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  • DadsAFOLDadsAFOL USAMember Posts: 617
    My guess is that people have written sniping bots for the lightning deal since there is no commitment to buy, so you have hundreds of auto-clicks happening at the instant it opens. Then the bot owner has plenty of time to see if they really want it. That's why people hundreds deep into the waitlist still get one. The waitlist is the human shoppers. I'm surprised Amazon doesn't add a captcha to squash the bot activity.
    Coolsplash
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    That might be true... it would be even nicer if there was more than a few hundred of something for sale at that price.

    Worse, a lot of the lightning deals were clearly setup before the price match to Walmart, some of them are the same 30% off they already were.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    I know that I'm trolling but I didn't see a single Lego set on Amazon today that was significantly cheaper than it has been in the past month. If anything you missed out on some of the best deals like the X-Wing for $38 and the Millennium Falcon for $105 by waiting too long. Those are not even in stock currently on Amazon. I don't consider a Clone Wars set that no one has ever heard of for 30% being a good deal. But each to their own. I think many people get caught up in the feeding frenzy to even realize it.
    y2josh
  • BlueMoonUSABlueMoonUSA Member Posts: 116
    Waitlist position no.1 for LOTR Wizard Battle lol :)
  • thenosthenos Twin Cities, MNMember Posts: 438
    edited November 2013
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  • cloaked7cloaked7 Member Posts: 1,448
    mathew said:

    I know that I'm trolling but I didn't see a single Lego set on Amazon today that was significantly cheaper than it has been in the past month. If anything you missed out on some of the best deals like the X-Wing for $38 and the Millennium Falcon for $105 by waiting too long. Those are not even in stock currently on Amazon. I don't consider a Clone Wars set that no one has ever heard of for 30% being a good deal. But each to their own. I think many people get caught up in the feeding frenzy to even realize it.

    I checked Amazon on and off today and I pretty much found the same thing. My take on it was that a lot of it had to do with timing. I think they ran 30% off on a lot of sets to price match Walmart, but not sure if the prices lasted all day long. As is typical for Amazon prices changed a lot as I was checking. Some Creator houses were at a good price, but didn't last long enough for me to take advantage. I did hit it right on a couple of cargo trains. I got them for $125, a great price for a set with a RRP of $180. The LEGO lightning deals were impossible to snag.

  • GIR3691GIR3691 Member Posts: 672
    Helm's Deep 100% out instantaneously AND waitlist filled in 10 seconds. Okay.
  • y2joshy2josh Member Posts: 2,002
    mathew said:

    I know that I'm trolling but I didn't see a single Lego set on Amazon today that was significantly cheaper than it has been in the past month. If anything you missed out on some of the best deals like the X-Wing for $38 and the Millennium Falcon for $105 by waiting too long. Those are not even in stock currently on Amazon. I don't consider a Clone Wars set that no one has ever heard of for 30% being a good deal. But each to their own. I think many people get caught up in the feeding frenzy to even realize it.

    I picked up the last Helm's Deep I needed at $92 (and even that's been available cheaper at various points), but I'm inclined to agree. In general, I think Black Friday deals are getting worse and worse, but the mystique of Black Friday is often enough to drive purchases.
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,258
    Got on the waiting list for HD. Now what, bribe the doorman to let me in? Stare in futile expectation for 2+ hours?
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    y2josh said:

    mathew said:

    I know that I'm trolling but I didn't see a single Lego set on Amazon today that was significantly cheaper than it has been in the past month. If anything you missed out on some of the best deals like the X-Wing for $38 and the Millennium Falcon for $105 by waiting too long. Those are not even in stock currently on Amazon. I don't consider a Clone Wars set that no one has ever heard of for 30% being a good deal. But each to their own. I think many people get caught up in the feeding frenzy to even realize it.

    I picked up the last Helm's Deep I needed at $92 (and even that's been available cheaper at various points), but I'm inclined to agree. In general, I think Black Friday deals are getting worse and worse, but the mystique of Black Friday is often enough to drive purchases.
    Black Friday is pretty much for suckers.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310

    Waitlist position no.1 for LOTR Wizard Battle lol :)

    Told me I was number one as well for same set. Took about a half an hour to go through. The few dollars was definitely not worth the time waiting around for it to open up.

  • DougoutDougout Member Posts: 888
    Suckers have turned Black Friday into what it is today. Retailers cashed in because they knew people would run around for the thrill of the hunt and that is what happened. However, I also know things are very bad this season, there aren't enough jobs in the US to pay people to go and buy merchandise, so this is pretty much what I expected.

    Places like Amazon and Target have poised themselves nicely as they watch other retailers struggle selling their junky shelf warmers. The ingenious part of Amazon is they probably didn't even need to do 30% off to move sales, they only did it to steal Walmart customers. They could have easily gotten away with mass sales from all the work other retailers put into sensationalizing Black Friday, plus their gimmicky 'lightning deals'. I mean the name pretty much tells you that you are not going to get in on the deal, but it just sounds so cool and interesting. Better stick around, refresh, and keep shopping for a couple hours. Amazon, you sly devils you.
  • legogregorslegogregors Member Posts: 402
    During the countdown for HD, I started clicking where I thought the add to cart button would show up with one or two seconds left. That landed me on the waitlist and then I actually was able to order about 5 minutes later! Definitely seems rigged or they only had a few hundred...
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    ^ I did the same thing and no use.
  • thenosthenos Twin Cities, MNMember Posts: 438
    edited November 2013
    #7939 back @ $125.99, $.90 cheaper than #7938.
  • BlueMoonUSABlueMoonUSA Member Posts: 116
    margot said:

    Waitlist position no.1 for LOTR Wizard Battle lol :)

    Told me I was number one as well for same set. Took about a half an hour to go through. The few dollars was definitely not worth the time waiting around for it to open up.

    I never even got off the waitlist. I guess Amazon lied and I was really No.2 :)
    Agreed on the time thing...sheesh! I swear people are writing scripts or something to claim these lightning deals so fast.
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,979

    During the countdown for HD, I started clicking where I thought the add to cart button would show up with one or two seconds left. That landed me on the waitlist and then I actually was able to order about 5 minutes later! Definitely seems rigged or they only had a few hundred...


    I doubt it is rigged. If just 100 people in each state tries for an offer, that is 5k people all clicking at once. Even if they have 5k items, they sell out instantly. I think 5000 people going after a prime Holiday item like Lego is crazy conservative. It is no wonder they are gone instantaneously.

    mathew said:



    Black Friday is pretty much for suckers.

    Eh. I think it is about using it to one's advantage.

    I do agree. Some of the "deals" I saw on Amazon today were not deals.
    I did, though, pick up some real deals today while out, and other deals on previous weeks when I felt we hit lows. The Key is knowing prices well in advance, so you'd an spot an actual deal when you see it.




  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,674
    If anyone is interested, large base plate 48x48 is back at $11.19 or 30% off.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    #70705 GS bug obliterator is 50% off.
  • ShouldavilleShouldaville Member Posts: 51
    In addition to the great deals, sync your AmEx card and tweet #AmexAmazon to get $25 off $75 Amazon purchase.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    edited December 2013
    ^I try not to give any companies access to my facebook account. (or twitter account) You're also giving away your friend's info when do that. But thanks for the reminder because I just fixed all my settings that allowed everyone else's apps to access my data (SIGH..........)
    http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/04/03/how-to-stop-your-friends-facebook-apps-from-accessing-your-private-information/
  • ShouldavilleShouldaville Member Posts: 51
    Yes...I don't do the Facebook stuff, but I'm not as concerned just using Twitter to snag deals.
  • nkx1nkx1 Member Posts: 719
    edited December 2013
    ^^I don't use twitter except to take advantage of the occasional deal (such as this). So it's of zero consequence to me if Amex sees me four tweets!

    I was hoping to snag a Horizon Express from Amazon, but it looks like they haven't carried it for a while, unfortunately,
  • nkx1nkx1 Member Posts: 719
    ^I forgot to add that if you don't want to use twitter, you can just log in to your Amex account and click on the Offers for You (or something like that) tab and add the deal to your card. That's how I did it. It's good 'till 12/31.
  • galahad2309galahad2309 Member Posts: 33
    Jabba's palace $69.69
    Rancor pit $33.xx

    just bought both...
  • ninjagolightlyninjagolightly Member Posts: 140
    Galactic Titan down to 59.
  • JP3804JP3804 Member Posts: 332
    79008 Down to $60.34
  • turtle1173turtle1173 Member Posts: 230
    I bought the rancor pit at $39.99 :-( The item has shipped but I haven't received it yet. Any chance they will refund the difference?
  • andystarandystar Member Posts: 275
    ^ Yes, if you do a chat before the price goes back up they will credit you the difference.
  • andystarandystar Member Posts: 275
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  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,689
    andystar said:

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  • andystarandystar Member Posts: 275
    edited December 2013
    ^ sorry, in my haste to sweeten the deal I forgot
  • dr_tengdr_teng Member Posts: 101
    Wow, that Jabba's palace price seems amazing, shame it seems to have died before I woke up.
  • odshowtimeodshowtime Member Posts: 49
    I've been stalking the rancor pit for many months and it's finally at the right price.
    red237
  • absolut3absolut3 Member Posts: 83
    at te 75019 - $49.26 (45% off)
    jabba sail 75020 - $72.67 (39% off)
  • SquareSideSquareSide Member Posts: 170
    Must resist sail barge!
    FollowsClosely
  • SquareSideSquareSide Member Posts: 170
    DeLorean is $27.xx
  • cloaked7cloaked7 Member Posts: 1,448
    JP3804 said:

    79008 Down to $60.34

    Thanks for sharing. Incredible price! I snagged my limit of 2.

  • absolut3absolut3 Member Posts: 83
    for anyone who missed jabba palace at 69.69, if you get two at target you can almost get the same price
    chuckp
  • CircleKCircleK U.S. - Columbus, OhioMember Posts: 1,055
    JP3804 said:

    79008 Down to $60.34

    I just messaged them for the adjustment since I had bought it on BF when it hit 30% off. It was a hard purchase bc I really didn't want it that much. I purchased it only to complete the 2nd wave of LotR. Getting it at 40% off will help me sleep a little better. $60 bucks for a large ship is a steal.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    edited December 2013
    Sail Barge $73. Hobbit Bag End for $48. Pirate ship for $60. Damn you Amazon!
    margotCircleKFollowsCloselyogelogel
  • turtle1173turtle1173 Member Posts: 230
    edited December 2013
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  • dragonhawkdragonhawk USMember Posts: 633
    The Gund bear (http://www.amazon.com/Gund-2013-Amazon-Collectible-Plush/dp/B00CBPX98W/) is free with your $75 order of toys. You have to manually put it in your cart though. If nothing else, these can always be donated to Toys for Tots or other local charities.

    Oh and by the way, Constitution Train is $61.19 !!!
  • bor2112bor2112 Member Posts: 289
    Must stop reading forum, must stop checking amazon, must stop...
    cloaked7Bumblepantsogelogelthenosred237BuriedinBricksMathBuilder
  • cloaked7cloaked7 Member Posts: 1,448
    bor2112 said:

    Must stop reading forum, must stop checking amazon, must stop...

    You got that right. Sometimes LEGOS are like plastic crack! :-)

    I need to get myself a hobby to keep me busy so that I don't have time for LEGOS. Errrr.... wait... LEGOS is my hobby! Eeeeekkkkkk!!!!!

  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    I just had to warn my mother not to say anything about all of my Lego boxes when she comes to visit for Christmas. I confess, I am a Lego addict. :-)
    ogelogel
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 873
    At-te too good to pass up!
  • lordzaraklordzarak OH, United StatesMember Posts: 329
    Just when I think I was done, Amazon drags me back in. I was going to get Colby City when it hit 50% after Christmas, but this the same thing if you factor in no sales tax. Also got the Temple of Light for the nice parts and bit the bullet on the Rancor Pit.
    klatu003
  • crosseyedpiratecrosseyedpirate Member Posts: 44
    Battle at the Black Gate is now $39.94
  • samiam391samiam391 A log cabin in PA, United StatesMember Posts: 4,395
    Jabba's Palace went back down to $70 apparently. There was 1 left in stock and I didn't hit checkout fast enough. I'll be watching the rest of the day hoping for a discount.
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