User897 wrote:That is why HasBLO needs to take responsibility for their product! If they really did care, they would work with their retail partners, instead of letting them do what they want once the orders are filled! I am so tired of the "Once the product is delivered, it's out of our hands" crap!
It's a tricky situation. Yes Hasbro can talk to their retail partners, but honestly it wouldn't do much good. I work for a distribution/manufacturing company and sadly we have very little control over what companies sell our products for once they're bought from us. We have "suggested" prices on everything, but if our customers want to charge more, there's nothing we can do to stop them from doing it. What would end up happening is our retail partners would simply say "fine, we're no longer carrying your product". And that would be the end of it. Do you honestly think Wal-Mart would care about losing out on the Transformers line if Hasbro said "lower the prices or we'll stop supplying you"? Granted Hasbro does have a bit more pull because of how many products they have on the market, but the bottom line is there is nothing stopping WM from charging whatever they want, other than consumers. Hasbro has little to no influence or say once product is sold to retail outlets. There is no legal ground so all they can do is suggest, but it's up to the stores what the tags say.