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Damaged Boxes at Lego Stores
Has anyone else noticed that a lot of the Lego set boxes in the B&M stores appear to be damaged more than would typically be expected coming from the manufacturer's own store? I can understand TRU, Target ,Walmart, B&N, etc. having dinged up sets with all the handling, but not Lego. This seems to be especially true with the larger sets. Every set I looked at above $100 was obviously crunched, creased, dented, or some combination thereof. The other day I went in to try and pickup a decent copy of the UCS X-Wing and I could see that even the sets out of reach for taller people were banged up.
The reason I bring this up is that I'm beginning to wonder if the Lego stores are where the returns are recycled. It used to be that TLG would provide discounts on damaged boxes, but that is no longer the case. I don't have a problem with TLG recycling sets in this fashion other than I often wonder (as I do with box store purchases) whether or not a set has been tampered with (without opening it). And for those of us who like a "clean" box, the Lego store no longer appears to be an option.
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