Why the price variation for the 20th Anniversary Optimus

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  1. sharkatron

    sharkatron Active Member

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    I'm curious to know why TRU charges $89.99 Target and Walmart $69.99 for the DVD prime. I think Amazon is charging $64.99. It would stand to reason that TRU must be making the most profit by charging on average $20 more for DVD Primes.

    I saw on the Siebertron thread that back in 2004 some people were able to get there 20th Anniversary Prime for as low as $16? You would never see Primes out in the bay area for that low since once they hit the shelves there long gone.
    It would be awesome to get a Prime for that low a price. But it must be a regional thing. Guess Transformers are just not that popular in some parts of the country. Also it makes me wonder how much it cost Hasbro to manufacture these Primes.
     
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    thats why Toysrus aint gonna last long, RIP
     
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    Im sure they will be around. that is the one figure that they have a big discrepency with.
     
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    Hasbro suggests a "Suggested Retail Price" ... and it is $69.99. Toys'R'Us probably ordered a less amount than WalMart/Target, so they charge extra to make up on cost.

    Target and Walmart, having many more stores across the country, probably ordered in bulk (as you can see on WalMart endcaps) and thus they can get away with charging less.
     
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    Suprised he's going for that much since the original MP Prime shelfwarmed at $69.99 then on clearance for $50
    Waiting for this one to drop down since lt looks like no one's buying him here.
    Stacks of him are forming on top the aisle and soon they need to make some room.
     
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    Those $16 Prime's were Target clearance prices. Target always marks high dollar shelf warmers waaay down. Armada Unicron went for like $12 there. Target absolutely positively can't be beat when it comes to clearance prices. The problem is that they are hard to find at that price. You'll see a mountain of the figure at regular price, then they cut it so low that they pretty much sell overnight. Not one single time did I see either of the two above mentioned toys at those prices. I just heard about them on the boards.
     
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    I got my third one at $17 or so (other two were regular price), I found it stashed behind some board games. It was still marked high but scanned at $17 and some change. Target wants to get rid of old merchandise fast (as it can be an eye soar) so they're pretty aggressive with clearence.

    As for the price difference, I think the TRUS closest to me has them at $69 although I didnt pay much attention to it.
     
  8. Dragonclaw

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    In the bay area those prices would never come close...there's just too many of us in too small a space. Toy hunting can get pretty cutthroat (I got my Titanium Jetfire after watching another collector stash it for later...Yeah, if you hid Jetfire behind the talking Lightning McQueen it's the one that is on my computer desk right now :p  )
    New items go QUICK, Alternators were next to impossible except for the rabid toy hunters, and clearance prices are swooped up the moment anybody hears about them...(Heck just off the top of my head in the area there's me, Sharkatron, Triformis, Xcandescent, Razerwire...)
     
  9. sharkatron

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    Yeah our options here in the bay area are even worse now that the TRU in SF and the TRU in Daily City went out of business. All we have left are the 2 Targets in Daily city. BTW when I bought the Rodimus at the Target in Serramonte for some reason those were all hidden in back of the Star Screams, Astron Trains, and Bumblebees. Curious why the stockers did that or was that a collector?
     
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    Actually we lost a LOT of stores recently....

    TRU....Emmeryville, Daly City, SF & a couple others IIRC

    KB....Alameda, Fremont, Concord, Tracy, Livermore

    Suncoast & Media Play (not good for TF hunts, but I used to buy a lot of other lines there!) They used to be at every freaking mall...

    Tower Records (Same...it was really good for smaller toy lines)
     
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    least you have stores. I got a walmart and a zellers try fighting with everyone and only having 2 stores
     
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    I never really had any intention of buying the new anniversary prime as I already have the original, but if what some of you are saying are true with Target clearance prices then I may have to reconsider.
     
  13. seven

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    I guess I'm pretty lucky as I seem to be the only one in my general area. Theres two Super T's, three Wal Marts and a TRUS all within 15 minutes from the furthest to the closest and the furthest store is 30 minutes away. About 15 minutes in the other direction I have a Target, Trus and Wal mart all withing 5 minutes of each other.

    I don't really hunt for TFs I just tend to be out and about a whole lot. As for Prime I'll probably get one on clearence. I like the colors on this one more than the original release and by the looks of how they're being stocked it should be terribly hard to find at a decent price.
     
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    Only place near me that's had Classic's has been TRU.Haven't sighted them at Target,Wallmart or the KB Toys that I work at.20th Anni Prime being at TRU $84.99 and Srp $69.99 else where to pricy for me.:rolleyes2  when they show up at target an become shelfwarmers an get clearanced then I'll get him.:banghead: 
     
  15. Deathx360

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    All I have near me is a Wal-Mart. I have to go 15 to 45 or 50 miles to get to another Wal-Mart. The nearest K-Mart to me is about 30 miles. The nearest Toys R Us, K B Toys, and Target is 120 miles. I have to drive about 30 miles one way each weekend to find what I'm looking for.

    Back on topic, I hope that I can find one at a good discount since I can't see myself paying even $50 for a figure I have two of at that price range. I love the colors and I am a completest but this is not so different from the original that it warrants a $50 to $70 purchase. That and I need the money for other Transformers.
     
  16. sharkatron

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    Anyone know how much it cost Hasbro to produce these Optimus Primes? For the high prices they have them retail for I'm sure its not cheap for them to make these as compared to the Transformer classic line. When you factor in the size of the toy, batteries, has some metal parts, and voice box.
     

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