Morgan19 wrote:This particular store was adamant about not selling them individually (they mentioned it without me even asking), so there's still hope that not every TRU's been hit by your local eBay-obsessed nimrod.
I love how all the collecting worlds problems can aparrently be blamed on the nameless hordes of ebay, complete with insults. They couldn't possibly have simple gone through them. No, that's not even a possibility. It absolutely had to be an "ebay obsessed nimrod". it couldn't ever be that people are waiting until late in the week for an apparently pretty limited promo. Don't misunderstand, I know people have lives beyond this. However, it's not like these couldn't have been bought online a while ago. People are upset that they can't get them for $2.99 (or free with another purchase). These were available through S@H. My sympathy is fairly limited in this case.
I went to a TRU last Sunday in the evening and they were already gone. I never once felt the need to go online and uselessly complain about what may or may not have been someone I will never meet cleaning them out before I got there. Instead I called another TRU, found out they had tons of them, and went there instead. In the interest of full disclosure, I did get 4 of them. I could've bought them out completely but I saw no real reason to do so. Had I thought they would be worth buying to resell, I would've bought more of them without a second thought. As it is, it's not worth me driving back to that particular TRU (assuming they even have any more at this point, they didn't exactly have a huge pile to begin with) to get more because I would have to buy 3 or 4 and sell them for a 200% profit cover the trip. If I didn't want a few of them for myself and one to give to my nephew, I wouldn't have bothered getting any in the first place.
To everyone who missed these, there are two lessons here. The first is that if you want something and it's available, buy it. Sure, there is the small chance it will be available at a cheaper price in another venue (or the same venue) later. But it's a very small chance. Don't wait if you really want it. The second is that promos tend to be limited and draw resellers like moths to a flame. Stay on top of ads (the internet really comes in handy for this) and the moment they become available, make your move. It's entirely up to you to decide how badly you want it and what you are willing to do to get it. If they run out, blame the distrbutor for making them limited in the first place. They know what happens when something is limited and desirable. They are counting on them going fast. The resellers are taking advantage of an obvious winning combination. Hate them all you want, but it's pointless. They didn't create the imbalance. If it's a huge hassle to get out there on day 1, bite the bullet and buy one online. if you want lots of them for some reason, again, blame the distributor for making them rare. I understand the reseller hate, but it's completely pointless and makes people look immature for lashing out at people who they will never meet and who truly don't care. Like every market, when there is an imbalance someone will be smart enough to take advantage of it. That's natrual. They aren't the ones who created the imbalance though (in this case anyway, can't say the same for all markets) and if you want to blame the people who are actually doing this to you, blame the distributor. If you want to waste time blaming "ebay nimrods" go ahead, just know it's one of the most pointless thing you can do.