Target won't sell me studio series OP38 even though it's on the shelf

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  1. CorePrime

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    I found SS Optimus Prime 38 at my local target today. Literally on the shelf. Took it up to the register aaaand they wouldn't let me buy it. They said it doesn't come out till May 12th.

    Wasn't today the release date? Can target actually do that?
     
  2. Sponge

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    I’d take it to the self checkout

    I had no issue buying mine a couple weeks ago
     
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    This seems to be hit or miss based on the store.
     
  4. Fretburn

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    Of course they can. The item belongs to them; they are allowed to choose not to sell it.
     
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  5. Michael Payton

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    If they put something on the shelf, they need to sell it. Their mistake, not the customers.
     
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    Can confirm. Source: I worked at one for several months years ago.
     
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    Reminds me of way back in 1999 when I saw that Wal-Mart accidentally put out some Star Wars Epiode I figure a week early.

    I understand the purpose of a street date for a figure based on a movie that hasn’t been released. I don’t understand this with SS Optimus since the movie has already hit theaters and is just now hitting video.
     
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    i bought one last week but I went through self checkout...go back and try that. that is if they haven't thrown him in the back.
     
  9. Silvershot

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    Waves don’t usually have street dates - those are generally reserved for entire toy lines. This wave definitely does not have a street date - they may have just read an internal date in their computer, and then made an incorrect and ill-informed decision.

    Also incorrect. This may be what your manager told you, or your particular store’s policy, but under the law, stores are not required to sell you anything. If something is on the shelf, it doesn’t matter. The store reserves the right to remove the item from the shelf and not sell it. Also, if an item has the wrong price, they are not required to sell it to you at that price. They have the option to sell it at the wrong price, or to remove all of the mismarked items on the shelf, fix their error, and then return them to the shelf for sale. Most stores, as a matter of goodwill and customer appreciation, will honor the lower, incorrect price, but are not required to do so.
     
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    Well, in my defense I only know of it happening once and the manager let the person buy it, so I only could assume. I worked backroom and it was super rare to get anything out on time (Black Friday exclusives came out TWO WEEKS after Black Friday!), so I didnt need to know much about sales.
     
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    Yeah, did the same thing.
     
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    There's what the "Law" says, and then there's commons sense.

    In a World where they start pushing Easter Eggs a couple of days after Xmas in what fever-dream does a supplier think a Big Retailer is going to be happy warehousing/holding onto a pile of Stock they can't sell for more than a Month?
     
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    Hasbro currently has the license for Star Wars and Marvel..but you're right. I'm sure Target would just *love* to piss them off by getting into the habit of breaking street date on their products. No way that could possibly backfire.
     
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    I would never ever under any circumstances ever go through the regular checkout at that store again. That's just how I feel about it, if they wanna be that way let the self check do their job.
     
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    Seriously? They're still doing street dates? I haven't heard about any street dates in a couple years. It's been nice.
     
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    I'm sure Hasbro would just love to cut off every single Target because of what one random store did. Afterall, they can just offload the extra stock to Toys R Us. Oh, wait...
     
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    I doubt Hasbro cares. It’s Disney that cares.
     
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    Because they can do without Target. Right. AYFK?
     
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    No they do not, and if you scan something at the register and it won't let you buy the thing it's usually a good idea to not sell that item no matter what the reason. Otherwise why not just let the customer buy display baby furniture or the frozen dinners that were recalled? I mean it was all on the shelf, right, no reason the customer can't have it.


    Doesn't really matter who cares, what matters is stores caught breaking street dates can be fined so it's not something you want to make a habit of doing for anything. Sure that Optimus probably isn't that big of a deal, it actually is more likely a system error since he's just a Studio Series Voyager and is no different than the last two Optimuses in the line, and it will disappoint poor guys like CorePrime who wanted to buy it... but when the register says "hey don't sell that" the smart thing for that Target to do is not sell it.