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Postby Tigertrack » Sat Aug 25, 2007 4:11 pm

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Deluxe Class, Concept Camaro. (I edited the first post with this information. Can't believe I forgot to mention which version...


Thanks! :D
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Postby PrimeSuspect » Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:00 pm

If anyone can get me the WalMart Number for 20th Prime that'd be awesome.
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Postby JTKranix » Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:08 pm

PrimeSuspect wrote:If anyone can get me the WalMart Number for 20th Prime that'd be awesome.


000744329
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Postby Sherade » Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:21 pm

My tips:

-Always check the very back of shelves, and the tops. It's common that people will hide them for later.

-In understocked stores, ask if anyone can check in the back. If not, then don't push it, just check again another day.

-If you see the manager, ask about shipping dates. This is best applied in Toys R Us. Usually they'll have the info. I know the manager at my local TRU is a great guy, always knows.

-Check out-of-the-way stores, usually small toy stores.

-If you want a TF, and aren't picky, check local Flea Markets. I found mint G1s for dirt before. Now, boxes are no-shows usually, but it's usually the figure you want.

That's all. Not much, but a start.
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Postby ScottyP » Sun Aug 26, 2007 12:26 am

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KoH4711 wrote:And this is my personal rule... if I ever hear a kid in a store who is looking for something I have in my hands, I always give it up. This past Christmas, I snuck a Cybertron Soundwave to a mom after her son was upset they couldn't find it. She said it probably just made her son's Christmas, and that was worth more to me than having him on the shelf ever could be. (*end warm fuzzy moment*)


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Anyhow, I'd add:

- If you're serious about finding something, check regularly. Once a week does not cut it.

- For anyone in a medium size city like the one I'm in (or big one, this probably applies too), go to the next town over that's a little bit out there. You're more likely to find good stock, and in the case of Raleigh, hey, the scalpers don't wanna drive all the way out to Fuquay XD
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Postby Autobot032 » Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:20 am

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PrimeSuspect wrote:If anyone can get me the WalMart Number for 20th Prime that'd be awesome.


000744329


JT, can you get the Wal-Mart number and the UPC for Masterpiece Starscream? Please? Thanks in advance.
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Postby Fortress_Maximus » Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:06 am

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This is a great thread guys. Thanks.

Just wish there is a way we could block this from hoarders and scalpers. :???:
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Postby JTKranix » Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:19 am

Autobot032 wrote:
JTKranix wrote:
PrimeSuspect wrote:If anyone can get me the WalMart Number for 20th Prime that'd be awesome.


000744329


JT, can you get the Wal-Mart number and the UPC for Masterpiece Starscream? Please? Thanks in advance.


If I can find it, I'll post it for sure.
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Postby Tigertrack » Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:38 am

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Fortress_Maximus wrote:This is a great thread guys. Thanks.

Just wish there is a way we could block this from hoarders and scalpers. :???:


Meh, it's a service for anyone with the gumption to use it. We can't limit it to those that 'we think' are not going to use it for personal gain, cause that's all of us! Just different levels. :-?
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Postby Optimus Frimal » Sun Aug 26, 2007 1:37 pm

Aargh! Never jump into a store and scream 'Ye be boarded maties, hand over yer treasures, yer woman and yer rum!' That be thar biggest tip that I be able to hand along, as thar stores be rather fond of their rum Aargh!
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Postby Autobot032 » Sun Aug 26, 2007 1:47 pm

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JTKranix wrote:
Autobot032 wrote:
JTKranix wrote:
PrimeSuspect wrote:If anyone can get me the WalMart Number for 20th Prime that'd be awesome.


000744329


JT, can you get the Wal-Mart number and the UPC for Masterpiece Starscream? Please? Thanks in advance.


If I can find it, I'll post it for sure.


Thanks! :D
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Postby Tigertrack » Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:09 pm

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Optimus Frimal wrote:Aargh! Never jump into a store and scream 'Ye be boarded maties, hand over yer treasures, yer woman and yer rum!' That be thar biggest tip that I be able to hand along, as thar stores be rather fond of their rum Aargh!


Frimal can we keep this on topic please? I love humor, but this is a thread with a specific purpose, okay? I don't want to invite everyone to start making jokes. I want people to seriously share what works. Yes, I know what you say 'will work' but it also is not something that any collector is likely to do.

Okay? Keep it to serious suggestions please. 8)
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Postby jimi04 » Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:17 pm

These are the listings I got for Walmart....think these are the numbers? Looks like they're the UPC's at least. *EDIT* Ok, looks like they're just the UPCs, any way I can pull down the Walmart # from this?

Deluxe Recon Barricade
UPC: 065356924886

Deluxe Longarm
UPC: 065356923762

Deluxe Dropkick
UPC: 065356924885
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Postby Collector Maximus » Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:54 pm

This is a case assortment for the newest movie deluxe figures, at least the one I found at a local Wal Mart.

Deluxe Assortment
Wave 5 02 07
8 figures

1x Dropkick
1x Concept Bumblebee
1x Longarm
1x Payload
1x Final Battle Jazz
1x Recon Barricade
2x Dreadwing
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Postby PrimeSuspect » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:51 pm

Hey, if anyone could get DCPI/UPC/WMN of Rescue Ratchet.... that'd be REAL nice.

I'm definitely on my toes for the WMN of US MP Starscream though. I want him bad. I'm wondering what the packaging's going to look like (similar to US 20th Prime Non-DVD?) and what the price is, though.
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Postby Optimus Frimal » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:16 am

Aargh! Sorry :-( Aargh! Keeping it on topic now though, if ye be looking fer a certain figure and don't mind if ye have the box and stuff, then car boot and garage sales be a good place to pick up a figure fer a good price Aargh!
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Postby soaring » Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:29 am

Wal-Mart UPC#:

Deluxe Dreadwing

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Postby Robo-Chugster » Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:35 am

For those in the UK, Argos have a website that lets you check stock in and around any area you want, also if you spot a TF instock you can reserve it at that store for 24 hours
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Postby skippytron » Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:25 am

dammit - check the spiderman isle, the star wars isle, the TMNT isle, in fact, check all the isles that are NOT supposed to be holding transformers. in hard times, thats where the gold is!
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Postby Prowl86 » Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:45 pm

What is Dropkick's DCPI/UPC/WMN?
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Postby Collector Maximus » Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:40 am

Obvious Prime wrote:What is Dropkick's DCPI/UPC/WMN?


Here is Dropkick's UPC:
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Postby Prowl86 » Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:50 am

How about G1 Magnus's?
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Postby Deceptiwho? » Sat Sep 01, 2007 12:19 pm

I personally like to drive to the "small town" wal-marts and what not to check for TF's lower population, usually , greater finds.... Also check wal mart late at night they usually have thier pallettes out and the employess are usually very good about helping u search them!! one more thing tell ur situation to the employee that u are talking to that usually makes them want to help u more!! Happy hunting!
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Postby DoubleOScorpio » Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:44 pm

For one, I can attest that the sightings board is a huge help. Let your fellow Seibertronians help you - when you start to see a number of posts show up, start hitting every store you can.

Also, don't just stick to the obvious stores. Everyone goes to TRU - parents, kids, scalpers. Check out places like Value City (they had two or three cases of movie figs after everyone else ran out), Big Lots (good for Universe figs), outlet mall toy stores (KB Toys in particular), and anything else that comes to mind. How many of us thought about Kohl's when hunting for the wave 2 figures? Some of us came across gold there on more than one occasion.

Use Ebay effectively - its easy to pay through the nose, but getting a good deal on Ebay can be done. It just requires dicipline, patience, and a willingness to play amateur psychologist. Focus on the two ends of the spectrum - items just listed that may have an attractive "Buy it Now" price. Sellers who need money quickly are likely to try to get someone to buy the item outright. Pounce on these by either buying the item or putting in a minimum bid before someone else buys it. Then watch the item and move on to strategy two - winning auctions. Your best bet here is to wait until multiples of the same item are going to end within a short amount of time (1 hour). Watch all of them, but pick a single auction to try to win. Going for the first one rarely works, b/c most people focus on that one. Aim for the next best one and don't bid until the auction is within its last minute. I usually don't start until about 35 seconds to go. That gives you time to make a counter bid or two before time expires. Now is when the dicipline comes in. Only bid what you are really willing to pay. It's easy to get caught up in the moment and keep bidding so "they don't beat me." Keep your emotions out of it and you will eventually get the item you want for the price you want.

I hope this helps...
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Postby adamantNEO » Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:16 am

I'm new to transformers but I've been collecting other stuff for a while. I agree with a lot of what was said. You gotta keep visiting your local stores and find any excuse to visit other ones. My wife loves traveling and visiting friends, but I hate it, so to compromise we visit her friends but only after I've visited every store on the way there. :)

Try to find out from an employee or two when they stock and when they recieve shipments. It'll save you checking some stores every day when you know they haven't got anything new in. If you ask a few employees and be honest about what your doing they'll be a big help. Check the wrong isles too like someone else said. I can't tell you how many times I've found a treasure sitting there amongst a group of barbies or in a pile of socks or something.

If you have long distance, or better yet, unlimited long distance, you can call all the stores within an hour or two (or whatever your personal driving distance is) that can save spending hours driving and searching for something that hasn't arrived yet. Some stores will even hold things for you if your nice about it. Be smart about calling though, don't call around lunch time. No ones there or if they are they'll be annoyed with getting disturbed and they'll not be as helpfull.
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