^ Haven't seen any Batman CMF as of yet. My larger Target has even pulled the Series 16 CMF off an endcap. So they've been selling nothing for a few weeks. Something about rearranging the toy dept.
It can happen, but it's rare. I think Monsters and Simpsons Series 2 are still "current" and their UPC codes are still linked to the CMF DPIC number in their system. A couple years ago, I was in a Target and I saw they put out a fresh case of Series 6 long after it had retired. I scanned a UPC and the item came up not found. I asked for assistance and the employee offered to sell me them for half the current CMF price, so $2 each. I literally lifted the entire Sereis 6 display off the endcap and bought them all (the employee was cool with it as they wouldn't have to do price lookups over and over again). So if you are lucky, you may stumble upon an older set. This is actually the best time of year for that to happen as warehouses and storerooms are bare and they are taking inventory.
I've seen some polybags for $3.49 and others for $3.99 (before clearance) and the item name specifies the piece count, so I assume those are in the system as different items.#75149 on the website for $54.99, been meaning to get an x-wing
Saw an Angry birds set (castle) with a clearance tag but no sticker. Scanned it. (25% off) decent so I held onto it. Checked Amazon and saw I could get it for 28% off. Put it back.
My local Target has #76026 Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas for either 25% or 30% off. The interesting thing is I found about 30 of them in the clearance section. That should certainly reach a better discount before being sold out. :-)
Kids and I found a nice #21307 Caterham at Target today for $45 on a clearance end-cap.
It seems odd that online returns would be so heavily marked down. What would prevent someone from buying an expensive online-only set, returning it, then stalking the store until it hit the shelves, and buying it at an extremely reduced price?
Every time I get tempted to go out and actively hunt for discounted sets I just think back to the wasted time and gas, and the mileage I put on my vehicle doing this, and just stay home. I typically go to Target when I do my shopping and peek at the LEGO aisle or the clearance end caps, but typically do not find much (last time I was at Target the LEGO aisle was barren, and the sets there scanned for normal price).
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