Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by tfprime32, Apr 23, 2012.
Should i buy the prid vehicons at retail or online!
Which way is better?retail or online!
It depends. If you can't find a toy that's rare at retail then online's the best way to go.
Retail if you can buy it at retail. Online if it's only online.
Right now? Online.
Depends how much time you have to look, and how well stocked your stores are.
Online costs more, but you get the toy rather than hours of frustration...
Really depends where you live.
Retail is far more satisfying. I hate having to go online.
what has your history hunting toys been like generally?
I like to get mainline releases in the stores. 3rd party, store exclusives (particularly TRU exclusives) and specialty stuff online. But if you live in the country, or your stores don't stock many toys or you generally have a hard time finding stuff in stores then perhaps online is the best option for you.
Generally I have never had a problem finding something at retail...sometimes it may take a month...two months...three months before I see it but eventually I will.
Given that internet shopping doesn't exist here, I have to trust in US retail whenever I go on holiday and thankfully it has never let me down.
Retail. I have done online, but I really hate dealing with things like shipping and waiting for things.
Retail for me. I only buy online when the toy isn't on shelves anymore, or otherwise unattainable in person.
For me I always try to go retail. That way you can make sure you're getting the best figure, with packaging that isn't damaged. But if I can't find a figure at retail (or isn't released at retail, like Deluxe Leadfoot), then I'll go online.
Going retail also supports the local economy, so the more bought locally, the more likely restocks may be more common.
I ONLY buy online when something isn't available, or for an exclusive. I did order a FE Bulkhead from RK, but that's the first time I've ordered anything since MP Grimlock from TrU.
I prefer the hunt but when all else fails there is always online.
If you buy it online it might cost a little more and It might take a week to get here and the toys come out in stores in about a week so I suggest the store!
If you were a non-US collector then online + shipping almost always wins.
Exactly. I'll support our local import shop any day. And I'll help move stock out of my area Walmarts and Targets so they can eventually bring in new cases. Plus I get my plastic crack fix in doing so.
My main thing against online shopping is the "here you go, that's what you get" aspect of it. I can't stand the thought of not being able to select one out of the bunch which I feel has the best paint apps or looks to be the least flawed. It's not by any means a perfect process, but I'd rather have my pick of the litter than not.
Some do factor in the gas these days when comparing the online prices + shipping to retail. Driving around not finding what you're looking for constantly can really rack up the price instead of just pre-ordering and waiting for a shipment at one flat fee.
Though if you're like me and your local chains are all on your way to or from work anyway, it really isn't anything extra. Because of that I tend to just wait on retail stuff til it hits stores and only order exclusives/imports online.
I'm the opposite. I don't want to have to go hunting in a store, feeling embarrassed about being a 20-something in the toy isle, only to find nothing I want.
I want X. If I can get it easily I will go online.
I don't find it embarrassing at all when I go into the toy aisle or toy store. Then again, my stores already recognize me for being the guy with long hair in scrubs.
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