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Scout Report / Re: State of the Forum: Scalping
« on: December 07, 2015, 04:52:18 PM »
Well, I am just done with this.

I have learned a lot of high profile people here, mods included, are either scalpers or support it, so I will make sure I do everything I can to not feed them.

This community has a scalper parasite but everyone is fine with it I guess.

Continue on.

 :rockon:

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Scout Report / Re: State of the Forum: Scalping
« on: December 07, 2015, 04:50:01 PM »
Ok, you are totally missing the point on comic stores.  My friend owns one and he does not even bring in Star Wars or G.I.Joe toys (the only things I ever buy from him) unless someone pre-orders a whole case. (more on this later)

He is a smaller shop so he has to buy from Diamond Distributors.  Diamond get them from Hasbro.  They mark it up to sell to the comic stores.  The comic stores then mark it up to sell at the store.

They are not scalping as they more often than not cannot get the items directly from Hasbro.  They get it through other distribution channels that already mark up their product. 

Also, by your logic, Superstore is a scalper cause they sell the XWing for $69.99 whereas it's only $59.99 (I think) at TRU.

Back to comic shops, I know what they get their stuff for and honestly, what they charge is usually really reasonable if you know how much they pay.  The other thing to note, most get their stock from the US, and with the weak Canadian dollar.  There's a local shop selling some Black series (the older ones) for $27.99 because that was what they CDN dollar was back then.  Now the dollar is lower and the new wave of figures are $29.99.  I totally get that and it's not scalping to me. 

Then there are other instances that you point out, which is why my friend will only sell the figures in cases.  Due to Hasbro's crappy case loadouts, the comic retailers tend to sell out of the hard to get figures right away and are left with peg warmers.  I know a lot that will raise the price a little on the desired figure so that it makes up for the peg warmer either not selling or selling at a lower price.  My friend doesn't want to do that nor get left with crap that he can't sell, so that's why he will only sell 3 3/4" action figures by the case.

An example of scalping is the comic store owner hitting up every TRU every morning and grabbing all their desirable stock so no one else has a chance at getting them.  Then selling all that stuff at his store for a markup.  That's scalping, but the majority of shops get their stuff from distributors so their toys are more expensive than TRU because their distributors charge them more in the first place.

Hahaha you're the person who I called out for scalping and then you made a lame excuse which everyone used as me misunderstanding and then you talked about your scalping and reselling here.

Please, I don't like scalpers and resellers sorry.  I don't care how much "cred" these people have here, what you do is unethical and wrong.

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Scout Report / Re: State of the Forum: Scalping
« on: December 07, 2015, 04:48:36 PM »
Why does everyone keep thinking MSRP is loosely followed.  What big retailer sells any for above the MSRP?

Wal-Mart, TRU, Amazon, etc, NONE SELL OVER MSRP.

So I am not sure why this keeps getting brought up as defense.

People in comic shops and such that sell them for over MSRP are scalping yes.  They know what they are selling is in high demand and low stock and purposely sell above MSRP because they know they can.

Regardless I have never paid over MSRP for anything in my SW collection or any collection I have.  So I am a big stickler when it comes to things being purposely overpriced to take advantage of collectors desperation.

Jakku Landspeeder
Toys R Us Price 36.99
http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=58237146

Walmart Price 47.92
http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/star-wars-the-force-awakens-375-inch-vehicle-jakku-landspeeder/6000192660478

Now, which is the MSRP? Who is scalping?

Its called sales, something scalpers don't do until they are desperate.  Wow the grasping at straws is amazing.

 :D

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Scout Report / Re: State of the Forum: Scalping
« on: December 07, 2015, 04:46:25 PM »
The access is granted at 50 posts or one year's membership. You're close - but I'm about done with you saying the place is awful. If you're not happy with what we're doing or how we operate, find another forum.

Sorry, but from the perspective of someone who does not like scalpers and reselling there is nothing else to say but awful.

Just seems that plenty of high profile people here are scalpers/resellers and that includes the mods and their support.

Just because I don't like that doesn't mean my opinion should be invalidated sorry.  Scalping and reselling is awful, and Star Wars merchandise right before a new film is easy prey. 

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Scout Report / Re: State of the Forum: Scalping
« on: December 07, 2015, 04:41:38 PM »
Haha wow, all the comments removed and more scalpers revealed themselves too.

Mods protecting scalpers as well.

This place is awful.  Like I said PMs only for links and locations.  Can't trust anyone here if the mods themselves are brushing our discussion under the table and wiping out all comments.

And that was polite, no one was being rude, and if you don't like the term scalper, well...that is what most of you are end of story.

Still waiting for those prices...

Also for those who talk about running around and picking up figures to sell, why the heck else would you do it other than wanting to make money?  I see very few people actually wanting to do people a solid but people wanting gas money, finders fee, etc. etc.

Ridiculous.

I don't like scalpers and find small vendors trying to scalp items offensive sorry.

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Scout Report / Re: State of the Forum: Scalping
« on: December 07, 2015, 04:33:06 PM »
Darth Cosmos - we post specific finds in an area you don't have access to yet - "The Outer Rim" which is organized province by province (coloquially referred to as "The Provincials"). In fact you'll notice my presence in a number of threads where folks have provided specific information which I in turn edit out (when I catch it, I'm sure many instances exist where I failed) and ask that specifics only be posted in the provincials.

The reason we do this is to deter the scalpers and guide our fellow local collectors to the stuff they want - believe it or not. You'll even find numerous discussions where collectors are picking up stuff at retail and completing deals with friends later to save them a failed trip. This happens literally every week between users here, if not closer to daily. I do feel bad that we've somehow managed to give you such a wrong impression of what we're doing.

Would be nice to have access there, but apparently I am not yet worthy.  ???

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Scout Report / Re: State of the Forum: Scalping
« on: December 07, 2015, 04:32:37 PM »
Why does everyone keep thinking MSRP is loosely followed.  What big retailer sells any for above the MSRP?

Wal-Mart, TRU, Amazon, etc, NONE SELL OVER MSRP.

So I am not sure why this keeps getting brought up as defense.

People in comic shops and such that sell them for over MSRP are scalping yes.  They know what they are selling is in high demand and low stock and purposely sell above MSRP because they know they can.

Regardless I have never paid over MSRP for anything in my SW collection or any collection I have.  So I am a big stickler when it comes to things being purposely overpriced to take advantage of collectors desperation.

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Scout Report / Re: 12" Phasma TRU Exclusive - Available Online
« on: December 07, 2015, 02:29:12 PM »
thanks. I have a friend who collects (or I should say used to collect) the Sideshow / Hot Toys figures before the loonie nose-dived. I was going to point him to this as an alternative. Of course not the same quality, but she looks nice in the pics.

It is surprisingly nice.  Here is JTA's review with some very nice pictures they took themselves.

http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=JReviews&rop=showcontent&id=2384

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Scout Report / Re: 12" Phasma TRU Exclusive - Available Online
« on: December 07, 2015, 01:24:40 PM »
do these have good articulation?

No, it is fairly limited.  But her paint and look is the best so far.

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Scout Report / Re: 12" Phasma TRU Exclusive - Available Online
« on: December 07, 2015, 12:24:12 PM »
I bought one this mornin. Although it is not the same chrome finished armour as the Hot Toys one, it is actually not bad in overall quality amongst the 12" Hasbro figure series. The pose is quite natural even they can not be posed freely, it is way better than the Stormtrooper which looks awfully stiff like the 70s SW figures.

 :)

Yeah I am super happy with it!  Probably the best Phasma you can get right now for a darn good price too!

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Wampa Cave / Re: Buying & Reselling Discussion - Part One (locked)
« on: December 07, 2015, 12:23:19 PM »
Like I said, I can't please everyone.

I sell for close to retail and in fact, the majority of my stuff for less.

So how much for a Phasma if I attended one of your showings?

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Wampa Cave / Re: Buying & Reselling Discussion - Part One (locked)
« on: December 07, 2015, 12:13:54 PM »
The guy has 10 Black Series Phasma for crying out loud. The toughest one to get currently. Would he say "go check TRU and Wal-Mart shelves because they are just arriving in stock". Nope he would pawn off these items above retail to people who don't know any better.
By the way, I also love JJs idea of taking the scalping conversation to a different thread and continuing it, as there is still the issue of Ambasah's lost figs that is getting buried in this other conversation, which has merits all it's own.

Done!

http://www.snowtroopers.ca/forum/index.php?topic=23431

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Scout Report / State of the Forum: Scalping
« on: December 07, 2015, 12:12:38 PM »
Hello Everyone,

as a new member here I have found this place to be riddled with scalpers, lurkers and more.  There have been numerous members using PMs to hide locations and links due to the fear of scalpers and lurkers. 

I think that we should work on using PMs to communicate to ensure we aren't ruining chances of the future Black Series waves that are incoming most importantly.

How do most people here feel about it?  I think members getting figures at MSRP should be the goal for this forum.  Personal businesses, scalpers and other issues seem to be a fine thing here, which creates competition for people just buying for personal collections.

Let's discuss the topic further here and see how we can make sure we aren't supporting scalpers if we are against their presence here.

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Wampa Cave / Re: Buying & Reselling Discussion - Part One (locked)
« on: December 07, 2015, 12:10:01 PM »
Again, anything over MSRP is scalping.

Having lower prices than other scalpers doesn't justify anything.  You revealed you make an even larger margin.  So instead of these products going directly to retailers that will charge MSRP, they go directly to scalpers.

That is even worse.

 :rollfloorlaffsmiley:

So, I guess Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, etc. are all scalpers?  Your argument is so completely circular it is crazy!  The retailers buy at below MSRP and sell at whatever price they decide.  If we have someone who has an inside track to get prices like that and sell them at or near his own cost, thus beating the prices of these retailers, how is that scalping?!?!  It seems like a pro-corporation, anti-individual argument.

OP still doesn't sell at MSRP and retailers are required to.  This support for scalpers here are ridiculous, what an embarrassment IMO.

OP couldn't make a thread like that in most places without it becoming an issue.

Like I said, even the mods here are all fine with scalping, I won't be revealing any links or locations without PMs for now on.

Awful.

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Wampa Cave / Re: Buying & Reselling Discussion - Part One (locked)
« on: December 07, 2015, 10:10:02 AM »
Again, anything over MSRP is scalping.

Having lower prices than other scalpers doesn't justify anything.  You revealed you make an even larger margin.  So instead of these products going directly to retailers that will charge MSRP, they go directly to scalpers.

That is even worse.

 :rollfloorlaffsmiley:

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