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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: July 7, 2008, 09:03 PM »
Only picking up the Wolverine (All versions) and the Spiral from this set. Anyone want my Hulk pieces?


I'll probably just get "Shadow" spidey, so you can have my piece as well if you want it.   ;)

Power of the Force 2 / Re: POTF2 Playsets: Thoughts?
« on: July 6, 2008, 09:35 PM »
Are you talking about the Vintage Land of the Jawas playset?  I had that as well as a Hoth set that I think came from Sears; there was one more similar to the Land of the Jawas playset that was an AT-AT, but the one I had was just a backdrop of the Echo Base hangar.  All three are pretty sweet.

Yeah those!  I think there was a fairly rare Bespin set as well.  Everything comes with a cardboard backdrop these days, but they had little elevators and the base to make a scene - kind of cool, but I guess that's outdated by today's standards.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: July 6, 2008, 09:33 PM »
In WM's around here, they just put them wherever they can fit 'em and it seems to differ from store to store.   ::)

Power of the Force 2 / Re: POTF2 Playsets: Thoughts?
« on: July 6, 2008, 10:23 AM »
What do you guys think of the old cardboard cut out sets like the Jawa Sandcrawler?    I was never a big fan of them, but they've been growing on me.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Wal-Mart
« on: July 6, 2008, 10:21 AM »
?????  you are Wal Mart /Kmart fan?

I would guess not given his avatar.   ;)  I think Mikey was referring to the new logo.

So they've decided to retcon everything? Well that's nice and helpful  :P

"Retcon?"  ???

The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: July 4, 2008, 03:41 PM »
Finally got these earlier in the week.  A friend found a WM with no less than 8 stacks of cardboard trays of DF figures.  Purchased four sets along several of the new comic packs (10 total) and walked away about $400 poorer.  OUCH.  Haven't spent that much at a retail store since I bought my TV.   ::)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: July 4, 2008, 03:38 PM »
Saw Get Smart last night and it was pretty good.  If you're a fan of Steve Carell, you'll definitely like this.  Had more action than I thought it would and he less of a bumbling goof than the previews make him out to be.  Good popcorn flick for action and some laughs.

Also saw Hancock earlier this week.  I thought the set up was good, liked the premise, and Will Smith really gets into character as always.  Supporting cast was good too, but the plot twist was a little anti-climatic for me.  They could have done a lot more with it and it became fairly predictible.  I'd give it a C - didn't hate it, but wouldn't see it again. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: July 4, 2008, 03:34 PM »
I'm just starting this series now and liking it so far!

I think the "one time use" thing was more a technical aspect of the coupon...  When you got it and printed it out, you couldn't open it up again to print another.  Someone found a way around that though, obviously, and shared it with the world.  (Yay for them by the way)

That's where the "one time use" deal came in...  It technically was something the 85,000 people were to get, print, and never be able to print out again, but they'd at least have the original to go use.  There's obviously ways around that though and people used them.  It is, without a doubt, all Target's fault...  The "removing 'toy' from the coupon" thing though that was going on, was what seemingly ultimately screwed the pooch on this one, and so that is annoying.  Target may have been able to take greater steps to stop that from happening, but ultimately it was people doing that who seem to have stopped all the fun for the rest of us...  Unless of course Target would've caught on that people were using the coupon a ton, and ultimately cancelled the whole program anyway.  I'd love to know if that would've been the case, or if they simply would've just let the good times roll as long as it was used on toys? 

Well, I guess I disagree with a lot of you on this.

#1 - anyone that thought this coupon was just randomly thrown out there for everyone to use as many times as they wanted is pretty niave in my book.  Pretty much any coupon that reprinted in the forums was not meant to be delivered to a broad audience and certainly something that offers $5 off a $25 purchase is not intended to go to millions of homes for multiple uses.  People can claim to have not known the details, but I'm betting most people at least suspected they were getting a deal that they really shouldn't be getting.

#2 - I can't believe people think that it was the use of this coupon for non-toys or the actual change in wording of the coupon that caused the coupon to be discontinued.  I used this coupon a lot and sometimes not on toys, but each of the coupons said "toy purchase" on it.  I never had a cashier refuse it - they just scan the UPC and if it works, it works.  Changing the wording on the coupon is a scapegoat for Target - a reason for them to cancel it without admitting their own fault in the process.  Companies need to plan for any kind of coupon in their budget, so if more are redemmed than estimated, they go over budget.  I can guarantee you that if they really only intended this to go to 85k people, they didn't budget for anywhere near 85k of them to be used and they obviously started getting in excess of this number rapidly, so they shut it down. 

Maybe I'm just too sensitive this week, but I find it shocking how many people are trying to blame each other for this coupon going away.  It was a great deal and lasted a long time.  99% of the people that got it and used it, probably were never intended to have it, so if you used one even once, just be thankful that you got a good deal. 

I actually prefer to shop at Target over WM any day of the week.  Outside of the fact that there is a Target every 5 miles in the twin cities and you have to drive to the outskirts to find a WM, Target's are cleaner, they have wider aisles, faster check out, better guest service, AND you can actually check the inventory at most stores.  I don't know of any other retailer of any kind where you can actually do that.

All that being said, I still shopped more often and Target while the coupon was running and I rarely left without making a $25 purchase, so I'm sure they saw an increase in volume over this time period.  The question is whether the increase is enough to offset lower profits...

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: July 2, 2008, 06:52 PM »
I found King Hulk, Abosrbing Man, Doc, and Grey Hulk. There was another Grey Hulk and abosrbing man on the pegs, not sure if they are shipping together though but i think that both assortments are out. 

Thanks!  Really only looking for she-hulk from this wave...

Lame indeed.  I just got back from Target before reading this and I tried to hand over the coupon on some Transformers, but sure enough - there were pictures of the coupon up at every register explaining the "fraudulent activity"  It never did work for me on a general purchase, but I can understand.

Bummed to see this go, but it was good while it lasted.  What I find funny about all this is that they claim coupons were "altered" to take away the message that it needed to be a "Toy Purchase."  While I used most of mine on toys, I've not had one cashier refuse them or even question their use on products outside of toys. 

I guess the claim that someone tampered with their coupons makes for better publicity than...
"Our cashiers didn't take the time to read the coupon or weren't properly instructed on how to use it" or
"Whoops! we don't know how to code this type of offer into our registers!"

I think someone in finance just finally caught on that they were getting a heck of a lot of these coupons and wanted an excuse to shut it down. I wonder if they truly lost money on this - while it was running, I was almost exclusively buying everything I could at Target and frequently bought more than I would have to get over the $25 hurdle.

Just an FYI, people are starting to report that Target is posting notices that they've canceled their $5 coupon. Apparently some are altering the coupons to make them general coupons, not just toy coupons. >:(

There is no alteration required.  Their system does not require a toy purchase, just a purchase of at least $25 or more pre-tax.

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