Just letting everyone know that just because something is discontinued, it doesn't mean you can't still find it on the shelf of a major retailer long afterwards! I was in the Toys R Us in Pickering (just East of Toronto) last week.
Normally the Toys R Us stores I go into are pretty much the same.. a good selection of Lego, but pretty much the same. Imagine my surprise when I found about 12 8087 TIE Defenders on their shelf! I noticed them because of the old style box. I pulled out my cell and pulled up the info on Bricklink and sure enough, discontinued last May! As I stood there wondering what it's resale might be, and how many I should buy, I glance over down the shelf and see an 8097 Slave 1 sitting there! I have been dying to get one for months, and even tried contacting a guy in Germany on Amazon.de to sell me one at 1.5x the price, but he wouldnt sell direct to me. I figured maybe this was a recent return and they made space on the shelf for it to try to sell it again. It was also discontinued in May 2011.
I was already thinking I had just come across a gold mine, when I took it off the shelf and found THREE more behind it! Now I was thinking, my wife will kill me if I spend like $700 on Lego in one day, but I knew if any other AFOL came into that store they wouldn't hesitate. It was also Wednesday, and I thought: "Hey, I will buy one now so I have it, and then when the new flyer drops Thursday night, if there's some kind of bogo or % off on Lego, then I'll be back 9am on Friday morning". When I got home I said to myself: "No, stupid, you could go back on Friday and they could all be gone!" I went back the very next morning and sure enough, one was gone, so I grabbed the last two, counted my blessings, and grabbed two TIE Defenders for good measure. Lesson learned!
FYI there were still about 10 Tie Defenders on the shelf Thursday around noon, for anybody who wants to pop by and see if they made it through the weekend!
PS, they had 1 x 10198 Tantive IV, 3 x 8038 Battle of Endor's, 1 x 8098 Clone Turbo Tank as well as of Sept 27th!