Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Look At My Super-Turkey-Black-Cyber-Week Buys. (Star Wars Imaginext DC Power Rangers)

While some collectors are now showing off what they got for Christmas, I'm only just getting around to posting about what I picked up for Black Friday week.

To say stores got way out of hand this year with their sales and promotions at the end of November would be an understatement. They went totally bonkers. A car dealer in my area started Black Friday sales in September for crying out loud. Many stores offered up in-store Thanksgiving Day deals up to 3 days early online. A few places let you purchase Black Friday items via their websites on Thursday. At least 2 stores I frequent had different things on sale each day from Wednesday to Saturday. For a bargain shopper like myself, it's was a crazy wonderful and yet super easy shopping experience this year. I paid about half of normal retail costs in nearly all cases. I seriously made out like a bandit.
スターウォーズ Star Wars oversized figures JAKKS ダース・ベイダー
Toys R Us Normal Retail $79.99 My Price: $29.00 (shipped free)

I really like the Star Wars oversized figures that JAKKS puts out. The sculpting and detailing is great, and the price can't be beat by anyone else doing large scale figures. This set is a Toys R Us exclusive and sold for $79.99 from the time it came out. And while some collectors may bitch about the price, it's the scale, accessories included and just overall look of the toys that have people foaming at the mouth and pissing themselves in anger. Why though? Thanks to a Thanksgiving sale dropping this down to $59.99 and an added 50% off for Black Friday I got the 4 pack for $29.99 shipped free. I have never seen the main figure here I wanted, the Vader, sold singly so I jumped on this deal. I have wanted the Stormtrooper as well and passed on a Rebels 2pack last summer. The Luke and Tusken Raider were exclusives to this set for a short time, both now being sold again in Force Awakens packages.
スターウォーズ Star Wars Playskool Galactic Heroes ダース・ベイダー Jedi Force
Toys R Us/Meijer Normal Retail $95.00 My Price: $55.00 (shipped free)

Staying with Star Wars we have the new Playskool Galactic Heroes toys. Or not so new really. Galactic Heroes are the re-branding of the Star Wars Jedi Force, which in turn were made up of vehicles and playsets from the original Galactic Heroes line but with articulated figures instead of small 0poa pvc figures. This new line has been tugging at my wallet for some time. I guess all I needed was a great sale to finally push me over the edge and get into it. The AT-AT was just over 25% off, and the smaller sets are 50% off. So not bad. As you may notice I am only buying the Imperial Forces, and will need to look for the now discontinued Jedi Forces AT-ST at inflated pricing, or wait for a re-issue. And it's Hasbro, a re-issue/re-use is super likely.
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Kohls Normal Retail $159.98 My Price: $63.00 (shipped free)

I had never bought the original Imaginext DC Super Heroes Batcave toy because Kohls has continued to sell them since about when it came out 7 years ago. When a new darker grey color variations began to pop up in stores I figured I better act quick. Thankfully Kohls wanted to help me out and put together a couple sales for their Batcave sets and I was able to get both the old and new colors for about $31.00 each. I think this first Batcave is still the best one they've made of the now 4 & 1/2 versions.
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Kohls Normal Retail $97.00 My Price: $31.00 (shipped free)

This is how you Kohls. I got all 3 of these items for less than just the boxset was normally priced. These were impulse buys to get the toys in alternate packaging. Well, and I needed the Kilowog Green Lantern because he has a slight variation in his uniform design.
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Target/Meijer Normal Retail $118.00 My Price: $60.00 (shipped free)

Not only was I able to pick up the original Imaginext Batcaves, but I also got the most recent Transforming Batcave as well. This was bought at Target on sale with a extra bit off with a coupon. It's a bit fiddly, but comes with a very cool Joker figure. My last big oversized purchase of the week was the Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord. This set stands as the base, and combined Zord mode of the non-transforming vehicles sold in the Imaginext line. It's a huge toy filled with little exciting bits.
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Kohls/Meijer Normal Retail $100.00 My Price: $51.10 (shipped free)

I also picked up all the normal sized Zords and lucked out with finding the new White Ranger Tiger Zord as well. I also grabbed the last couple of figure packs I needed. With another purchase I just made this week, I'm in need of one 1 more toy to finish out the Imaginext Power Rangers line.
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If I had to pick out one item from my sale hunting as a favorite, it's the Imaginext White Ranger and Tigerzord. I actually went and picked up a second one the following week I was so impressed with it.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

December Hauls Are Typically Less Impressive. (Imaginext Diaclone G.I.Joe)

At this point in December I really have my mind set on spending money on others, so what I take in for myself is a bit on the light side. A couple deals sprung up last week that I figured I'd jump on, 2 in store, the other online. My last pick-up from the week was actually bought back in early November, but just arrived on a slow boat from the U.K., so I'm counting that one here too.
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For weeks now the only place to buy the new Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Hall of Justice was through Amazon online. Then Meijer stores started stocking them just over a week ago. They've also been having various coupon offerings and percentage off sales. I got the Hall of Justice on a day they were offering 20% off a single toy. It brought the cost down to $24, so not bad. It's a fun little toy, and while I don't particularly like the Superman figure, I do like the Batman figure it comes with.

The other Imaginext item in the picture is a Walmart exclusive back from the early days of the DC Super Friends brand. It's a re-color of a previously sold ATV toy and a re-issue of the Batman from the Batcycle single figures assortment. In terms of excitement, this toy rates pretty low. But being such a early toy, and a store exclusive, they can skew a bit high in asking cost. Not that I'm saying it's justified, it's just a sad fact of the greed filled hobby we're part of. his one popped up on auction at a reasonable price with free shipping so I jumped on it right away. I know I'm being a little negative about it, but I do like it and am glad to have gotten it.
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Next up was a bit of a surprise buy. First let me  say that I am almost always late to the party when it comes to people selling bits on Facebook. I am constantly missing little things I would like to buy. When someone offered up an assortment of items from the Takara SF Land SCF line I got a little excited. There was a complete "build a figure" Diaclone Robotbase and at an amazing price. Now I had one of this back when they first came out, and ended up selling it for pretty cheap, along with my normal Robotbase. I know I probably won't ever have a real Robotbase back in my collection soon so I was amped to maybe have this little guy back. Even with the international shipping cost added in it was a bargain, selling for about 1/3 the price I've seen in Japan. If you follow GanguStars you may recall seeing my old toy here.

Last up from last week, a G.I.Joe 2 pack from Hasbro's odd G.I.Joe 50th Anniversary offerings. I'll leave the "odd" comment as it is because I just don't want to go into a long rant about it. This here is a re-color of the "Ultimate" Cobra Commander, and it's just as awesome a figure as that one, except that they didn't chrome the head. It's more of a shiny silver paint, and this may actually be for the best. The chrome plating was causing quite a bit of breakage in the original figure so even though the look was great, it isn't worth possible damage to the figure. Normally I'd be a little bummed to see that this is of course just the same lazy re-use of a Cobra Commander that Hasbro seems to always do, the black uniform version. This time however they at least spruced him up with some, IMHO, nice red accents. Sure there's all kinds of forum posts I could link to blasting this look, but I like it. The Shipwreck figure that also comes in his 2 pack is a total throw away for me. Not really going to throw it in the trash, but it's definitely not staying in my collection. At this point I'm really just collecting Cobra Commander toys, which makes me sad that I won't have the Old Snake figure in my collection. Because like I said before, greed is rampant in our hobby.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Where Do Your Toys Go When Undisplayed? (Transformers Battle Beasts)

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I've been wanting to do a visual look at my collection being displayed over the last 20 years but just haven't gotten very far with it. One thing that did catch my eye when looking over pics was how I was storing things when they were not up for display. I don't take great care of a lot of my stuff, or at least that's what I thought when viewing things through the measure of how others have stored their items.

For instance, take a look at my Battle Beasts collection. I've had these Beasts stored in this same 1986 McDonalds Happy Meal pail since I bought them. Sure I've bought others Beasts and Beastformers that didn't go in here, but some new things did. I wonder how many others just drop Crystal Killer Fish figures into a bin for storage. Most would think I'm crazy for just keeping my Beasts like this, especially the $60-$70 Killer Fish.
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I think what it comes down to is that these are my toys. These are not my investments. I want to enjoy these and if I need to buy more to replace a broken item, then I can. I am far from an anti-MISB guy, because as an artist the box can be just as eye pleasing in design as the toy. But I can't accept the toys as investments idea, and maybe that's one reason I keep so much of my stuff in storage as I do.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Last Minute Black Friday Mini-Rundown (Imaginext Star Wars)

Is "Black Friday" even what it used to be? I have to admit I was never one to really get too wrapped up in the hype (and the mayhem) of it all. This year I actually dipped my toe into the whole mess of it a little bit. With online sales starting as early as the day before Thanksgiving, it made it much easier to pick up a few cheap items. I'm still not going out to shop during the day Friday, but did go out for a quick and painless trip to Meijer at 5am. And of course this blog is going to be centered around the things I buy.

Kohl's has a Wednesday-Saturday sale going and then extra Friday only deals as well. Kohl's also opened up online sales starting on Wednesday. There's also a 15% coupon, and some folks may have gotten a $5 gift card in the mailer for use on Thursday or Friday. So a good chance at a bargain.

DC Super Friends Gift Set
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This set has the new 2015 Batman Batboat, the 2nd version K.Croc and ski-boat, and the old Joker figure with the same exclusive vehicle from the latest Kmart exclusive pack. It's a real random gift set, but at just $21.99 on sale and with the extra 15%, it's a great deal.

DC Super Friends Batcave (original & variant)
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Kohl's has been carrying the original Batcave play set for a while now as an "exclusive" to their stores. Until recently the only reason it was exclusive was because it wasn't being sold anywhere else any longer. For Black Friday Kolh's cut the price in half. The toy has been marked own from their ludicrous price of $79.99 to a more normal price of $39.99. If you have the 15% off coupon you can get the toy for just $34.00.  If you still need the original Batcave I suggest stopping by a local Kohl's to see if they still have some. I don't know if you'll get it by ordering online because there's been a change made to the set, and the exclusivity of it has become a bit stronger.
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Kohl's has been getting in a new exclusive color version of the old Batcave and not re-stocking the old color. While it's still the old color Batcave that they show online, I don't know which will ship to you. Shopping in-store will likely be your best bet if you need to be sure which version you are buying.

Surprisingly, Meijer has had a few great deals on toys this Black Friday/Thanksgiving. For Thursday they had a 50% off sale on all the Playskool Star Wars Galactic Heroes toys, and on Friday they cut the Imaginext Transforming Batcave and Imaginext Power Rangers Morhin Megazord in half.
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To say that stock on hand was limited would be an understatement. I was in my local Meijer on Thursday night and they had only 3 of each play set. I assumed they would bring more out for the next morning's sale (which started at 6am). When I went back this morning there was no additional stock/space set up for these, and of the pieces on the shelf, only 1 Megazord remained. Which is really all I wanted, so a win for me. But anybody coming in at 6am or later may be screwed.

Toys R Us
I'm not going to step foot into a Toys R Us until maybe the 2nd week of January 2016. It's just such a madhouse this time of year. But thankfully they started some sales online earlier than in stores and I was able to pick up 1 item I've been wanting for awhile. They also have some in-store only things that need mention.

Imaginext Batbot
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This was an in-sore only Thanksgiving doorbuster deal. TRU had the Batbot at 50% off, a really great deal. I managed to get this earlier in the year when it was buy one get one free, so I didn't need to go get one of these. From what it sounds like, TRU did at least have a good supply on hand at stores.

Imaginext Battle Rover
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These are still floating around. They've been clearanced out of Target, Walmart and even most Kmart stores, but Toys R Us has been hanging on. Seeing as how the discount store Ollie's has these for $20 more, this TRU price isn't bad, and is available online as well as in stores. TRU only requires a $19 online to get free shipping, so the Battle Rover should ship at no extra cost.

Star Wars: A New Hope 18" Figure 4-Pack
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I've liked this over-sized figures that JAKKS Pacific puts out since they first appeared on shelves. They are highly detailed, and seem fairly durable for even younger kids. And the price is pretty damn fantastic for a single figure. That said, gift sets with multiple figures can be a pain in the ass. Picking up a $15-$20 figure you want isn't too bad. Dropping $80 for a set which has figures you don't want is a bit harder. When Toys R Us had their exclusive A New Hope set on sale at $59.99 this week I was happy to see it. At just $15 a figure this set seemed a better sell, since I absolutely have no use for the Tusken Raider. And only mildly interested in Luke. So when I took a peek at the TRU Black Friday ad and the set was going to be lowered even more I was hooked. With each figure at just $7.50 this was a steal. And TRU was opening the sale up online earlier than in stores. Super easy purchase to make. I'll just give away the Luke and Tusken figure to my nephew in all likelihood

So like I said, just a mni-rundown, but good deals if you can get out there for them.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Collector's Experience: Not Grape Juice

Sometimes the toys are not even the best part of it. This is what "A Collector's Experience" is about.

I've taken a few collectors on their first trip to Japan. And while I may have been able to guide them a bit, there was always something new for my to learn. Hell, my first trip to Japan I think I used the subway all of 4 or 5 times. Coming from the Detroit area the subway was a completely new experience to me. Cheap, convenient and reliable mass transit isn't exactly what the "Motor City" has available to them. But new experiences are part of the fun of it. And there's always more than enough stores to explore and discover with each new trip.

But let's face it, we're collectors and more often than not we are headed to Japan for toys. On my second trip I was traveling with Hydra and we were looking out for Beastformers (Japanese Battle Beasts). Sure we found some. I picked up a cheap Liokaiser gift set, a bunch of Brave Series toys and some Machine Robos. I think Hydra got quite a few larger JTF goodies as well. Lot's of cash spent on toys, lot's of time spent roaming all around Tokyo. Lot's of energy exerted doing it all. And that leads us to the food.

It's hard as a toy collector to think of spending good money on food when you can buy toys. So meals on the go, and pretty basic meals at that, are pretty common. Maybe a few rolls or a danish for breakfast, and a beef bowl for dinner round out a day's eats. Other than that, you're basically just spending money keeping yourself hydrated all day. If anything s easy to do in Japan it's find beverages to keep you from getting too thirsty. It almost seems like you can't go more than a minute or 2 without passing a vending machine to convenience store. Most times you just grab a water or a Coke, but every now and then you get excited about something new and outside the norm of your drinks back home. This is the point you either find a new drink that's fun and tasty, gross and disgusting, or one that just leaves you laughing hysterically because you can't figure out what the fuck the makers were thinking. If it's the latter, you may have tried Fruity Grape (Red Grape) juice.
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You may notice right away some of the only English here, the statement "JELLY in GRAPE" and wonder what that means. Well, so did we. Let me tell you it means just what it says! If you'd like to experience this drink as we did all you need to do is take a glass of mediocre grape juice and drop in about 6-8 tablespoons of grape jelly and drink. It has the consistency of runny watered down  Jello. It was awful. It was hilarious. It's hands down one of the most memorable things from the trip. And it has nothing to do with toys. Although a Beastformer did sneak into the shot.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Garage Sale Finds: Last Of The Good Old Days. (Sylvanian Families Microman Zoids)

A 10 year run of amazing garage sale finds started to come to a close in late 2004. By the end of 2005 the glory days had gone. I can sit back know and just marvel at what I had found in that time. These toys come from one of the last big scores. All these items were found the same week at 2 different garage sales.
Japanese Sylvanian Families シルバニアファミリー  Large House - Party Giftset edition
 Now if you know this blog, you'll know that I was pretty excited to have seen this sitting in a section of toys at the garage sale. This is a special Sylvanian Families Large House - Party Giftset edition. The regular house came boxed with not only a furniture set, but a party set as well. Packed in were some random Sylvanian figures as well. Overall the toys had very little wear to them, so that was awesome. As was the price. I had randomly found Sylvanian Families stuff at times, but this week I found stuff at both garage sales.
Japanese Sylvanian Families シルバニアファミリー Sentai Power Rangers KakuRanger Ultraman
At the second garage sale I found some small mini Sylvanian Families toys sets with figures. These are cute toys, but outside my normal collecting focus when it comes to Sylvanians. At about 25centsa  set it was an easy buy. I was super happy to see a lot of books at this sale, the Ultraman ones most of all. The BiFighter and KakuRanger books are cool, but were more of an impulse buy at the time. A few TV Magazines round out the print findings here. I did scoop up a few KakuRanger VHS videos too. Always fun to see the original Japanese Sentai Hero shows.
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Last few items I found at garage sale #2 were the best. Zoids were not things I found often, but at this sale I was able to find a few boxed sets from Japan. Ultimately I ended up selling these off, but I had fun with them for awhile. The Domo character toy is fun, if you liek Domo of course. There's also an UltraFamily VHS tape I bought. A great clip show look at the members of the Ultraman Universe. The rarest item I found may be the Takara Mutant Turtles TMNT Turtle Saint figure. A Japanese exclusive and quite cool looking. Sadly the Turtle Saint was lacking most of it's parts. Lat but not least were a few Microman MagnePowers era toys. Always great toys, and since I had sold mine off a year or so earlier it was nice to get a few back on the cheap.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

All In: Imaginext DC Super Friends Collecting. Sorry Transformers.

My goal in 2015 was to gather up a collection of Transformers toys I've wanted for some years now. Due a number of reasons that goal was only about 50% completed. Yeah there's still abut 6-7 weeks to go in the year, but I can kind of see now the goal is too far out of reach to meet, and maybe my time and money could be put into tracking down some other things. Things that actually get me a bit more excited to collect right now. Imaginext DC toys. If you follow my blog for Transformers/Diaclone/Microman bits you are probably more than  little sick of my going on about Imaginext, but it's just a far more fun and engaging toy line for me right now. And with all honestly, tracking proves that many others who come here are ore interested in it as well. Visitors are far more likely to check out posts about Imaginext than Transformers, Microman and Diaclone combined!

Deciding over the last few weeks that I would drop my quest for various Transformers and focus on Imaginext DC wasn't an easy decision.  I wasn't actually going to go "All In" on the DC Imaginext stuff at all. When I first got on board with the line it was because I thought it was a cute line I could pick up for my nephew. I then grabbed a few to put away in case my wife and I had kids. That little stash grew and grew and evolved into my own collection.

Because I started so late in the game, Imaginext had already seen almost 4 years of releases. I had to decide what my goal was in collecting these and I came to the idea that I would just collect one of each unique figure. Minor paint apps and variations could be skipped, I wouldn't need to get all the vehicles, bases and add-ons either. Just grab the stuff that would net me the figures I wanted, and at the best prices. As any collector of these toys knows, there's a lot of alternate figures and bits, and then some cool recolors packed into weird box sets and before you know it you have a lot of stuff in your possession. Over the past year I have really been thinking of expanding out or my original goal, and just try to pick up some of the things I've missed or passed on over the years. And in the last couple weeks I went ahead and made the decision to do just that. I'm going to attempt to get at east 1 of each DC Imaginext unique/original item. Not unique packaging, so gift sets and re-packages are still out, juts the actual items are in.
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I kind of lucked out right from the start and was able to snag the Mr. Freeze Ice Cave and the original 2008 Batmobile at about original retail price. These have both fluctuated in costs over the last few years, so I feel I got great deals on both. The Freeze cave I've actually always wanted, and while it's just a simple recolor of a prior Imaginext toy, I feel it's fun and fitting to the DC line. The Batmobile sadly seems dull compared to the ones that have come out since this one. Fisher-Price has made great leaps in the design process of the DC Imaginext stuff since the original 2008 offerings and there's a few awesome Batmobiles out there now, and this older style one just can't compare. But I am still glad to have gotten it.
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Another item I originally passed on was the Riddler Car. I didn't feel I needed it at the time it was in stores because I already had a Riddler figure. I had to resort to Amazon for one of these now, but got it at retail price, so no big deal. I like this toy, and had I not been trying to stick to a certain focus in collecting Imaginext I would have likely bought this one earlier. The same can't be said about the small Joker Hauler. I don't get this toy, it's doesn't work as it's presenter sadly. I missed out on this when it was first sold as a Toys R Us exclusive, it was before my time. When it popped backup as a Walmart exclusive pack in with a Batwing I didn't feel I needed it. I had already picked up an alternate color Batwing and that was the only toy in the pack I thought was cool. Now of course this set was replaced at Walmart for a Batmobile/Bane Sled gift pack so I had to resort to buying this Joker set online as well. Thankfully I got it at only about $8 over retail and free shipping. Having the small Joker Hauler in hand doesn't do much to change my opinion of it to tell you the truth.
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Thinking it all over, it's not going to bean easy collection to piece together having let quite a few years of releases slip by.Just the sheer number of Batman figures releases alone if kind of amazing. Between single pack figures and vehicles/play set pack-ins there's well over 30 variations of Batman. And these are not just bland crappy re-dos over and over. One of the latest Batman figures, the Thunder Punch Batman (shown above far right), is one of my favorite Batman figures to date.
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The Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends line which started in 2008 has now seen about 8 years worth of releases. That is just a bit more than even the original Transformers brand had when it started in the 80's. It's quite a feat to last that long in today's toy market. It also means that there's a tremendous amount of product out there to locate and collect.
I decided I need to get down to it and make a list of what I needed. Sure it's already out of date with Fisher-Price having shown some new toys just this past week, but this pictorial want list will help immensely. I've actually already picked up a few more of the items seen here, but there's so many more to go. Some are going to be pretty damn hard to find, some just pricey. But the hunt if part of the fun of it all, so we'll see where I'm at this time next year.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Business Shipping VS. Amateur Shipping, Any Real Difference?

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So back in late September I picked up an item off Amazon I had been wanting. When it arrived at my doorstep I was a bit pissed off to see the condition of the box. My first thought was to grab my camera and take some pics for possible blog use. And here we are.
The box was absolutely crushed. Part of the issue here is that the seller, business, packaged a heavy but flat item in a much too large and inadequately filled box. Of course the weight of any other boxes placed on top of this were going to cave it in. I knew that was the problem from the very second I picked it up at my door.
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As I opened it I could see the glaring issue with the lack of filler/padding support, they used cheap air bags that were probably packed too tight or had been cut when placing them inside the box. The book being as heavy as it is could have put too much pressure on the bags as well, causing them to pop in transit.
The bags all came out flat as can be. There wasn't a single bag with air left inside. SO no matter how the padding air bags were damaged, it doesn't change the fact that they should probably never have been used, or at least should have been the single layer of protection my book had.
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My book of course survived the trip, and it now features one hell of a corner dent, but I guess I can live with it. It's not enough to go through the hassle of returning it to the Amazon seller. But it does leave me pissed off about the whole situation because had I been such a dumb shit packager as this seller was, I would have had negative feedback left for me on Ebay and a nice SNAD case starring at me with Paypal. For whatever reason we let large businesses slide when it comes to bad shipping (Toys R Us comes to mind) but then go apeshit when a seller on Ebay does a crap job, even on low priced items. Is it the same disconnect we see in social media? Because it's a large business with employees we don't know we sit back idly. On the other hand with the single seller on Ebay who we not only have their name, but address and a place to point to (their Ebay store) when we bitch and/or demand returns, exchanges or refunds.

I got this book 7 weeks ago, and here I am still thinking over how we treat the situations. And still, without any real answer.

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