I went to my local LEGO store tonight and saw they had some larger sets with a "damaged box" bonus. The sign said if you bought one of the sets with a damaged box, the set was not eligible for any discounts, but you got extra VIP points. I picked up #71006-1
The Simpsons House, which got me an extra 500 VIP points (so 700 points total). The employee filled out a special form and I'm guessing they have to mail it in, so the extra 500 have not posted to my account yet. The box was just slightly dented, and the tape seals had come open, but I just did a quick bag count and according to the How Many Bags?
list, everything looked to be present. They also had a #70810-1
MetalBeard's Sea Cow with an extra 1000(!) VIP points, as well as a few more (I think #10234-1
Sydney Opera House was one of them).
Is this common? Have you seen anything like this at your local stores?