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I've seen about a dozen sets at or near 50% off today, including several Star Wars sets.
That's nuts... 47% off Jabba's Palace and Rancor Pit? Yikes! Similar discounts on a number of other sets as well, but none seem to last very long.
Feels like a fire sale... maybe I need to buy a few fire stations. :)
That being said, has anyone else noticed how much smaller the new one is compared to the old one?
It seems there is a price match limit...
Amazon has been making "exceptions" to their 7 day rule for me all morning...
28 e-mails in, and they finally contacted me and let me know that for now, no further exceptions will be made "due to the large number of price matching requests that have been made".
They will continue to honor the 7 day rule. This is specific to me, not to everyone else.
I understand it... not thrilled about it, but I do understand...
What is a shame is that they don't enable automatic price matching right from the order page. They do it for some items, like TVs that have a 14 day matching policy, but not for everything. It would save them a ton of work to simply have a 14 day policy across the board and allow you to go in and request auto-price match right from the order information page on their web site.
Think of the staff time to answer all those price match e-mails!
I'm not surprised though. LEGO realized that people will buy sets for SW even though they are smaller and will change more and will continue to do this until people stop buying them.
I bought one a year ago, before hearing about the new one. After getting 1/3 the way through the instructions, I couldn't finish it, the instructions are terrible.
Frankly, most sets more than 3 years old have a noticeable drop-off in instruction quality, in my personal opinion.
7675 and 7676 weren't too bad, but 6210 was just not fun to build. Maybe I'm spoiled by the new stuff, but the 6xxx series of Star Wars sets is just too old.
As far as price, I think it's easy to look at the sail price of $72 (while still good) and think it is incredible, when really.. it isn't. 6210 was marked at $75 for 781 pieces, while 75020 is marked at $120 for 850 pieces. With most of surplus pieces going into making the nose of the barge, which in my opinion looks disastrous. I realize that many things contribute to the higher price, new molds, new pieces, inflation, etc.. however I still don't think it is justified.
I definitely think that LEGO is going the way of over pricing some of their sets, and then putting them on decent "discounts" that really aren't that great of discounts... but rather these are prices that they would have normally charged for the set.
That being said, I won't argue with the 40% off they went with today, that discount was severe enough to make it more of a bargain.
That is the real question, because while 6210 was good for its day, that day was awhile ago. :)
All I'm saying is that considering what a new-in-box 6210 costs today (or even a year ago), the new one for $72 is not a bad deal.
Whatever you might say about "marking them up to discount them", and you're correct in saying it, marking them down to 50% off wasn't the idea I don't think.
Jabba's Palace was $66 this morning on Amazon. Nuts! Even more so considering it is now sold out and gone and the price is right up to retail.
While I cleared that up, I'm sure it looks funny to their fraud dept.
Then Amazon goes and starts marking sets 40% off...
What is a deal person supposed to do? :)
^Unplug your internet and RUNNNN for the hills...so many good deals.
Broke down and Ordered a Eradicator Mech just because I thought it looked like a cool build...
While I appreciate the service, I also expect it. Price adjustments on recently purchased items (ones within the return period) is a standard service and a one week window really isn't that long. I get price adjustments at brick and mortars for items two and three weeks out all the time. Again, I really appreciate the service but I don't feel like Amazon is going above and beyond here.
Anybody need a bear? :)
And for those that bought from Amazon today -- hopefully you did so with your Amex after having registered your card for $25 off. So add that to your savings :)
I ended up buying the Ninjago Temple of Light set at 42% off.
I posted a week or so ago that I felt this season had FAR more discounting than the past few years. Some seemed to agree, others felt it wasn't that big.
I guess the question is, after the past week, does anyone disagree anymore that this has been, by far, the greatest LEGO discounting pre-Christmas in years?
When is the last time Star Wars sets have been 45+% off Black Friday weekend? Mainline sets like Jabba's Palace and new sets like AT-TE Walker?
25% off is one thing, 30% is great... a half dozen Star Wars sets were > 45% off the past 2 days. That is nuts!
Just my 2 cents...
A few items are still really good deals but now it appears that most of the items in this thread are sold out from Amazon...
Most will be restocked at various points during December, but maybe not at the same prices...
So, how is that no discount policy on exclusives working for LEGO?
Sure, if allowed they would have been part of all of the recent 'activity', but as it is they are like the player sitting on the bench saying 'Put me in coach!' :-) Who has the time, money, or desire to buy exclusives when so many sets are 40+% off? Not me!
^^^^ I probably would not have bought the modulars from anyone without a deal.
The reality is the people they want buying Lego is that kid base. That is where their volumes are, so why not discount and drive on that side instead of the reseller and high end side?
Now, I could strongly argue it may cheapen the overall brand and actually may have a large reverse impact as people now may expect 'cheap' Lego.
It is a very interesting change, and I'm not sure yet if this is a true change, is part of a poor buying cycle, and thus a ton of deals out there this year, or what.
Walmart threw down the gauntlet, and Amazon said, "Uh, not happening.", and Target decided to get in on the action as well.
Since prices have never really been like this, though, despite the recession, I do have to wonder what selling stipulations Lego had with retailers before and the changes now.
I was waiting for it too. I was not tempted at all for one at 112, but for 97 and change it is a good deal. Ill still keep another in my cart though to ensure it does not drop again.
Plus I'll be far more likely to turn over the smaller sets for play when my daughter is a little older :).