Canadian Collector Bruno B. writes in with an observation, and a plea, regarding the pricing of the Toys”R”Us Exclusive Biggs Darklighter X-Wing Fighter in Canada.
A few weeks ago i had seen a price tag for the vintage x-wing on the Toys”R”Us Canadian website. It was 74.99$ and i thought it was a mistake. There was no way that this can be 59.99$ US and that price in Canada. I went to the store today and lo and behold i find the x-wing and the very extremely disgusting price gauging price tag. I took photos to show you. I am appalled by this. Our money is almost at par with the US dollar so there is no way that there can be a 15$ difference with the US price not even factoring all other costs. I understand that there can be some extra money tacked on sometimes but to go that far is just plain robbery.
I would have accepted a price tag of 65$ but what completely ruins it for us is the fact that most provinces have a high tax rate and that would mean that this little thing would cost upwards close to a 100$ when all said and done. I can get a vintage x-wing on ebay for that price in a beat up box for crying out loud and i did. I am urging you to place this one front page of your site so that you can show the star wars collecting community how much we are getting —– over for lack of better word when Hasbro does store exclusives. I for one will try to find a way to complain directly to Toys”R”Us and demand an explanation for this. I was planning on buying at least 2 of these but now i ll have to wait for a sale on this…It is because of sites like yours that we can and have enacted changes when companies have tried to abuse the collecting community.
The more we communicate the better we can protect ourselves from these underhanded business practices that ruins it for us.
Thanks for the email Bruno.