I really don't want to succumb to douchebaggery, but I have to tell you how successful a particularly frowned upon technique was. I call it the "Secondary Distribution System" , and it works wonders at Target. Reading about others who have had success, I decided to try it out. One of my local Targets has had the same figures for who knows how long, with no wave 5, 6 or 7 showing up at all. I went ahead and bought 10 of the oldest figures (primarily Dengars and 4-LOMs), and returned them to a Target well out of the way while on a mini vacation (now I know there's no real way to be sure you're not screwing another collector at that store you're dumping figures to, but I made SURE there was no one posting here or at RS that are anywhere near that particular location- I'm in southeast Louisiana). Sure enough, 3 or 4 days later, my store gets in a wave 7 case (which is bought up by me and others), followed by a steady stream of wave 7 cases by need. I got some more figures there again today. Moral of the story is that two stagnant stores have been reduced to one. We're talking no SW figure sales for MONTHS at both stores, and now, one of those stores has a steady stream of sales. It works. I don't want to resort to that, but distribution has never been worse, and perhaps Hasbro's figure selection and case breakdown is even a greater culprit. So, I don't want to condone this (and I don't think I'll have to do it again) but it works.
Yeah, I'm not sure I really get all the uproar about this technique. In most cases, it's not like the store getting the relocated figures were stocking anything new anyway. And if the store you took them from is restocking consistently since then, that seems like a win-win for everyone.
I actually did the opposite - I had a Target near me that was not doing anything with TVC, so I returned a couple of Wave 7 extras I had to there, they promptly sold, and this Target has since gotten 2 full cases of Wave 7. It's like I had to trick their computer into hitting that sold units threshold.