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Target Toys R Us markup?

Has anyone else been to their local Target and found Lego sets above retail price? Went to my local store today(Wilson Yard Chicago) and found 76013 Joker's Steam Roller for $57.99, and 60044 Mobile Police Unit for $52.99.


  • ChubblesChubbles Member Posts: 459
    They do that for most of their lego. In fact it's hard to find lego at RRP in an actual toys r us. They do match online prices but then they give you a hard time also combining that with a promo. I almost never buy anything there without a price match.
  • prevereprevere Member Posts: 2,923
    I think the record was the $4.99 Friends Water Scooter someone saw for $27.99.
  • jedivalkyriejedivalkyrie Member Posts: 371
    I think the OP is talking about a TRU-type markup at Target.
  • ChubblesChubbles Member Posts: 459
    Ahhh ok I hadn't noticed that as much. I hope it doesn't become a trend.
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Member Posts: 2,442
    I noticed differences between stores shelf pricing among Targets in the same regional market. But I didn't scan the prices to see if it was simply an erroneous shelf pricing tag placement.

    I think that Targets that are stand alone will price differently from Targets that are situated in high-lease areas (downtowns, malls, etc.).
  • sklambsklamb Member Posts: 516
    The markup at my local TRU is very erratic--I've seen plenty of sets at retail price, enough so I have occasionally been careless and bought a set for more than I should have just because several others in the same general price range *hadn't* been marked up. Guess this is spreading to other chains as well. Presumably anything over RRP is pure profit for the store....
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Member Posts: 3,639
    I'm in S. California and recently (3 weeks ago) one of the local Targets was selling CMF S13 at $4.79 each. I had to get them to price match their own site and correct it to $3.99. This was not the first time I've seen marked-up sets at Target.
  • CircleKCircleK Member Posts: 1,055
    I've never encountered this at Target but it's starting to become a thing at the Meijer stores around me.
  • ryjayryjay Member Posts: 1,001
    Plus Target's shelf prices, especially on Friends set, don't match the scanner prices on a lot of items. Many Targets will post on the shelf the Dolphin Cruiser for $91, but it scans at $79. Other items say $24.99 but scan at $29.99! I'm finding this going on at many Targets.
  • OdinduskOdindusk Member Posts: 763
    I semi-frequent about 5 Targets in my area and have never noticed a markup. As CircleK mentioned however, I've noticed it recently while at Meijer.
  • PoochyPoochy Member Posts: 479
    I have about 10 TGs within striking distance between work and home, and I've seen multiple levels of non-clearance price difference on the same set, e.g. $X at some, $X+more at others, and $X+yet+more at some others. It's not on all of the sets though, just some, which is weird.
  • Sethro3Sethro3 Member Posts: 999
    I have seen disparities between local Targets, but never a mark-up like that. I guess it was inevitable. LEGO being the number 1 toy shows people the $$$.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,793
    edited February 2015
    Yeah, Saw the 'retail' for the steamroller at 55 USD. What a joke. I think the Magneto set (which was also on clearance) was also above RRP but I though it was against the law to artificially raise your retail price in order to 'discount' something for a sale/clearance. What Target is doing is pretty low IMO. While I do shop there for other things, I think my LEGO purchases (what little there were) for any sets are going to cease.
  • ryjayryjay Member Posts: 1,001
    edited February 2015
    Tried to show some pix, but not working. Went to Target Today and most of Friend Legos were marked up higher then what they scan at, not sure why
  • ryjayryjay Member Posts: 1,001
    Here is the Dolphin Cruiser marked at over $90, but still scans at $78
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  • ryjayryjay Member Posts: 1,001
    Another Target item priced high....but actually scans for $29...
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  • RonyarRonyar Member Posts: 373
    Wow, that is just strange. Smacks of toys r us listing things higher to start with so that they can put prices back up before running a sale.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Member Posts: 3,639
    Just stopped in at Target in Mira Mesa, San Diego and they had the CMF S13 at a whopping $4.99!
  • ryjayryjay Member Posts: 1,001
    Target wonderful price on the Juice Bar...
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  • ReesesPiecesReesesPieces Member Posts: 1,121
    I went to a target looking for some clearance stuff. Not seeing anything in the toy/clearance section, i was on my way out when I saw a Benny's spaceship with a clearance sticker on the counter of the electronics section. This was around the time people were saying they have been seeing this item for 50% off and the box was beat up too so I thought I finally hit jackpot. When I asked the worker how much it was, he scanned it and said it was $118. Considering the msrp is $99, I was going to ask how it can be above msrp when it is on clearance but it was so ridiculous I just walked out speechless.
  • MrJ_NYMrJ_NY Member Posts: 592
    All the Targets I've been to have Benny's Spaceship for 69.98
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,793
    MrJ_NY said:
    All the Targets I've been to have Benny's Spaceship for 69.98
    I think one of the targets I went to had Bennys Spaceship 'retailing' for 119, with the discount down to 95 I think. It was a total joke. Waiting to hear Target getting in trouble for this business practice, especially since it appears every store is doing their own thing with their prices all of the sudden
  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 Member Posts: 1,831
    After going to four Targets I was able to get Benny's Spaceship and Joker's Steam Roller for the clearance price. Had a few Ultra Agent set I want for a few minifigure pieces on clearance, but I'll wait to see if they go lower before I pull the trigger.
  • bluedragonbluedragon Member Posts: 506
    I'm in S. California and recently (3 weeks ago) one of the local Targets was selling CMF S13 at $4.79 each. I had to get them to price match their own site and correct it to $3.99. This was not the first time I've seen marked-up sets at Target.
    Can you please provide a link? I can't find the CMF on their website and would like to price match as well. They also have them at $4.79 in NYC!
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 1,156
    LOL!! California and New York.
  • sonsofscevasonsofsceva Member Posts: 542
    I have seen this trend also. But sometimes the opposite also happens, like the one a few months ago where Target had #60002 labeled for $5 on the shelf.
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Member Posts: 2,442
    Interesting that Target would have these discrepancies since

    Though the customer is "benefitting" from a lower scan price than the shelf price, it may still be fraud considering the customer may feel like they're getting a "deal" with a lower scan price.
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