that guy wrote:Oh my gosh people, let the "I can't believe some places charge more than Lego" argument go. It's called capitalism and as long as it's not a rationed item like food or water during a crisis, they can charge whatever they want and the public is then left to decide when and where to spend their money. You don't like $2.99 then send the message to TRU or Target by NOT buying the product there.
That's exactly what I would do. I refuse to pay more than suggested retail for these (and I'm not a reseller, just a collector). But you are, IMHO, out of line to imply that, just because stores are within their rights to jack prices, people should just shut up about it. I refuse to buy anything from TRU because they jack prices on almost everything, but how does that make it wrong for me to ALSO complain about their practices? Do I think they should be legally obligated to charge MSRP? No. But I still think they are jerks to jack all the prices, and I will happily tell anybody that. And Target jacking the prices is particularly galling as they are a store that TRIES to project an image of offering low prices, and exceeds MSRP on practically nothing that I have ever noticed before. And here they are raising prices on this item 50% over MSRP? Makes them look pretty bad, IMHO, regardless of how legal it is, and I'm certainly going to criticize it, both in store and on a site where we discuss these products, and my doing so in no way means I dispute their right to do it.
On the topic of price fixing, I'm kind of curious, doesn't the fact that publishers routinely PRINT the prices on books kind of skirt the edges of legality? I mean, sure, stores CAN charge more, but having the price printed right on the item makes it a lot harder to pull that off. Printing the price on an item doesn't LEGALLY force a store to sell it for that, but in most cases it PRACTICALLY forces them to, because I suspect people are FAR less likely to buy something for more than MSRP if it is printed right on there.