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I just wanted to give you guys another perspective.  If you frequent Fatwallet or Slickdeals, then you become no stranger to price/coupon mistakes.  In reality, HTS response is fairly decent in giving you an option to cancel if you don't want.  To give you an example of a BAD response. . . a few years ago there was a Staples online coupon that was posted on all the major deal sites.  After using it and receiving the merchandise, Staples charged us full price with NO NOTICE.  I complained to my credit card company and faxed in my order showing that I paid the proper amount.  Staples responsed by accusing me of using a fake coupon (even though their system accepted it) from a website I had never even heard of.  They left a negative mark on my credit and my credit card company sided with them, so I dropped that credit card.  So in reality, I believe HTS's response is really just the run of the mill you would expect from a price/coupon mistake.  Only very few times a year do retailers live up to online price mistakes.

Modern Trading / H: C4 exclusives Luke/R2/C3PO W: Clones
« on: May 26, 2007, 04:06 AM »
I've got some C4 Luke/R2/C3PO and I'm looking for multiples of any of the following clones:

1. Blue Air Borne (came in the Target Order 66 pack with Anakin - and I need a lot of these)

2. ARC Trooper Alpha 1 comic pack

3. Only the grunts from the Treachery on Saleucami Battle Pack (no Neyo's)

4. Mace Windu's Battlion Battle Pack

5. Galactic Marine (any color)

6. Battle of Felucia Battle Pack

7. Shadow Troopers

I'd prefer unopened (package condition is irrelevant as I plan on opening). If loose, it has to be COMPLETE.

Best offers of any combination of these clones will get replies.

LEGO / Re: LEGO Checklists
« on: January 17, 2007, 04:37 AM »
Actually what I think would be quite useful is if the checklist was done by year released.

LEGO / Re: Typical Lego Prices?
« on: January 11, 2007, 08:47 PM »
Well, I guess at some point someone is going to break the news to you.  The Clone Battle Pack you found is considered CHEAP.  In fact, it's so cheap that it is backordered on for several months and disappear off shelves in minutes.  Prior to this set coming out, an average clone minifig went for about $8 EACH.  So getting four in one $10 set has been a godsend for most people.

Madoka, out of curiosity, how do you go about acquiring such a large number of figures? Getting my 36 took a bit of work. I went to the stores, bought several at a time and did a lot of trading. Also made sure I payed under retail for every one of them (sales and smart trades.) I'm curious as to how others build their armies.

If any of the figures I want sells online, then it's quite easy to order large amounts.  Anyone with money and willpower (or lack thereof) can do it.  Here in southern California, I saw maybe 2 DS gunners on the pegs.  When I visited the midwest, I was surprised to see about  a dozen in the three stores I visited. 

Back then the Dark Trooper was out, I was still in law school and didn't have that much money.  Now I'm looking forward to add to my collection:

I would love to display them and some day I may try it.  But reality is that I have a massive collection with several thousand figures and not enough space.  Even after opening stuff to cut down on bulk, I've managed to fill my house, garage and 4 large storage units.  I've got 20 AT-ATs, 25 A-Wings, 15 X-Wings, etc.  The Hasbro SW stuff isn't even my biggest use of space.  My Lego collection is well into the $150,000+ range and I have over 15,000 minifigs.  When you add in my other collections like DVD (over 2,000 discs) and computers (14 computers in the house), I really don't have the kind of space to display anything.  So for now, all I can do is pile them up in bins until I get a bigger place.


Even just a camera phone shot would suffice.

Here's a shot:

Maybe I'll get more to have a more round number, but I've been at 165 gunners for a while now.

I'm now up to 96 of them.

Yeah I'm sure you're doing this because:

- Your ailing mother needs biker scouts to survive like Mr. Freeze needs diamonds
- Terrorists are forcing you to buy them at a discount or your kitty dies
-  You've found the cure for cancer, but need biker scouts to complete your research and you're on a budget

Fact of the matter is you are stealing.  You know you can't defend this slimey behavior, so you attack me in other ways.  Yeah, I'm totally jealous of you.  I made $20K last month and treated myself to a bunch of toys, and yet I'm jealous of a guy that needs to hide figures until they become more affordable to him.  I haven't deprived anyone since my scouts almost all come from HTS or and they are still available there a month later.  You have deprived your local collectors / kids. 

Aren't you even a little ashamed?  I mean hiding figures is something little kids with no money would do.  Just be a man and buy them if you want them.  Otherwise put them out for others to buy them.

What else do I need to know about you?  You're hiding figures hoping that they'll go to discount.  That's a selfish weasel thing to do.  You cheat others wanting to buy the figs and you cheat the store of it's rightful/expected profit.  In the long term, they may not order as much since they had to clearance out stuff, all so that you get cheaper figures. 

I don't care how many people think you're cool or what else you've done.  What you are doing by hiding these is unethical and borderline illegal. 

And for the win. . . 52 Scouts!

I see you like to share with everyone else.

Yup, I got 50 of them online from kbtoys and hasbrotoyshop, one from ebay, and one b&m.  And, surprise, one month later they are still available in quantity at either online store.  So rest assured, my collecting habits didn't affect anyone.

My local SWM got in like 6 cases of these a couple of days ago. I hid a large chunk of the scouts in hopes WM will lower their 10$ price tag soon.

You know, judging by your lack of principles, just stealing them would take less time.

And for the win. . . 52 Scouts!

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: EE exclusive Clone Trooper 4-packs!
« on: July 1, 2006, 04:42 AM »
EE has a case of just white troopers if you're looking to army build.  $300 or so but you're getting solid white so that's not bad when you break down the case actually.  I've considered it but never have $300 laying around to blow on the set.  God I'd love to though. :)

I'd love to order about 3 of those cases, yet I've searched EE in vain.  All I see is that they are out of stock on the $35 box of four.  Do you have a link?

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