While watching Hasbro Pulse live streams it seems a lot of releases are now exclusives to Walmart and Target in the US. I see lots of people in the comments getting angry about that. Can US chums shed some light on this. Are the stores badly stocked or far away from where people live? What are these 'bots' folk mention? It's hard for me to see what the problem is as the comments section scroll so fast and, er, some folk are less than polite. The gist seems to be that a toy going to Wallmart or Target means they are harder to get.
Continuing from above, the bots that the scalpers are using seem to be able to buy dozens in one shot, and kill their stock in literally seconds.
About physical locals, both companies use a computer system called Point Of Sales that monitors the stock as it's checked out, and reorders once it hits before a certain inventory number. Stores don't have much say in this.
The theory is sound, but in practice, it kills toylines. You know how waves typically work, so when one or two new figures sells out, older repacked figures clog the shelves and thus no new assortments will be ordered. This can go for months. (When Walmart loads up with four or five cases of Wave 1, it sometimes takes until wave four for anything new to get through. Except for the tail end of the line, i literally never saw anything from Rise of the TMNT outside of the first wave) On top of this, neither company pays it's employees enough to actually care. This walmart is especially bad. Toy isles are usually in shambles, and poorly stocked.
Here's my personal experience...
Target: · Pros- Stores are better kept. Usually better stocked · Cons- They only build around shopping malls or really busy small cities. I only have one Target I can check even semi regularly, and it's 15 miles away. The next closes two are 20 miles away in completely different directions. It'd take me three or more hours to check all three, and rack up nearly 100 miles.
Walmart: · Cons- Stores are much more poorly kept. Some are better than others. · Pros- There's a ton of them. They build anywhere and everywhere, including extremely rural towns. The closest one is 3 miles, and there are 6 more within 15 miles, and they're laid out in a way that I could hit all seven, plus that one target in an hour and a half, in one giant circle.
Target is better at stocking their exclusives, but I only really have one to check, and compete with collectors and scalpers who live a lot closer to the one store easily accessible to me. Walmart is really bad about stocking anything, but with seven to go to, the odds I may come across them is significantly higher.
Hmmm. Looks like I need to stop complaining about distribution in the UK, also. That doesn't sound a lot better, really. If anything, maybe worse, if you know the stock's in the country but it's just not getting out because of how stock's managed...