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Was thinking the other day about my best "haul" at a retail store. It was back in 96 when I walked into a Base Exchange (military store) and saw 10 boxes of HWs on the floor, picked up 6 VW FEs busses that day. Haven't ever had a good JL haul like that, just the once in a while WLs.

Of those 6 Busses, I gave four to friends and one to a kid that was at the store when I opened the cases.

What's yours? (Retail stores only)
 

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Here's a good deal if your in the market.....





Costco Test Markets Sale of Caskets

Tue Aug 17, 8:28 AM ET

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO - Whether you're in the market for a good night's sleep or the eternal kind, there's now a discount store somewhere that has you covered.


On Monday, Costco Wholesale Corp., better known for bulk chicken and cases of soda, started test marketing caskets along side mattresses at a North Side Chicago store. They're also being sold at a suburban Oak Brook store.


"This is certainly something that can be an easy value," said Gina Bianche, a buyer in Costco's corporate office in Issaquah, Wash. "I don't want to say cheap value, but it just needs to be done."


Each of the six models from the Universal Casket Co., in colors including lilac and Neapolitan blue, is priced at $799.99, made of 18-gauge steel, considered medium weight for caskets, and can be delivered within 48 hours.


Caskets could already be purchased directly from manufacturers, in funeral supply stores and over the Internet, but big general merchandise stores had stayed away from selling caskets until now, said David Walkinshaw, a spokesman for the National Funeral Directors Association.


At a Costco on Chicago's North Side, shoppers checking out the new casket kiosk Monday seemed to like the idea that the same store where they buy so many things for this life was branching into the after life.


"A casket at Costco, yeah, I think it's pretty bizarre," said Inga Barth, 53. She wondered about buying a casket with only a kiosk and small samples of the caskets' material to look over, though, saying, "When you go casket shopping, you want to see the whole thing."


That didn't trouble John Neuhaus.


"I want the adjustable bed and mattress for my neck," he joked, pointing to one of the features highlighted at the kiosk. After all, he said, "It says eternal rest."


Others liked the idea of being able to shop for the casket long before a loved one's death, a time when the survivors are distressed, under time constraints and may feel they are at the mercy of funeral homes.


"I remember my mom was supposed to get a plain pine box for my dad and she walked out with mahogany," said Gretchen Henninger.


When her mother later died and Henninger was left to deal with the funeral arrangements, "I felt I was being manipulated into feeling some emotion that would lead me to spend more money," she said. "Taking that away would be wonderful."


Those involved in arranging funerals were not as enthusiastic about discount retailers moving in on their business.


"If you take the casket out of the equation and the casket is purchased in a retail environment, then that portion of the funeral director's profit center will disappear and the funeral director must respond to that," said George Lemke, executive director of the Casket and Funeral Supply Association.


Asked if that meant raising prices, he replied: "That's entirely possible."


Costco is prepared for that, said Fred Elsner, general manager of the North Side store. When casket buyers dial the phone number on the brochure, "We will put them in touch with funeral homes that are part of the program," he said.


The brochure says buyers can cut their overall funeral costs by more than 30 percent that way. But Lemke said the funeral home working with Costco might not be the one the family planned to deal with.





"If you are talking about going to a funeral home, 30, 40, 50 miles away, they (customers) might have an entirely different attitude," he said.

While caskets can costs several thousand dollars, some funeral homes do sell them for even less than Costco is charging, he said.

Walkinshaw, who also works as a funeral director in the Boston area, said he has caskets ranging from $350 to about $8,000. He also thinks Costco won't cut into the business of funeral homes.

"Other people have tried (selling caskets) and found out the public is real comfortable buying caskets from funeral directors," he said. "It's kind of one-stop shopping."

Bonnie Busch, vice president in Costco's Midwest division, hopes shoppers will make one more stop. "I hope they don't have any deaths in the family, but if they do I hope we can help people out," she said.
 

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In value the #714 Talbot Lago Hot Wheel I found can't be beat. I bought it for $1.37 at a grocery store and ended up selling it later for $300 when I was thinning out my collection.

In JLs, well I've posted it a few times, the BWF '69 Camaro WL that I found at Autozone. I also found a Camaro Collection R3 Yellow '69 Copo WL when it first came out.

In quantity, I found 11 WL Stock Car Legends in one KB when they got those 6 packs in a few years back.

I've had some good finds I'll say, but there are some big droughts in between for sure.
 
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CTWLSMIKE said:
In JLs, well I've posted it a few times, the BWF '69 Camaro WL that I found at Autozone.

Mike,

You found a BWF Camaro WL??? :confused: Why didn't you post pictures??? :freak:
 

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Thunderjet pullbacks at KB... marked 3 for $5, were ringing up under a dollar... something like 88 cents each...

--rick
 

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Mike,

You found a BWF Camaro WL??? :confused: Why didn't you post pictures??? :freak:
Derelict in my duties again!? Well in case there is ANYONE who hasn't seen it, back by popular demand, or something like that, here it is:



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mine wasnt a JL, its always been HW. back in like 98 when i was looking for 98 FE, the family was down in ohio or something and went to a TRU and found like 25 different FEs.

or another time when i found 2 TH cars at a Walmart.
 

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The funny thing with me was,the best haul I thought I had was finding four Spiderman WL's in one day.But since every one they ever made hit the stores the same week it gave the impression there were more than other cars. (insert WL conspiracy theory here) This made them relatively worthless as far as whites go,for sale or trade.

Then the next week I find a 96 Convertable Vette at an AZ.I thought "cool" but didn't know what is was worth and when I tried to trade it nobody was offering any Mopars for it.So I put it on Ebay and it went for $110.00!!!!!
I was expecting $20 tops.I guess it was a bidding war?....I bought a Street Freaks Charger WL and a Coca-Cola Cuda WL.So to me it was like finding them both on the pegs at a two for one sale!

If we were talking other brands it would be the 8 blue Darts and 8 Escalades I found in one day,we have so many collectors here,the planets must have been aligned juuuuust right,others got as many or more too though.I found the first around noon and by evening they were all gone and the shippers all searched.I even checked more stores the next day but to no avail.Then a month later I went camping and passed an AZ,stopped and scored one more Dart.Go figure.They have brought me a lot of nice cars but the Darts hurt everytime I let one go.
 

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Couple of years ago when the local Wally World hung the Christmas cars, I found four complete strips of them, freshly displayed. I picked out my favorites and bought them. At the register I had to use my poker face when they rang up clearance for $1.00. I put the bag in the car, came back inside and did a bit more shopping. I have a complete set on display in my toy room, a set for my office holiday display (tree, wreath, whatever), and some spares, mostly because, like a fish to a lure, I am attracted to the shiney stuff.

Mike
 

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I don't collect every series or even every car in a series, but if I can walk into a Hobby Lobby, A wallys or Meijer's and walk out with all 4 Zingers from a given release, I consider that a great haul, and if I can get the BWF; or the Moon eyes too that a real great haul ! Release 8 is the only incomplete Zingers set I had to scrounge one off the bay, Never have seen the 55 Chevy Sedan, But I figure I have saved in gas what I paid for the car & shipping off the bay !! Still looking for my first Zinger white, that would be a great haul in itself !
 

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Does Dollar Tree count as retail? if so,it was at 3 stores I found somewhere around 50 WT pullback TJ's and around 20 assorted Team Lightning and British Invasion WL's...man,was I lucky because other than that I pick um off one at a time:)
 

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stopped at a tru last summer and found 15 hw zamac's and 3 t-hunts all on the pegs! looked like the pegs had just been stocked.it was 3 of each car.
my best jl find i guess would be 4 black with flames camaro's at 1 kb.(none whites though).
 

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My best JL haul was about a year ago, when a new DT opened up. I was lucky to get there at opening time and there were no other collector's around. Scored 7 Thunderbird W/Ls all in one store!!! :tongue:
 
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