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Surprising items sold at "regular" stores

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Surprising items sold at "regular" stores

What are some surprising items you've found that really shouldn't be part of a particular store's inventory?

TIF, Best Buy carries $400 Montblanc meisterstuck wallets.

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rf134a wrote:
Oct 17th, 2016 4:45 pm
What are some surprising items you've found that really shouldn't be part of a particular store's inventory?

TIF, Best Buy carries $400 Montblanc meisterstuck wallets.
Are these wallets drop shipped from the manufacturer since they can be purchased online only?
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tk1000 wrote:
Oct 17th, 2016 7:05 pm
rf134a wrote:
Oct 17th, 2016 4:45 pm
What are some surprising items you've found that really shouldn't be part of a particular store's inventory?

TIF, Best Buy carries $400 Montblanc meisterstuck wallets.
Are these wallets drop shipped from the manufacturer since they can be purchased online only?
It's a marketplace seller listing those wallets. It's the equivalent of Amazon's marketplace. Pretty much the survival strategy for many big retailers including Sears.
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It looks to me like jomashop.com is one of BestBuy.ca's suppliers. Looking at Tissot automatics as an example, Best Buy's prices for each model are exactly the same as what jomashop.com shows, only Best Buy has converted them to CAD and then marked them all up by exactly 33%. Even that Montblanc wallet is sold at jomashop.

I wonder how many Canadians have ordered this jomashop.com from Best Buy and paid the big premium, which Best Buy of course advertises as "Save $$$ sale ends December 31 2024"
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Maybe, but those are sold by a third party vendor on Best Buy... Best Buy Canada is copying Best Buy US, which followed in the footsteps of other retailers like Walmart and Amazon in letting third party sellers use their platform to list and sell items.
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Kiraly wrote:
Oct 17th, 2016 7:17 pm
I wonder how many Canadians have ordered this jomashop.com from Best Buy and paid the big premium, which Best Buy of course advertises as "Save $$$ sale ends December 31 2024"
Probably not that many.

Best Buy makes it clear on the product page and shopping cart:

  • Sold and shipped by [Vendor] Seller's shipping policy
  • These items can't be returned to Best Buy Stores. Return policy
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Do you consider "Costco" a regular store? They sell some pretty high end items sometimes

example...Patek watches have been seen in US costcos

http://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/attenti ... 65473.html
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Groceries in a drug store.
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NCIX lists the weirdest things in their supplier feeds.
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I once saw "personal massage tools" being sold at a dollar store.

In some states in the US, you can't sell a sexual stimulation massage tool by calling it a d----, v-------, etc. so they'll use more "medical" sounding terms for what it is. I'm guessing what they bought it on overstock and didn't realize what it was.
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ConsoleWatcher wrote:
Oct 19th, 2016 12:37 pm
I once saw "personal massage tools" being sold at a dollar store.

In some states in the US, you can't sell a sexual stimulation massage tool by calling it a d----, v-------, etc. so they'll use more "medical" sounding terms for what it is. I'm guessing what they bought it on overstock and didn't realize what it was.
I wouldn't be so sure, you can buy condoms and other sex-related stuff at Dollarama depending on stock, not sure why you wouldn't be able to.
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ThermKitty wrote:
Oct 19th, 2016 12:45 pm
ConsoleWatcher wrote:
Oct 19th, 2016 12:37 pm
I once saw "personal massage tools" being sold at a dollar store.

In some states in the US, you can't sell a sexual stimulation massage tool by calling it a d----, v-------, etc. so they'll use more "medical" sounding terms for what it is. I'm guessing what they bought it on overstock and didn't realize what it was.
I wouldn't be so sure, you can buy condoms and other sex-related stuff at Dollarama depending on stock, not sure why you wouldn't be able to.
It was more how they had it displayed than the fact they sold it at all; it was pretty much near the front of the store, not tucked away near the back. I just found it funny that it really appeared that they didn't really know what it really was.

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