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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #30 on: September 18, 2007, 01:26 PM »
D&S? I'm not familiar with them. Are they a solid resource? What's the URL if you don't mind?
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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #31 on: September 18, 2007, 01:33 PM »
I ordred it all online. NJ is scalper heaven. I barely see anything. I basically go to the stores just to buy openers i may want.
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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #32 on: September 18, 2007, 01:39 PM »
Yeah, I can't find anything around here because the scalpers guys from Minnesota have nothing else better to do.


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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #33 on: September 18, 2007, 01:44 PM »
We're not all that bad....Just Vlady  ;)  I think he takes monthly trips out there, so be on the lookout.
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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #34 on: September 18, 2007, 04:18 PM »
We're not all that bad....Just Vlady  ;)  I think he takes monthly trips out there, so be on the lookout.

To be fair, no one would have expected Iowa to actually be ahead of other parts of the country at any point in time...
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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #35 on: September 22, 2007, 02:49 PM »
Well it would not be that BAD if Target would actually start to stock w4&5. TRUS has barley started to get W4, so that put all the presure on Wal Mart and all the scalpers know this and rape the pegs leaving nothing for the true COLLECTORS!

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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #36 on: September 24, 2007, 09:20 AM »
Along the same lines of this question, if you have been buying figures at retail this year - which store has been the best source so far?  I've been preordering sets online, because I don't have as much time to hunt, but I've seen every figure from waves 1-3 at retail so far (no 4 or 5 yet though).  I've picked up some "extras" as well, along the way.  I would say Target and TRU have been the best so far, with TRU maybe being the best source here locally.  I've seen the first three waves' McQuarrie figures at TRU at least twice (surprisingly), and they also have a good supply of Legends.  Ever since a new Super Target opened in town, they have been well stocked with 1-3 and Legends as well.  Wal-mart has been a no show.  They are finally getting something in the TAC packaging, some Wave 1 Legends.  Those are the first new line figures there all year.  I think, aside from one AOTC Clone, I haven't bought a single basic figure at Wal-Mart this year.  Its been nice avoiding there though, as our closest store is always crazy busy and in general disarray.  I think until some of their exclusives (comic packs/Rebo band) start hitting, I'll avoid it altogether.

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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #37 on: September 24, 2007, 10:53 AM »
Along the same lines of this question, if you have been buying figures at retail this year - which store has been the best source so far?

For me, if it hasn't come from NewForce (30AC), it's probably from Target (Legends, Comic Packs, Battle Packs, GH, Vehicles, exclusives). 

The only things I buy at Wal-Mart and TRU are the exclusives, because it's just not worth it for me to go to those 2 stores that often when I have 3-4 Targets that I pass on the way to get to either of them...  :P
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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #38 on: September 24, 2007, 12:39 PM »
D&S? I'm not familiar with them. Are they a solid resource? What's the URL if you don't mind?

www.dnstoys.com - Very, very good site - just wish they'd update their page a bit more often.

And the owner, Dave, is an extremely nice person.  I've interacted with a few owners from various e-tailers over the years, and none were as personable as he was (at least in my experience).

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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #39 on: September 24, 2007, 12:50 PM »
If not online, the only place i have found anything is KB and TRU. They are the only stores with new product. Walmart and Target hace not restocked since wave 2.
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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #40 on: September 24, 2007, 06:24 PM »
This year, not including army builders, my buying has come at 80/20 in favor of online.

Saves me in gas, time and frustration. And saving on the "GTF" factor as I'm calling it, has become a big thing for me. Hmm, maybe I should switch that to GFT so it looks like "gift." heh heh.

As far as which store has been teh best at retail, that by far has to be TRU for me. But that's sort of a bias as I now am in a program that saves me 10 cents per gallon of gas for every $50 I spend in gift cards at TRU (as well as other retailors/restaraunts/etc). I've had several free tanks of gas because of this.

Target just doesn't get as much in as it used to and Wal*Marts are near dead around me.

I've actually been very happy to buy from TRU. We ALL need TRU to stay in business. For one it keeps the big boxes in order and competition as well. But ther very idea of NOT having a toy store to get toys from astounds me. When I think retail toys, I think TRU.
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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #41 on: September 25, 2007, 09:22 AM »
I agree on the point about TRU.  Aside from occasionally higher prices and the fact that they rarely clearance things, I really hope that our store is doing well and won't be closed like so many others have.  Regardless of prices/etc., its a "fun" place to go - and I remember being amazed the few times we got to go there when I was a kid (we lived in a small town, so only got to go on the rare occasions we drove the hour to the nearest one).  I hope the store is always there for kids' sakes if nothing else.

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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #42 on: September 26, 2007, 03:46 PM »
I'm almost exclusively getting my stuff at Target or from friends who have ordered online.  W1-3 was all Target (maybe 3-4 figs from TRU), and W4 came from buddies.  TRU's hours are too limited and there's only one nearby; Wal-mart's 24 hour policy makes it tough to figure out when new stuff will arrive and it always seems picked over by the time I get there.  There's also only one even remotely nearby versus 6-7 Targets and even a Kmart in closer proximity.

I would buy more online if it wasn't for the mixed assortments.  I've bought cases from NF and EE before, but I hate getting duplicates that I don't need.  If you get the case early, you can sell them to friends, but if the cases arrive later than retail, you're stuck with extra product that you don't need.  :-\
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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #43 on: October 15, 2007, 04:08 PM »
I've gone online for everything so far this year, and that has worked out pretty well.  I'm caught up (aside from extras) through Wave 6, and I haven't seen anything past a few Wave 4 figures here locally (our WM is packed with older TSC figures, so they've been worthless for anything newer).  I've got the remaining three waves preordered as well, but I'm wondering if I should cancel them or not.  With everything hitting so heavy this back half of the year, its making the credit card bills look scary - and making the wife unhappy.  Has anyone else been relying on retail this year, or is it easier to go online?  I don't think it would have been so bad if things were spread out a little more, instead of getting waves 4-9 in 3-4 months.

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Re: Your 30AC Shopping: Retail or Online?
« Reply #44 on: October 15, 2007, 05:39 PM »
...Has anyone else been relying on retail this year, or is it easier to go online?...

Most of my spending is online. No stress, no wasted gas, more time for myself instead of always on the hunt.

Dont' get me wrong I'll still go in stores if I happen to be out and they are on the way, but that's only for extras. And if I don't find those extras I don't worry about it.

Collecting has been much easier this year because of this.
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