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    Angry Fist fight over figures...nasty!!

    Good morning, guys. It's been a while since I've posted here, but I just wanted to share this story with you. Yesterday, after going from wal mart to wal mart, toys r us to K B Toys, I finally ran into the Ultimate 12" Jango Fett. Oh my god, he is absolutely sweet although the box is all runned over. Why is it runned over do you ask? Well, let me tell you. When I got to Target, I could not believe my eyes. I've read alot about scalpers in these forums, so I know what to look for. This guy fit the description perfectly, he was around 30ish or so, balding, and had a basket filled with five Ultimate 12" Jango Fetts, three mace windus geonosis rescue, and about seven levitating yodas. Absolutely disgusting! I can't believe there are actually people like this here! Anyway, about the time I got there, another guy around 20ish or so showed up also with a face of disbelief over what this guy was doing. I heard the 20ish guy make a comment to the 30ish guy about what he was doing. I was just there watching these two guys because I knew something was going down. All of a sudden, when the 30ish guy turns around to get more figs, the 20ish guy grabs two 12" Ultimate Jangos, well the 30ish guy saw this and grabbed the dudes shirt almost ripping it in the process. Without missing a beat, the 20ish dude swings hitting the 30ish guy straight in the face, causing him to fall on top of some of the toy shelves. All this time, I'm just there backing away in disbelief; I couldn't believe this was happening over a stupid figure. Well, the 30ish dude gets up, picks up a 12" Ultimate Jango Fett from his basket and throws it at the 20ish dude, hitting him in the back-neck area (By the way, that's the jango fett I have with me right now. ). To make a long story short, security ended up escorting these two guys out of the store, but guess this! The scalper WAS ALLOWED to pay for his items and leave with them!! hahha! But now without paying a heavy price; he had a huge black eye! I wanted to feel sorry for the scalper, but I know that he deserved that shot to the face. I'm sure he'll think twice before hogging up all the new items. Now tell me; has anybody else experienced anything like this? This is the first time I've seen this ever! Two grown men fighting over a Ultimate 12" Jango Fett? What has this world come to?

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    Ah. The brilliance of Capitalism at it's best.

    One cannot really blame anybody for scalping eh. Think of it this way; If the world we lived in didn't require you, your wife (or husband) work 50+ hours a week, bills coming within dollars of your dreadful salary, and only 2-3 hours a night to spend with your family and friends........people wouldn't have to scalp to stay on top of things and try and get ahead in the rat race of life, or take advatage of a good situation. Right?

    I say if you can find a good opprotunity, take it. Because unless you don't deserve it, nobody is going to help you.

    That's my 2 Canadian cents.
    I don't want it
    I just need it
    To breathe, to feel, to know I'm alive.....

    René (pronounced "eh")

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    I was at my local Wal-Mart the other night. I got there just in time to see the clerk put our three boxes of the Orn Free Ta wave. I was excited because it was the first time I've found them in this area. I'm being pretty frugal these days so I decided just to pick up a Massiff and perhaps come back later for a Endor Trooper or Orn Free Ta. Anyway before I leave the toy section this dude rolls up with a buggy and starts putting EVERY new figure into the cart. The S.O.B took every single figure that had just been put on the shelf moments ago. From the looks of him I know he wasn't a collector. He was a scalper!!!! Why would anyone buy 5 of the new Qui-Gon Jinn?!?!? I felt like punching this guy. No wonder I can't every find any of the new waves. SCALPING SUCKS!!! Please, I'm begging everyone, don't buy from scalpers. We (the true collectors) have the power to cut these guys off at the knees by not supporting there filthy business.
    Last edited by Casual George; 05-24-2002 at 08:45 AM.
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    Angry I learned something last night...

    I believe, the only way to really stop a scalper is to get physical with them. Last night, this 20ish dude almost stopped a scalper by knocking his head off, and if I was a big enough guy, i would have done it, too. We have to show scalpers that they can't get away with hogging up the new items without paying a heavy price. In the case of the 30ish, balding dude, he got a nice black eye that was swelling up pretty fast there. I couldn't help but smile at his misery. Sometimes, God works in mysterious ways. Last night, he made a scalper pay for what he was doing.

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    LOL - I certainly do not believe physical violence is the answer, though it may be very tempting to.

    The only people who can make any dent in an attempt to control the scaling are the retailers themselves. A limit of 2 of each character should be placed by time the next episode comes to life. This would benefit both the "open figure" collector, and the MOMC collector. But detour the scalper, thus making it easier for collectotrs of any type to get what they wanted.

    But, look at it realistically. I don't care how much ***-kissing you have witnessed...no Wal Mart, KMart, Targé, TRU, KB Toys, etc, etc...is in the market of retail to make people happy. They are in it to make money, and they certainly are not going to look at a guy with a shopping cart full of figures as a threat, but rather a good sale. That mentality is a product of the world we live in.

    "I'm praying for rain. I'm praying for tidal waves...." - MJK
    I don't want it
    I just need it
    To breathe, to feel, to know I'm alive.....

    René (pronounced "eh")

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    I'm sorry, but that is hillarious! I have been to hundreds of stores and have never seen anything like that. If I would have been there I think I would have broken a rib laughing so hard.

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    "Begun this scalper war has..........."

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    I'm sorry - I don't like scalpers but if someone is so petty as to buy it all - let 'em! We're talking about bloody toys here. I'm already hearing nasty thoughts on other boards about wishing cancer on scalpers, or that their cars should blow up. Sad, sick, people (they won't allow me to swear at you)!

    Which is the more dubious moral standpoint?
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    That's awesome! I would've loved to have seen that. And while those two losers were rolling over each other on the floor, I'd go thru scalper-guy's cart and take everything I wanted.

    Yes, it's a sad thing that scalpers exist, but that's capitalism - God bless America! As long as there's a want, there will be someone to draw blood for it.
    I look at it this way: The smart collector knows that he will find the figures he wants if he is just patient.
    I can't believe I'm going to defend Hasbro - because I've certainly done my share of b#tching about them - but Hasbro makes 1000s upon 1000s of these figures. It's not their purpose or in their interest to make any figure "rare". Scalpers are the ones who create the "rare" deception.
    In order to guestimate the market's interest, some items may be packed fewer than others initially, but demand (for the most part) dictates distribution. Look at the E1 Darth Maul porblem. DMs couldn't be found for the first few months because scalpers hoarded them all. Hasbro responded by dumping whole cases of DMs to the point that they became peg warmers. This satisfies consumer demand and bites the scalpers in the @ss.

    The problem of scalpers lies in the collector that always has to "have it now!". Scalpers are smart in knowing that there's always gonna be peops out there that can be enticed to paying more for something just so they can have it right away, before everyone else, without looking, etc. Yes, scalpers suck, and I believe that to be in that business is a loathsome quality, because they are not only ripping off the collectors, but they are denying the children - and that is just plain repulsive. But to the peops that pay these prices to scalpers, they deserve to be parted with their money.

    If I were that guy, I would've simply gotten the store manager and pointed to the guy's cart. Toy stores are fully aware of scalpers and what they do. A reasonable manager might've solved the problem.

    Violence only make the situation worse. Patience pays.
    "I'm getting too old for this kind of thing"

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    Originally posted by René_Pronounced_Eh
    Ah. The brilliance of Capitalism at it's best.

    One cannot really blame anybody for scalping eh. Think of it this way; If the world we lived in didn't require you, your wife (or husband) work 50+ hours a week, bills coming within dollars of your dreadful salary, and only 2-3 hours a night to spend with your family and friends........people wouldn't have to scalp to stay on top of things and try and get ahead in the rat race of life, or take advatage of a good situation. Right?

    I say if you can find a good opprotunity, take it. Because unless you don't deserve it, nobody is going to help you.

    That's my 2 Canadian cents.
    Money = Power = Scalper.

    Even if people didn't have to work hard to get the necessities, people would still be scalping for more money for more "power."

    Actually I don't see why that scalper was able to get that stuff. He threw the first attack and while the dude did take the Jango's out of the guy's basket, they're just toys, and 3 Jangos was enough for one person.
    "Hokey packaging and ancient gimmicks are no match for good detail on your figure, kid."
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