Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW!

Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW!

Monday, October 1st, 2007 6:55pm CDT

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It seems the Holiday season keeps coming even earlier every year now, and Walmart is pushing it to start even sooner. According to CNN.com, Walmart plans to begin cutting prices on the hottest toys A.S.A.P. There is no clear identification of what exactly will be discounted, but they do state that they will be cutting prices by 10-50%. It can probably be assumed that with Transformers selling out across the country, that Walmart may very well cut prices on them due to their popularity.

Make sure to watch your local Walmart as these new prices should be up across the country before October is over.

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Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (375205)
Posted by Dr. Caelus on October 1st, 2007 @ 6:57pm CDT
Doesn't help much when they have nothing on the shelves to begin with.
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (375207)
Posted by 1337W422102 on October 1st, 2007 @ 6:59pm CDT
Sounds like CNN and Walmart are teaming up to control the economy...

Will these price cuts affect prices in Canada, as well? (not that my local walmart has any TFs I'm looking for...)
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (375208)
Posted by Bed Bugs on October 1st, 2007 @ 6:59pm CDT
And that's what they were talking about with Walmart's sales in December being horrible last year. They sold so much in Oct/Nov that they had no inventory left to sell in Dec.
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (375245)
Posted by DevastaTTor on October 1st, 2007 @ 7:16pm CDT
When I saw this break today, I wondered what kind of effect it would have. Guess we'll have to see. I suspect no more than 10% on Transformers, except for maybe the older tech stuff and real gear.
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (375253)
Posted by Kimmer on October 1st, 2007 @ 7:18pm CDT
hopefully anime mp screamer will be affected by this and it might be time to get a dvd anniversary prime too.
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (375254)
Posted by ShGarland_1383 on October 1st, 2007 @ 7:18pm CDT
Caelus wrote:Doesn't help much when they have nothing on the shelves to begin with.

My thought exactly. Maybe This could help if people wanna go out to the Johnsohn's Ranch Wal-Mart here in AZ if they haven't picked the Classics-packaged 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime or the Ultimate Bumblebee yet and want them. I just saw both out there over the weekend. Otherwise, looking for Transformers at Wal-Mart is pointless around here. You'd have better luck at the Toy Liquidators in the outlet mall on Power and Baseline. Even then all I found that I wanted was Payload.

Fender Bender wrote:And that's what they were talking about with Walmart's sales in December being horrible last year. They sold so much in Oct/Nov that they had no inventory left to sell in Dec.

The problem here, in the case of Transformers, is that they can't run out of an inventory they just don't have to begin with.
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (375308)
Posted by Liege Evilmus on October 1st, 2007 @ 8:04pm CDT
Alright!

Now if only they'd restock!
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (375313)
Posted by BlurPrime on October 1st, 2007 @ 8:05pm CDT
sweet.
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (375455)
Posted by Blozor on October 1st, 2007 @ 9:25pm CDT
The Transformers problem seems to not be limited to Wal-Mart. Everywhere I go, Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, they are all out of Transformers merchandise. It seems to me like it's Hasbro and not Wal-Mart that dropped the ball on their Transformers stock. It'd be odd that all three of the major toy retailing chains conveniently forgot to reorder the hottest selling property of the summer.
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (375565)
Posted by Ploptimus Prime on October 1st, 2007 @ 10:17pm CDT
F wally world.
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (375570)
Posted by Ploptimus Prime on October 1st, 2007 @ 10:19pm CDT
Now if Walmart could just do something about the smell of feces that wafts through the air in the store. I swear, it's like going to the zoo in there sometimes. Large, waddling mammals and strange unexplainable smells.
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (375626)
Posted by Autobot032 on October 1st, 2007 @ 10:55pm CDT
...how on Earth can they say that Spider-Man 3 toys are in the top 12 figures? They have them in stock and *can't* sell them.

TransFormers are never in stock (until recently) but *can* sell, quite well, in fact. (3 million figures sold, wasn't it??)

But then again, all of corporate America has backwards thinking.

Speaking of TFs being in stock...it was like Christmas time tonight. I almost cried. It was beautiful. Concept Camaro Bumblebees as far as the eye could see. (Alright not really, but he's becoming a shelfwarmer like someone on here had thought.)
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (377641)
Posted by ShGarland_1383 on October 2nd, 2007 @ 11:31pm CDT
Autobot032 wrote:...how on Earth can they say that Spider-Man 3 toys are in the top 12 figures? They have them in stock and *can't* sell them.

No clue. I can only take a guess as to why Spider-Man 3 toys aren't selling: I'd bet it's because people are every bit as interested as I am in buying them. Assuming this is true, it means they're not interested at all.

Autobot032 wrote:TransFormers are never in stock (until recently) but *can* sell, quite well, in fact. (3 million figures sold, wasn't it??)

Tranformers are in stock in your area?

Autobot032 wrote:Speaking of TFs being in stock...it was like Christmas time tonight. I almost cried. It was beautiful. Concept Camaro Bumblebees as far as the eye could see. (Alright not really, but he's becoming a shelfwarme
r like someone on here had thought.)

Apparent sarcasm aside, Bumblebee shelfwarming the way Spider-Man does requires that Bumblebee actually be in stock and available for purchase. Haven't been to wal-mart since last weekend, but at that time all they had was ultimate bumblebee and 20th anniversary prime.

Blozor wrote:The Transformers problem seems to not be limited to Wal-Mart. Everywhere I go, Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, they are all out of Transformers merchandise. It seems to me like it's Hasbro and not Wal-Mart that dropped the ball on their Transformers stock. It'd be odd that all three of the major toy retailing chains conveniently forgot to reorder the hottest selling property of the summer.

Haven't been into Target or TRU in ages. If you were wrong here, though, I'd think hasbrotoyshop.com would be doing better than they are at having TF merchandise up as well.

And if they had anything current last few times I went looking, odds are it wouldn't be an issue with me because I'd already have all the figures I really want.
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (377647)
Posted by Bumblebee-otch on October 2nd, 2007 @ 11:38pm CDT
Autobot032 wrote:...how on Earth can they say that Spider-Man 3 toys are in the top 12 figures? They have them in stock and *can't* sell them.

TransFormers are never in stock (until recently) but *can* sell, quite well, in fact. (3 million figures sold, wasn't it??)


they are trying to hype up the crappy toys to clear them out!
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (377661)
Posted by Autobot032 on October 2nd, 2007 @ 11:51pm CDT
ShGarland_1383 wrote:
Autobot032 wrote:...how on Earth can they say that Spider-Man 3 toys are in the top 12 figures? They have them in stock and *can't* sell them.

No clue. I can only take a guess as to why Spider-Man 3 toys aren't selling: I'd bet it's because people are every bit as interested as I am in buying them. Assuming this is true, it means they're not interested at all.


You'd be right. I've seen people buy Star Wars, TransFormers, Elmo, etc. I have yet to see a single person (other than myself) buy anything Spider-Man. That's not to say none of it's sold, I've just never witnessed anyone with a single item at the register. (I've seen a couple of unopened items returned.)

ShGarland_1383 wrote:
Autobot032 wrote:TransFormers are never in stock (until recently) but *can* sell, quite well, in fact. (3 million figures sold, wasn't it??)

Tranformers are in stock in your area?


Finally. Cases and cases and cases of Deluxe Class and Real Gears.

ShGarland_1383 wrote:
Autobot032 wrote:Speaking of TFs being in stock...it was like Christmas time tonight. I almost cried. It was beautiful. Concept Camaro Bumblebees as far as the eye could see. (Alright not really, but he's becoming a shelfwarme
r like someone on here had thought.)

Apparent sarcasm aside, Bumblebee shelfwarming the way Spider-Man does requires that Bumblebee actually be in stock and available for purchase. Haven't been to wal-mart since last weekend, but at that time all they had was ultimate bumblebee and 20th anniversary prime.


I've seen ten Concept Camaro Bumblebees since they opened these cases. Six of them remain, along with loads of the rest of 'em. (I think Dropkick will definitely be a huge shelfwarmer. He just doesn't move at all. Even Recon Barricade and Payload sell better. =\)

ShGarland_1383 wrote:
Blozor wrote:The Transformers problem seems to not be limited to Wal-Mart. Everywhere I go, Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, they are all out of Transformers merchandise. It seems to me like it's Hasbro and not Wal-Mart that dropped the ball on their Transformers stock. It'd be odd that all three of the major toy retailing chains conveniently forgot to reorder the hottest selling property of the summer.

Haven't been into Target or TRU in ages. If you were wrong here, though, I'd think hasbrotoyshop.com would be doing better than they are at having TF merchandise up as well.

And if they had anything current last few times I went looking, odds are it wouldn't be an issue with me because I'd already have all the figures I really want.


Oh Hasbro admitted (through Target and other places) that there was a shortage on the production end. Basically they never expected demand to hit as hard as it did. They're catching up now, though. Oh my goodness are they catching up. I think I counted about eight or nine cases worth of Deluxe figures on the pegs and pallet display shelf.

Bumblebee-otch wrote:
Autobot032 wrote:...how on Earth can they say that Spider-Man 3 toys are in the top 12 figures? They have them in stock and *can't* sell them.

TransFormers are never in stock (until recently) but *can* sell, quite well, in fact. (3 million figures sold, wasn't it??)


they are trying to hype up the crappy toys to clear them out!


They're gonna have to do a lot more than just hype. lol 'Cuz they ain't gettin' it moved. lol
Re: Walmart takes BIG chance, cutting toy prices NOW! (379748)
Posted by Anonymous on October 3rd, 2007 @ 11:25pm CDT
amazingly, two of my local wal-marts (i live in Vallejo, CA) were fully stocked of deluxe figures on tuesday. these were wal-marts in napa and american canyon. my friends and i were finally able to pick up 3 '08 bumblebees. i haven't seen so many deluxe figures since the movie came out! so if this price drop WILL truly happen in my area, and with the abundance of deluxe figures, i may have to get all the figures i haven't gotten since the movie came out, along with some classics and HOPEFULLY a re-issue of the 20th anniversary optimus prime.

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