Our plight of empty pegs has moved up in the world as Jalopnik recently wrote an article about the lack of Hot Wheels in every retail store.
They cover all the worldly suspects - manufacturing, logistics, demand - but they also highlight the plight that will never go away: snipers, or as they put them, "sharks." Or as I often call them, the Door Warmers.
The villain of every casual collector and modder, these are the folks that seemingly open the boxes in the store, help the stock boys (or pay them off) and just otherwise buy everything they can find just to resell for 25 cents more on eBay.
As the article discusses, it's so bad right now that even common(ish) mainline cars are selling for anywhere from $5 to almost $50. It's nuts and it's sad.
But the post also hits on something we should all consider...all the non-Hot Wheels brands. The Hot Wheels might be empty peggers but even here in Ohio I've seen pegs full of Matchbox and other brands.
So here's your challenge
And I think it's one we need.
Don't fret over the lack of HW cars...just use what you can get. We pull them apart and rebuild them faster and better anyway, so challenge yourself to do that with what you can find. It's easy to make a fast V16. Try your hand at an "off-brand" casting you're not familiar with...you might be surprised.
And the article also hits on Hot Wheel's own collector club and the "problems" with that type of selling and collecting, but that's another beast for another time.
Read the whole article over on Jalopnik