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It's a sale, I have to get something ... or do I?

tdhbrtdhbr Member Posts: 188
edited September 2011 in Buying & Selling Topics
The recent flurry of Toys R Us sales, and my reaction to them, has me wondering ...

When you see LEGO on sale (let's say for at least 10% off), how likely are you buy something? On a scale of 1-5, with 1 being "I only buy exactly what I've been planning to get anyway and nothing else" and 5 being "Well, since it's on sale, I have to get something."

I'd say I'm a solid 4. I've contributed much to TRU lately, but I did manage to bypass a Target sale on Ninjago sets without getting anything.

Comments

  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    I have to admit I am probably a 5! :(
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,742
    Probably a 4 or a 5 BUT only when the discount works out at 30% or more ! Less than that and I'm a 0......
  • StevenAshbyStevenAshby Member Posts: 155
    Im a 4 or 5 but again only when its above 30%,

    Working for John Lewis gives me store discount so small discounts dont often appeal to me.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,245
    I'm a 4.5
  • johnsbricksjohnsbricks Member Posts: 210
    a definite 5....unfortunately it means I'll buy anything with a decent discount including Star Wars, PoTC, HPa and Atlantis (which I have no interest in)
  • EricEric Queensland, AustraliaMember Posts: 376
    It has to be more than 25% off, else I'm out of there.
  • RavenhookRavenhook Member Posts: 70
    Here in Australia, sales are pretty much the ONLY time I and other AFOLs buy anything, so yes, I have to buy something then, because that's what I been waiting for.

    The reason of course is the massive price gouging that LEGO Australia inflicts on the relatively affluent Australian market, where LEGO prices are often 200% of the US RRP.

    Many Aussie AFOLs have taken to importing, often from the US, the UK and other parts of Europe. Even with hefty freight charges - 4 Kg modulars or 5 Kg Tower Bridges aren't cheap to ship - it works out to be substantially cheaper than getting it locally.

    Fortunately, for the convenience (and instant gratification - waiting for the post can be painful) of being able to walk in and get something off a shelf, the local department stores have relatively frequent 20% off sales, less frequent 25% off sales, once in a blue moon 20%+10% = 28% off sales, and hallelujah Buy 2 Get 3rd Free = 33% off sales.

    So, it's a case of:
    1. Wait for set to come out and see its local price.
    2. See how much it is overseas and how feasible it is to import.
    3. Wait for a sale.

    Rarely does "just buy it at RRP" enter into it. Sales are essential even for regular, planned purchases.

    Some retailers also put slow selling items on clearance, and if it's a really good price, say, 40%-50% off, then that's when an impulse purchase may happen. Generally I'm too broke after just the regular purchases to be impulsive though!
  • DavidBrickleyDavidBrickley Richmond, VAMember Posts: 356
    For me, it has been 25% or combo sales better is a 4, even if it's just some small "army builder" sets. For the toys r us deals where the item is marked up 10% right off, it has to be at least a third off or better. This is including, though, the odd $10 of $50 or 20% off 1 item coupons stacked with te sale.
  • StuBoyStuBoy New ZealandMember Posts: 623
    ^^ I'm exactly the same in New Zealand, usually only ever buy sets I want when they're on sale, unless its a hard to find set. I'm probably a 3 or 4, there was a 30% off sale recently and while I didn't get anything for myself I just had to get something for my son since it was such a big discount. I was planning on getting the Pet Shop but it wasn't included in the sale (damn small print!).

    I've just bought a couple of large sets from a US forum member and as @Ravenhook said its significantly cheaper than RRP over here, even with the shipping included. Not sure if he'd want me to give him a plug to the whole forum, but if anyone from downunder is interested they can PM me and I could ask him.
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