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Unread 04-07-2013, 04:48 PM   #1301
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That blows. You going to return 'em?

I can't believe all the Sure Fires are missing all their paint apps on the sleeves.

I got mine a week ago and just set 'em aside as I don't give two half shits about either. I did inspect the cards though and I think both were pretty decent. I may open the cop guy, but Iron Klaw was really lackluster to me.
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not sure what I'm going to do yet. I just found out about 20 minutes ago. I may just open him and say fuck it. I've never had to exchange anything with the club and not really sure how that even goes.
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It took quite some time, but I got full replacements for my lost Month 1 set that the USPS lost due to incompetence.

I paid extra for the Club's built-in insurance, though.
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well... either way they won't do dick right now with the convention going on. I'll contact them on Wed or Thurs and see what's up.
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And to think, that figure only cost you $30...
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Big Boa lasted all of 3 hours in the Club store. All that nonstop checking for the last 2 weeks and it gets listed and sells out in the 6 hour window I was in bed.
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Big Boa lasted all of 3 hours in the Club store. All that nonstop checking for the last 2 weeks and it gets listed and sells out in the 6 hour window I was in bed.
holy shit! it sold out already?
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And to think, that figure only cost you $30...
That's a steal for a club figure
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Wow!...3hrs?!...that's kinda a long time for the club...or is it a long time for Matty collector?...or both?
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I could've gotten you a Big Boa at "cost" Eddie! Want me to cancel my BBTS Cover Girl preorder?
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Haha...Sounds like a gamble...
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I think Eddie is morally bound to not acquire anything that has been touched by BBTS. He gives them too much shit for making..... *gasp* ....a profit. Considering that they aren't a monopoly (which the club IS, which is why it's very different!) heaven forbid they charge based on principles of supply and demand. No, we need some kind of socialist toy distribution.

According to him, all figures should be doled out per union bylaws to each individual, based purely on seniority, at cost, free shipping, delivered to your door in a ford.
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I think Eddie is morally bound to not acquire anything that has been touched by BBTS. He gives them too much shit for making..... *gasp* ....a profit. Considering that they aren't a monopoly (which the club IS, which is why it's very different!) heaven forbid they charge based on principles of supply and demand. No, we need some kind of socialist toy distribution.

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Man, I was all for it. till I read Ford...
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I still want Quarrel if anyone wants to get rid of one
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i might be able to still get one in the store....
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I think Eddie is morally bound to not acquire anything that has been touched by BBTS. He gives them too much shit for making..... *gasp* ....a profit. Considering that they aren't a monopoly (which the club IS, which is why it's very different!) heaven forbid they charge based on principles of supply and demand. No, we need some kind of socialist toy distribution.

According to him, all figures should be doled out per union bylaws to each individual, based purely on seniority, at cost, free shipping, delivered to your door in a ford.
Awww, c'mon...we've been here before...

There's making a profit (Target/Walmart/TRU) and there's being d!cks (BBST)...unless of course Hasbro charges BBTS more than it does brick and mortar for the figures...in which case, I take back all the poo I've flung their way...

I still don't get why it steams your kettle so much that I have a bad taste in my mouth for them...you almost seem to take it kinda personally...for that, I'm sorry...

I guess you're kinda right about my union background having something to do with it...I've literally been around a union my WHOLE life...seeing the little guy get taken advantage of upsets me...
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That's the issue. No one is being taken advantage of! BBTS is not a monopoly. They ask a certain price, and either you're willing to pay it or you are not. It's very different from the club where they are the ONLY place to get certain things, and they charge ass-raping prices (yes, I understand about exclusives and small production runs). THAT is lousy. But BBTS just charges what they think the market can stand. That's how supply and demand work.

I guess I'm trying to figure out who you think is being taken advantage of. Who is this little guy you speak of that has no choice but to pay BBTS's "dick" prices? There are lots of etailers that charge way more than BBTS, like Toywiz and Brian's Toys. They are always higher, and they don't offer the PoL feature, so their shipping ends up being way higher too. I don't bust on those other guys because that's their right, to charge what they think they can get. If they can stay in business charging more, then more power to them. Clearly in that case, someone is willing to pay it.

I have no personal stake in BBTS, but I've always felt they've done me right. And if I didn't like their prices, I was free to go elsewhere. I understand your dislike of some of their prices. I don't always like their prices either. But if they can actually sell the product at those prices, then I don't get mad at them. I'm simply sad that the market for that product is more than I'm willing to pay. That's my problem, not BBTS's problem.

Long story short, it's not personal; it's just that I cannot comprehend why someone would be mad at a company for trying to maximize profit.
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I guess you're right about me appearing mad at them...for some reason I seem to be taking it personal too...

I guess what's made me bitter was that I was oblivious for so many years that I was one of the suckers who didn't know better...I thought they were the bestest!...I shouted from the rooftops how great they were...never doing my homework and trusting others opinions...foolish...and THAT'S the very reason I occasionally let it be known that they are NOT the Gods a lot of people think they are...to let the guys who might be like I used to be and are getting taken advantage of but don't know it yet...I'm just trying to educate the same way I found out...by some vocal minority that was willing to stand up among the BBTS zombies and point out that they aren't as great as everyone thinks they are...

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Ok, I get that you might not always like their price, but I don't think I've ever felt "taken". When you order your your 3rd party TFs from another place, and save $5, and then spend an extra $10 on shipping, I struggle to see how BBTS is bad or how you're coming out ahead by going another route. But that's your biz. To each his own.

However, for the sake of discussion, I guess I'd be interested to hear an example of where you got suckered. I know they're often higher than retail, but I've never felt like they were trying to pull something.

No offense, IMO.
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Lol, no offence taken...this isn't HT...we can talk as if we were in person having a normal adult conversation...I'm assuming your "tone" is one of calmness...at HT one would almost always assume angst...too much butthurting when you do that...

Anyway, I rarely used the POL as I wanted my toys ASAP...so there wasn't any savings there for me...in fact, checking prices between BBTS and Captured Prey when the new Fansproject Stunticons were released, CP was cheaper in both price and shipping...I don't recall the actual prices, but it was within a few bucks...

The example that sticks out in my mind the most is for one TFC figure...

Robot kingdom price shipped to my door is $93 per figure (there's even a cheaper shipping option I don't use)

BBTS price BEFORE shipping is $99

Everything else I've priced from RK (in Hong Kong) shipped to me has always been cheaper than BBTS AND it comes two weeks sooner...

Then there's the Zaranas...Clubs price, $15...BBTS put up preorders for $30 (then $35, then $39)...a 100%+ mark up...really?!

There's gotta be a ton more examples, and I realize they aren't the only ones that do do it, but that doesn't mean I'll defend their actions...profit, I get that...but they are more often than not beyond simple profit...

There's supply and demand, and there's benifing from desperate and ignorant customers...I like to think there's a difference...
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HA, I threw in the "no offense" and "IMO" because of the things-that-irritate-you thread. They don't even make sense together. Haven't you been paying attention?! In no way did I expect you to be offended. You kill me eddie!

A $6 difference on a $100 figure is hardly cause for getting out the pitchforks...

It's not BBTS's job to discern who is informed or how intent they are on obtaining a product. "desperate and ignorant" is not their problem...

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Let's stretch that organized labor brain of yours for a minute. Indulge me......

Let's say you run Eddie's Toys. You've just gotten a shipment of 100 ultra-rare Mrs Eddie blow-up dolls to sell. Here are your pricing options:

1) At $20, they sell out.
2) At $30, you'd sell 75 of them.
3) At $40, you'd sell 40 of them.
4) At $80, you'd sell only two. (It's just not THAT much better than the Mrs Monkeywrench doll)

- They cost you $15 each from the factory.
- WM, on the rare occasion they can get stock, sells them for $20.

By the way, you have two kids, Obama has doubled your self-pay health care insurance premiums over the past four years, and your toy warehouse union has demanded a 12% pay increase and a better dental plan. Electricity costs are up, as are building rents, shipping costs, and you're not sure if you'll get any more Mrs Eddie dolls due to labor unrest in Sierra Gordo.

What do you charge? What can you charge and still sleep at night? Are you aware of how badly some guy in his mom's basement really wants a Mrs Eddie doll? Is he aware that if he stalks WM on the third thursday of even numbered months, he might get one for $20 plus tax?

What. Do. You. Charge? (show your work!)
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