Titans Return Trypticon found at discount store Ollie’s

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  1. RKillian

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    Good on you for trying. Hopefully everybody you went out of your way to help appreciated it.
     
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    I think the gist of what's been going on is that there's not much you can do to deter a scalper. Even if they buyout the entire supply of your local Ollie's, they're still going to pay $50+ tax, $30+ for shipping in addition to eBay an a possibly PayPal fees. Then if Amazon, EE, Walmart or whathave you throws their Trypticons online for $75-90, the scalper is then stuck with a bunch of Trypticons that no one is willing to pay $100+ for. What some of the guys have been trying to reiterate in this thread is that even though the scalpers may piss you off, they might not even profit off of these in the long run(if at all). Maybe 10+ years ago this was possible but now it's just a pipe dream. If you're trying to sell this for profit and all you can manage is less than $100 shipped then you've sold at a loss. In the face of stores like Amazon/EE/Walmart doing periodic sales to flush inventory, once they sell for $75-90, your times up.

    So another thing people were getting at, is that scalping Trypticon might not even be worth it. To those who still can't find one, best of luck. Hopefully Ollie's restocks more or another retailer starts carrying it. Part of the reason we are in this situation to begin with is because Hasbro has made it harder for smaller retailers to carry their product. Plus if you were offered Trypticon but had the foresight to know it would end up at ROSS or Ollie's, it could've been financial suicide to pay whatever Hasbro was offering per unit given their minimum order requirements. These days it's big retailers dictating everything and if that doesn't work, flush inventory at Ollie's. Smaller retailers are left out of the equation entirely. Blame Hasbro for no more future Titans, not smaller retailers who knew Hasbro's sales and order criteria didn't match realistic expectations.
     
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  3. mcart

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    Very well put sir! And I would add that those who did purchase to resell will now have a large wall of reminders that sometimes it doesn't pan out.

    Well, until they take them back. Does Ollie's do returns? Never seen one so no idea.
     
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    Yes, Ollie’s has a 30 days return policy with a valid receipt. I returned two extra Trypticon that I had bought for people here but they later changed their minds.

    Rather than deal with the hassle of selling the Trypticons online due to weight of the items and high shipping costs or having to wait for a couple of years for the gluttony of $49.99 Ollie’s Trypticon to dissipate online, I just returned them to get my money back immediately.

    The only way to make a profit now on Trypticon online if the products were stolen or bought at cost. I would have to sell Trypticon at $100 to even break even on the sale.
     
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    Good on you for picking up for members, always glad when it goes to a fan!

    Glad you got your money back too!
     
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    That's an asshole move to have somebody go out of their way to help you out then just to be like meh, nevermind. Seriously. Wtf is wrong with people.
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    Me, me, me. Some people love to talk about community in this hobby, but they forget that things cost time and money.
     
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    Which, in turn, leads to fewer people willing to go out of their way for others.

    I had the opposite situation when Grotusque came out, was able to help out some of our overseas members but I had to do it 2 at a time to ensure I didn't end up with a wall of Grotusques.

    Shipping Trip abroad? They're better off buying local! For those near Ollie's and still looking, I'd say keep checking, I'm sure some will be returned soon when people do the math.
     
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    I last tried doing this when RTS Windcharger - a hard-to-find scout class figure in 2011 commanding anywhere from $30-50 - started appearing at Five Below later that year. I charged $5 plus S&H. Other people did the same. You wouldn't believe (or maybe you can) the number of people scrutinizing the cost to ship a MOSC scout within the states. It ranged anywhere from $5-10, which was pretty damn reasonable all things considered. The most people would've been paying was $15, not a bad price for a figure that was going for much more than that. If people were bitching about the cost to ship a tiny figure like that, then you can surely understand why I didn't even want to deal with helping people score a cheap Fort Max (or, in this case, a cheap Trypticon).
     
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    Heres the way I look at it. I'm offering to pay $100 if someone can ship a Trypticon to North Dakota. I figure that covers cost, shipping, and someone's time. That's still 70 dallors less then what I'm going to pay on bbts(which I'm still willing to pay if I have to.) I get a deal and someone I help someone make some extra cash. Win win I think. I consider scalping if someone picks up a 50 dallors toy and sells it for 200. That's just wrong to me.
     
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    Yup, i can feel ya.

    Recently tried to give away for free MP Hot Rods fishing rod. Quoted around $7 shipping because it's fragile and would need to be in a box. No reply. People don't seem to realize, shipping has gotten expensive. I tell my colleagues it's a good thing for us as we do retail IT. As shipping increases the costs for e-commerce increase since everything needs to be shipped. As a result the advantage ecom has over traditional retail is dropping. At least for everyday items.

    Transformers (at least the luxury items like masterpiece) will remain ecom but clothing etc will shift back to brick and mortar. Sadly too late for many smaller stores.
     
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    Happened to me last year with Fortress Maximus, I bought an extra one for a board member and returned it when they dropped off the face of the Earth. That's why with Trypticon I limited myself to letting people know where it was and when....
     
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    What's asinine is that USPS shipping doesn't scale much from pound 1 to pound 5 until you cross a postal zone and it jumps an order of magnitude. Small packages so heavily subsidize larger packages that it re-tards the volume of commerce that should be going through the postal service and driving costs down.
     
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    Hey does anyone know if the Indianapolis Ollie’s has any trypticons there?
     
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    Anyone seen discounts in the greater Atlanta, GA area?
     
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    There's still 10 of them left at the store in Palatka (32177)....
     
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    Today I called each Ollie's in my metro area until I found one that still had it. I picked up 2 of them. In addition they knocked the price down to $34.99 each because the boxes were beat up a little.
     
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    Today I called each Ollie's in my metro area until I found one that still had it. I picked up 2 of them. In addition they knocked the price down to $34.99 each because the boxes were beat up a little.

    The ironic thing is I remember when TR Trypticon first came out and was being sold at regular retail price, I posted something about me deciding to wait until it goes for super cheap at Ollie's like with TR Fort Max. At least one person replied to my post saying they doubt it would happen and that I shouldn't get my hopes up. Well, several months later here we are.
     
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