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Dare I say, Walmart?

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  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 472
    in the same boat. rarely are there discounts at my local Walmart. and when there is, they get snatched up super fast that I almost always miss them.
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,903
    Well, after all, this is exactly what clearance prices are meant to do: clear old stuff off the shelves to make room for new stuff. The faster it goes, the better for the store. I've given up on driving around looking for clearance Lego, but if I'm in a store that sells Lego, I will look! 
    panchox1Fizyx
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 927
    Same @madforLEGO and @Switchfoot55. I'm pretty sure that the combo of this thread and Brickseek has only led me to finding a good deal one time.
  • TkattTkatt MNMember Posts: 427
    Brickseek has sent me on more wild goose chases than I care to admit. I'm sure I've spent more money on gas driving to stores looking for something I've seen on Brickseek than I ever saved when I actually found something I saw on Brickseek.
    Bumblepantsthenosgmonkey76
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,805
    Minor result, was looking for the Potter figure poly, but found the #60256 Racing cars discounted to 15 dollars. Was looking to buy this set, but not at 29.99
    Astrobricksgmonkey76
  • dpadovanodpadovano Milwaukee, WIMember Posts: 8
    A store near me has new sets listed for 50% on the app and in store.  

    Got two or more of the following.

    75969: Hogwarts Astronomy Tower
    60265: Ocean Exploration Base
    41428: Beach House
    41427: Emma's Fashion Shop
    21161: The Crafting Box 3.0
    71721: Skull Sorcerer's Dragon

    The clearance legos are all marked with cleance tags at regular price.
    madforLEGOgmonkey76
  • OldTownBricksOldTownBricks VirginiaMember Posts: 31
    Has anyone seen a Walmart store move all the should-be-clearanced sets to the clearance aisle, affix a clearance sticker to them, but they remain full price? 

    I thought I had hit a treasure trove of bargains, but most of the good sets were still full price. Grabbed a couple HS sets for 40% off, which is pretty good for this region. 
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,903
    Has anyone seen a Walmart store move all the should-be-clearanced sets to the clearance aisle, affix a clearance sticker to them, but they remain full price? 


    Yes, I see this a lot. Also with relatively new sets that I wouldn't expect to be on clearance already. 
    Astrobricksgmonkey76
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,307
    Has anyone seen a Walmart store move all the should-be-clearanced sets to the clearance aisle, affix a clearance sticker to them, but they remain full price? 


    Yes, I see this a lot. Also with relatively new sets that I wouldn't expect to be on clearance already. 
    I’ve also seen this where they just shaved off the cents.
    gmonkey76
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 917
    In my area, I've never actually seen them move the LEGO to the clearance aisle at all.  If it goes on clearance, it's just marked down in place in the regular aisle.
  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 472
    my Walmart has done both.
    madforLEGOgmonkey76
  • karritkarrit USAMember Posts: 172
    The Walmarts I frequent rarely move the Lego to their clearance aisles.  They are mostly marked down & left in place.  The only time I've found any in a clearance aisle is after the holidays and the pickings were pretty slim.  There isn't normally a clearance aisle in or near the toy section.
  • scotty12scotty12 United States, IowaMember Posts: 704
    I find some stores move stuff to the clearance aisle and mark it from $19.97 to $19clearance.
         What confuses me.....and I have 2 WM that are currently doing this, is moving 20-30 sets....Hidden Side, City, Friends Amusement Pier, DC Heroes Batcave/Clayface, Ninjago....to another toy aisle and leaving them at full price for 2+ weeks now.  So there's 2 separate Lego aisles.  Yet one store has some of the same sets is both places like HP Great Hall.  The stores just Tuesday  "clearanced about 8-10 cheap sets but the rest are still there at full price when other stores have wiped them from their store.  Doesn't seem like much of a plan.
    OldTownBricks
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,805
    Yeah, Walmart clearances are a shot in the dark for most. If anyone truly knows the rhyme and reason for how each stores clearances items then they probably also get a lot of stuff on clearance first because they know what stores tend to clearance things out at the drop of a hat and what stores seem to avoid it at all costs.
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,307
    The scuttlebutt on these forums in the past is that each WM gets a clearance “budget” that department managers can use at their discretion. So, that’s why every store is different.
  • scotty12scotty12 United States, IowaMember Posts: 704
    ^ I've been told that by several WM toy department managers.  That "budget" also depends upon the size(space) of the store and how well the store sells in volume if/when they get "budget" allowance.  I have some small town WMs that clearance stuff out soon....like HP Great Halls...I bought some of those over a year ago for 50% off...yet my closest two WM are newer, larger and in growing cities, yet those sets still sit.
  • madejp86madejp86 IllinoisMember Posts: 276
    My local Walmart has all the sets above on clearance at regular prices...
    OldTownBricks
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,053
    LEGO nearly gone from the clearance aisle a couple days ago, what was left wasn't marked down much
  • CaptainRogersCaptainRogers Greensboro, NCMember Posts: 806
    It's worth scanning the items marked clearance...



    BumblepantsveyniacFizyxAstrobricksevantylerOubirdexciter1
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 469
    I always get so excited about the prospects of deals like that. And every time I go to Walmart around me (ATL suburb) I see no evidence that they have ever put a single set on clearance.
    FizyxReesesPieces
  • CaptainRogersCaptainRogers Greensboro, NCMember Posts: 806
    edited October 15
    autolycus said:
    I always get so excited about the prospects of deals like that. And every time I go to Walmart around me (ATL suburb) I see no evidence that they have ever put a single set on clearance.

    I think a large part of that is location. You are near a city of millions and millions of people. Meanwhile, I'm driving through old two-lane Highway routes in the Carolinas. There's not only less traffic over all, but I would wager a lot fewer people buy and sell Lego, so you don't get people swooping in to pick out all the deals in the middle of nowhere.
    autolycusmak0137gmonkey76
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 469
    autolycus said:
    I always get so excited about the prospects of deals like that. And every time I go to Walmart around me (ATL suburb) I see no evidence that they have ever put a single set on clearance.

    I think a large part of that is location. You are near a city of millions and millions of people. Meanwhile, I'm driving through old two-lane Highway routes in the Carolinas. There's not only less traffic over all, but I would wager a lot fewer people buy and sell Lego, so you don't get people swooping in to pick out all the deals in the middle of nowhere.
    Yup, 100% why. It still disappoints me though. :)

    I will be in Western NC next week and may stop at a Walmart or two on my trip, since they'll all be smaller towns. (Not going to Charlotte or Triad areas)
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 917
    The other thing I've noticed is that the stores in better areas around me tend to not clearance LEGO basically ever.  I've seen them sitting on stacks of 20+ large sets for months and months without them moving or getting discounted in these stores.  But then as I go a little farther afield to stores in lower income neighborhoods or more commercial/less residential areas, I tend to find way more clearance deals on LEGO.  I don't know if this is an actual pattern though, or just how things end up shaking out at the 5-6 stores within a reasonable distance of me.

    Astrobricks560Heliportautolycus
  • karritkarrit USAMember Posts: 172
    Some Walmart pre-Black Fiday sale ads are currently up on their website.  Nov. 7 & 8 they will be selling 11011 Classic box  & 10934 Duplo box for $30.
    madforLEGO
  • DavidBrickleyDavidBrickley Richmond, VAMember Posts: 342
    karrit said:
    Some Walmart pre-Black Fiday sale ads are currently up on their website.  Nov. 7 & 8 they will be selling 11011 Classic box  & 10934 Duplo box for $30.
    May be a dumb question, but is the same set that many stores were selling for $34.xx when it first came out? Not knocking the $30 price, just wondering.
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,307
    karrit said:
    Some Walmart pre-Black Fiday sale ads are currently up on their website.  Nov. 7 & 8 they will be selling 11011 Classic box  & 10934 Duplo box for $30.
    May be a dumb question, but is the same set that many stores were selling for $34.xx when it first came out? Not knocking the $30 price, just wondering.
    Probably. It wouldn’t surprise me to hear they were already selling it for $15 on clearance! :)
  • karritkarrit USAMember Posts: 172
    karrit said:
    Some Walmart pre-Black Fiday sale ads are currently up on their website.  Nov. 7 & 8 they will be selling 11011 Classic box  & 10934 Duplo box for $30.
    May be a dumb question, but is the same set that many stores were selling for $34.xx when it first came out? Not knocking the $30 price, just wondering.

    Yes, it's the same ones.
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 927
    I already picked up one of the #11011 sets at $34 a while back. I'm thinking about picking up another one or two. These make for a great source for just a general brick bucket for visiting guests and kids.
  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 472
    Nice. I missed the #11011 clearance. been wanting that one...
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