Blacknight wrote:Sigh, for better or worse our Lego hobby finally gets random chase items and all the AFOLs unleash their pent up panic emotions repressed since they quit their last blind box collecting hobby. Seriously, by the time wave three or four come out the novelty of these will become old hat and these wave 1 figures will probably be a dime a dozen on bricklink. Relax.
However, rather than yelling at customers or marking out bar codes, that manager should just keep the packs behind the counter and hand them out randomly to ensure fairness.
Blacknight wrote:Sigh, for better or worse our Lego hobby finally gets random chase items and all the AFOLs unleash their pent up panic emotions repressed since they quit their last blind box collecting hobby. Seriously, by the time wave three or four come out the novelty of these will become old hat and these wave 1 figures will probably be a dime a dozen on bricklink. Relax. As for the store manager, I don't blame him, he's just trying to keep the system fair for the kids. How would you like to be the kid who keeps going to his local store to get that one last figure he desires, never suspecting that some greedy AFOL has cheated the system and cleaned out every box of it ahead of time? However, rather than yelling at customers or marking out bar codes, that manager should just keep the packs behind the counter and hand them out randomly to ensure fairness.
vynsane wrote:Did it come up with an actual read, or was it just trying to scan it and giving an error? When I worked retail, there could sometimes be multiple barcodes on products, sometimes partially obscured ones - which would give the 'beep' but wouldn't actually return any data.
Did you have to move the seam flap to do so? Did it return any usable data or did it just give you gibberish? Apparently the iPhone app 'ZBar' on the 3GS returns the name of the figure inside the package.
Draykov wrote:To add to what kayakermanmike said about cases being available at Entertainment Earth: if you receive the printed EE catalog, you can user your code to get $15 off of orders $99.99 or more. This should compensate for the shipping charges to most places.
atxdad wrote:I can confirm that two TRU in north Austin are selling figs at the increased price of $2.49; they were $1.99 last week. Both received a new box of figs today (6/1). Another AFOL was bar code scanning when I got there, so we worked together to complete our collections.
P.S. So that was another FBTB reader I met. Thanks for the note! Wish I could reply, but I don't seen to have privileges to do that yet.
Daz Hoo wrote:That's not how a barcode reader actually works. If the machine goes "beep", that means that the machine actually saw the barcode and read it. Whether the machine gives back information on the product or not depends solely on the fact that the information linked to that barcode was entered in the system or not.
The cash register at the Wal Mart I was in wasn't program with the side barcodes of the minifig packs, hence it did not give any information (it was an error message).
As for the ZBar apps, it's clear that someone linked the different barcodes with the 16 different minifigs, hence why it gives out which one is in the bag when you scan a minifig pack.
vynsane wrote:It was also probably only getting a partial read on that barcode due to obfuscation of the first bit by the seam flap. A partial read can still return information, it's just incorrect information. If it scans a barcode, whether or not there is information associated with the number the code represents, it still returns a number to the computer. It's up to the POS system to determine what to do with that number, if anything.
ufjason wrote:Wah wah wah. Frankly, I think any manager that limits someone from buying quantities is a fool. You ALWAYS take the sale. If it's selling well, you order more and sell more. These stores have automated systems to route stock to where it's selling well. If they didn't order enough since they couldn't anticipate demand on a new product, they can always order more.
Aegrus wrote:Can you tell me where they are located in the store? I was just there yesterday and didn't even see a spot for them.
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