Amazon.com and .ca, on the other hand, can be pretty terrible. I know from your squawkbox posts that you guys have your issues with Amazon over there, although you're lucky to have stronger government regulations and a union there. I gather the warehouse workers in the USA and Canada have it pretty crappy, with very high turnover, close to minimum wage pay, and no unions
I'm not sure how it works on the customer's end. As packers, we sometimes have items that are flagged as "overwrap", which means we absolutely have to put them into a box even if they're already in pretty sturdy manufacturer packaging.
I stirred up some trouble at work, complained about the blatant neglect of employee safety. Was asked to take photos and write down the locations so the matter could be properly escalated. Made me feel a little better.
And if they had been unfriendly: he would have simply slaughtered them with diseases they couldn't fight, and technology they couldn't match until they as a people did not exist. There's something about european backgrounds that drive us to exploit.
He described the peoples he encountered as some of the most friendly and giving in the world, so naturally, he ate all their food, enslaved them and put them to work looking for gold that did not exist, until they as a people did not exist.
He said the world was round-o! (He said the world was round-o!) He said it could be found-o! (He said it could be found-o!) That hypothetical, calculated, son-of-a-gun, Columbo! (That hypothetical, calculated, son-of-a-gun, Columbo!)
I'm not saying NOT to sell toys, or not to profit doing so. I'm all in favor of it! I'm just saying that unless it is actually your BUSINESS to sell toys, I don't think it's the best move to expend a huge amount of your real income on them thinking that they will always give back. I've always had a big profit be a pleasant surprise. I never expect it to be a regular thing. My collection 'theme' since my nephew was born has been "make sure I get toys that can actually be played with" because he's a little boy and they are robots. "No, no, don't touch! Highly valuable collectible!" is just code for "I am an idiot with no grip on reality". MP Grimlock and Thomas the Train have gone on a few adventures together.
Also, for those who thought I was bluffing:
This is my last original G1 collection, in total. Thundercracker was my first TF ever, that I gradually broke every part on. The cassette was a gift from a lady who no longer remembers me most of the time. I'm keeping these.