Anyone have any tips on purchasing figures? I feel like they are really expensive and I feel like there has to be a place out there I'm missing. Even if I have to buy by the bulk, is there a good place to pick up some figures (or individually)?
I currently hit up local stores like Roses, Big Lots, Maxway, Five Below, Ollie's Bargain Outlet, etc... I also shop online at eBay (Amazon is typically too expensive).
Toys R Us has decent ones but they are kind of pricey and are typically out of stock of anything good. People get there when the shipment hits the shelves and I'm out of luck (I have to work and can't get there when shipments come in).
In fact, last week I was looking for Marvel Universe Hulk at TRU. I was there alone for about 10 minutes looking. I went through every figure on the hooks. No hulk. Bummer. I take a phone call and step to the side. 2 other dudes walk up, go straight to a random bottom shelf, slide boxes out of the way and start pulling out a secret stash of figures. There he was... Hulk. $9.99. I was like... NOOOOO!!! I told the dude I've been looking for that and didn't know people hid things like that. Basically long story short, it was my loss and he walked away with the figure. Lesson learned. Look behind other random toys on the shelves for the good stuff. I asked a guy who worked there if there was more. He said no, that was the only one they had. I watch him walk away and he goes straight to those guys that had the secret stash and they are all talking and laughing. I was played! The guy that worked there knew them and hid the rare ones on the shelf when he stocked them on the rack.
Back to my original question of where to find cheaper figures. I don't mind if they are used and opened (loose).
Any good eBay sellers I should probably know about?
Thanks. Just a dad building his son's collection (and my inner child wants them too... maybe even more than my son... but that's our secret). Wife just thinks I'm a good dad