bossman328 wrote:Noideaforaname wrote:While adult fans buy a lot, there aren't that many adult fans compared to kid fans. I'm willing to bet the majority of young boys (pardon the sexism, but these toys are geared towards boys) have at least 1 Transformer toy, while the majority of adult men only have fond childhood memories (if that, even).
Not to mention buying anything off the secondary marked = zero money for Hasbro.
Great point!! The figures on my shelf I've gotten from retail are completely outnumbered by the figures I've purchased on the secondary market (ebay/amazon/craigslist/tfw2005/seibertron/local comic shop).
Maybe if distribution improved? Many say it's the stores not Hasbro. A couple months back I spoke to a store manager at WalMart about their empty TF section. He scanned the tags to show me they had nothing in stock and had been waiting for a while for the stock to come in. Said they had a meeting about it that day, said the store was pissed about the poor distribution.
I bet no moms are buying TFs for there kids from BBTS, TFsource, Robot Kingdom etc...so there is enough of collector contingent to sustain several online businesses. In my business we are constantly looking for ways to increase our share of the market, and then increase our share of each individual wallet. Doesnt seem like Hasbro really tries much of that as I constantly see different companies taking what should be Hasbro's share when all Hasbro has to do is get their act together...It's like they think they make enough money and are satisfied. Of course I dont know any of this, but that's how it seems.