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So... anyone want a discounted X-Wing? ;-)
Amazon's own internal pricing bots probably work off their MSRP, so they may well end up selling it for that price at some point. Which is wrong, but unless someone changes it who has a higher ASIN authority or who contacts seller support (and can actually reach someone competent), or enough customers complain using the report button on the page, it isn't likely to change.
I've found separating them by an hour or 2 during business hours usually works. But when you're talking about a sale like this where inventory dwindles quickly, you don't have time to do that. :)
Yes, they love combining orders into a huge box, and who can blame them, it saves them money.
And yes, for sales like this, you really can't wait an hour, the deal is either over or sold out by then.
I also try to order things on Sun/Mon/Tue if I can help it, rather than Wed/Thu/Fri, as that means the 2-day prime shipping gets pushed over the weekend, which makes for 2 extra days of my boxes getting thrown around and/or possibly smashed.
I think it all depends on how fast that order goes to distribution, where the items might be located in the warehouse (ie. how close or far apart they are), how backed up they may be with picking orders that day, etc. I'm sure it's a ridiculously complex algorithm that Amazon has crafted to perfection. Wait an hour though, and you're usually good (in my experience).
I won't be placing multiple orders with them anymore. What annoys me most is every single one of my sets I order from them gets here with at least some sort of creasing or damage. They can't get it right. Either too much packaging or practically none at all. Sturdy boxes for small sets and then huge paper thin boxes for big orders. If their packaging can be this bad I don't want to see how bad their handling is. I think I'll be doing most of my online shopping from Target, most every set I receive from them is in above average condition. I've never sent anything back from anywhere, but this is ridiculous. Why should I care if they don't care.
So, have any of you guys had any luck with FedEx mis-delivering a package and then it miraculously showing up like a week after it was declared 'delivered'?
Sometime after I returned, UPS came to deliver my packages and the driver apologized, she was already aware of the issue.
Last Christmas I had about 12 boxes delivered two streets over, same number, different street. UPS driver showed back at my door with the boxes the next day. :) He was very sorry and apologetic...
It turns out, they track the GPS location of the trucks when they drop off packages, so they knew exactly where he was when he delivered them.
They are the face of the company, and UPS takes them very seriously.
Shouldn't say young 'man'. The current driver on the route for my home is female. In that sexy brown uniform. :-)
Of course, he's one of the most in-shape 50-something guys I know also.
Regardless, they've finally put a trace on it, so we'll see what happens.
I do not believe I have ever had a mailman deliver the package to the wrong house though, especially if it is down the street (maybe if it was next door I could understand).
In any event, in these days of electronic tracking, it's much better and can only get better as we get more granular real-time tracking on packages everywhere.
LEGO Architecture White House (21006) for $37.73
LEGO Architecture Seattle Space Needle (21003) for $17.79
LEGO Architecture Empire State Building (21002) for $16.92
LEGO Sydney Opera House for $28.06
LEGO Architecture Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (21004) for $33.96
LEGO Architecture Willis Tower (21000) for $18.11
LEGO® Architecture Brandenburg Gate 21011 for $22.99
LEGO Architecture Burj Khalifa Dubai 21008 for $20.67
LEGO Architecture Farnsworth House 21009 for $46.43
I picked up a few to hold long term, but the problem is once they are at this price for months and months, you run the risk of this becoming the new price.
They were usually overpriced anyway, this just brings it down to sane levels. They still aren't selling very fast at these discount levels.
And the Architecture sets were inflated even more than the usual LEGO cost. They were priced as if they were licensed sets, Star Wars even, and they have generally small parts to boot.
Perhaps they are priced there because LEGO understood they would always be low volume sets.