If you go out at night, raiding the pallets for new cases of Hot Wheels, I would say luck is not as big a factor. More power to you, honestly. If that is how you want to spend your nights, go for it.
For the rest of us, finding a Super is about luck, or being at the right place at the right time. It is a random occurrence, and always a treat when it happens. Case in point? My 2018 vs 2019.
I used to able to hit a store or two every day. That was around 2013/2014. My job required me to travel through several towns in Utah, and if I had a spare minute I would pop into a Walmart or Target or elsewhere and have a look. The last few years I am lucky if I get into 2-3 stores a week.
Yes, I get some models sent to me, but the joy of a Super isn’t necessarily owning it. It’s finding it. So I go into a store to look around, and if I am lucky, get that “oh sh*t” swell when a Super appears. It doesn’t happen often, and it truly is random.
And yes, if you really want to find one, frustrating. It seems for some, watching others finding Supers can really rile them up. I get it, but there is one secret to finding Supers consistently. Dedicate your life to it. Those that always find them are religiously checking brickseek, able to drop everything and go to store after store, and spend a lot more time driving than most of us. It is all there for you if you want it. But if you don’t do that, rely on the random find. A good way to think about it is the very best baseball players get a hit about 3 times out of every 10 at-bats. They don’t complain that pitcher’s fast pitches are unfair. If they thought that they would go play in an intramural baseball league and get their 10 hits.
I will say it over and over again. Are there scalpers? Yes. But is everyone who finds a Super before you a scalper? Nope. There is a good chance it is someone like you who had their “oh sh*t” moment. And you might be next. If it happened every day, it wouldn’t be fun.
So, with all that said, luck has been on my side. Last year I found two Supers in the wild by myself. A Fairlady Z at a small town Krogers, and an Audi RS6 at a small town Shopko. One was a stop for coffee and the other a stop to visit a pharmacy for work. The Z was February, the Audi December (I think). I did find another Super, but that was because a friend who hunts more than I do got word that a new bin was hitting and he invited me to film. We found the Super together, and he kept it.
This year? Three Civics at one Walmart in an early afternoon in January, a Corvette at another small town Kroger, and now three Mustangs in a Walmart Easter bin right smack dab in the middle of Salt Lake City around noon.
That is the video I am posting today. I was there because a friend told me he saw the new Pop Culture Skyline there that morning, and I was nearby at lunch so I went in to see if it was still there. I just happened upon the bin, figured it had been looked through because my friend would have told me, but was surprised to see a Zamac Skyline I was looking for sitting on top.
So I dug. And I am glad I did. A Walmart employee laughed when she saw me and said she had never seen me before, and the “regulars” who come by wouldn’t be happy that I got to it first. I told her to tell them a handsome blogger found them and to tune into YouTube.
In case you were wondering, there is that other find: