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Unread 10-20-2016, 07:09 PM   #51
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I just ordered the Quonset Hut this AM. It came out to $107.31 USD shipped to S. Fl.
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Unread 10-20-2016, 07:26 PM   #52
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I just ordered the Quonset Hut this AM. It came out to $107.31 USD shipped to S. Fl.
Shoot...I was hoping the Facebook dude was right....
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Ugh, that's just way too expensive.
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Damn that is expensive. I'd be interested if they were in the $25/each range. I'm cheap.
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I've been wanting one of these beasts for a while now, still listed at $80.00 on their website, not including shipping. Which kinda bothers me. I worked at Big Lots for almost 10 years, and every year we'd keep getting the same stuff year after year, only difference was each year the prices went up on the exact same sets.

Now I see the very same PTE sets I bought in store for $40, now going for $130.00 or more on Ebay.

Big Lots corporate used to own KB Toys, and then decided to close them all. And ever since then their toy selection has been shit. Then they got this new CEO with his "Jennifer" shit, and Big Lots has been going down and down.

We lost our plumbing, hardware, sporting goods, and tools, because this asshat decided they'd make more money strictly marketing just to women. In one stroke he removed 50% of our customer base. We went from 6 aisles of toys, to now just two, including girls toys and infants.

Even my Manager, who was female, hated that they were "feminizing" the chain, because we were cutting out 50% of our sales base.
So out went all the male merchandise..... for artificial plants, home decor, and decorator pillows.

They cut our hours due to low sales, so I was forced to quit. I went from 40 hours a week or more, literally down to 12 or even less.

So if you're wondering why no more PTE at Big Lots, now ya know why..sadly.
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I've been wanting one of these beasts for a while now, still listed at $80.00 on their website, not including shipping. Which kinda bothers me. I worked at Big Lots for almost 10 years, and every year we'd keep getting the same stuff year after year, only difference was each year the prices went up on the exact same sets.

Now I see the very same PTE sets I bought in store for $40, now going for $130.00 or more on Ebay.

Big Lots corporate used to own KB Toys, and then decided to close them all. And ever since then their toy selection has been shit. Then they got this new CEO with his "Jennifer" shit, and Big Lots has been going down and down.

We lost our plumbing, hardware, sporting goods, and tools, because this asshat decided they'd make more money strictly marketing just to women. In one stroke he removed 50% of our customer base. We went from 6 aisles of toys, to now just two, including girls toys and infants.

Even my Manager, who was female, hated that they were "feminizing" the chain, because we were cutting out 50% of our sales base.
So out went all the male merchandise..... for artificial plants, home decor, and decorator pillows.

They cut our hours due to low sales, so I was forced to quit. I went from 40 hours a week or more, literally down to 12 or even less.

So if you're wondering why no more PTE at Big Lots, now ya know why..sadly.
The area one is starting to put out there Christmas decorations, and I presume the holiday season stock of toys is soon to follow. Are you telling me not to expect a large toy presence in general, or PTE in particular?

Thanks for posting this, I appreciate the insight. I remember when the one around here was MacFrugal's.
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That is lame. I haven't been by a Big Lots in some years now, but I can see them doing that for sure.
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Are you telling me not to expect a large toy presence in general, or PTE in particular?
Probably both sadly. Big Lots is just a shell of what they used to be. We were the go to place for PTE, in both scales. We had a whole aisle of just PTE, I would tell you to maybe expect just a few shelves.
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Oh, I've seen it. I'd go to BL every Fall to see if PTE sent over any new product. Currently the toys are relegated to a 20' or 30' section of the back wall. I remember the multiple aisles, and the expanded selection during the holidays. I was hoping it was just a temporary change. Looks like it's not.

I kind of don't care now that LEGO has become my main thing. BL never carries that shit.
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Unread 09-14-2017, 06:45 AM   #60
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We got a couple of Big Lots here. The local one isn't that big so if I want something that usually means a trip with the wife out to PA, where I risk coming home with furniture.

If I see it I will usually get it if its something I want, but I am no longer going out of my way for this stuff.
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Oh, I've seen it. I'd go to BL every Fall to see if PTE sent over any new product. Currently the toys are relegated to a 20' or 30' section of the back wall. I remember the multiple aisles, and the expanded selection during the holidays. I was hoping it was just a temporary change. Looks like it's not.

I kind of don't care now that LEGO has become my main thing. BL never carries that shit.
It's kind of funny, and sad, that we now can look back fondly on Big Lot shelves of the past as we did once at Toys R Us shelves of the 80s.

I guess Walmart shelves of the 00's fall into the same category, Target in 07-09 with GI JOE..

Hell I'm going to start taking pictures anytime there is cool stuff on the shelf because at this rate that shit is always ending.
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I don't even go to the stores anymore, there's no toys worth buying for sale there , I just send the wife now, pretty sad, although I save tons of money now I miss the days of making the rounds with the wife n kids, we used to hit them all couple days a week, now it's all internet shopping for toys, even the toy shows are lame now, SUCKS.
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If only I would've known....

Just got out of the Army, was running my own graphic arts business on Music Row, and just for the Hell of it, took a part time night job at TRU for the benefits.....





It was no big deal, stuff was all over the place, with no sign of the drought that was coming. Good reasonable prices, just aisles and aisles of stuff.

The NES had just came out, but it certainly wasn't a threat, Hell, it was just another toy, so to speak...

*Sighs*...Nostalgia goggles are a bitch. Especially when ya realise that you're not just being a grumpy old fart; it really was better back then for real.

And that there is still cool stuff being made like Mythic Legions, Boss fight. Re-Ment, Reaction and so forth, but that you can't really find them in stores.
When makers have to resort to Kick starters and all this nonsense to get their product out there (And y'all damn well know there's a market for it !),
That the Toy companies are failing at what they are supposed to be doing.

I was in the aisle the other day with a Father and his young daughter, and they were going through the new Star Wars figures we have, and she plainly said:

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Toys ‘R’ Us bankruptcy fears hit Mattel and Hasbro as holiday shopping season approaches | fox8.com

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So which leads me to; why do people have to go online to get the toys they want. Why aren't they IN the stores ?.

If I want some of these cool figures and playsets people are making, I don't want to have to opt in on some damned Kickstarter....Why can't I just drive down the street and buy the darn things ?.

And if you know your business directly relies on having toys with "hit" tie in movies, how about actually having a vested interest in making sure the movies are actually.....

"Good" ?. Erm, Hasbro ?....Hasbro ?.....HASBRO !!!.

They are so focused with marketing and demographics, that they can't see the trees because all that damned forest is in the way.

So as I said, I'd kill for that PTE Quonset hut. Big Lots sells the PTE line. Can I buy it at their stores or on their own website ?.

Nope.

But I can buy it from the home maker company website in HONG KONG, for $80 plus shipping. That's convienent for customers ?.

I'm just baffled how these guys can not know their own business.

As a Old time Toy geek and video gamer; my own personal observation is that video games did not destroy the toy market. The video game companies just were more than happy to fill the void that the toy companies created themselves.

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I mean Lego for the most part weathers the storm. I heard they were even downsizing lately though.

But my kids still like Legos.

I don't know how/why the big retailers always seem to fuck up toys.
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LEGO net profits were down three percent for the year. I think they just used that as an excuse to cut the jobs.
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Money talks! Lego walks! Or something.

Pretty impressed how they've maintained their popularity over the years.

They did miss out in not creating Minecraft before Minecraft was a thing. The Lego games are cute and fun, but they could have been quadbajillioners.
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Disney is going to be the death of Lego. The prices just are not sustainable on the SW line and you feel so stupid when your new $50 set took an hour to build, came with 3 figures and fits in your palm. Now Mega is gaining popularity and raising prices to match Lego. Lepin is my last hope, but yet to pull the trigger. Nacho swears by them.
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Disney is going to be the death of Lego. The prices just are not sustainable on the SW line and you feel so stupid when your new $50 set took an hour to build, came with 3 figures and fits in your palm. Now Mega is gaining popularity and raising prices to match Lego. Lepin is my last hope, but yet to pull the trigger. Nacho swears by them.
I couldn't agree more.

The Lego sets we have just sit there. That MSRP is killing them. Like you said before, who the Hell wants to pay $80.00 for one X-Wing ?. The market is there, everytime we mark them down they get snatched up like wildfire.

The Monster Fighter line was my poisin, got all of them except the Zombie bride and Groom Target exclusive, as we don't have a Target close, and now that little set is like selling for $200.00 on Ebay, and the big ass Haunted House. Lego is selling it for $400.00. Aliexpress... $78.00 with free shipping.:

https://www.aliexpress.com/cheap/che...ted-house.html

And the reviews are pretty much great.

The exact same set. Yeah, I know it's not going to be as "perfect" as Lego, but at that kind of discount ?

But alas I digress, I don't want to derail the thread. Obviously the PTE series is popular. I mean really popular. Just take a gander on the PTE prices on Ebay. I can't grasp why someone either at Big Lots or M&C aren't noticing this ?. That Quonset hut set is AMAZING !!!. Their jets and the Warthog are in extremely high demand.

So where the Hell are they ??. Especially with Christmas right around the corner... Big Lots and M&C like making money don't they ?.
Certainly their respective buyers have to see that the line sells out ever year ? Well, not the last few years because all they did was carry the same stock they had before, minus the big playsets.

If Big Lots did have the Quonset hut, they'd retail it for about $40/$50. Big damn difference from $80.00 plus shipping all the way from Hong Kong.

And the Sci Fi Line they have is pretty damned cool also, I'd love to get some. They would be perfect for my Toy Theaters. Buying them on Ebay would be outright robbery. So I refuse, and everyone loses. And I know I'm not the only one that feels that way. So how is that a good thing for business ?.

Except for some of the stuff Lanard is making, PTE pretty much has the market right now for action figure playsets in the small scale. Where is the new products ?, Hell, as I said, I can't even buy the products now they do have..... Big Lots needs to fire their toy buyers.
I'd email their corporate, but I know as well as y'all do is all I'd get back if anything is a form letter.:

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