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Target is really a depressing place to have to try to shop for toys. I know that in more legitimate parts of our consumer world, there is still the concept of a proper toy store, even if most Toys R Us establishments are no longer the warehouse-esque monstrosities that I remember fondly from my childhood (though that's probably some selective memory at work). Living as I do in the stagnant backwater of lower middle class America, lifted only from the grinding certainty of unimprovable daily existence by the presence of an academic institution to which people may direct their love or hate, the options pretty much look like Target and Walmart. Bad times to be sure.

Today at Target, as I am eternally the optimist, I again went in search of the increasingly-rare latest Deluxe, Voyager and Leader class Transformer Movie toys. Of course, the shelves were even more bare than they had been two days ago. Knowing even before I lifted their 'red phone' that it was an idea that had failed before it began, I decided to summon the helpful Target staff to pump them for information. A very pleasant young lady approached the phone, well under the 60 seconds that Target corporate has mandated (I shudder to think of the consequences of 61 seconds) and eagerly awaited my question. I yammered out something about 'are there any more transformers in the back' and, while lamely gesturing at the nearly empty shelves 'do you know if you are getting any further shipments in?'. She brightly replied that everything was out on the shelf, and while she really didn't know the ordering specifics, as they are all "electronic", that she was sorry to tell me that they probably wouldn't get anything further until Christmas.

I'm a sucker but even I can't believe that. Such uninformed, but desperately pleasant help just made Target the official Most Depressing Place to Shop for Transformers. That image actually comes up with that phrase, and is also today's Internet Aneurysm.
Posted by charlie on August 7th 2007
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