A buddy of mine told me today that he went to both Wal-Mart AND Target and asked if there were figures in stock. BOTH places told him yes and they were not putting them out for sale until a soon-to-be-realized price hike is instituted. BOTH stores told him this. Then I saw a supporting article claiming that Target is upping the price to 7.64 for a basic figure. In fact (according to this article) some newly-opened Targets have already begun and there were photos of the shelf tags to go with it.
Kinda reminds me of the gasoline prices lately.