I am a pallet raider. I tend to go to WM at night because I perfer to shop then. I have gotten many a figure that way. If an employee tells me I am not allowed to open the boxes, I simply reply to them "They dont sell in the case do they?" and walk off with what I want.
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#24 - Gone but not forgotten
Back in March, I was at the 24hr Wal-Mart in Santa Clarita and found many boxes of the TREACHERY ON SALEUCAMI Battlepack on pallets. It was around 3:30am and there was no employee around for miles, and I didn't want to wait forever for help to arrive. I opened a case to get the 1 set I wanted. As I continued to shop, someone did come up to me and told I me couldn't have that and not to touch the pallets, and seemed really upset that I wanted to buy something, a Wal-Mart exclusive mind you, which I explained to him. There were at least 20 boxes of them too.
I think the problem was there was a ton of Spiderman stuff with street dates on them, as that was the reason he gave me for not being allowed to sell them. I explained the box of Star Wars had no street date, I couldn't find help, I was the only customer there, etc.
He just made me feel really ashamed for wanting to buy the toy. It was plain terrible customer service! But I just knew I wouldn't be at Wal-Mart again any time soon.
That's my pallet raiding story.
Ordered a CZ-4 from Amazon (actually Amazon, bot a third party seller through Amazon) for 6.99, free Prime shipping. Wanted 2, but there was only 1 left.
They might be sold out already but Walmart.com had some CZ-4's this morning.
Next time I'll just take a case, walk with it somewhere completely different and open it there Then I can bring the extras back and hang them on the pegs as if I just had a change of heart about buying figures that were already on the pegs.
Screw them. They have their priorities all screwed up. I do agree with KM Toydarian though, they do make you feel a little ashamed for a while.
Galactic Barn Burner
All this talk of pallet-raiding in the wee hours has made me realise just what an impossible task I face. I am there maybe just 2-3 days a month... not only does it have to be the right day but also, it seems, the right hour.
Which begs the question... why go to all the trouble of manufacturing a product, but then only making enough to last an hour or so at retail???
On another note... I'm happy to pay ebayers and other scalpers $10 or so a figure if I can find them. The Suggested Retail Price of a standard figure in Aus is $15 (and even more in Europe), so scalpers still represent a bargain for some.