I'm so glad I got my notice from Hasbro it was back in stock. *sarcasm*
HTS's stock alert email system is so slow that it's effectively worthless. I tried using it for some late wave TFA items like unmasked Kylo Ren and the FO Stormtrooper Squad Leader. But by the time the system sent my notification they were already out of stock. Some of the guys at the RS forums have been talking about some shopping apps that will constantly poll an item's stock status and alert you very quickly to a change in stock status. Has anyone else here tried one of these apps?
Yes, I use a plugin called "visualping" that integrates in to Chrome (maybe other things too). I'm sure there are plenty of other options out there, so this may not be the best, but its what I'm using.
Its super sweet in that its super configurable to whatever you want. The only real drawback is that you need to be in front of your computer to get the alerts. I also use it to sniff out job postings at companies I follow to try and land a dream job.
If someone knows of one that is free and is flexible enough to send you text alerts or e-mails, that would be even better.
Visualping has allowed me to score quite a bit of limited availability items over the past few years. Especially something like the SDCC Obi-Wan that might go in and out of stock really quickly over the course of a couple of months.