I miss KB Toys for the same reasons. In addition to a W-I-D-E selection of HW and MBX every trip to KB was met with a different selection of 1/43 or 1/64 models of various manufacture. They bridged the gap between the big box outlets with their corporate mandates and the small hobby shops carrying Trains, RC and in diecast, Corgi and First Gear, and not much else.That's why for it's quirps and oddity factor is why I liked KB Toys, because you never knew who they were going to stock.
I still don't understand why the big-box stores keep their diecast pegs empty for so long. You can't sell products that just aren't there!Great comment, I might add that the Big Box stores abandoned the manufactures, not the other way around. When costs went up and they had to raise prices, merchandise didn't move. If they can't sell it, they don't order it. You can't "convince" stores to keep products on the shelf if they can't sell them. I've talked to some of the manufactures, they can't get the stores to order the product. They are trying.
Perhaps the reordering at both store and warehouse levels of the big boxes is done by people who do not understand the product and its buyer. I shop in three Targets, two Walmarts, two Kmarts and one Toys-R-Us. The TRU and one of the KMs are the only two in which diecasts are properly merchandised. Nobody is paying attention at the other stores. Has anyone ever gone to a Mickey D's that has run out of French fries? Where is management?I still don't understand why the big-box stores keep their diecast pegs empty for so long. You can't sell products that just aren't there!
To me, empty pegs means that the product has sold out, so why not order more?
I just don't get it. Our KM pegs have been virtually empty for over a year. Both TRUs have been virtually empty until just a few weeks ago. (The only clogged TRU pegs currently seem to be GL Black Bandits.)
Our Targets aren't much better. Most non-HW & non-MB pegs stay nearly empty for months at a time. (If a peg designed to hold eight or so cars is down to one or two, I think it's time to re-order!)
VERY good point you have made here 72Chall.I dug up this old post because it seems that not much has changed in 5 years with retailers seemingly unwilling to stock diecast other than HW and Cars. Could the Auto World 1:64 line be going the way of the 1:64 lines of Motormax, Yatming, Realtoy, and others? Can the success of the Johnny Lightning mid-'90s reboot ever be duplicated?