as it's a grey area and I'd imagine YMMV. I thought it was worth a shot and it worked. Good luck!
     
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    :lolol  I would have loved to have watched that conversation...
    "Sir, uhh, no."
    "But it says 'in-store' and I'm in dis here store, ain't I???"
    "Uhhh... (calls manager over in panic)"
    "I WANT MY DANG DISCOUNT!!!! DOGGONEIT! :mad "

    Sometimes I lament scenes like this don't make the evening news... Cause, when you think about it, shouldn't Hasbro have a specific reason to be ashamed of adult fans? :D  (Other than the occasional idiot who pulls a Megatron out to threaten a neighbor).

    It's getting near end of May, so I'm expecting an eBay flash coupon some time soon. Everyone remember to keep an eye out this week...
     
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    This shouldn't really be a deal, but Amazon has pre-orders for Brawn and Roadburn for...gasp...retail!
     
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    An ebay coupon popped up in my app today.

    20% off $50, but only within certain categories (not toys). Any toy sellers want to relist their items in these categories :) 

    P20MEMDAY
     
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    Ebay:
    I think I saw this promo code since yesterday. It only works on 'home and outdoor' stuff. SO NO TRANSFORMERS OR TOYS. Here is the detail:


    How to redeem your Coupon:
    1. Shop for eligible items. (See below for exclusions.)
    2. Pay for your item with PayPal by 11:59 PM PT on May 29,2017
    3. Enter the Coupon code in the redemption code field: P20MEMDAY

    Questions? Visit our step-by-step guide.

    Terms & Conditions:
    The Coupon is a 20% off discount on a minimum of $50 with a maximum discount of $50, valid until 11:59PM PT on May 29, 2017. Discount applies to the purchase price (excluding shipping, handling, and taxes) of an eligible item on eBay.com. Eligible items include items purchased from the Home & Garden, Baby, Pets, Crafts, Food, or Sporting Goods categories. Coupon can be used once per PayPal account within a single transaction (or cart), while supplies last. Only eBay members registered with an address located in the United States and paying with PayPal are eligible for the Coupon. Any unused difference between discount amount, as shown on the Coupon, and the purchase price of item(s) in a single transaction (or cart) will be forfeited.

    Coupon is subject to U.S laws, void where prohibited, not redeemable for cash, has no face value, and cannot be combined with any other Coupon, or when paying with PayPal Credit Easy Payments or Gift Cards. eBay may cancel, amend, or revoke the Coupon at any time.
     
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  19. SirPwntALot

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    Ebay:
    My walmart got wave 4 deluxes in
    All rang up $9.98 except Perceptor. I was able to get him adjusted to $9.98 though
     
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  20. ZapRowsdower

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    Good news: Targets are getting fresh cases of Legends toys (finally, after months of mostly empty pegs), and it's the Brawn/Roadburn wave. Oddly enough, I'm seeing a LOT of Kickback's, too. :sly:  Did Hasbro make a revision wave we don't know about???
    That is awesome! :thumb  It's too bad they don't have a decent inventory tracker, though. :(  Cause I swear it's such a waste to go to Walmart lately... But the good news is that Hasbro finally stuck some TR toys in that shipping container to America...

    I feel as though a great evil has been lifted from store shelves. :eek: 
     
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