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Old 01-24-2018, 02:50 PM   #1
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Is Amazon.ca on Crack?

In the wake of all the TRU trouble, I was just curious to see what we would be left if ever TRU stores closed in my area (for th record, nothing is changing in canada at the moment). So I went on Amazon.ca, to see if they had the right prices and stockcompared to TRU and Walmart.

And holy hell, I don't know what is up with their prices. They are nowhere near retail with some of these.

Legion Bisk for $17 (down from $24)

https://www.amazon.ca/Transformers-R...s=transformers

Titan Master Crashbash for $16

https://www.amazon.ca/TRANSFORMERS-G...s=transformers

One Step Berserker for $18

https://www.amazon.ca/TRANSFORMERS-G...s=transformers

TR Trigerhappy for $26 (down from $30)

https://www.amazon.ca/TRANSFORMERS-C...s=transformers

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Old 01-24-2018, 02:58 PM   #2
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Re: Is Amazon.ca on Crack?

When I was trying to buy that Rescue Bot jet Bumblebee from Amazon.com, pricing was all over the place, it would change almost daily, ranging from $7 to $20+. Not sure how their system works.
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Old 01-24-2018, 02:58 PM   #3
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Wow, those look like third-party seller prices... 50% above retail then discounted. Scammers.
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Old 01-24-2018, 02:58 PM   #4
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Re: Is Amazon.ca on Crack?

Amazon is a generally crap place for Transformers aside from the occasional sale, but that's not necessarily true for baby stuff as well.

Anyway, I don't personally believe the narrative of TRU falling to Amazon and the likes: a parent bringing a child to a toy store to pick out a toy and then that child breaking down crying and demanding the whole set will always be a viable business model. TRU would be profitable if not for the massive interest payments on their debt, which was taken on when Bain Capital (Mitt Romney's goons) took TRU private.
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Old 01-24-2018, 03:08 PM   #5
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Re: Is Amazon.ca on Crack?

Short answer - yes.
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Old 01-24-2018, 03:19 PM   #6
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This based on those links
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Old 01-24-2018, 04:21 PM   #7
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Re: Is Amazon.ca on Crack?

My girlfriend does all her shopping on Amazon. When we started dating, she asked me why I never buy TF's from there.

Stuff like the OP was my evidence. This is just how it is on Amazon, everything waaaaaay above MSRP, then put on "sale", and still overpriced. I know this is mostly private sellers - but its what's available on their site.

When you do find something at or close to MSRP, it's stuff that's been around for a while, released multiple times, etc. When any savvy collector could recognize these being less popular toys, and could pick them up on an actual sale, somewhere else.

So yes, +1, Amazon is on crack.
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Old 01-24-2018, 05:31 PM   #8
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Re: Is Amazon.ca on Crack?

I picked up Cosmos and Seaspray for $6 and I did see Blitzwing and Octane for $12 so yes they are on crack!
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Old 01-24-2018, 05:38 PM   #9
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I picked up Cosmos and Seaspray for $6 and I did see Blitzwing and Octane for $12 so yes they are on crack!
Cosmos and Seaspray are $13 and $15, respectively, right now, so, yeah, WTF Amazon
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Old 01-25-2018, 12:19 AM   #10
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I have tried doing searches on Amazon.ca for things and never end up buying anything for 2 reasons- they don't have what I'm looking for or it's 1.5x what it should cost. All that site has done is discourage me from seeing it as a place I would use.

How they're still in business is beyond me.
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