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In Topic: Target Clearance Thread XXIV

09 April 2021 - 10:31 PM

Re: twewy
I got mine on clearance for 50% off at Target in... Feb, I think?

In Topic: Walmart YMMV In Store Clearance Thread I (READ THE FAQs)

09 April 2021 - 07:49 PM

If Wal-Mart has an agreement with Distributor A that says (in part) "If our merchandise provided does not sell within 12 months of being placed for availability on shelves/online, Retailer is entitled to return said merchandise for a credit of $X (Or X% of Retail Value) towards future product purchase".  Now, that timeline can vary, as can the credit amount - it's all going to come down to those separate agreements with distributors or publishers.

So you may have (for example), Untitled Goose Game, where the window is 6 months.  If the product remains on shelves at that point and isn't selling, WM can return unsold copies for a hypothetical credit of 30% of MSRP towards a future product order.  They may have a separate agreement for a title like Fallout 4, where the distributor expects it to continue moving for a longer time, so they can't return it until 24 months after release, and only for 15% of MSRP.  At that point, WM may decide that they can move those copies by clearancing them to 50/75% off, so it's more worthwhile to do that instead.  Or even both - Putting it on clearance for a few months leading up to the "return point", and then sending back unsold copies if they're just taking up valuable shelf space.  Once returned, the distributor can take a couple different avenues - Donate, Recycle/Salvage, Destroy, or even resell to another retailer that may be moving more inventory (just because Walmart can't move it doesn't mean Gamestop can't, etc. etc)

It's also important to keep in mind that some games don't go on clearance for the very same reason - The distribution deal that they have may tie their hands to prevent placing the game on "clearance" or trying to sell it below a set amount, except during windows in which the distributor/publisher agrees to it.  Usually when a game goes on sale (especially shortly after release), this is subsidized by the distributor anyway, as the actual "profit" margin on a $60 game is only 20-25% - So if a game is 2 months old and the distributor wants it to hit a sale of 30% off, they need to provide something to the retailer to balance it out, because the store won't want to just eat that loss for the sake of selling a "new" product.

In Topic: amiibo Deals and Discussion Thread

05 April 2021 - 02:34 PM

It's probably less on "They didn't make enough" and more on "Transit for a lot of things has been a nightmare on account of some boat that blocked up one waterway that everyone seems to use".

Like, even if the amiibo weren't on a cargo ship using the canal, the impact it had on shipping and logistics *everywhere* is massive because of things needing rerouted, picked up for alternate transit, etc.  Amiibo are pretty minor in the grand scheme of things, and easily delayed in favor of more important items (like medical supplies, or food).


That being said, I got my first two (Magnamalo and Palico) on Friday, and was told the Palamute had already shipped out at that point and should be ready for me to pickup this week.  I have an extra Magna from getting the Collectors's edition, but I think I'll just leave that one in the package and the big box for completion's sake.

In Topic: amiibo Deals and Discussion Thread

01 April 2021 - 02:11 PM

Got my Banjo from BB, and Terry and Byleth shipped due today.  Huzzah.  Hope others get all their preorders!  Wonder if it's just general supply chain shinanigans, covid delays, suez canal, or some perfect storm of all that caused such hiccups for folks.

I'm guessing a little bit of everything.

Got Terry from BB yesterday, have Byleth coming today (with a steelbook for MH:R).  Got my Collector's Edition MH:R Monday instead of Friday, and sitting around waiting for GS to call me to pick up the three amigos to hunt dragons with.

In Topic: amiibo Deals and Discussion Thread

31 March 2021 - 05:52 PM

Yes. When I stopped in this morning, staff told me that those who preordered the Monster Hunter amiibo will receive a $5 discount per amiibo.

I'll have to ask about this next time I'm in.  Mine have been paid in full since they went up for preorder