As much as I hate Wal-Mart for their business practices and their destruction of small-town America, the point has to be conceded that in some areas, WM is all there is (partially due to the destruction of small-town America). Target, to me at least and on a pure aesthetic level, is a much more pleasant place to shop because it is designed in such a way that your shopping can be done relatively easy. No clutter in the middle of the main aisles, the regular aisles with stock are wide and easily negotiated, and above all, it's clean and the shelves are always neatly arranged. When you have obsessive-compulsive cleanliness issues like I do, this is a big plus.
I agree with this. My wife and I actually like shopping at Target quite a bit, aside from collectibles. Probably our favorite store overall, but maybe we just have better luck at ours. It seems like a lot of their home/other stuff is a step up in quality from Wal-Mart, and it isn't nearly the hassle to go there. Wal-Mart is a necessary evil it seems though, we end up getting our groceries and stuff like that there, just because it is cheap and convenient. I of course check out their toys as well when I'm there, but when possible, I try to give the business to Target. For our Wal-Mart at least, it really is a huge pain to go there. Always crazy busy, check out takes forever no matter how much you have, cleanliness is definitely not a priority, and the aisles are crammed with so much stuff (down the middle too) that it is nearly impossible to get through anywhere. Couple that with the unavoidable, incredibly slow moving shoppers, Wal-Mart usually leads to the "urge to kill....rising" state of mind
Anyways, back on topic here....I'm not too happy with the $40 pricepoint if this holds true. I had planned on picking up one of these, and I still might, but that price will make me think twice. $30 I could have stomached, $20-25 would have been even better, but $40 seems high...especially since there isn't any electronics included. As far as the B-Wing....when that came out, I had been learning the "hard luck" of exclusives, by seeing both the Tatooine Skiff and Y-Wing, and thinking "I'll pick it up on the way out". At this time we lived in a different area, and had to drive to a "city" about 45 minutes away to a Target, and this particular Target was part of a mall. Anyways, I hadn't yet learned the ins and outs of Star Wars exclusives, so I stupidly thought twice about these and then of course missed them. When the B-Wing was released, I bought it right away (they had plenty) at the full price of $40. I would say not a month later they were being clearanced for $10-ish. I suppose it all depends on the ship though. With the more recent OTC Slave 1, I used the DCPI#, and got it during that little "sale" they had. At that particular Target, I don't believe I ever did see them hit the floor (mine was brought from the back). Then, at the other Target in town, they didn't have the Slave 1s out until well after the big OTC push, and when they were put on the floor they were clearanced from day 1 ($20-ish). Anyways, I'd like to wait for clearance on this TIE, if possible. I'd like to get one, but $40 does seem a little steep.