Somehow, I'm guessing that they only disabbled the stock check feature for toys.
And you know what - they probably did.
This is ridiculous, why are toy collectors/buyers treated any differently then other customers?
Don't they realize they wouldn't have us resorting to these measures if (a) they just stocked the shelves and (b) they didn't let managers do side-deals with local scalpers out the back door.
I had a VERY long conversation with a Target public relations manager who was located at their headquarters in MN. The policy, according to this person is that IF there is space on the shelves AND they have more product in the back, they are required to bring out the new stock.
If they have stock on the pegs for say Collection 2 and the Collection 1 figure pegs are empty and there's more in the back, since they have a different DPCI number, they are obligated to stock those pegs.
If on the other hand, the pegs for Collection 1 are full, don't expect them to bring out more Collection 1 just 'cause you ask.
This is a fair policy and in a time of product drought, the second condition doesn't even factor-in.
So I would (a) print out the DPCI codes I posted above, (b) get the scanners to acknowlege they have more of a certain item in stock; (c) call on the nearest customer service phone to toys; (d) tell the employee who comes up that, in accordance to Target policy you want X-peg/Y-shelf space filled with the corresponding item since there are no more items on the floor and they have more in the back.
Pure and simple - they can't tell you no. If they ask how you know there's more stuff in the back, simply tell them that the price scanner told you that was the case. There's no need to elaborate on HOW you got the scanner to tell you that.