Discussion in 'General Chit Chat' started by Buzz Bumble, Sep 19, 2017.
From BBC.com ...
Not surprised by this. They have been in trouble for years, and just aren't very competitive with pricing. It would be a shame if they disappeared though. Big box toy hunting is not that much fun, and TRU is a fun destination.
We have a chain of toy shops here called Toyworld that has been around for many many years, but their prices are higher than the department store chains that have toy sections (The Warehouse, Kmart, Farmers) so it's amazing that they still exist at all. There are fewer branches than there used to be, but some of them have simply changed to being independent toy shops rather than part of the Toyworld chain.
For example, the Star Wars HotWheels starships (not the character cars) are NZ$15 at ToyWorld (gone down to NZ$13 for the new releases), but NZ$12 at Farmers and only NZ$10 at The Warehouse. Although even those are over-priced compared to overseas web stores like EntertainmentEarth (until you add in the shipping costs anyway).
Toys R Us is closing down its UK stores now and will soon close down the US stores as well.
Apparently none of this affects the Australian stores (which I think is a separate company using the same name under license). There aren't any branches in New Zealand anyway.
Possibly some bargains and new finds to be had at the closing down sales. There have been reports of some Han Solo movie toys being found at Toy R Us branches trying to get rid of their stock.
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