Originally Posted by sixtieschild
It breaks my heart every time I meet a collector who has never found a White Lightning or T hunt.Since I started collecting again about a month ago I have gotten 5 new T hunts from two stores. Many store owners and workers hate scalpers and hoarders. They also bleed for honest collectors who can't find any sought after collectables. My strategy is to find a store with 40 to 60 peg warmers and a low turnover. I buy one or two cars each time I visit if there is someone in the area filling shelves. I talk to the workers about the hobby and how tough it is to get good cars. If they don't volunteer to go bring out a new case I politely ask if they will. When I find someone who will bring out a fresh case I buy about half of the cherrys and point out to the worker the good stuff I'm leaving behind for the next guy. Once I've found a cooperative worker I make an effort to be frendly with them each time I visit the store , I pick up cars that have fallen from the pegs and I only request a new case once in every two to three weeks. Freindly communication and goodwill is the key.
you couldnt have said it better!
however the scalpers here make the employees so mad that being nice and helping by getting the cars on the floor back on the pegs doesnt make them happy because of the mourning guys here the workers hate us all
ive been collecting since 2000 i always put the fallin cars back up and chat with employees the only friend i ever made was the manager at kb if it wasnt for him id have never gotten a th he brought out a case one time i got a panoz roadster from 2002 then a few months later he brought out a case for me and i got a shoebox from 2003 those are the only 2 ive ever got and that kb closed awhile back so i doubt ill see another
ive found 4 wl total 1 was at shopko late in the afternoon it was a buffy the vampire car years ago and was the only one form that set looked like one a scalper had hid then a worker found it and put it back it was lying on the shelf then 3 years ago before thanksgiving i went to tru and some seasonal workers put all the jl cars up at 11:30 right as i got there and i got just 1 wl from the mooneyes set i thought all wls had white rims then so i prolly missed a few from other sets with diffrent traits also the manager there usually give a guy first pick and the seasonal workers were fired within days then last year after readin big lots had cars on here i went there and they were puttin them up right as i came in lots of them were already opened when in back and the guy stocking them said a guy there wanted the white wheel ones well he made my original mistake of not knowing the characteristics he got all the clue wls and pez and some others but i got a firebird form hot rod mag rel with white interior cause it didnt have white wheels so he passed it up lol then i drove 45 min the next day to a diffrent big lots got there arround 3pm all the cars were picked over but i found a wl from the older hot rod realease the ones on the red cards
my grandpa has had better luck then me on ths he has found 10 3 at kenn freds right before x mas on a display in hardware prolly why they were there still 2 at freds in richland the guy was stocking he got there just at the right time 3 form albertsons at diffrent times no one looks there often and he got 2 at wallmart arround christmas again seasonal workers had put the cars out only time ive seen anytihng good AT THAT WM since they give a ex employee first pick also the guy now works at the rich wm where he gets first pick now also he goes from store to sotre working for a few months at each to meet workers so he can get first pick he has no life
my grandpa has found 1 wl at a diffrent big lots 2 days after i found mine it was a spiderman one
sry for the long read