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CD TREASURE HUNTERS GUIDE: HOT WHEELS 2013:
This is a “How to Find Hot Wheels
Treasure Hunts" Guide based on historical results of delivery patterns over the prior 3 years. This provides an understanding of "when" Hot Wheels inventory has the highest likelihood of arriving at retailers such as Krogery Company and Wal-Mart.
· The Guide focuses on the Big 5 Hot Wheels Retailers such as
as Kroger Company (2424 Stores), Wal-Mart, Toys ‘R Us, Target and Kmart. A host of other major retailers of
Hot Wheels Treasure Hunts are covered as well.. This
specifically focuses on the correct time to be at these retailers to increase
your odds of finding fresh deliveries as well as Hot Wheels Treasure Hunts. At the same time, a Calendar has been derived based on 3 years of historical results to identify the correct weeks and days of the month to increase your chances of being the first to look through fresh Hot Wheels deliveries.
· This Guide will be most beneficial
to those Hot Wheels Collectors who average less than 5 Treasure Hunts a week or
less than 250 Treasure Hunts per year.
· The Treasure Hunter’s Guide does
not focus on what vehicles to get but rather what times , days, weeks or months
is best to find Treasure Hunts.
ABOUT THE GUIDE:
This Guide is 244 Pages long and is
done in Power Point. A free Power Point Reader may downloaded on powerpoint.com
The 2013 Treasure Hunters Guide will be a bi-annual update. This is best used from July 2013 - June 2014. The next Edition will be available in January.
More information on this Guide may
be seen at findtreasurehunts.com featuring You Tube Videos as well as EBay
Quick Links for Hot Wheels Treasure Hunts from 1995 – 2013. This is updated daily including the latest
Treasure Hunts available. Very handy given that the style of Treasure Hunts have changed giving you the
latest information possible on the newest vehicles available.
The Treasure Hunters Guide delves
into primarily the 5 largest retailers of Hot Wheels in the U.S. : Wal-Mart,
Kroger Company, KMart, Toys 'R Us and Target. These Chapters detail
the best historical times for these retailers to receive inventory based on
recorded results of 2011 – 2013. We
discuss not only Historical records but Tips and Tricks for Hot Wheels
Collectors as well as Strategies for being successful at these retailers. Of
particular interest is a complete list of Hot Wheels Kroger Stores across the U.S. including addresses. The states included are: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah And Washington State. A very valuable tool if you are travelling! This Guide was written as national piece. Delivery trends are nationwide. If one gets new stock in California, one can expect the same in Missouri, etc. Calendar variations may be off by a day or two but the trends still speak nationally. I have had a host of readers verify the accuracy of the calendar in multiple states!
The Hot Wheels Treasure Hunters
Guide also discusses when one can find Treasure Hunts at additional
retailers such as CVS, Walgreen’s, Albertson's, Safeway, Big Lots and the 99
This Guide features pictures of terminology
in the book and what casings you are looking for in your search such as Dump Bins, End Caps, Stand Alone Shippers, Scavenger Shippers, Cubes and Specialty Shippers.
The Guide is based on 3 Year Historical results. It takes those results and interprets them to the future year (July 2013 - June 2014. In 2012, this proved to 63% accuracy (i.e., 63% percent of the time, based on forecast for 2013, we hit a new delivery every 6.3 times out of 10 trips. 2013 accuracy is 71% (i.e., based on calendar forecast, 7.1 trips out of 10 were successful in finding Treasure Hunts). The major incident that dropped this to 71% was the delay in March by Kroger Company due to the hotwheelscollectors.com Promotion.
This Guide strives to be honest and
straight forward while recognizing the fact that some retailers do not play
well with Hot Wheels. We specifically
speak of courses of action in those events.
The Author is always open to
communicate especially for those who want to be successful in finding Hot
Wheels Treasure Hunts.
I am humbled and grateful to the prior readers
of this Guide for their extremely positive comments as well as suggestions for
improvement!. Although not a Best
Seller, I respect that 100's of Readers of this book have given positive
FB. Those comments may be seen under my
FB Rating for you! My favorite comments have been those that have brought fathers and sons together, the Collectors who have told me Treasure Hunting is fun again and the stories of first time big scores! Thank you!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND HOW THIS WORK ORIGINATED:
Ironically, if it were not for the great
financial debacle of 2008, this Guide may never have happened.
2007, I was laid off from an upper management job that included managing 44
Million dollar a year operations including retail. I decided to sell my Hot Wheels collection of
over fifty thousand pieces. This decision was
based primarily for two reasons. 1) I
was paying $200/Month in storage fees and, 2) I found
it was impossible to find Hot Wheels Treasure Hunts.
Since their inception in 1995, I had only
collected 7 Hot Wheels Treasure Hunts in a span of 12 years.. This was not for lack of trying. I felt
like I spent every waking hour searching
Wal-Marts, Targets and every other retailer I could find only to come up
with no results. I managed to sell my
complete collection on EBay except for 2 vehicles: the 1969 VW Beach Bomb with
surfboards in the rear as well as its matching counterpart, the VW Beach Bomb with surfboards
in the sides. Aside from those 2 vehicles, I ended my career as a Hot Wheels’ Collector .
Even though I had been collecting
since 1967, I no longer wanted to be frustrated by my search for Treasure Hunts.
2008 yielded a job offer in upper management to a new city. This city had one Wal-Mart, one Kmart, 2
Walgreen’s Drug, one 99 Cent Store, one Toys ‘R Us (a short drive away) and two
Kroger Grocery. I relocated only to find
out the company was downsizing instead of growing, a symptom of 2008 and I
found myself jobless.
That night, I walked into a Wal-Mart and
found 7 Hot Wheels Treasure Hunts. The
excitement was like nothing I had felt in all my years of collecting except
when I had found each of the VW Beach Bombs.
The key was the time I had gone into that Wal-Mart which was an entirely
unexpected time. Although I did get a
job doing what I didn’t want to do, my hobby had been reborn. The only difference was that I no longer
wanted to collect but preferred to sell instead.
The most important thing I did that day
was jot a note on my calendar when I had found the Treasure Hunts. I also noted my calendar for the rest of the
year. This was also the year that I started going to Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart,
Walgreen’s Drug, Big Lots, 99 Cent Store, Toys ‘R Us, Target and Kroger Grocery
every day for at least a year. I had the
Treasure Hunt Bug! Ultimately, 2008 was
the year that began my Wal-Mart and Kroger Grocery run for four consecutive
years of going in everyday and recording delivery days and times.
2009 matched 2008 to a close degree when
I could expect deliveries. I wondered if
I could base my delivery searches on the year prior’s calendar. I used my experience as a Manager to
construct a detailed daily record. 2009
yielded over 200 Treasure Hunts!
2010 and 2011 yielded much more success
being noted as the first years that I had found each and every regular and
Super Treasure Hunt Series Car for those years.
2011 was also the first year that I had found over 500 Treasure hunts in
a year. Diligently, I kept noting my scores at each and every retailer. But, I
was spending a lot of money on fuel for a good number of fruitless
searches. It became apparent that I did
not have to go searching every day.
2012 became the year that instead of going
out and searching every day, I would use the Calendar created from the years
prior and limit my runs to only those dates highlighted on the historical
calendar. 2012 yielded my record total
at 656 Treasure Hunts in a year. I also made 35,000 of revenue from reselling
Hot Wheels. 2012 was the year I decided
that other Hot Wheels collectors would want to know this. This was the first Guide that discussed
retailers as if you were in the back
room discussing historical records of deliveries with a receiving manager.
In 2013, the 1st Edition of the
Treasure Hunter’s Guide 2013 published on EBay.
The Editions, numbered 1st through 3rd, has received
a multitude of positive comments with my favorite comments being those stories
of fathers and sons being brought closer together, the Collector’s first Dump
Bin Score and those comments that say a work like this is long overdue.
The goal of this book is to make Hot Wheels Treasure
Hunting more accessible to all Collectors
as well as to make Treasure Hunting fun again. As you will learn on the field, Treasure Hunting
is highly competitive and I am one of many to make a lot of money on Hot Wheels.
Whether it be a hard-core collector or one who sells for profit, They know that
the trick is to be at the right place, at the right time, before anybody
else. If there’s one thing you will
quickly learn, the first to a Dump Bin, Case, Scavenger Cube or End Cap, all
Collectors will take all the Treasure Hunts.
Very few leave a Treasure Hunt for the next Collector…many may argue the
point but the fact remains that .success means you have to be there first. This
Guide will give you a leg up on the competition. Very few people can remember the exact date
and time items came in the year prior much less 3 years prior. It is this historical pattern that will give
you the best odds to be in the right place, at the right time!
This Guide also includes the address of every Kroger grocery in the U.S. that receives Hot Wheels (2424 Locations!).
Please take a look at the website
findtreasurehunts.com for 2013 Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt releases as well as
EBay Quick Links for all Treasure Hunts made from 1995 – 2013. The website also lists the addresses of all
Kroger Grocery nationwide – my favorite Choice for Hot Wheels Collectors.
This year, I anticipate Hot Wheels Sales of Fifty Thousand Dollars. I use the information in this
book alone to get there….Thank goodness for 2008!
This book was designed for you, the Hot
Wheels Collector, whether young or experienced, I believe this Guide will
benefit you by putting you in the right place at the right time.
(GOOD LUCK TREASURE HUNTING!)
More information on the Author as
well as information about the book can be found at the Author’s Website:
findtreasurehunts.com. The Website, although almost complete, is still a
work in progress and updates are made daily.
The Site also features EBay Quick Links for all Hot Wheels Treasure
Hunts released from 1995 to present.
READER COMMENTS FROM TREASURE HUNTERS GUIDE:
HOT WHEELS 2013
“Thanks to your (Hot Wheels Guide)
updates, I hot my local Walmart and was the first to go through a Dump Bin: 9
Boxes and 2 Super Treasure Hunts! Thanks
for the Head’s Up and God Bless!” Dale, Charleston, S.C.
“Great! Thank you very much! This information is very
valuable and I have read it all!” Roger, Clarke, MO
“Great Seller! Can’t wait to Treasure Hunt!” Henderson, NV
“Love it! Thanks! This Guide has
loads of information! “ Michael, Bunker Hill, WV
“Paul is a Great guy to work with
and his Guide is top notch!” Chuck, La Porte, IN
“Great Guide! I have found twice as many Treasure Hunts in
a week than I have in 5 years!” Colin, Orange, CA
“Great CD! Great Ebayer!” Sam,
“I got your Treasure Hunters Guide
for 2013 and I want to say Thank you for Everything! So far, 4 super Treasure
Hunts and 11 Regular Treasure Hunts.. I
feel like a sniper. I know about them before anybody else does around here and
eight out of ten times, I have had first shot! God Bless You and thanks for
sharing the fun!” Edgar, Hartselle, AL
“I just read through your TREASURE
HUNTERS GUIDE cover to cover and I thought it was very informative, even to myself, a
Collector of 10 years…Thank you for taking the time to put this Guide together.
It is much appreciated and long overdue…! Adam Houston, TX
For less than the cost of one Super Treasure
Hunt, this Guide will pay for itself over and over again by putting yourself in
the right place at the right time. Or, for less than a quarter tank of gas, this Guide will improve your Treasure Hunting Skills at least by One Super Treasure Hunt a month and you will save a lot of gas at the same time!
Nobody is going to put a Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt in your hand. Like anything, work and perseverance will yield results. This Guide will help you get there!
Good Luck Treasure Hunting!
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Thanks Again for looking! Paul