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On the other hand, I have spoken to other people supposedly in charge and say what you want about customer service they either say they have nothing in the back or they chalk that up to theft as the inventory usually has it at 1 to 2 left.
Maybe I just need to get a job there for a few months or find a girlfriend there.
I stopped at another local Walmart and they had an overabundance of the set. Someone had bought all the clearance ones and returned them at the other store. I was very disappointed, to say the least.
I've been using the inventory checkers and checked the Walmart site, but I've missed out on the cheaper shuttle.
Would think someone would say "Hey whats the deal with you returning half a dozen of the same item with no receipt?" If only for purposes of possible theft.
It is always unknown what you will get at the clearance items. Sometimes I have seen items (at that same location) that had been there for months and months (and which I did not buy, like the Star Wars Podrace set) and then be gone. Lately, they have not had any LEGO sets on sale, which makes me sad. However, I realize that I have had my small but fair share of purchases, then my happiness returns.
Unfortunately, people are not fair when it comes to buying clearance sets; the few people who will buy all the stock and resell it spoil the fun for those of us who want the sets to actually build and play with them. Yes, I bought two of the Assault Carriers 75106 but it was because the second one was 75% off and the box was a mess.
I have also bought very few sets on clearance in multiples, the few I have I look at with eyes of making some grand set out of them due to colors or special pieces.
I question myself sometimes wondering "should I buy an extra 1 or 2 and try to make my money back?" then I go eh, no bricklink and not sure how much I want to screw with ebay.
The store where I found the Disney figures (and has no more left, and according to a guy said they will be getting some more, but I'm sure he doesn't know) had a price tag next to it that said LEGO Simpsons $1.00...I checked BrickLink and it was the only store within 50 miles that had it at that price. I hoped the Disney figures would fall to the same amount, but no luck :p.
So I made the purchase, and on the day that I went to pick it up I decided to drop by the toys section and lo and behold, 2 sets on the shelf! They were under the Millenium Falcon tag and no clearance sticker, which I guess is the only reason they still were there. So of course I picked them up. Now, went to pickup my online order and after a 20 minutes wait (This Walmart sucks at online pickup, and it's a big one) I was on my way to the customer service desk
The lady that took the return was not very experienced (she wanted a receipt where my credit card number would show to allow me to swipe it), but in the end the return went through. When I tell her that I want to rebuy it she calls a manager. The manager gives some BS excuse that since it was an online order it has to be shipped back to walmart.com (and he didn't even tell me, he told it to the CSR employee without even acknowledging my existence hehe). My guess is that the manager drove back home with a new cheap Lego set haha, but I'll drop by today to see if by any chance they have returned it to the shelf.
- bricklink and the walmart app are not fully reliable, there is nothing like dropping by every wekk or so and hope to get lucky.
- Return/rebuy is a far from reliable strategy which might not be worth the time, hold on your money and dealing with Walmart employees
Good luck out there
Had phoned both before that and that was a waste of time. The first said they'll put me throught to the toy department, gave that person the item number and they said they'll check, I figured two minutes to check on their computer for stock and price but no, was on hold for about 20 minutes before being given a pretty unsure "No I don't think so."
Asked for the toy department straight away when I phoned the second store.
"Sorry we don't sell tyres."
"No toys." What the hell?
"We don't sell tyres here Sir."
"No, toys, TOYS... what kids play with."
"We don't sell tyres here." Useless, forget it.
Didn't have much faith in the buying online/refund/rebuy method after reading how unreliable it is.
Last night I managed to buy it for $46 on ebay, which might be a little bit more but still a good price and I don't have to waste my time with walmart anymore.
I don't think this is so scummy. Perhaps @exciter1interpreted "online order+return/rebuy" as ordering online, returning it, then coming back looking for it after it had been returned to the shelf at a lower clearance price (like I believe TRU etc do with Exclusives). THAT I would agree is scummy.
@erequena returned it for a refund at the higher price he paid (online), only so that WM would honor their lower advertised (in store) price.
I’ve done “Store Pickups” or whatever it’s called at WM, with a similar “order at a higher price, visit store to pick up, then get them to honor their lower store price”. But in my case it was simply to confirm that the store actually had the items that their system said they were supposed to have, before I waste my time driving all over town. Although it saved me many a trip, WM tends to put stickers all over the boxes, and the “return/rebuy” portion was indeed a total hassle, something that I will never bother doing again.
I won't do the buy online and return and wait for restock thing. Not worth the headache or looking like a jackoff.
#41077 for $28.74, 28 1/8% off Walmart's regular price but 4 1/6% off real MSRP.
They had some sets on sale (up to 20%) but nothing that I'd bite.
Use the App to scan the bar codes.
Will be going to a Walmart that's more than an hour away, but says it has some bigger SW sets 50% off, so it'll be worth the trip.
It's the weekend and it'll get me out of the house. Won't complain...yet haha
LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon" 75105 - 119.99