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Monday, June 27, 2016

Are you a "scalper"? The thrill of the random find vs the pursuit of the pot of gold...

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No topic seems to spur more conversation among Hot Wheels collectors than that of the "scalper".  It has always been an iffy term among collectors, but has been used as long as I can remember.

The "scalper", at least from what I can tell, is the collector who combs through store after store, night after night, looking for Hot Wheels that he or she can sell for a profit the next day.  At least that is what I think the most simple definition is.  That is what a ticket scalper does, so that term fits for a Hot Wheels collector that does the same.

Of course "scalper" has many more uses in our hobby.  Among them, my favorite is the assumption that the guy who got to the pegs or bin before you is "clearly a scalper".  Only someone with evil intent could rob you of the Supers that were meant to be yours.  Scalper seems to be the most widely used term whenever someone goes on a "what's wrong with the hobby" diatribe.

I am not too fond of the word.  It is too easy to call someone a scalper.  Sure, someone taking every desirable model from a bin before I get a chance at one is frustrating, but I have found that eventually I am able to find what I am looking for - minus the Supers of course.  But calling everyone a scalper is too easy.  It is too easy to justify our own behavior by vilifying everyone else.

Yes, the person first to a bin will more-than-likely grab every Super they find, and that is the prize.  I don't think anyone can fault another for doing that, even when someone finds a whole case of them.  But grabbing everything even remotely desirable?  Zamacs, New Models, anything these days with the words "Skyline", "Datsun", or "Japan" on them?  That makes the folks fume, many times me included.

Well, the topic of scalpers has taken a turn.  With social media sites like Instagram and Facebook, so-called scalpers can let the world know of their bounties, much to the scorn of some, and amazement of others.

And no one gets the folks going more than Instagram member Joe, aka @diecast_hunter, a Las Vegas resident who has made overnight Hot Wheels hunting a science.  It seems that everyday, collectors can wake up to new posts of the Hunter's finds.  And it isn't just a handful of Hunts.  Many of his photos look like this:

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or this:



or even this:

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What does Joe do with most of these?  He sells them.

My guess is if you haven't seen these pics, or are not following Joe's IG feed, you are forming an opinion about him right this second.  Las Vegas collectors have opinions of Joe, some good - "he allows me to stay home and still get what I want" - and bad - here is a reddit post for your entertainment.

Now I am not here to torch Joe, nor am I here to defend him.  (My guess is the comments section here and elsewhere will do plenty of that.)  But I did want to ask him why he does what he does.

Me?  I much prefer the random find hunting method.  Essentially, when you have a minute, almost always during the day, hit a store and see what you find.  Sometimes you find the model you have been looking for, or maybe a cool error that was hard to detect, and on that very rare occasion, a Super that someone missed or was just put out.

To me, finding a Super would not be nearly as fun if I EXPECTED to find one.  I don't check to see what is en route, I don't hit stores at opening, or hunt overnight.  Random store, random time, random find.

Because it doesn't happen that often, each find is special.  So I keep all the Supers I find stashed away, carded and all.  It isn't enough to fill one Hot Wheels case, and because each of them was random, I can tell the story of each find.  Where, when, and what the circumstances were.  I have had some good years - I think one year I found 10 of the 15 released - and some bad.  Like this year.  I just found my first 2016 Super 4 days ago:




And finding that Daytona was awesome!  It was as exciting as it always is, because it was completely unexpected.  Totally random, at a rural Utah Walmart, at about 2:30 in the afternoon.  Into the Super stash it goes.  And yeah, I fully understand that I have been luckier then most.  I credit that to the rural stops.  Here is the whole "found in the wild" stash:


If I was out all night, trying to accumulate as many as I could, to sell or just keep, it wouldn't be nearly as fun.

But that is just me.  There are plenty of door warmers and pallet raiders out there, giving up their nights for the hunt.  And that is fine.  If someone wants to dedicate that much time to finding Super Treasure Hunts, then let them enjoy their spoils.  It might piss you off, but you know the solution.  Get out there and join them.

So what about Joe?  What drives him?  Is it the hunt?  Is it a financial need?  Is he just pure evil, a la Ramsey Bolton?  Does he get a thrill watching everyone else squirm when he posts his finds?

I asked him, and his answer:
To me it's a full on Hobby, Collecting is just part of it, the rush is from the hunt. I get the cars that I want and I help others get the cars that they want and not have to pay them ebay rates. Alot of people don't understand when there's like 20 walmarts within an hour you don't have to get all your cars from one bin. I'm a collector as well so I do leave at least one of each model I grab but you know I ain't bout to leave a $uper. Hahaha. 
Damn, it's the thrill of the hunt as well.  I was hoping I was the only noble one.

Of course, Joe might be slightly more addicted to the rush of the hunt than others, and he has found that selling his finds helps support it.  We can all relate to a certain extent, or we wouldn't buy those Supers when we come across them.

We all collect for different reasons.  Better, we all collect for a big messy mix of reasons.  For some like Joe, it is more about the hunt than anything else.  For others, it might be completing full sets.  For others, just having cool little replicas of the cars they love.  We are all probably a mix of all, or we wouldn't be so into Hot Wheels.

Ultimately, Joe wants it more than you and me.  Or we would make an overnight hunt work.  And that is just how it is.

I did an overnight hunt with a friend one time.  I was even successful in finding a Super.  But it was exhausting, long, and not worth it for me in the least.  

But for others, it is.  Right or wrong, it is part of the hobby...

Look at the monsters those bastards over at Mattel have turned us into.

(Special thanks to Joe aka the Diecast Hunter for allowing to write about him.  Have at it with your opinions, but please don't make it personal.  Joe buys a lot of cars, that's it.  Share your feelings about that.)

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  1. oh look at this once again the LAME group sides with the dirty scalpers just so they can get in good with them and hoping they will cut them some slack to get discounts on cars to feature on to later sell them off to get top dollar. the LAME group brown noses wheelcollecters, A&J toys, Matchbox just to get shit first. they are no worse then racegroves who only shows stuff off as long as he gets paid before for hand. This fucking group is now just a dirty hype machine to help the greedy ebay sellers get more money off of junk. When a bum like die cast hunter buys every single car out of shipper and turns around and sells it for more he is a scalper. you know i'm surprised you haven't tried kissing KMJ die cast's ass too to get shit for free.

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    1. racegroves used to show what he liked now its all what he gets paid to show he's not doing it for the love of diecast like it used to be anymore he has gone down hill

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    2. that diecast hunter guy can stick up all his scalped diecast up his ass and kill himself

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  2. Mr. Unknown has some good points, but I wouldn't use theese words. Of course you don't say your opinion and hope that your reader find the right words, because your'e havind an advantage from theese guys. The last article which I read on the blog without a "Find this and that here and there" was the article about theese ugly TRAP5-wheels.

    Theese people don't do it as a hobby, it became a buisness for them. I don't mind this guy but when I read his answer I expect him to sell his finds maybe the one dollar+ 50cent. Atleast that would be fair, but if someone really says he wake up early in the morning, I presume he's doing it for the fast dollar. Back in the days when the dollar was shit worth I ordered models from E-Bay too because the decent stuff never hits Germany. Never paid a price close to the WalMart prices. This guy is like the that kid in school the day after easter who takes all the choclate eggs and then say, well you could give me this and that for that. If someone won't say his opinion on him, or says he is also some kind of noble ....well it speaks for itself. If a hobby becomes a buisness, mostly it gets fucked up. (YouTube for example, and yes as You said, not everything but a lot)

    Other story, in germany theres something called maximum daily quantity. I couldn't even buy 100 cars in one shop because the hot wheels pegs only have 30 on them. So yes sometimes when only 4 remain I visit the store to and then it could happen I buy ten or eleven cars because there aren't many stores in my area and then I have to drive far away

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  3. Like many things in Life, moderation is key; You find 10 T-Hunts or whatever examples of sought-after / rare model cars? Sure, take a few extra, but leave some for others to enjoy in the discovery. Otherwise you're a selfish jerk.

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    1. What if the next guy is a "scalper"?

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    2. the cocksucker takes all of them and sells them on ebay like the asshole he is

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    3. Wow Kyle, Talk about a dirty mouth

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    4. Wow Kyle, Talk about a dirty mouth

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    5. anyone that is that greedy, and cares nothing for anyone else, is not a collector in my book, and regardless of whether they are in the limelight or not, it definitely is not for the right reason. when other countries have issues getting models, people that THAT, hoard them all, when a friend could help out by getting models for us, but because THAT person has been greedy and totally ignorant, the rest of us have to go away and have nothing.

      As an aside, if these people are buying to sell on, and it is proven that they are making profits without declaring the income, then surely someone should report this to the IRS or relevant authority, so that they can then pay correct taxation, and by if, as has been mentioned, they are getting people to circumvent eBay fee's, this is against eBay policy and should also be reported, so it looks like greed from all angles, and they are getting so much negative press, as they should.

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  4. I don't call them scalpers i call them sellers i understand 1st come 1st serve but if you take every car and say shit like this "To me it's a full on Hobby, Collecting is just part of it, the rush is from the hunt. I get the cars that I want and I help others get the cars that they want and not have to pay them ebay rates." its pure bullshit you are a seller . I have never sold a car i buy 2 at the most one for the track and one not to open. These people that go around to Walmart at 2 am asking to bring out hot wheels for them they have a job to do go to the shelf if they have what you want buy it if not go away and let them work

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  5. OK, cool, great story. But my burning question is this: Does he still have a red Hot Wheels LaFerrari for sale?

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    1. First off, it's fine to buy whatever someone wants. I never left a McLaren P1 in orange that I saw and I now have 125. For @diecast_hunter, he is in the city of walmarts, there are like 25+ in the city. Even if he takes %50 of every bin, that's a couple thousand cars. Point being, he also can't be at every Walmart at once. People have the opportunity. The only part I don't agree with is having managers old items, but hey, I do it too ��.... (Target is really nice about that). People can do what they want and I'm personally sick of people chastising them for buying. It's not their fault they can afford it. If someone locally wants the item, just sell it at a fair price. For me, I would much rather pay $1.50 for a car that is mint than $1 for one in a bin that was mangled by children

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    2. You're part of the problem Elite Auto Showcase.

      Just admit it, you've already admitted to having managers hold items, and even complimenting Target on how easy they are to manipulate for that.

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    3. Thank you Tony! Elite Auto Showcase why do you need 125 of the same car explain that to me please thank you.

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    4. hey elite auto showcase, youre one of the reasons why diecast collecting has become a business and not a hobby, so pleease pleeeaaase drink bleach when you get home to your hoarded cars

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    5. hahahahahha! Awesome scalpers are a disgrace to their families

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    6. that is called hoarding. explain why you NEED 125 OF THE SAME CAR.

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  6. There are scalpers and there are hoarders and there are people who get there first. Many people consider all people who wait in front of Target to get in at 8am as "scalpers"; maybe so and maybe not. The old phrase, "the early bird gets the worm" comes to mind. You put in the time, you get the prize. But I have known more than a few people in my collecting time that buy multiple of certain castings either because they love the car, thought they could retire on them because it was hot at the moment of purchase or just that they were "hoarders". And YES, some are scalpers; but there is a simple solutions to "scalpers"; don't buy from them. If you know someone who scalps, don't buy from them, encourage your other collector friends to not buy from "scalpers".
    Capitalism is what built the USA, opportunity can be a good thing, but price gougers, unfair opportunists, and scalpers, shouldn't be rewarded with sales! A lot of scalpers I used to know aren't around anymore, you know why, people caught on and didn't buy anymore.

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    1. hoarders that's bullshit they are sellers

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    2. Kyle Lang, I have 2x more "extra" Cool Classics than what was released in the series sitting in a bin. I bought all I could from Targets locally. I know I have at least 6 extra of the Toyota truck sitting in that bin right now. I also picked up whatever I could of the last two mixes in stores when they showed up, including the 510, 240 and BRAT (but others as well).

      Now without knowing anything else, do you feel I'm just a reseller?

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    3. Yes you said so "I bought all I could from Targets locally"

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    4. Now go look at my Instagram account (@doomus_rlc), and look at a bunch of my early posts on there, probably the first 300 or so pics.

      I said I bought all "I" could, meaning whatever I was actually able to afford, not that I bought every single car sitting on the pegs. And it wasn't that I bought them the minute I saw them on the pegs all the time either. There were times I left a few of the Toyota trucks hanging, and they were still there a few days later so I said screw it and bought them for my stash.

      Customizers need cars to customize and cars for parts. THAT is why I have a stash of extra Cool Classics sitting in a bin, as well as extra Hot Ones, Flying Customs, Heritage, Cur Culture, etc.

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  7. Scalper exists why suckers buy it.

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  8. With the quantities he's buying, I don't know why he doesn't just find a way to get them wholesale from Mattel. Seems like he's doing it the hard way.

    I don't really consider the guys who wait at the doors trying to get the one super to be scalpers, though they DO sell them at overly inflated prices. But since Supers are a limited quantity anyway, the likelihood of them sticking around is pretty low, so it's just a matter of who gets there first.

    I think the term "scalper" is more appropriate for the guy who shows up first and grabs every one of the Kool Kombis from the Beatles bin and leaves all the rest. Or all the bluebird wagons from the Japan Historics set. I think that's a scummier move than snapping up supers.

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    1. You hit the nail on the head! In order to buy from Mattel you have to have a legitimate brick and mortar business. That also involves having a business license wherever you are, insurance, decent credit etc etc and would require that you pay not only income tax but state sales tax on your sales. Even if they were to go to these lengths, they would then have to take the good with the bad like every other business. They would not be able to cherry pick the "hot at the moment" castings and return what they didn't want or couldn't sell. So, in other words being a legitimate business is too much work for these guys, they would rather cheat the system and in the end their actions do hurt legitimate businesses

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  9. First off Hot Wheels are outrageous on resale, your talking a $0.98 car selling for $20.00 (STH) INSTANTLY! Thats huge profit, but look at your time your spending....a waste! This guy is a business and could or could not be making good money. I will never pay more than $5.00 for a hot wheels, people are insane spending that kind of money on a $0.98 piece... Long story short, leave some for the next guy as we all like the rush for the hunt...

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    1. wheelcollecters is the same way they sell cars for 2$

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  10. The only way to take down the scalpers and hoarders is to not buy their stuffs. If you take your entire life just to finds desirable 1$ cars and resell them as a ganster will do pricetag, like double or triple of the original value just to make $$, you clearly fail in life. And this is how all hobbies in the planet will end if this shit keep going. Just for exemple, When you can't find desirable hot wheels cars in your area, because somes people take every singles mclaren, datsun, camaros, corvettes, skylines, supras, and specials items like the hot wheels calendar chevelle, you know that everithing can't be fucking worst... Same with Matchbox, and this doesn't help with all the fantasys stuffs...

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  11. See, when I see pictures like this, I have no choice but to cringe a little bit inside, even if the person means good intentions. When you purposely buy various sets of the same cars and not leave anything behind, and then go flip it on eBay or TheToyPeddler for quick investment, I think it's just pure greed. All they really want is the attention on social media and especially the money. It's not fair to raid a store to get first dibs on cars that you don't really want, spend hundreds of dollars on every trip, and then double your investment online. That's not the way of a TRUE collector.

    True collectors buy what their heart desires, appreciate everything they have, and keep it for themselves. I mean a true collector may buy multiples of the same car if they see it, but it's not in the same meaning as the collector mentioned in the post. Some true collectors buy multiples because they really like the casting or want to buy extra for others who can't access it. That's fine. They won't go and flip it for a quick buck! I understand that I may come off as hypocritical but it just infuriates me when I see a person who is supposed to mean good intentions when really they come off as greedy collector nannies who don't make it fair to other collectors who deserve to find what they really want.

    By the way, I was fascinated by your first Super find for the year. That's crazy! I haven't even found one the entire year! It seems as if Hot Wheels is making Supers harder to find or it may have something to do with scalpers paying more attention. I don't know. But honestly, I think they're limiting the number of Supers they make to make it more of a hunt. That's just me.

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    1. CJ, there is only about one super in 10 boxes of hot wheels, (some say one in 15) I don't know what is supposed to be "normal" but they are ripping them off at the factory and selling them on eBay at the rate of about 900 or more per month, this is just a handful of guys from Malaysia, this goes on every month, and I have heard from collectors that have been in this hobby for many years, that this has been going on for quite some time ... mattel is aware of this, and says they are going to do something about it, but I think it is all talk. and as I said in another post, the ones that do make it to the cases, and to the store, chances are in my area, that a good percentage is going to be taken before the everyday customer even has a chance, not all of them, but it just makes it that much harder, some stores only get a box in at a time, so even if you hit a sealed box, your chances are slim to get a super, I told mattel that the only way to solve this is to have a mail in lottery type system for the "supers" but they won't do it ... your best chance it to find a fresh dump bin, but that is not an easy task in my area ... good luck ..

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  12. Well Im not a scalper, but if you leave a fresh bin, then chances are, a scalper is going to get it, (at least in my area) I found a fresh one the other day, and I did give some to another collector that came a few mins. later, I try to buy a good quantity of the "hot" ones, and then I trade them to collectors or sell them for what I paid, if more people did that, then it would help the problem, I wouldn't even mind paying extra if it were a a 20% or even 100% markup, in reality, theres are $1 cars, I know when I use to sell stuff I would only make about a 20% profit, but for a dollar item, you can't make money that way. I suggested to mattel, that they use a lottery system for the "supers" but it fell on deaf ears .... I have been hunting hard for about a year now, and the things i have witnessed are incredible, I never thought it would be like this, another HUGE problem in my area, is the employees, they flat out lie a lot of times, and I know for a fact they are taking the supers and other "good" cars before they hit the shelves ... I don't mind paying extra for out of print things, but there are people selling super bat mobiles for over $75 and much more sometimes, that is just ridiculous, but how can you blame the sellers if the stupid buyers keep paying there outrages amounts for new stock ??? but it is, what it is ... Good luck to all ..

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  14. I do agree with most on the comments here.. in puerto rico is the same people get in touch with the managers and employees for them to hold the cars and take about 97% of the good stuff leaving only fantasy models behind.. in almost 4 years i haven't found a single super because of people like this. Heck people were selling the kmart exclusive datsun 510 wagon for $10 a piece and i'm not even gonna start with the supers and cars used for downhill racing..

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    1. If enough people complain to mattel, MAYBE they will do something, I say maybe, because I doubt it, the only way to solve the "super" problem, is to have a lottery type system, at least that way, at least most of the supers will go to collectors, not all, but better than now, and they need to stop that stuff going on at the factory ...

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    2. Complaining to Mattel will solve nothing. They don't care and this doesn't affect them, much like they could care less about the lunchbox specials and factory made customs that come out of Malaysia. The only way to kill the hype is to get rid of supers and hunts. Matchbox does just fine without them

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  15. I never (and have never) found a 180SX in the wild. An extremely kind redditor helped me out, but that was pretty much the final straw. I really only focus on Matchbox, Auto World and redlines/blackwalls now, no point in hunting hot wheels I'll never find. Hot Wheels is making it easy with the crappy mainline these days, fortunately.

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    1. i found 7 at a supermarket once. you know how many i bought? two. That is what a respectful collector does.

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    2. Not that they were readily available, but in West Portland area(Oregon), I'd run into them from time to time. First time I saw it, I picked up three(2 for me, 1 for buddy), left bunch behind. I think I ended up with couple more after I kept finding them.

      I guess I can be a scalper when I find a chase, or $uper Treasure Hunt?(don't get me wrong, I rarely run into them!). I don't feel bad at all though... I pay my premiums buying a hundred cars online to maybe one $TH I sell for profit. ;)

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  16. i stuff all the time like yellow submarine found that at toys r us at 12 pm

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  17. This ass clown (diecast hunter) can buy as many cars as he wants, i dont live in vegas and im not competing with him. Most collectors have real jobs and better shit to do than go to 8 walmarts every night. And not everybody who sells hot wheels is a scalper, for example i recently found 4 sth bad mudders, i dont need 4 i need 1, what to do with the other 3? I cant trade them on hwc anymore, so i put the other 3 on ebay, sold them and bought 3 more supers i needed. If that make me a scalper ok, i dont care. And like someone else said, this guy can only be at one store at a time, if you dont like it, beat him to it.

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    2. Sums it up well! If you went to a store and found 4 supers then kudos to you. If you sold the extra 3 and put that back into your collection, then you are a true collector. If you then ran to 4 more stores and looked for more, and sold them so you could buy more to sell, then you are nothing but a scalper!

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    3. so i put the other 3 on ebay, and make 20$ on each one you are a seller unknown i dont need 4 i need 1 then take only one

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  18. Don't for a minute think this guy is a legitimate business. If take a look at his IG you can see that he is avoiding Paypal fee's by requesting payments as gifts, I have no doubt he is not declaring any of this income on his state or federal taxes nor is he charging his customers or paying to the state, sales tax on his sales, yet over and over you read people commenting on this and other forums that this is his business and his only job. How about the numerous pictures or comments about him taking is young children with him on his midnight runs? Bonding time, I think not. This guy has been kicked of just about every FB group there is related to diecast 1) for his shady business practices and 2) because of his personality conflicts with normal people. He loves the limelight and thinks being an a$$ monkey is the way to go.

    Lets forget about the hunt and beating everyone else to the hoard and take a moment to think about what this kind of behavior does to legitimate small businesses. You know, those that actually go to the trouble of setting up wholesale accounts, buying and maintaining inventory, paying taxes, and perhaps even creating a job or two? When faced with class acts like diecast hunter who are doing everything they can to cheat the system to make it work for themselves, how does a legitimate business stay in business?

    I certainly don't condone what wheelcollectors do by pricing a new release basic at a much higher price just because it is desirable, and I hate seeing other dealers or resellers picking chases and raising the prices on them (they were never intended to increase the bottome line of the dealer, but to reward the collector) but in the end because of people like this legitimate businesses need to level the playing field somehow. Maybe that is how they are doing it?

    What is the solution? No returns of diecast would certainly bring much of this to a screeching halt. How about maximum purchase amounts? (but that in the end would probably hurt true collectors). Staggered stocking times? no dump bins? get rid of supers, hunts and chases? I would rather the energy be spent by this forum in looking for a solution rather than giving the scum the limelight...

    This piece has to be an all time low for Lamley

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    4. Apparently my thoughts hit a nerve Diecast Hunter, 3 posts and you deleted them all? lmao

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    5. Same thing is happening to my post. Every time I try to post it posts 3x and then I have to delete them cuz it's repeating all over their blog. It's an error in the blog or phone app or google or whatever

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    6. Possible but not probable Frank...his posts were at 11:09, 11:11, and 11:16 am. He apparently said something he shouldn't have and decided to delete them all

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    7. One of them somehow was a double, but I figured on these type of comments it's best for me nit to reply because the wolves will hound that section

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    8. One of them somehow was a double, but I figured on these type of comments it's best for me nit to reply because the wolves will hound that section

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    9. But no you didn't hit a nerve, just wanted to let you know you were wrong, I has kicked out of two groups over a year ago hell almost two cause they couldn't take it. I left a couple cause the admin are crybabys. And I'm still in what like 50? Lol. Then ur stating I'm telling people friends and family? I made an announcement a long while back that it was select purchase cause someone tried to screw me over. You must not be looking at the correct wall or your mixing me up with someone else. You should really investigate before you talk shyt that is untrue. That's all I had to say. Anyways have a great night and #HappyHuntin

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  19. For one thing you don't go to 8 Walmart every night. That's some beginner BS. You find out when the bins are hitting and go 1-2 times a month. I live in Vegas and have met Joe. The stuff he buys doesn't affect me. I'm not a sheep who eats up every mainline and super Mattell puts out. I still find what I'm looking for. They're toys and shouldn't bother people that much. There's still plenty of ways to get cars your looking for besides retail and eBay. #socialmedia. Your famous Joe!!!! Lol

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    1. find out when the bins are hitting? that's seller shit

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    2. Sounds like good collector shit to me.
      Dont whine if you don't put in the time.

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    3. being selfish and making sure you rid the bin 1st Sounds like good collector shit to you?

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  21. I tend to stay out of this type of drama. Worrying about scalpers has drained me. But I can agree that this is extremely excessive. I usually just have odd hunting hours. Sometimes, weeks take place in between store visits. But still, doing it this way has managed me to net 2 supers from 2016. Just this past Saturday, hit an out of the way Wal-mart, and found a fresh Beatles/K Case bin. The best way to deal with scalpers is just pay no mind to them.

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  24. Vote for Trump! He can build a wall and send all the rapists and scalpers to Mexico. This is a free country! free from scalpers! I say we should limit the amount of cars people can buy and listen to the commenters from Germany! They know about walls and limits. I say we ration the amount of Hotwheels each household gets to have. Let's build a wall in front of target so the door warmers have to climb over it to get to the supers.

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    2. It's the only solution. We get rid of theese scalpars way back, before they even could touch diecast collecting back in 1942. But then this great American president said "Mister Gorbatchov, tear down this wall.". And so they took our freedom, because all theese eastern germans took our groceries so we had to limit them. It's all Reagan's fault.

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    3. Oh damn it is Reagan's fault! He let the scalpers in and now they are scalping his presidential limo green machine! What goes around comes around Ronald!!!

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    4. Yes, I'm sure he had alzheimer before he started to let all theese scalpers back. I hope Trump doesn't make the same mistakes as Reagen. I'm very sad to hear from all you american fellows not finding the LaFerraris and the 180NXs. I will send them to you, and no I'm not a scalper I just don't have facebook or hashtagsocialmedia. It's just because you hyped theese models so much, although they are ugly. (I scalped the cadillac one, ill paint one green so it can be scalped

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  25. Ok I do have an issue with Lameley making excuses for this and will explain why. With that said I follow DC Hunter. He is a collector and from what I'VE seen he dose not over charge. Let's remember the USPS went to a flat rate system so there is going to be charge that is more than the HW itself. I go to flea markets on as many weekends as I can and there are sellers if they are selling mainlines for $2 I'll grab what I need Supers I really just don't give a well you know about anymore. My issue with Lamley is simple, them condoning this really hurts their integrity imo. As far as being here for the collector. The plainly cater to sellers advertise for sellers some of whom are over charging. Don't front and be like we are a blog for collectors. Yes you give great info and I love the blog but they should know more than anyone that some of these sellers are not scalpers but poachers. Plain and simple they go out with full intent to make a buck off he backs of true collectors. Now with that said there is a market so as long as there is a market this is the way it will be. Let's not forget some of us have real lives with real jobs or businesses that take much of our time. Some are willing to pay extra for someone else to do their leg work. Me I choose to realize I'm not going to get every piece I want or ever wanted. I will pay $1-$.50 for a wreck and make a one of a kind that no one has but me and I'm happy. Really if ou can not enjoy the hobby why bother and to result to say that someone should kill themselves over a $.99 car is utterly disgusting immature and that should had been taken down immediately with the climate of the world today! Listen I only threatened to leave the group once before and that was over badically the same issue. So as much as it irritates me people have to take advantage of people it pisses me off when someone can suggest someone kill themselves!

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  26. Just a bunch of crybaby bitches on this post. You are all fucking scalpers. Just cause you can't find shit want to blame it on the people that put in the work. Fuck y'all @diecast_hunter keep up the great work brother!

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  27. Oh damn it is Reagan's fault! He let the scalpers in and now they are scalping his presidential limo green machine! What goes around comes around Ronald!!!

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  28. Online raffles are illegal in most US states, they are a form of tax evasion and could be used to finance illegal activities such as drug trafficking and terrorism.

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  29. Oh damn it is Reagan's fault! He let the scalpers in and now they are scalping his presidential limo green machine! What goes around comes around Ronald!!!

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  30. The issue in my local area is a few "scalpers" that I have seen in action at KDay and when the holiday series came out.

    On KDay I brought my 1 year old son and got one ticket. One particular guy (probably 45-50 years old) wanted every one of a certain car, had his family (5 people) all get tickets to get more cars, this caused young kids from getting tickets. He refused to trade one of those fake Fiat THs even though he had baskets full of them and other cars, including 2 of the only Supers of the day. I gave my box of unwanted cars to a few young boys; this guy went over and stole it from them. A few minutes later, one of the boys came over to me as I was leaving and gave me a Fiat TH and thanked me for the box of cars. Crazy how that guy can see this is a "hobby" instead of a business. Furthermore, he was Canadian so most of these cars are all going across the border to be hoarded or sold.

    Another scalper was filling his cart with every car on the pegs from the holiday series. I just wanted one of the Volkswagens. One car! that's it. He refused to give me one. I sarcastically asked if he was a collector....he told me he sends these to his friend in some overseas country because they don't get them there.

    I've yet to find a Super in the wild, but that doesn't bother me. I just look for what I like and hope that on my random trips I find one or two (one for my sons basket).

    Its crazy to me how certain scalpers go all night collecting toy cars as grown men and don't admit its a business. Couldn't imagine looking my wife in the eyes and telling her "yup, sorry I wasn't home last night, was out for 7 hours finding 1000 toy cars."

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    2. Pretty bad if your gone that long. I spend maybe 2-3 hours at most. I use to spend alot of time but not anymore. I don't do every store but I have my route. I'm content. But Hey #HappyHuntin

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  31. "Furthermore, he was Canadian so most of these cars are all going across the border to be hoarded or sold."
    You do realize that as a US collector you have easy access to a numerous amount of US exclusive series, the lowest retail prices and shipping fees in the world, the most retail point of sales and a huge community of collectors, right? Damn Canadians, I dare them coming to OUR stores and buying OUR Hot Wheels.

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    1. Vote for Trump, he can send all theese canadians to Mexico. The only solution for this problem is, if Mattel wouldn't send their products in cases with 72 models in it. Instead they should make an online platform where everyone can order as much models as they want. Most of theese collectors/traitors are only interested in 5 or 6 different castings as you can see below. So everyone is happy and John could still do his kind of collecting and nobody gets mad.

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  32. #diecast_hunter lamleygroup does not follow you :(

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  33. I think we should monitor all people and allow them only one car to keep on card and one to crack. We should all submit to the mark of the beast

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17

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  35. The answer to this is really simple. Patience. If a new cast comes out today, don't buy it today. Just wait a bit and if you don't find it on the pegs at least you'll be able to get it at a much better price. We've all seen certain Ebay sellers who will sell a brand new casting for $10 and up but if you can wait a bit you can get the same casting from the same seller for under $3. Same goes for Super T-Hunts. A $30 car today, in 6 months, can sometimes go for as low as $8 - $9. No one NEEDS to collect these. You won't die if you don't get the newest casting right away. Remember this is a hobby. It shouldn't be an addiction.

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  36. A lot of people are going off on the scalpers, but who here has come across multiple Supers or one that you already had and left them behind? I very much doubt any of you would. That makes you all scalpers too in my opinion, even if you don't profit from it.

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    1. Me done it lots of times because i am not a seller

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    2. Archonoclast - Please do not judge others by your own low standards - just trying to find these things is a bloody nightmare, without greedy people taking everything, and leaving nothing for the rest of us - it is getting very close to the point i am going to dump Hot Wheels and Matchbox, because they just are not available anywhere near me - when you contact Mattel to buy direct, they want you to spend £30,000 a year - now thats pathetic and downright greedy - surely they would sell more if they offered the opportunity to buy direct, no middle man to pay out for, but no, Mattel only care about the USA, and believe me, the USA is only one small country in the world, and by negating the rest, they make themselves look stupid.

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  37. One thing must be said for collecting on this level: chicks don't dig it. No they don't...

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  38. Not as lucky as Diecast_Hunter, but, eventually I find what I desire. No hate, no extreme envy, just hopes to find his good luck eventually.
    Side note, living in a big city means people tear into these Hot Wheels like mad.

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  39. Better be glad that Hagar the Horrible never got into diecast collecting. We'd all be fucked.

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  40. This isnt collecting, this is called hoarding. Who needs 125 of the same car? It is unfair that people have to buy things for 20x the price because one person left none behind. That is greedy and unneccesary.

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  41. I am going to stir the pot a little bit here and say this:

    We as collectors ARE all SCALPERS in one form or another. It doesn't matter how many cars you buy. It doesn't matter how many you leave for the next guy. It all boils down to the same thing. At some point and time while collecting you will either trade or sell a piece of your collection for higher than what you paid for it period. Everyone does it. Some trade to get that missing piece they need to finish off a set. Some will sell because of personal matters to get as much money as possible. Everyone does it.

    There isn't anyone who collects that can say they don't know the "value" of a car when making any type of deal. Whether he/she is trading a Super Hunt for a Super Hunt, or selling a hard to find mainline for $5. Everyone does it. Don't pull the wool over your own eyes and deny that you are not a "scalper".

    I write this from experience for being in this hobby for 20 years. Before anyone comments that they are not like this I am putting this trade offer to you.

    Before and if anyone who comments that he/she is not a "scalper" then you agree to trade me a Super Hunt of my choice from your collection for a run of the mill mainline from my collection. If you truly are not a "scalper" then I should see some really great offers.

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  42. My biggest question about DH is whether:

    A. he just happens to be very lucky in being at Walmarts when boxes are being opened
    B.has done extensive research as to know when each store will be putting out boxes
    C. Has store contacts that let him know when new boxes arrive
    D. Has store contacts that hold off on putting items on the floor until he arrives to be able to look through them.

    If it's A-B, I have no issue, it's research and time that I don't have patience for and don't want to bother with. But C or D I think is an issue. Not particularly for the "Scalping" aspect, but for the fact that he is NOT letting the other customers in the area have a legitimate chance of getting the cars they're looking for without going through him. Those aren't examples of "You Snooze, you Lose", that's deliberate market manipulation, and I do have an issue with that.

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  43. Well - I'm in the UK and despite all those 'scalpers'; the US still has a far greater range of Hot Wheels on the pegs than here in the UK. I've lived in London and am now on the south coast, and sometimes for months, I can't find what all the good YouTubers show from their latest cases. It seems there is less of a Hot Wheels following in the UK and consequently turnover is lower and it's a common site to see shelves full of dog-eared cards.
    Only today I came across the Honda Odyssey - two of them! Great! The VW Square Back, the Porsche Carrera GT in flat black - this one came out what 4 months ago? I've yet to find the rest of the good castings which I saw on YouTube as far back as April. So I think the grass is still greener on the other side of the pond. Happy hunting!

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  44. Oh - and we don't even see RealRiders & Metal/Metal- so we're stuck with the basics!

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  45. Whatever. I just ignore the idiots. I'm happy with what I find whenever I find it.

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  46. The language here with these responses and comments is sickening. Telling someone to kill themselves? Grow up. F bombs. M fer word. Knock it off. Your ignorance is those who know me from HOTWHEELS collectors.com know I would buy all I found because I raok members, family and friends. These issues are not new. Too bad. Don't vilify someone for this. I have generally found things I wanted eventually. This is a hobby to have fun with. Lamley thanks for publishing my photo pictorial. On the side of this site with all the word links you will find my name. John Falk. Look at those pics and try getting creative with what you have. I would love to see others photography. If it's your man cave or creative work I would love to see it. I miss all of the great photography and sharing on Hotwheels collectors.com. Let go of the negativity and contempt for others. Life's too short.

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  47. I find the photos and creativity I miss from there here on this site.

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  48. Hi Steve - I meant in the UK - as a follow on to my 28th June 10.25 post - RealRiders & Metal/Metal are not stocked on UK shelves. Happy hunting.

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  49. As a Matchbox collector, it's not "scalpers" that make finding any model I want to take home a three or four time per year event despite weekly store visits, it's that Matchbox cases come packed with a huge number of generic castings that sit on the pegs for months or years, and only a handful of licensed castings that sell out in hours or days.

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  50. J has a point, IF it was C-D I wouldnt be social and yeah that is a meseed up way of huntin. Hell, that's not huntin. I'm A-B, yeag I may know when a bin is coming in but I do my homework /legwork , gas-time, to knoe when something is coming in that I'm really looking for. When it's not something I really want I dont put as much effort forward. I don't hit every store and I don't take every car. Yes u buy alot amd when u buy from multiple stores it makes the hauls nice. Sure most times I could be done at one bin but I make sure I leave some behind so I hit multiple to make sure I have alot. Also tend to buy more when the rewards program is going :)

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  51. Revisiting this post, see people still commenting. J has really good point regarding method of hunting (and see DH response). Thing is, when I first saw these photos, even though I don't live in Vegas, I wanted to *severely dislike* DH and I still don't love what he's doing--the hauls are excessive, even shocking--BUT (1) he's totally transparent: he posts on IG and allowed this article; (2) he appears to sell at reasonable prices. He probably helps out more people in HW community than he's hurting overall, but then again I don't know prices exactly. However I get tired of driving all over the place haha and would probably buy from him; (3) he appears to not clear out any one store. Say he hits 4 or 5 Wal-Marts and grabs 10-15 sets at each store--that may just be half of inventory at each store; he says he leaves plenty; (4) he puts in the work; (5) There are more nefarious scalpers out there, no question. I've seen some real pushy/greedy dudes. I'm sure their hauls go on eBay for high dollar.

    Ok, too much opining, it's supposed to be fun! I just hope DH enjoys collecting in that he's got his own stash of good stuff like most of us do. I don't think he's the worst guy in the world...HAPPY HUNTING DUDES

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  52. OMG! The comment that we are all scalpers has a lot of credence. However, there is a different element to scalp if you will. I have no problem with Joe Aka DC Hunter. Listen the guys who are on cussing and have no problem at all with any form of doing it are most likely the guys who are poaching for monetary gain. This is the simple fact if you don't like don't deal with them. Listen there is more important things in life! As far as Kdays most Kmarts will close it's only a matter of time. It is so bad that theyare going to take Sears with them. Now for all hoping that another store will do it, hope for Targets stores. Target has the strictest policy for employees and merchandise. If you ever run across a Target Employee showing favoritism to a collector that employee can be terminated. There is a reason that TRU is dead most of the time when you go in. Most true collectors know there are insiders so they don't even bother. Same goes for Kmart, Wal-Mart will let anyone look in boxes but the guys that can afford to get out there first are the guys that get the first look. Target used to limit guys from buying multiples of models but have easied up on it. They would be the fairest Retailer to take over and the guys that you see come out if it happens are the lowest of the bunch. I found multiple Taildraggers one Christmas season I would only trade them but even that is a long shot. I may at some point just rip the wheels for customs because their just sitting. I have no problem with with guys buying up RRs for project so why should I have a problem with someone spending all their time hunting. That is why I say scalpers are different from poachers. Scalpers usually charge extra for their service but are not out to kill anyone, poachers are the bottom feeders that are out for as much as they can get. It's up to you who you buy or don't buy from. This is not going away as long as collectors are willing pay....

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  53. Mattel - Turning people into toy car hoarding scalping arseholes since 1995

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  54. game of scalpers in us is nothing. when scalpers cannot sell their toys, they can always return to the stores. some other countries dont have return policy. so if we accidentally bought something that people don't like, our money are stuck

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