Darth Nirvana said..."Toywiz is such a joke. Look at the prices for the individual figures. $19.99 for a Galactic Marine. Can you say scalping?"
This isn't scalping. A retailer can charge what they want for a figure. A scalper has to CREATE THE SHORTAGE that they benefit from. If a guy hangs out a TRU and grabs up all the clones, then turns around and sells them for profit, and you buy them beacuse you can't find them anywhere (because he got them all!), that's scalping.
I think what Nicklab is suggesting is that Toywiz actually sends employees out to the retail stores like Target, TRU etc. and buys up the hot figures as well.
I used to live in the area where Toywiz has their store. They were formerly known as Wizard of Cards, used to pop in there when I got my haircut when I was a weee lad. After 1995, their walls were frequently littered with the "hot" POTF2 figures like Yoda, stormtrooper, monkey leia etc, usually for between $12-18.
I don't know if they actually bought stuff at TRU and resold it at scalper prices, but I did so those guys in the Star Wars aisle at TRU all of the time, despite their account with Hasbro. So, as logic would have it, scalping was probably their motivation. I cannot claim that I ever saw them at the cash register though.