I don't think they do it on purpose. Some stores just get more of something than others. I heard that the hologram Ki-Adi-Mundi action figure was rare in NY. ....however in MT there were probably more of that figure than any other.
And if you want to buy OL but stay away from ebay, then there's a lot of other sites you can order from. Amazon.com is reliable. walmart.com is good. The starwarsshop.com part of starwars.com is good. I've never ordered from hasbro.com but I figure they're probably good too.
Also this thread goes in the Collecting section.
Reality doesn't care if you believe in it.
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