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 Posted: Thu Mar 15th, 2018 03:00 am
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/03/14/toys-r-us-to-close-all-800-of-its-u-s-stores/?utm_term=.ae4c651420e5



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Superstar wrote: KGB wrote: Still waiting for an announcement. They say it could happen today, and that they'll announce all stores will close by next week. I checked last night and I have $113 of gift cards. It's about a half hour to the nearest store for me. I was thinking I'd go there tonight but I'm waiting for the announcement first. I'm hoping they'll immediately put stuff on sale, even though that's often a bit of a scam. The JCPenney in my town closed last year and their "closeout" prices were generally just as much, if not more, than the normal prices. I did pick up some nice shelving for my garage, though...
Do not fuck around.  When a store closes down, in a lot of cases they stop accepting gift cards.  And it doesn’t matter if they get sued because the list of secured creditors will take every penny left.

Just read they’ll be accepted for the next 30 days or “while supplies last”. 



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Fond memories of going to TRU from the mid 80s up through about 2000-2001.

I got my first computer there in 1984 - the ADAM computer by Colecovision.

My parents never got me the LJN or AWA figs, but I wanted those in the worst way.

Then it was the store to go to for Ninetndo 8-bit games in 1987 and 1988. Got that system freshman year of high school.

Kinda took a break, but when I got into college, I started collecting the WWF Hasbro figs, so I'd drive around to the different stores to pick these up. At one point I had the entire collection on card and kick myself today thinking that I took them out of the package to store them easier when I had to move out of the house when the parents were divorcing *fuckers!

Got in Kenner SLUs a bit too in that time period.

Took a break again, but in the 2000/2001 era, I'd hit TRU occassionally as they were re-releasing a ton of the old Star Wars toys that Hasbro made for like pennies on the dollar (Falcon, AT-AT).

Going there in recent years for the kiddos, the prices are insane. In fact, they send a $3 "birthday free coupon" in the mail, and it's like you can't even buy anything in the store without spending $10 out of your own pocket.



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All that said, I don't think kids really even collect "action figures" or play with toys anymore, not counting legos.



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I hope they've immediately slashed prices in an attempt to liquidate the stock but I have my doubts. Prices there are usually pretty steep. At least they're going to honor gift cards.



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KGB wrote: I hope they've immediately slashed prices in an attempt to liquidate the stock but I have my doubts. Prices there are usually pretty steep. At least they're going to honor gift cards.
That's the problem.  You can obviously get better prices at Amazon.  Brick and mortar stores can't compete anymore.  They seem ridiculously overpriced these days.  I haven't bought anything for my son from a Toys R Us.

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Me and my son went to Toys-R-Us the past 2 days and yesterday wasn't too bad customer-wise and we got a couple of items. Today we went to a more busy one and it looked like a scene out of black Friday. There wasn't a single empty cart to be found anywhere. We grabbed a few more things for his collection. The funny thing was hearing people complaining that the "sales" weren't low enough. I guess some didn't understand that they are going out of business by the end of 2018 and not by the end of the week. A few customers were even rubbing it in to some employees that they were losing jobs.



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This doesn't make sense to me, but a company called Strategic Marks (and maybe they are marks) purchased the trademarks for KB Toys last year and wants to bring it back as a replacement for Toys R Us.  Of course KB was one of Toys R Us's main competitors during our childhood, but they went out of business in 2009.  If they couldn't succeed then, and big box stores are getting killed everywhere now, I don't know why anyone would think they could succeed now.  As a noastalgia play in the wake of Toys R Us's bankruptcy, maybe I can see some short-term hope here, but nothing beyond that.  The second they price a toy 50 cents higher than Amazon, the nostalgia will be over real quick.

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Geoffrey has a new career in pro wrestling...

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