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SaraAB

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#14236960 Black Friday 2019 Video Game Deals - Master Thread, Spreadsheet, and General...

Posted by SaraAB on 28 November 2019 - 01:47 PM

crash team racing on switch is around $13 on amazon warehouse, hurry because there are only a few left




#14112072 The Gamestop Thread

Posted by SaraAB on 30 December 2018 - 03:38 AM

Does anybody have any suggestions on what games to get with the B2G1?

Switch games, Nintendo first party games. Everything else will go on sale at some point. Buy 3 $54.99 switch games and they come out to around $37 a piece, its hard to find first party switch games for less than this.




#14013637 Toys"R"Us TRU YMMV In Store Clearance Thread I

Posted by SaraAB on 18 June 2018 - 08:32 PM

We have almost zero games in the WNY area, just some just dance games, I have been to all 3 TRU stores here at various points, Skylanders imaginators are down to $4.80 which is the lowest price I have seen on them anywhere and they have plenty left. The store near the Eastern Hills mall had some tablets left at 70% off, but there were only a few. Our stores still have quite a few goodies left in terms of toys including bunches of limited edition pokemon plush toys (the meloetta one specifically is what I saw yesterday) and I have seen the pikachu's at other locations. Pricing is pretty good on most items at this point but there are still some things only at 50% off, though most is 60-70% at this point.




#14001395 Toys"R"Us TRU YMMV In Store Clearance Thread I

Posted by SaraAB on 29 May 2018 - 03:38 AM

Some decent deals at this liquidation sale, they seemed to keep the markdown prices on items that were on clearance before the liquidation started unlike the bon-ton sale where everything was raised to retail price before any discounts except maybe a few items. I am picking up Skylanders swap force figures for 39 cents each. Other skylanders were 79 cents I think except imaginators. I was also able to use the price scanners to check the actual prices of the items unlike bon-ton which took down the price scanners so you can't use them. There is still a ton of merchandise left at my TRU stores, does anyone know what happens to the unsold merchandise? There is so much at my stores there is no way they are going to sell all of it. I think they have more merch now than they did before Xmas.




#13964469 Toys"R"Us TRU YMMV In Store Clearance Thread I

Posted by SaraAB on 15 March 2018 - 04:03 PM

The news of all TRU closing sucks,  I remember going to TRU for commodore 64 games and using the pictured previously paper ticket to the counter.  I bought my Genesis this same method. First Paycheck working as a bagboy at BILo also in finical troubles now,  to buy the genesis.  Their GIJOE figures were always little more expensive that going to Kmart or Roses after taxes applied. My kid barely even knows what a Toy R us and really doesn't care much when I take into one... she just assume to look over the toy aisle in any store no preference to TRU.  The Good Ole Days ... 

 

Did our Parents/ GrandParents go through the same thing when they talked about getting coke and candy for a dime at the local drug store?  I almost get sad thinking about going to 

Sears, babbages and TRU for C64 Games.

Kmart, Babbages, TRU for C64, PC games (Doom LOL)

Kaybee , TRU, Rite Aid for clearance Atari Games

Kaybee, Roses, Kmart, Doods, Walmart for GI JOE and lesser extent Heman, Thundercats and MASK

* I remember Kaybee warning about buying the TEGEN NES Carts (I want to say they actually pulled them for awhile from the glass cabinets)

 

Now Walmart is about the only place that exist from my childhood and they only have whatever latest mostly Movie Related merchandising Fads are and Wrestling Figures.  Kids just don't seem to play with toys, I have given my daughter enough Barbies to have a neighborhood Scenario, a wooden custom dollhouse with Gijoe Sized Figues by Fisher Price I think it was , along with some of my Spawn and Marvel figures but she just doesn't care,  I do get her to play with LEGOS, and I don't see where school mates , gym friends etc seem to have much toys. She has discovered one friend had a Sit and Spin.. which I have forgotten about.

TRU didn't come to my area until later, instead my memories involve Hills (Hills is where the toys are, it still sticks 30+ years later), which ironically, didn't have a very good toy department but had the area with the popcorn and the kiddie rides out front which was like heaven for me. We also had child world which later morphed into TRU, then closed around 2005. This was a mega toy store and had the huge aisles which even for an adult or a teen can take quite a while to get through. The current TRU that is in my area is nothing like this, its a combined TRU/BRU and it has the same amount of toys as Walmart or Target, last time I went it was a wasteland and looked more bare than the aforementioned Target and walmart.  Walmart also got a lot of the exclusive toys last holiday season, so the writing was kind of on the wall.

 

I am not sure about kids playing with toys, I think it depends on the child, I do know they stop playing with toys way earlier, I don't think I stopped playing with toys until like age 14 or so, even then we still played with barbies or stuffed animals, boys had action figures and wrestling figures, now kids stop playing with toys around age 7-8, once the makeup and the smartphones, tablets and computers take over they stop playing with toys except for Lego, board games and maybe stuffed animals which seem to be universally accepted toys for just about any age including adults. Toys are also really expensive, they probably always have been, but a single plastic push toy from a brand like little tikes was like $25, no wonder less toys are being sold, you could buy a video game for less than that!

 

Despite this I notice a lot more adults buying toys when it was unheard of for adults to have toys, for themselves (this is good because its no longer embarrassing for me), most of my friends build legos, even those who are in their 40's and 50's and have action figures or at least buy a few POP figures for themselves so there seems to be a new market emerging... even most TRU free events were open to adult collectors... even the shopkins events, these are people who work good jobs and thus have some disposable income to spend on things like lego sets when a cash strapped single mother might not have the cash for legos for their kid.




#13964419 Toys"R"Us TRU YMMV In Store Clearance Thread I

Posted by SaraAB on 15 March 2018 - 02:44 PM

TRU embraced the model of "overcharge then have frequent sales".  What they hoped was someone would come in for a sale item and pick up something for regular price because they were there.  It does work sometimes, but it tends to have the side effect of pissing people off when they realized they paid more for other items.  Once options like Target and Walmart were around, then Amazon they just got things there.  When you shopped at TRU you had to really pay attention, when I picked up somethings for Christmas for the kids, I'd be on my phone checking prices the whole time.

 

They were great for finding things like Skylanders/exclusive stuff/etc. because their stocking blew everyone else out of the water, but you did pay more unless it happened to be a week of a sale.

This doesn't seem to be a business model that works in this day and age. One of my local grocery stores, Tops is also in bankruptcy, and what do you know, they use the same business model, lure customers in with a few good sales per week and then overcharge for everything else, I am talking minimum cost $5 for a box of cereal (same cereal is $1.99 at Walmart), some cereals can be up to $8 a box (I am talking for stuff like cheerios here and not the fancy organic cereals) and prices that are 40% more and up than the cost of other grocery stores here on everything else.  Meanwhile companies like Walmart and Aldi are extremely successful in the grocery department by offering low prices across the board and not relying on sale items. Aldi recently expanded and renovated their store in my area, and so did save-a-lot another discount grocer, these stores are extremely popular and busy and Tops well.. rather dead... except for of course... the people like me who go in and buy the loss leaders and walk right out. 

 

Sure there are people who will buy the other stuff too even if its overpriced, the trouble is, is there enough of these people doing this to make up for the people who know the strategy and go in to buy the loss leaders and then walk out? The way my area is set up is that all of the stores are on a single road here within a 5 to 10 min drive tops, again once you get to the shopping district you are there. So it takes 5 extra minutes to get into the car and drive to the next store to get the deals they are having. In some cases if you want to price shop certain grocery stores are less than 5 min from each other, in one case the stores are directly across from one another.

 

A toy store is a bit different as you will have kids with you and kids will want so you will buy it, but then again a lot of parents say no these days as well. A lot of parents are bypassing grocery shopping with the kids these days too as instacart and walmart's drive up store pickup are making huge strides in that area so you don't have that extra child throwing the overpriced stuff into the cart without the parent knowing anymore.




#13891657 Black Friday 2017 - The Epic Master Thread

Posted by SaraAB on 26 November 2017 - 04:45 AM

This is my first time going out on BF (for the record I did Thanksgiving night around 8-9pm) in more than than 10 years and I can tell you here that the clothing stores and the mall here (where there are no electronic stores whatsoever) were MUCH more packed than the electronics stores (and it was to the point where there was not a single parking space left in the mall plaza, and its a gigantic mall plaza with gigantic parking lots that are only 50% full the majority of the time) like Best Buy and Gamestop. Gamestop had a line but it was absolutely not chaos and everyone was completely civil and relaxed in the line, the line was about 20-30 min which was not bad at all and our gamestop had it down and they were getting people's systems and games before they got to the register so when you got to the register you paid and everything went faster. The PS4 was definitely the must have item at our location. The Xbox 360 was still in stock when I was there and they had plenty. The clothing stores were another matter, and they only started to get busier as the night went on, we left without buying anything because clothing is super easy to get good deals on year round and honestly, nothing was that cheap it was actually worth buying, not sure why there is a massive rush for the clothing type stores. I have piles of clothing here that I bought on clearance and every season I only end up buying more clothes on clearance at the end of the season for $30-10 an item lol, I saw people buying piles of boots, but its 50-60 degrees here in NY state and I am not sure why people are doing this because most of us have a closet full of boots already, oh well I guess more is better.... If you have seen the videos of the women rushing Victoria Secret think of that!




#13887125 Black Friday 2017 - The Epic Master Thread

Posted by SaraAB on 23 November 2017 - 05:38 AM

Just waiting for Target and Best Buy to go live. 

Should happen at 1am eastern time, aka 20-30 min.




#13843492 snes classic O F F I C I A L thread

Posted by SaraAB on 30 September 2017 - 04:03 AM

Well, it is pretty annoying, especially when these asshats use friends and family to suck up all the local inventory to make a quick profit when all I want is one measly console to actually, you know, play.

 

And maybe I’d be hypocritical were I out doing the same but even if given the chance, I wouldn’t pull that shit because I have a real job and I don’t feel the need to impede others from getting something because I want to profit off grey market chicanery.

 

Also, to be clear, I’m not talking about somebody coming across an extra console by happenstance and selling it on a whim. I’m specifically referring to the kind of shitstains who use bots, and employs others to go and drain inventory just so they can go and inflate the prices on Ebay.

 

The same pricks who hold on to the merchandise and then dump it later when they can’t sell it at a 200% mark-up.

 

Overall, scalping is a pretty shitty practice and for those of us who don’t have the time to spend hours searching for these things, their shady practices are incredibly aggravating so yes, I feel pretty good about denouncing them as a whole.

 

That said, I was able to get a SNES Classic today with minimal trouble and I hope everyone else can do the same over the next few weeks. 

 

And hey, if you think scalpers are the salt of the earth, power to you. :)

As an ebay seller true scalping is NOT worth it in the long run, scalping a hot item is not worth it most of the time, now the NES classic, buy it for $60 and sell it for $200-300 ok that may have been worth it. But your profit margin has to be incredibly high to justify the running around, waiting in line, driving to get one, multiple stores etc, now if you can get a preorder from an online store that delivers to your home for free all the power to you as you can avoid all those things but you still have to deal with scummy buyers and ebay fees which are extremely expensive these days. So basically if you bought an item for $60 you would want to sell the item for at least $120, honestly ideally you would want to sell that item for around $200 because you did pay $60 for it and over here its about $66 since there is 8.25% sales tax and the idea here is to turn a massive profit... because you have to make your cost back plus fees plus other expenses such as those mentioned above, shipping materials etc, and trust me it only works in very specific cases where you can go to a store, buy an item and actually turn enough of a profit using ebay to justify what you just did.

So yeah the NES classic is one of those few things... if you could even get your hands on one.

Also keep in mind you are competing with many many, other people trying to do the exact same thing you are.  Just trust me its really not as easy as it sounds and there was only one instance where I was successful with buying an item at retail and selling it for a profit, and believe me it was an item no one would have ever thought to scalp, this was quite a few years ago and I didn't make nearly as much as I should have to justify what I was doing.

 

To be a successful ebay seller you have to really be buying items for pennies or getting them for free to make money on it these days (not talking about retail items here) since fees are very high, scammy buyers are everywhere and the costs that you don't even think of add up very quickly.

 

Sure it looks lucrative at first, but just trust me it really is not as profitable as you think it would be.




#13830970 Amazon Warehouse Deals Thread XVII

Posted by SaraAB on 13 September 2017 - 07:13 PM

I snagged a black New 3DS XL for $104 or $112 after tax which arrived today and its definitely in very good condition even though the condition was listed as used - acceptable or well worn. This certainly is not a well worn system. It has a few tiny marks on the top of the system and one scratch on the inside top of the system. All damage I can find to this system is easily things that I could cause myself even though I am very careful with my handhelds and treat them like my children. It said it would not come with a box or manual but it came with a box, manual and AR cards. The buttons do not seem to have any wear. The box was well worn as in scratches on the box but nothing extreme like a completely destroyed box. There are ZERO scratches on the screens. This honestly looks like it was never even used. This was one amazing deal, and there is no way I will find this system for a cheaper price than what I paid and I can live with a few (very minor) scratches for the price.




#12616132 amiibo Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by SaraAB on 03 April 2015 - 02:00 AM

I am so done with these (and I only have Pikachu and Toad), if I cannot walk into a store and buy it then I don't want it. Too much trouble. The site wasn't even up and running. I am not standing in a tiny crowded store to get a plastic figure for most of my day. Thanks but no thanks Nintendo. If you keep doing this I will no longer buy your games or systems if they are not easily available.




#12608893 amiibo Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by SaraAB on 01 April 2015 - 01:28 AM

I got a toad amiibo at target just now, it was the last one on the shelf.


#12526785 Wii U eShop Deals - 3/28: Curve & Natsume Sale, $7.50 Adventures of...

Posted by SaraAB on 24 February 2015 - 03:54 AM

Urghhh. I hate Wii mode, and I hate the Wii Shop Channel, and I hate entering my credit card info. I hate it all. Why Nintendo couldn't just port the entire VC and all its stuff to the Wii U on day one, I have no idea. Great business sense. I know there's a lot of crap on there, but there's also a lot of Turbo CD games I still want to buy. So I have to boot into Wii mode, fiddle around on the shop channel using the fucking classic controller attached to my stupid dildo wiimote....

Not to mention the batteries in my Wiimote will ALWAYS be long-dead (what the hell is it using batteries for when it's not on?). It is just such a freaking hassle all around that it kind of makes me wonder why I even bother.

arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!


I put properly charged rechargable batteries in my wii remote plus and I do not have the battery drain problem anymore. It would take many many months to drain them.


#12256213 Club Nintendo Deals ~ New Games Up (11/17-12/14)

Posted by SaraAB on 21 November 2014 - 12:58 AM

The problem with buying smash for 3ds is it could potentially ruin your circle pad, I am sure more people would want to buy it for the Wii U so it could be played with controllers that are replaceable.


#12178843 Five Below $5 games

Posted by SaraAB on 23 October 2014 - 03:35 AM

We don't even have an electronics store in my town, they seem to be building everything else that we do not need (more fast food, more restaurants, more home stores, more Froyo places) but they won't build a best buy, fry's or microcenter which are desperately needed as we have nothing but what is at walmart or target for electronics. We have 3 Froyo stores and a million fast food places but no electronics stores. We just don't need another restaurant...