"Sorry to be the bearer of bad news..."

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by NCStarscream, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. NCStarscream

    NCStarscream Me Grimlock cute

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    ...but today I saw Generations figures marked up to $14.89 at Target. This is not logical. I hope it's only temporary and not in effect when that last 2011 wave rolls around. I don't suppose the Transformer team is taking a page from the failtastic Star Wars team and marking them up because it's a "collector-targeted" line like Vintage Star Wars, which is how they justify the absurd $10.99 price tag I've seen on that assortment while two other Star Wars lines sit adjacent at several dollars less.

    Edit: since the above text is not at all clear on this, I want to add that I've seen prices on various assortments of TFs and other lines I collect fluctuate all year, in all the stores I shop at (both brick & mortar and online), as I'm sure most of you have. I'm also well aware that - relatively speaking - prices in the US are lower than those in many other countries. My intention with this thread was to comment/speculate on whether or not there is anything more to this price change than a standard jump, simply because (1) it was isolated to the only current non-DOTM assortment at retail, (2) it's a Hasbro brand, whose pricing decisions with some of their other lines I cannot comprehend, and (3) this is a price increase of $3, which is a larger change to a standard shelf price (i.e., non-sale price) than I can recall seeing in any TF assortment in recent memory.

    Also, the thread title isn't meant to be interpreted as complaining. I have very few issues with the TF brand in general and think Hasbro pretty much spoils us rotten with it. It's just my (now obviously failed) attempt at being funny by using part of an ROTF quote.
     
  2. seali_me

    seali_me Buhawi Gabay-Tala

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    that's the price i was paying back in 2007.
     
  3. Soundblaster1

    Soundblaster1 The Heisenberg of Toys

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    The price increase isn't too incredibly far fetched, but the fact that they had the lack of sense to do it on shelfwarmers is.
     
  4. Matty

    Matty @StayingInTheBox Moderator News Staff

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    I'm pretty sure they do this every year ... and then the holidays come around and we'll be paying $9.99 for them again.
     
  5. Seeker

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    One more price increase and my collecting will take another nose dive.
     
  6. meirelle

    meirelle Sea of Shelfwarmers

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    That's what I pay online for them, so I'm not too concerned.
     
  7. 03Mach1

    03Mach1 Reason Has No Voice

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    And suddenly $39.99 for the TRU exclusive 3 pack doesn't seem so bad.
     
  8. havanowoncheese

    havanowoncheese Proud No Ma'amer!

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    I see it as target marking them up to mark them down for the holidays. Its almost time for those mark downs afterall.
     
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    $14.99 is better than the Canadian $16.99 AND our dollar is currently stronger.
     
  10. Bountyan

    Bountyan Well-Known Member

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    That's almost the price Canadians have to pay regularly...
     
  11. guard convoy

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    WHO CARES!!!

    seriously, people are cheap. i collect things that are WAY more expensive than damn transformers. if you want something save and get it, if not, oh well.

    deluxes should of been this price a LONG time ago anyways, it was just artificially lower thanks to wal-mart

    take for example the new 6 inch thundercat toys, they are $15 each and are fantastic figures worth their price. a deluxe transformer is WAY more complicated than them and for now is cheaper. one day deluxes will get to $20, and they will still be worth the price
     
  12. havanowoncheese

    havanowoncheese Proud No Ma'amer!

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    You are absolutely right but it is the fandoms right to bitch about a small price increase. But honestly going along with this either get comfortable with shrinking figures like DOTM or higher prices.
     
  13. NCStarscream

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    I'm hoping it's just temporary in the lull between movie hype and holiday hype. I know the prices of DOTM Deluxes have crept up at all the stores I frequent by a dollar or two since the movie's release.

    The parallel to the Star Wars line's pricing is what aggravated me more than anything else...I used to be a pretty big SW collector and the price tags on those figures is what drove me away. I'd hate for something similar to happen with TFs.
     
  14. blur3479

    blur3479 The most boring member

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    That sucks ball bearings
     
  15. alternator77

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    seeing as tru has been at it for a while im not surprised. and considering we often pay upwards of 40-50 dollars for third party figs i dont think its that big of a deal.
     
  16. Alucard77

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    You should see the price on the thundercats stuff. $17.99 for 6" figures, $19.99 for 8".
     
  17. NCStarscream

    NCStarscream Me Grimlock cute

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    Yeah, I saw those 6" ones the other day at TRU and thought that was a bit excessive.

    I know prices of things in general are just part of the current economic climate and I didn't mean to create the impression that I was complaining just for the sake of it, or that I felt cheated out of my money, or anything like that. Just thought it was noteworthy because it was the largest single price increase on any TF assortment I'd seen in a while, and because it was isolated to the only non-DOTM assortment on the shelves now.

    ...and that similarity to the dang SW stuff, which is a line I will whine about :p 
     
  18. havanowoncheese

    havanowoncheese Proud No Ma'amer!

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    Usually when we see threads about price increases there is a lot of bitching so for some members its just force of habit. Especially since we always see one of these threads after the holiday price cuts end.
     
  19. Alucard77

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    Realistically, $2 is not that bad. But it is startling at first to see. Then you get home and are like, well I paid $150 for that guy without blinking.
     
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    What a dirty way to make DOTM toys look like a value :lol 
     

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