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sometimes all you have to do is ask

mh3490mh3490 Member Posts: 329
I was wondering if anyone else had an experience where they just asked for a promo poly or promo in general and they were just given one I have done this at 3 different gamestops for the 30320 and gotten one each time 


  • legogallegogal Member Posts: 754
    Yes! They gave me a free Chima polybag at TRU this weekend saying that they had too many. I told them that my two nephews would fight over it (they will), so they gave me an extra one. I had complained that there were no promotions running for a long time, which there have not been except for the kids' build on Saturday. Plus they wanted to get rid of the Chima polys.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    edited June 2015
    Yes, can I have one for free as well? Doesn't hurt to ask right?
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,825
    So long as those two are having one each, only seems fair I have the third.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    I'm sure he can "ask" a friend to go in and "ask"for some more. 
  • haakonohaakono Member Posts: 62
    Back when CMF were 'new', Series 1 or 2 I think, I stopped by TRU with the kids in tow to look for them.  None to be found, but the manager gave us two Chrome Troopers as a consolation for the 'resellers' buying out all the CMFs.  8-)

    That was a good day.
  • starfire2starfire2 Member Posts: 1,333
    When gamestop had the Western Emmet poly bag, i asked if they had any extras and they gave me one. 
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    ^You received one. Did you go to other Game Stops to get more? There was a Bricksetter that commented that he went to go get his Pre-Ordered game and get his exclusive minifigure and they ran out of them. Is it more Game Stops fault gor handing these out to anyone who asked or the people that asked for a free exclusive minifigure without pre-ordering the game?
  • ecmo47ecmo47 Member Posts: 2,101
    ^Hear, Hear! Thanks for taking the time to post that. 
  • CircleKCircleK Member Posts: 1,055
    ehhh... I have zero problem with asking Gamestop if they have any extras left over but I always wait until about a month after the game has been released.  At that point, the items should truly be "left overs".

    I got a Western Emmet several months after the game had released - they had an entire drawer full of them.  They asked me if I wanted more, but I was happy to take one and leave the rest for whatever happened to them, which was probably the trash bin.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor Member Posts: 3,937
    mh3490 said:
    I was wondering if anyone else had an experience where they just asked for a promo poly or promo in general and they were just given one I have done this at 3 different gamestops for the 30320 and gotten one each time 
    How much did you get for them on ebay?
  • GallardoLUGallardoLU Member Posts: 644
    The GameStop near me (only 1 in a 30mile area) has what has been dubbed "the Promo Graveyard" its just a drawer near the register where they place promo items that are extra (all orders accounted for and/or promo ended) any extras they have and didn't take for themselves end up there. I see nothing wrong with asking to check the graveyard and see if there is anything interesting there.
  • SithLord196SithLord196 Member Posts: 1,161
    If you go in and ask for the item for free during the promo period, then yeah, you should be ridiculed for it. You're preventing someone that paid for the game and is expecting their item from getting the merchandise they paid for.

    I don't mind if you go in a month or so after the game releases to see if they have any extras, but at that point most pre-order holds expire anyway, so they are all extras at that point. 
  • Sethro3Sethro3 Member Posts: 981
    ^Exactly. You only have a certain amount of time to pick up your item. I'd imagine if you paid some money to pre-order something, you'd want to go in and get your freebie. That's the only reason I've pre-ordered anything, simply because they had some free giveaway.

    When LOTR came out, the Game Stops near me wouldn't give out Elrond. I had to buy multiples of the game if I wanted multiples of the figure. Which makes sense since it would/should be store policy.
  • starfire2starfire2 Member Posts: 1,333
    2 Gamestops and nothing. One said they had no more and the other said it was only if you bought the game. 
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor Member Posts: 3,937
    edited June 2015
    Hmm, what's next?  Are we going to be hearing people report how they were able to successfully return sets that have been gutted and filled with dog food?

    @madforLEGO said it very well already, and @SithLord196 clarified it well also.  Trying to get the promo poly because "they just might do it" is not cool.  Posting here about doing it is even less cool.
  • Sethro3Sethro3 Member Posts: 981
    ^But it says you live in 'Merica, where everything should be handed to you for free...
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor Member Posts: 3,937
    edited June 2015
    Apparently I've been standing in the wrong line :)
  • bendybadgerbendybadger Member Posts: 1,139
    ^you were in the right line on Saturday when you got a free poly and then donated it ;). I agree with most on here asking for handouts during the promo period is just bad form. It may Stop people that may have a valid claim for one getting one at the end of the promo. 
  • mh3490mh3490 Member Posts: 329
    well let just say I waited a full week after the game came out to ask so anyone who preordered had their chance to claim there 30320 and no iam not listing them on ebay I opened one and I'll keep the other 2 sealed iam a collector not a reseller so inyour mind I have no guilt 
  • rdflegordflego Member Posts: 324
    I'm hoping that no one's going to get upset by my comment because it's not about game promo's but; in a Lego store earlier this year I asked to exchange my "spend over £50, get a free gift" for an employee minifig ploybag. I think I got 12 of them, plus a few free gifts after multiple transactions. That was the best day I've had this year and in that situation I think it's ok to ask.
  • legogallegogal Member Posts: 754
    I would never ask for a freebie during the running of the promotion. After it ends, they often throw away extras. If they offer me one, I give it as a gift to children I know. I don't expect to get something for nothing, but it often happens that they don't have nearly enough freebies for the promotion, so we end up buying the required LEGO and don't receive the promo toy. That makes me feel okay taking a freebie or two to make up for the ones that should have come with my purchases. So there is more than one side to taking a freebie this way. If someone asks for a lot of freebies and then sells them at high markups, that seems very wrong to me.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,756

    mh3490 said:
    well let just say I waited a full week after the game came out to ask so anyone who preordered had their chance to claim there 30320 and no iam not listing them on ebay I opened one and I'll keep the other 2 sealed iam a collector not a reseller so inyour mind I have no guilt 

    You did not mention this when you posted. Only that you should try to ask when you are going to pickup your game, or just start going to Gamestop's and asking.
    Most people would take this to mean that you went in to pick up your game on the day of release and then asked for more of the promo. I saw no mention of maybe waiting a week to ensure there are those that should be able to pick them up when the game was first released to ensure they got theirs first.

    I can see an argument that if you waited and no one claimed them and you happen to go to a Gamestop 1-2 weeks after the release and they have them and happen to give it away... OK I can see no issue with that (for the little my opinion means anyway)

  • daveace21daveace21 Member Posts: 41
    TRU is literally the worst #$%$%^^& company I have ever dealt with when it comes to customer service. I am not just talking about in store..their 800 # is a joke...i usually get someone overseas in the Philippians (sp) who can barely speak english, let along know anything about LEGO...which is at least 25% if not more of TRU's business !!! My experience got so bad that I tracked down and found the corportate phone numbers and was able to speak with their head CS people, and they were even worse !!!! 
  • GoldchainsGoldchains Member Posts: 795
    I have done this before myself honestly. I usually wait until a few weeks after the promotion has ended and then go in and ask(I always buy something at least). Sometimes I'll get one, sometimes not. I haven't done it in a long time though.
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton Member Posts: 2,967
    A couple of years ago, I asked in a Lego store whether it would be possible to buy any of the monthly mini model build polybags and they popped out the back and gave me 6 different ones for free!
  • Sethro3Sethro3 Member Posts: 981
    Plus, it is all YMMV. Some employees hand stuff out for free, others will follow the rules and not give anything away. Whether you ask or not.
  • pvancil27pvancil27 Member Posts: 588
    The Red Doodad hater has come and....  You know, I'm just going to walk away from this one.
  • shotgunchipmunkshotgunchipmunk Member Posts: 74
    Just wanted to say thanks for the idea.  I stopped by my local Gamestop this week and asked if they had any old promos.  They gave me a Gallimimus Trap, Good Morning Bilbo Baggins, and Plastic Man!  Didn't want to feel like a cheapskate so I bought one of those over-priced Minecraft dolls for my kid  o:)
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