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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:24 am

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I used to buy one or two online. Now it's pretty much all online. Nothing on the shelves, not to mention I'm cutting back overall on my TF spending.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby RAcast » Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:11 pm

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The past month or three has had me spending pretty minimally. Haven't been having much luck with ebay and the price bump in the deluxes and commanders has me totally turned off. I really REALLY like FoC Shockwave and Prime FRumble...but there's no way I'm paying 15+ for either of them, small as they are. I'm really excited for Voyager Ultra Magnus though, and I spend right about $22 on Kre-O MegaBee and Sideswipe, both of which I'm quite happy with! :grin:
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby quickmixed » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:49 pm

When was Solar Storm Grapple released? 18 months ago? That was my last purchase at retail.

Its not even worth going to the stores that are around me in Australia. There's next to no distribution so now I just stack it or POL it. The prices are cheaper too, so as long as I let it build up for a month or two, the shipping evens out and I'm guaranteed my figures without the hassle of searching.

Sad really. I actually used to enjoy trawling the stores for new figs. Sometimes there would be a nice surprise. RTS windcharger was one of those.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby MGrotusque » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:54 pm

quickmixed wrote:
Sad really. I actually used to enjoy trawling the stores for new figs. Sometimes there would be a nice surprise. RTS windcharger was one of those.


Yeah... i miss those "surprise" figs that you didn't expect too see and scooped up,paid for at the till and went home with a restrained frenzy of excitement to open up when ya got back home.

But i get the same excitement now waiting for that wrapped up present at my front door to open up like as if i was a kid again. It's the same vibe just different execution.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby PrymeStriker » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:59 pm

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monstergrotusque wrote:
quickmixed wrote:
Sad really. I actually used to enjoy trawling the stores for new figs. Sometimes there would be a nice surprise. RTS windcharger was one of those.


Yeah... i miss those "surprise" figs that you didn't expect too see and scooped up,paid for at the till and went home with a restrained frenzy of excitement to open up when ya got back home.


It's the same thing for some of us now, except we're doing it with figures that should be common. It really is sad.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby quickmixed » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:01 pm

monstergrotusque wrote:
But i get the same excitement now waiting for that wrapped up present at my front door to open up like as if i was a kid again. It's the same vibe just different execution.


Very, very true.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby NTESHFT » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:44 pm

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PrymeStriker wrote:
monstergrotusque wrote:
quickmixed wrote:
Sad really. I actually used to enjoy trawling the stores for new figs. Sometimes there would be a nice surprise. RTS windcharger was one of those.


Yeah... i miss those "surprise" figs that you didn't expect too see and scooped up,paid for at the till and went home with a restrained frenzy of excitement to open up when ya got back home.


It's the same thing for some of us now, except we're doing it with figures that should be common. It really is sad.


Sad, indeed. Even my wife has a concern over me being down in the dumps about this. Don't get me wrong, she loves the fact of not being drug around every retail store in the tri-county area, but she knows how I loved hunting them down. She said I have developed this look of defeat on my face... :-(
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby njb902 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:05 pm

Well Christmas is right around the corner, hopefully that will increase the inflow and outflow of transformers.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby Period » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:52 am

headsortails wrote:Sad, indeed. Even my wife has a concern over me being down in the dumps about this.


I just went through something very similar. I actually told my wife I was done collecting. I feel so beat up over it as well. I mean, I know it's a toy, but when you get down to it, it feels a bit like defeat. And defeat can be hard sometimes.

Then...lo and behold I see new figures released online and I get tempted to start up again.

I ask myself, will this ever stop and do I want to feel like this for the rest of my collecting life?

Sometimes, I feel like I should just wait until the end of a line and then go back and collect all of them. At least hunting for past toys, whether it be on here or on eBay, can be fun. You know people have them and you know someone has spent enough time with them that they might be willing to part with them.

I don't know, but I just feel like throwing in the collecting towel. It's seriously irritating.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby Banjo-Tron » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:59 am

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UK stores have been terrible for a long time, unless you like Movieverse/Prime stuff. The last TF I bought in a UK store was about 6 years ago - and I got some last autumn in the US.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby Megatron000 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:47 pm

It's the evolution of business, my friends. e-Commerce is the way of the future. I feel more and more people are willing to pay 10-20 for shipping now than trekking out to a store and pick up TFs. A lot of the time, especially at my local TRU, they don't even have what I want in stock when I get there.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby GuyIncognito » Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:34 am

I just ordered a case of Prime Voyagers from BBTS: the one with Ultra Magnus, Skyquake, Thundertron and Optimus. It won't cost much more than buying them at retail, and I won't have to run around all over town looking for these figures.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby Rhinox23 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:39 pm

GuyIncognito wrote:I just ordered a case of Prime Voyagers from BBTS: the one with Ultra Magnus, Skyquake, Thundertron and Optimus. It won't cost much more than buying them at retail, and I won't have to run around all over town looking for these figures.


Hmmm...I've been strongly considering doing the same thing! I've been looking all over for Dreadwing with no luck at all. I've literally looked at 11 different stores with multiple trips to half of them. :BANG_HEAD: The amount of time, frustration and gas I've spent should definitely justify purchasing the case just as GuyIncognito did!

Just to confirm, Dreadwing (and Skyquake eventually) is only 1 to a case right? This should make them just as rare/sparse as the RID Vehicon, which again justifies ordering online!
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby xyl360 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:40 pm

I never did (and still don't) shop stores for TF's. All of my purchases are online. The only thing that has changed recently is that I use ebay a lot more simply because I've been catching up on lines I missed, so a lot of that older stuff can't be found anywhere else.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby GuyIncognito » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:06 am

There's one downside to buying online, particularly when it comes to preorders. As Tom Petty sang, the waiting is the hardest part. I've got three shipments that I'm waiting for, and it's killing me! It's awesome to come home and find a package on the doorstep, but the waiting sucks. There's something to be said for the instant gratification of walking into a store and buying a figure.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby xyl360 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:34 am

GuyIncognito wrote:There's one downside to buying online, particularly when it comes to preorders. As Tom Petty sang, the waiting is the hardest part. I've got three shipments that I'm waiting for, and it's killing me! It's awesome to come home and find a package on the doorstep, but the waiting sucks. There's something to be said for the instant gratification of walking into a store and buying a figure.

Yeah, ain't that the truth. But man, once I get a big box from BBTS after shipping my POL, especially if I've let $1000 worth of TF's or so stack up before shipping, it's just like Christmas morning. Toys coming out of my ears all waiting to be opened up and played with :).
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby Andrius » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:47 am

I've been buying TFs since nearly day one, but my purchasing dropped off substantially during G2. I didn't really transition from being a kid who bought toys into a toy collector until the mid 1990s, just in time for the Beast Wars renaissance of the the TF franchise.

There was no great resource at that time for buying toys online and most non brick and mortar collecting was done through usenet trading or auctions. So my life was consumed by daily phone calls and trips to toy stores in order to stay on top of shipments -- often to little effect. I even went so far as to work part time at a toy store, just to have a shot at keeping my collection intact.

What made collecting TFs around that time so pleasant, relative to Spawn, Star Wars, and a number of the more popular "collector" lines, is that with patience, you would ALWAYS come across Beast Wars toys. The supply was good, the short-packing was minimal, and by-and-large, the collectors (and scalpers) stayed away. The only rare items were inadvertent packaging variations or the occasional running change in paint applications on a particular figure.

Of course, things became more complex as time went on, and the point where the Japanese Beast Wars lines split from the U.S. ones was a watershed moment for me in terms of a need to explore other alternatives to collecting. But even for a long while thereafter, it was a pleasure to collect a toy franchise that would almost invariably make its way into brick and mortar retail outlets.

These days, I venture into stores mainly out of habit. BBTS gets most of my business, because the thrill of the hunt has been replaced by the stress of collecting toys that never show up in stores.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby Erailea » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:14 am

I prefer finding figures in stores because there's that little high you get when you find something you were hoping for or didn't expect, but this year, with the horrid distribution and cancellation of several figures I wanted (FE's and PRID Breakdown), I've found I'm buying more and more things online. My latest order, or pre-order rather, is MP Optimus. Not that I wanted MP Thundercracker, but there's only one TRU near me that has him, so I'm not taking my chances with the ever popular Optimus.

Saves gasoline and spares me the frustration of trekking from place to place, knowing I have a very high chance of leaving empty handed. But it is a bit of a buzz kill.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby Stormrider » Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:13 pm

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Megatron000 wrote:It's the evolution of business, my friends. e-Commerce is the way of the future. I feel more and more people are willing to pay 10-20 for shipping now than trekking out to a store and pick up TFs. A lot of the time, especially at my local TRU, they don't even have what I want in stock when I get there.


That's mainly the reason why I gave up shopping in B&M stores 2 years ago. Stores are out of touch and distributions are spotty at best. I only purchase online now. I am surprised that Hasbro has changed their business model and offer more Transformers from their online site.
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Re: Evolving purchasing habits?

Postby Breakdown 2099 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:54 pm

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One case of FoC figures delivered off BBTS would cost me about $170 Australian Dollars. If I were to walk into my local Target, that case would cost me close to $220. so for me it's a no-contest really. I still frequently vist traditional stores, but being on a budget like most of us are, I'll always be sourcing the cheapest way to purchase my Transformers.
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