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Buyers beware...

Postby Erailea » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:24 am

It's doubtable a collector will fall for this age old trick (unless drunk or otherwise not in the right state of mind) but with the holidays quickly approaching I'm sure at least a few of us are going to place a Transformer on the "wish" list. I know my relatives are as clueless about Transformers as I am about Dr. Who, so if one is buying strictly off a name, this could be an issue.

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I will admit it gave me a laugh at first, but it quickly turned into one of those "really? WTF is wrong with people" things. Brought them up to Customer Service after I snapped the shot. It's no real wonder it happened. Even after I said it was a bait and switch technique they couldn't figure out why until I pointed out the exacto blade marks and how the art and figures were completely different. Little harder to tell with Jack-Jazz, I guess, if you don't know anything about the franchise, but, come on, how does Megatron look anything like Shockwave? *face palm*

Seen this trick with toys on ebay before. First time I've seen it in a brick-and-mortar store.
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby BeastProwl » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:31 am

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Iv'e seen it before. During DOTM, someone switched Megatrons and Optimus gun from one package to another.
Could this be the start of retailer trolling?

But in all seriousness, Iv'e seen customized transformers in packaging at retail before. ROTF Starscream in target exclusive DOTM voyager starscream's packaging. Had all his tattoos removed with nail polish or something, but you could see that they used to be there when you looked along the edges were the figure split apart for transformation. I didn't buy it, it looked like crap.
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby gavinfuzzy » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:43 am

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Sometimes, I feel the "No returns on transformers" Policy here is for the better...

And yep, stores here really stick to it, where they won't accept any TF returns... Bad for me, after my MP Rodimus broke... but that's another story... :-(
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby Kibble » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:46 am

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Look at the bright side...in the case of Wheeljack, at least they're getting a better figure.
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:48 am

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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby Mkall » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:11 am

Weapon: Twin Sonic Cannons
Who'd want to repackage a wheeljack? That this is awesome in plastic form.
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby RodimalToyota » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:42 pm

This is the moment you know...


IT IS TIME TO LEAVE MOM'S BASEMENT!


When you swap figures.
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby Burn » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:45 pm

RodimalToyota wrote:This is the moment you know...


IT IS TIME TO LEAVE MOM'S BASEMENT!


When you swap figures.


Well clearly they did, how else would they have swapped the figures? Image
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby xyl360 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:06 pm

Since the price of a Deluxe has dropped, this is actually potentially quite profitable. Especially if someone has a lot of older Deluxes around to do the swaps with.

Like others have said though, I'd much rather have Generations Wheeljack than FoC Jazz, regardless of the price difference. Jazz is actually an OK toy, but Wheeljack is pure awesome.
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby -Kanrabat- » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:44 pm

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Someone posted on 4chan a TF packaging with 3 oranges in it. Another is a Classic Ironhide with a wasp hive in the packaging, dubbed "Ironhive".

Still, the most baffling is a Voyager TF Prime RiD Optimus Prime swapped with... Voyager CLASSIC Optimus Prime!
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby RAcast » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:26 pm

Motto: "Can't stop, so what! That's how I like it!"
Weapon: Rocket Launcher
-Kanrabat- wrote:Someone posted on 4chan a TF packaging with 3 oranges in it. Another is a Classic Ironhide with a wasp hive in the packaging, dubbed "Ironhive".

Still, the most baffling is a Voyager TF Prime RiD Optimus Prime swapped with... Voyager CLASSIC Optimus Prime!

Wow, haha, I bet someone got a GREAT deal on a (probably incomplete) Classics Prime. But even as just the figure, doesn't it go for like $30+ on average? xD

Heck, even one of the good knockoffs will get you your money back.
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby fenrir72 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:53 pm

Motto: "Power to the strong and the right!"
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Is this for real? 8-}
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby -Kanrabat- » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:53 am

Motto: "I will be your blade. I will be your shield."
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fenrir72 wrote:Is this for real? 8-}


Oh yes it is.

I just need Anon to provide me with the pictures.
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby It Is Him » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:24 am

Pictures of Ironhive or it didn't happen.
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby RAcast » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:04 am

Motto: "Can't stop, so what! That's how I like it!"
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I'm...almost disappointed this has never happened to me.
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby Stormrider » Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:18 pm

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What country did this happen in? Is this a result of dumbing down of our society? That was nice of you to point out the error to the Customer Service folks. Hope they were grateful.
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby -Kanrabat- » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:29 pm

Motto: "I will be your blade. I will be your shield."
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It Is Him wrote:Pictures of Ironhive or it didn't happen.


Oh yes, it did happen.

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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby RAcast » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:39 pm

Motto: "Can't stop, so what! That's how I like it!"
Weapon: Rocket Launcher
-Kanrabat- wrote:
It Is Him wrote:Pictures of Ironhive or it didn't happen.


Oh yes, it did happen.

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That's just...good god people are dumb xD
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby -Kanrabat- » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:42 pm

Motto: "I will be your blade. I will be your shield."
Weapon: Armor Axe
RAcast wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:
It Is Him wrote:Pictures of Ironhive or it didn't happen.


Oh yes, it did happen.

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That's just...good god people are dumb xD



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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby RAcast » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:56 pm

Motto: "Can't stop, so what! That's how I like it!"
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I hope whoever saw that classics prime bought it xD
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby PrymeStriker » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:46 pm

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I've been victim of toy swapping. Never fell for it, but I saw a ROTF HA Bee in HA Jazz's packaging at a Target. :roll:
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby Erailea » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:48 pm

Stormrider wrote:What country did this happen in?


The good ol' U.S. of A.



RAcast wrote:I hope whoever saw that classics prime bought it xD


You ain't just kidding. Lol. Geez.
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Re: Buyers beware...

Postby It Is Him » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:52 pm

-Kanrabat- wrote:
RAcast wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:
It Is Him wrote:Pictures of Ironhive or it didn't happen.


Oh yes, it did happen.

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That's just...good god people are dumb xD



You aint seen nothing yet...


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I'm less inclined to believe Ironhide because it wasn't on the pegs, but that Classics/Prime Prime **** is mighty funny (in an awful, awful way).
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