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  1. Supposedly Retaliation figures are supposed to be less. ...Hopefully.
  2. I freakin' hate when people poorly pack things like this. I've bought a number of things online that I've intended to keep sealed, and because of how poorly packed they were/how scuffed up they end up, there's really no point.... I haven't really found much of anything lately....Did manage to snag a bunch of Renegades/30th anni. figures off BBTS for like, $4-$5 each. It was like, $27 shipped, so that was a nice haul. Nothing is stocking much around here, though. There's a TRU nearby that put a couple new cases out two or three weeks ago, and while the figures were pretty cool (Hazard vipers, Techno Vipers, and a few Renegades cobra troopers. Picked up a couple of each of those) none of the other figures left over have moved since. There are two Walmarts near me that I frequent. One has 12 pegs for Joes, and has them marked at $5. Of course, I've never seen any figures actually ON the pegs. The other Walmart had 3 pegs, with the figures at $6.97. I went in a day or two ago, and the price tags were gone. Maybe they're getting ready for Retaliation figures or something.
  3. I'm starting to get tired of these figures, not because of the quality, but because Hasbro just seems to refuse to ever ship any to my area. I'm still looking for wave 6 figures--let alone 7 and 8--and people are already complaining about them. I'm tired of Jerks running around buying every single figure in every single store, and other people not even getting a chance to get them. At this point, I just WANT the figures for the sake of having them, it's not even fun collecting them anymore when nobody sells them, and everyone just complains about them. @grumpy@
  4. They're in the comic 2-packs. There should be a little plastic bag with the two figure's file cards, a redemption form for the DOC figure, and the red sticker should also be in that bag.
  5. If anybody needs an MISB Target HISS tank, I've got one I'll sell at cost+shipping. The only thing I want right now is two MOSC Armored CC figures from wave 6. Preferable with the card in as good of shape as possible (no serious damage like huge noticable bends, or bubble mashes). I just want one to open, and one for my sealed collection, so they don't both have to be in perfect condition.
  6. Yeah...people like this are ones to stay away from. I remember a guy awhile back trying to sell terrible quality Transformers Alternators KOs, and claiming that he "Didn't know anything about transformers."
  7. I picked up two more Vipers and a HISS driver today. Now I just need Duke, Spirit, and Wild Bill and I'll be done with this wave.
  8. Sale? Isn't 6.99 the standard price now...? There are probably a dozen or more CGs on the shelves of my local K-Mart. They've been there for months, and they're still at $6.29.
  9. They turn up on ebay from time to time, although I've seen a lot of people selling them for something like $10+ PER case. That seems pretty ridiculous to me, but I've seen them refered to as "star cases" so you might want to look around for that.
  10. Yeah, they look pretty cool, for the most part. Kill me if you must, but another repaint of Storm Shadow is kinda meh, but I'll be getting him for completion's sake. It's too bad that waves 7 and 9 are so awesome, but we'll have to live thorugh the two sandwiching that lame wave 8.
  11. I'm not really seeing the "better job" that Hasbro is doing. It's nice that wave 7 is finally making its rounds, but in my area, stores never even got wave 4 until about two months after wave 5, and I've seen Wave 6 figures at all of maybe 2 stores so far. I can't find an armored CC figure for the life of me. Most of the stores around here get new cases in maybe once ever 5 weeks or so, and then it's usually one or two cases, if they're lucky...
  12. Yup, they've finally been appearing en masse, now. Area Targets have recently gotten a healthy shipment of them, so I picked up a Viper and a second SE. I'll hopefully have the rest by the weekend.
  13. Looks nice. And I'm glad you fixed his "crazy serial killer" eyes.
  14. I don't know, how many of those listings are really 25th GI Joe product and not DTC stuff? A general trend on eBay is to market toys for whatever is popular, so a DTC Footloose may end up marketed as a 25th figure just to get more hits and maybe a buyer or two. BUT, people are free to do whatever they want with their money. If they want to spend over retail on a toy, that is their perrogative, I got online, and between the half dozen case revisions shipping this summer from Hasbro, practically EVERY 25th figure will be available (maybe not in one area, but they will be out there for retail). And I don't think the modern style of GI Joe figure will ever die. Yes, I expect the movie to push retro figure aside for a year or so, but I think Spider-Man, Transformers and Star Wars are showing that a line can have multiple figures geared to different markets. If you just type in something like "GI Joe 25th Anniversary" usually 95% of them seem to actually be 25th anni related. It's when you start selecting the "2002-now" category that you start getting lots of other lines thrown in. It's true that some are out of place, but I've been finding that it's very few...
  15. I FINALLY found hints of Wave 7 as well. I found two SEs at the Walmart I frequent. It almost kind of pisses me off, because since people have been talking about them at various forums, I've been checking two or three times a week. Two nights ago I was at this Walmart asking one of the guys if he knew if any more 'Joes were coming in, and the guy was clueless. I went today about 30 minutes before they closed, and all I found were two SE, indicated that either they got one case, and someone bought every figure except SE, or they got two cases, and someone bought every figure from both case, and left the two SEs. Either way I'm a bit miffed, since this exact same thing happend at the same store, when they got the wave 6s in. Oh well. Regardless, I agree that this SE is awesome. I've always thought this was probably the better-looking Snake Eyes of all of his outfits, and I agree that he's probably my favorite of the line so far. One thing about him that I love (and have liked about the 25th line in general) is that you can actually attatch all of his accessories to him somewhere, which was something that was missing from previous lines. Cool, cool, cool, and I can't wait to find more figures from this wave.
  16. Interesting. I guess this is the wave where they just threw all the rarist figures in...though, I too have seen online stores like BBTS and Entertainment Earth change case assortments right around the time they're shipped, which has pissed me off in the past when I get a case of things I mostly already have, and few (if any) of the figures that I actually ordered the case for.
  17. I think that's kind of the very definition of scalping....Buying something in order to turn around and sell for profit (regardless of what you're using the money for; In your instance, using it to pay for your own figures) is still scalping as far as I can see. If nothing else, it takes away from other people who would like to buy them at retail price instead of having to resort to inflated ebay prices. It isn't really fair to other collectors/kids/etc who only want to buy their one figure and be done with it. Not to mention that attempting to sell most of the figures on ebay probably isn't that profitable anyway. Look at ebay and a lot of figures don't even sell. The only ones that really sell are figures from new waves, because for some people they aren't out in their area yet, and it falls into the "gotta have it now" category, so people are willing to throw down a few extra bucks, or the figures like Flint, Firefly, various versions of Snake Eyes, where they're popular/short-packed/whatever figures, and doesn't look like there will be more in the forseeable future. But if you're trying to unload all of the easy-to-get figures on ebay, it's just kind of pointless because people can go into any store and buy them without having to pay extra + shipping. I think you missed my point. I'm talking about vintage figures, as I mentioned in my first post. Figures that are no longer available at retail...so what you're saying about it not being fair to kids/collectors who only want to buy their one figure at retail doesn't really apply. An example: There's an ebay lot up with the following VINTAGE figures: Snake Eyes V2 Firefly V1 Storm Shadow V1 BATS V1 Destro V1 Crimson Guard V1 Snow Serpent V1 Let's say I win the auction for $150.00. I keep the V1 Snow Serpent for myself, and relist the other figures individually on ebay, and say they sell for the following amounts: Snake Eyes V2 - $45.00 Firefly V1 - $20.00 Storm Shadow V1 - $45.00 BATS V1 - $20.00 Destro V1 - $15.00 Crimson Guard V1 - $15.00 So I essentially get a free V1 Snow Serpent and come out $10.00 ahead. That's what I was talking about. Well, yeah. That is totally different, but by the sound of it, I thought you were talking about buying current figures just to sell them at markups. Buying lots from somewhere else to take a couple of things that you want, and sell off the rest is entirely different. It's a mistake for people to sell off things in lots sometimes, you're right. If someone is selling out of their personal collection, figures that can't be readily found anymore, then that's not really a problem when the buyer sells off the items individually, or something.
  18. I think that's kind of the very definition of scalping....Buying something in order to turn around and sell for profit (regardless of what you're using the money for; In your instance, using it to pay for your own figures) is still scalping as far as I can see. If nothing else, it takes away from other people who would like to buy them at retail price instead of having to resort to inflated ebay prices. It isn't really fair to other collectors/kids/etc who only want to buy their one figure and be done with it. Not to mention that attempting to sell most of the figures on ebay probably isn't that profitable anyway. Look at ebay and a lot of figures don't even sell. The only ones that really sell are figures from new waves, because for some people they aren't out in their area yet, and it falls into the "gotta have it now" category, so people are willing to throw down a few extra bucks, or the figures like Flint, Firefly, various versions of Snake Eyes, where they're popular/short-packed/whatever figures, and doesn't look like there will be more in the forseeable future. But if you're trying to unload all of the easy-to-get figures on ebay, it's just kind of pointless because people can go into any store and buy them without having to pay extra + shipping.
  19. I'm seeing similar things. Target hasn't cut down their space, but one of the Walmarts around here eliminated their shelfspace for Joes altogether. They've had two air troopers warming the shelf for almost two months, and haven't gotten any more figures in, and finally they were just thrown in a cart with a bunch of other random, forgotten toys...
  20. I'll probably pick up the Walmart exclusives, just because I've been collecting all the single carded figures anyway, but the Target exclusives might be worth looking into...
  21. It might have existed before ebay, but ebay has made it more readily accessable to to people. Since the figures (or anything, really) can just be bought and unloaded online, and then shipped out en masse. Before, you had to travel to the flea markets, or do whatever, or load/unload things, set stuff up, or somehow have a temporary stand, or what not. Now people can do it from a chair at home.
  22. The toy aisles change a lot, I've noticed. Especially at times like now, when big summer movies are coming out, and there are an onslaught of new toys to be had (We're looking at Iron Man figures, Hulk figures, Batman figures, Indiana Jones figures, etc) so increasing shelfspace seems like a terrible idea for a line of figures that almost never makes it to stores to begin with. The big Walmart I sometimes hit has three pegs for single carded figures and three pegs for the comic two-packs. Targets, oddly enough, have four pegs for single carded figures, and three for two packs, but I actually think I see more figures or see them more frequently at Walmarts than Targets. One Walmart had 'Joes for awhile, then discontinued them, but within the last month or two brought them back, but only at one or two pegs. It really seems to vary quite a lot.
  23. Unfortunately, this is completely corret. Most of the Targets and Walmarts I've been to actually do have 3 pegs for 25th 'Joes, and only maybe twice have I ever seen those pegs "full." There's really no point in having lots of shelfspace for things that don't exist. Most of the time, one peg is enough for the 25th Joes...again, unfortunately.
  24. because employees are people who have interests as well, not impersonal entities like a store. when I worked retail in my younger days I struck conversations with customers. regardless of the topic of conversation, by your logic I shouldn't have done so because I was just there to sell items, and it is unbelievable that I would. if you work toys, at some point you would become knowledgeable of the practices of scalping, and if bored it isn't unfathomable that you would possibly strike such a conversation up. I'm not sure why that seems unbelievable to you. Why are you so antagonistic toward me? This is the second time you've felt you've had to prove me wrong about something...For one, it's pretty ballsy to ask someone if they're intending to scalp items, and it's entirely different from talking to someone about their hobby. Hell, I work at Target and I'm a collector, and I talk with other workers and customers too. I'm just saying it takes balls to essentially ask someone if they're just buying something at other's expense, and to make a profit.
  25. I have a hard time believing someone at a retail store outright asked you if you were a scalper. Maybe it just seems like a really silly thing to say to/ask someone. They're just there to sell items; who really cares who's buying them? The only time anyone has ever said anything about buying figures was when I was at a Walmart and bought the exclusive Masterpiece Starscream figure. The cashier just mentioned that she was surprised they still made figures of old characters like that, and wondered why it was so expensive (it was $50.) I just explained that it was more of a collectable than an actual child's toy, with a bit more articulation and detail and whatnot, which made it more expensive. Sure, auction-style listings aren't really the same as setting an inflated buy it now price, but the idea is still the same. It's up to the bidders as far as what they want to pay, but at the same time it means that you took the figure out of the store meaning that someone else who could have gotten it at shelf price now can't. Obviously, there's got to be a line somewhere. If someone eventually decides to sell a couple figures just because they don't have room or don't want the figures anymore, and they sell for a higher price because it's a rarer figure, or it's not easy to find in stores anymore, does that make them a bad person, or a scalper? No, I wouldn't think so. As far as I'm concerned, scalping is buying the store out/buying several of a figure for the sole intention of doing nothing but making a profit. Someone who tries to make a few bucks off of someone else's hobbies is kind of lame, but it just comes down to how much people are willing to spend, I guess. Usually, I personally buy just one of each figure, and keep them sealed. If I really like the way the figure looks, I'll buy a second one to open (which, with the 25th anni. Joes seems to happen fairly frequently) but never more. Hell, I have a hard enough time just finding one or two of each figure, let alone multiples...Plus, it seems like most people are wisening up. A lot of the figures unloaded on ebay are ridiculously common. I see lots of starting prices and BINs set at like, $9.99 for a 25th Joe, at like $7 shipping, and for a figure that you can walk into nearly any store and pick up for the $7 or whatever. So a lot of those auctions just kind of fall off, and nothing comes of them, unless you've got something that's extemely hard to come buy, like a rare variant, or an exclusive, or a really short-packed figure or something.
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