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Old 09-27-2022, 03:04 PM   #2891
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Re: ToysRUs.ca Transformers Sightings and discussion

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MSRP is $130? I know it's 4 deluxes and Deluxe MSRP is $35 so that is "fair" but jeebus, TRU can screw right off with their pricing even before we address the insanity of their availability issues and decrepit, non-functional website. I was mildly interested in Goldbug and Ransack but not that interested.
deluxes are actually $45 now at tru!?!
so i guess 130/4 is less rapey
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Old 09-27-2022, 03:12 PM   #2892
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deluxes are actually $45 now at tru!?!
so i guess 130/4 is less rapey
As long as you don?t compare how much Target or Pulse is selling it for.
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Old 09-27-2022, 03:18 PM   #2893
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deluxes are actually $45 now at tru!?!
so i guess 130/4 is less rapey
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As long as you don?t compare how much Target or Pulse is selling it for
Copied from my old Target run thread:

-> Buzzworthy BB CreaturesCollide 4-pack
(79.91 USD total w tax) -> (102.11 CAD)
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Old 09-27-2022, 06:28 PM   #2894
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As long as you don?t compare how much Target or Pulse is selling it for.
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Copied from my old Target run thread:

-> Buzzworthy BB CreaturesCollide 4-pack
(79.91 USD total w tax) -> (102.11 CAD)
I guess tru pricing is not a good barometer for anything these days (lego, legends, joes, tfs etc)
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Old 09-27-2022, 07:31 PM   #2895
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TRU's gone insane. Basic pricing strategy and product differentiation is like 1st year business degree material. You can't just demand people pay more for the same thing and expect that's going to do anything but hurt you. Especially not when your selection and availability is garbage and your website is unreliable nonsense. They are offering no incentive for people to shop at their store besides the occasional product they have that's an exclusive (and I'm not just talking Transformers.)


I haven't bought a TF from TRU since the Ark and the WFC Rodimus Prime and both of those were only because I had coupons that made them like 20-25% off the regular price (which at the time was pretty much in line with the norms everywhere else.)
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Old 09-27-2022, 07:46 PM   #2896
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Old 09-27-2022, 09:03 PM   #2897
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TRU's gone insane. Basic pricing strategy and product differentiation is like 1st year business degree material. You can't just demand people pay more for the same thing and expect that's going to do anything but hurt you. Especially not when your selection and availability is garbage and your website is unreliable nonsense. They are offering no incentive for people to shop at their store besides the occasional product they have that's an exclusive (and I'm not just talking Transformers.)


I haven't bought a TF from TRU since the Ark and the WFC Rodimus Prime and both of those were only because I had coupons that made them like 20-25% off the regular price (which at the time was pretty much in line with the norms everywhere else.)
I remember being so happy TRU Canada survived after the US TRU went into bankruptcy. Now it's so sad to see how far they have fallen and that might mean they disappear..
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Old 09-27-2022, 09:44 PM   #2898
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As long as you don?t compare how much Target or Pulse is selling it for.
Pulse is no bargain. $77 + $30 shipping + Canadian taxes + exchange. I paid $197 CDN for Worlds Collide and $23 Perceptor.

Buy TRU if you see it and want it.
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Old 09-28-2022, 01:14 AM   #2899
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I remember being so happy TRU Canada survived after the US TRU went into bankruptcy. Now it's so sad to see how far they have fallen and that might mean they disappear..

I used to go to TRU almost more regularly than Walmart for TFs and would routinely shop there at Christmas every year because they offered a good variety of things to get for an assortment of people in my family with varied tastes (video games, board games, nerf guns, action figures, plush animals, even basic sports equipment). Their "Animal Alley" section for plush used to be amazing and filled with almost anything you could want in massive shelves that reached like 6 or 7 feet high. Last time I was in I went by there just to see and the plush section is a tiny 4 1/2 island shelf with little plastic bins and they have nothing but those egg shaped squishy Ty things with the giant eyes, reversible sequin pillows, branded stuff like Fortnite and Frozen, and maybe a couple of bins of basic bears that are way overpriced for their size. Once for like $20 I got a huge cuddly black bear that was possibly the most well-received gift I gave that christmas. now for the same price I could have a tiny 6-inch Minecraft thing that looks like it's made of carpet upholstery.


and I've been in maybe 2 or 3 times in the last several months and not only is the TF section getting moved around away from the front of the store, it's also getting squeezed by other brands and even with less real estate is struggling to keep its shelf-space full. Last time in they had the whole TF marked section filled with the same Jurassic Park/World T-Rex figure that filled the entire Jurassic Park/World marked section (no, it's not the Collaborative Transformer) and had maybe 10 Transformers figures on an unmarked island end-cap, most of which were from lines that were at least 2 years old (like old Bayverse SS figures or early Cyberverse)


It's kind of depressing to see how they've fallen to the point that they think their only strategy to compete is something so obviously backwards that it has almost no shot at NOT seriously hurting them even worse than they already are.
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Old 09-28-2022, 12:39 PM   #2900
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TRU does seem to make weird decisions. I walked into TRU in Calgary yesterday and first thing i saw was a swastika, little unexpected for a kids store. The context though is that they are trying to sell more graphic novels and they had a lot of copies of Spiegelman's Maus which is a must read and great book imo. Again just little weird to walk into TRU and see a swastika at the store entrance, even on a book lol.

Was wondering what parents were thinking if they didnt know what the book was.
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