Granted Black Friday is usually a big boost to sales, but Hasbro shouldn't count on just that. IMO, it's around October that we should be seeing repacks and refresh cases. Throughout the rest of the year we all, kids and collectors alike should be able to purchase the waves of figures each month. The last quarter would be reserved then for only the hottest selling figures from the first three quarters. October would see refreshes of the first quarter, November would see refreshes of the second quarter, and december would see the third quarter stuff.
Yes, that means more planning on Hasbro's part. But seriously, if they want to sell this stuff, they need to make some serious changes about how/when it's being put on shelves.
Now of course this would mean we collectors wouldn't have much to look forward to new-wise during the holidays, but honestly, I think most of us could use the break anyway and besides it would give us money to spend on family and friends instead of ourselves, which we all do yearlong. (Not saying you don't spend on family and friends the rest of the year either, you know what I'm getting at.)
Were it not for Clone Cash, waiting on sales, discount codes for HTS purchases, I know I wouldn't have bought as much this year. Having this stuff hit in 2 months when it should have been spread over 6-8 months is a bit much to ask of we collectors to absorb. Again, hasbro has to consider the economy in this and you bet they should have seen this coming. Planning for the line a year in advance still should have given them time to scale back on how much was produced r whatever other adjustments they needed to make.
STOP BLAMING US HASBRO. We want to buy this stuff, not just all at once!
We've got lives too, other than collecting SW. We need to be able to budget for this stuff, more so than ever with things how they are nowadays.
Whoo, ok, sorry for the rant, but I needed to vent.