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And honestly, the ridiculous BIN auctions are not as annoying to me as the people who write to me asking me to sell stuff below my asking price when it is not a Best Offer auction. Don't waste my time.

Really?  Not to poke fun, but I would love to have the annoyance of people offering me money on a regular basis!  Isn't this is a win-win scenario?  If your item is not selling for the price listed, you have someone making an alternative offer that might still be agreeable to you...especially if you're able to subtract out the added Ebay and Paypal fees you endure from a completed auction.  Heck, in some cases you might take home more than a completed auction sale.  I would love to get offers like that on my Ebay sales, provided their not all outrageous low-ball offers and even then it just takes a few seconds to read and delete.

Agreed.  Probably half of my auctions are completed outside of eBay because I get an acceptable offer and it allows me to avoid the ridiculous eBay fees and only pay the PayPal fees.

I just ignore or politely refuse any unreasonably low offers.

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I read through the details last week when I got the email and found it confusing.

I think we actually get a handful of free BIN listings per month in select categories that include toys (50?).  Other categories seem to have less restrictive free BIN listings. 

There are also a number of free auction style listings provided (150?), but I don't think this was restricted by category.

Although this might all depend on your sales volumes, or ratings or something.

The way I basically read these changes and other changes they've made over the past several years is that they're focusing their offering around "eBay marketplace" vendors, where you need to have a certain sales volume or pay a monthly/yearly fee.  Basically the days of random people like us selling stuff on eBay being a big part of their business have gone.

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LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: May 6, 2014, 11:22 AM »
Word is that the SSD was quietly retired, so whatever is left out there is it.

Anybody have this and put it together? 

I've got the Death Star and think its super cool, although spendy.  I've never gotten that excited about the SSD and don't think I would pull the trigger at its current price.

Thoughts?

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: May 2, 2014, 02:14 PM »
I noticed the poster showed they are making a Rebels animated Obi-Wan. Could this mean a story arc could take place on Tatooine? Could we perhaps see a young Luke on the show?? That to me adds excitement to the upcoming debut of the cartoon

I saw that too.  I wasn't aware Obi-Wan was going to be in Rebels.

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LEGO / Re: LEGO 2014
« on: May 1, 2014, 01:35 AM »
Probably old news to the brickheads here, but I stumbled upon this today.

Psst - have you visited JediDefender's Non-Star Wars LEGO Forum;)

Didnt know it existed until just now.  Thanks for the link.

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LEGO / Re: LEGO 2014
« on: April 30, 2014, 06:20 PM »
Probably old news to the brickheads here, but I stumbled upon this today.

The 2014 CUUSOO set is going to be the Ghostbusters ECTO-1 vehicle with all 4 Ghostbusters.



I think this looks AWESOME!!!

Loved Ghostbusters as a kid and I think this sculpt is sweet.  I love Back to the Future too, but wasn't as impressed with the DeLorean they did last year.

They mention an MSRP of $50 and availability in June.  Yes please!

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I like these figures, Mission Series figures, 5 POA.

However, I do not get the allure of blind boxing these.  Does it somehow save big dollars on packaging costs so they can be offered for lots less?  Do people like the excitement of opening something when they aren't sure what is inside?

It seems like all the SW blind boxed items historically have all been from Japan.  Does this somehow appeal to the Japanese culture?  (I know Lego does this now, but not with SW).

I much prefer to be able to inspect the figures for paint job, get a sense for the sculpt, play value, etc.  Blind boxing just seems unnecessary and counterproductive. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: April 24, 2014, 02:30 PM »
Saw this last night right before the local Minnesota meeting.  Local brewery "Bent Brewstillery".


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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 2
« on: April 17, 2014, 12:52 PM »
Nice!

Even though I managed to track Boba down at Christmas I may spring for this whole case.

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LEGO / Re: LEGO Sale
« on: April 9, 2014, 09:41 AM »
Screaming deal on the Target exclusive Mobile Heavy Cannon.  Normally $50.  Marked down to $17.

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I wonder how detailed that information from retailers even is that they provide to Hasbro. 

I don't think Target even tracks anything more detailed than at the DPCI number, so they can't tell the difference between how fast or slow a Stormtrooper is selling vs. a Wedge figure.

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It's my understanding they're under Hasbro's umbrella but basically wholly separate entities (possibly even sub-contracted to another company entirely?)
I think that is entirely possible because my mother ordered some things from HTS for Christmas gifts and when it arrived the packingslip was from someone's WalMart order for pillows (or something like that).

I'm 99% sure they don't fulfill their own orders, which is not uncommon.    The arrangement usually works that HTS owns the inventory and manages the stocking levels, but the stock sits in a shipping hub managed by a third party who actually does the shipping (sometimes managed by UPS or FedEx themselves).

My last several shipments have come from a bunch of locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.  I think that is why you see your order split sometimes, its actually being fulfilled from different warehouse locations.

Hopefully they at least manage their own inventory, and hopefully once in a while the product managers for the SW line get reports on how well or poorly things sell.

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In theory though you would expect that the product managers could request sales data from the internal business unit that manages HTS.com. 

If its anything like the company I work for their willingness to share data is suspect and the product managers don't realize the turns on a Saga Legends Stormtrooper is 1,000 times that of an X-Wing Biggs.

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I don't mean to dig at any fresh wounds, but wanted to post a question continuing on the thoughts of case assortments and how well (or poorly) Hasbro manages the Star Wars assortments.

Does anyone know if Hasbro runs HasbroToyShop.com and the inventory associated with it?  I tried digging around I couldn't find anything that indicated one way or the other.

My thought was that if they run this web site and own its inventory, the product line managers must have a pretty clear understanding of the true turns associated with the different figures and their case assortments.  There shouldn't be any way they could deny the peg warming nature of some of their assortment choices and how quickly some figures sell out.

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I think that's a cop out on Hasbro's part.
 

I think this is a cop out as well. 

I've managed enough product lines and whole portfolios to know that some products within your portfolio have better margins than others and you need to be looking at the whole portfolio, not individual items or waves.  You need to balance gross margins with turns.  There is no point getting great gross margins if your turns are terrible (e.g. backed up pegs with TPM).

I don't know that they should go to a 2x each new figure in each case as there are going to be figures that kids likely won't care much about (Toryn Farr), but I do think Hasbro could do a lot better job managing their case assortments.  Particularly when you look across the lines Legends, Mission Series, TBS, CW/Rebels.  I think its tough when you've got four different repacked Jedi Anakin figures on the shelf across all the lines and they all back up, especially when stores are only allocating a few pegs and re-order when the counts get down to near zero.

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