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[USA] Black Friday Sales

DavidBrickleyDavidBrickley Member Posts: 363
edited November 2011 in Shopping USA/Canada
The Target Black Friday listing has been released, and the 2 sets in the ad are Scorpion Pyramid and Portal of Atlantis, each on sale for $64.99.

This was fantastic news for me, because it's now a certainty I am not going to brave the crowds. These are decent sets, but for lines that are obviously on the way out, it would take more than 35% off to get me to the stores. Would I pick them up if I walked into Target today and saw them at that price? Sure! Getting in line for a midnight opening? Nope.


  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404
    Those are good prices...

    Keep in mind that Amazon might price match them, so check online on Friday... :)
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290
    The decline of Black Friday LEGO deals continues :(
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ Member Posts: 4,179
    what exactly _is_ black friday? (Did a quick search on Wikipedia and it shed no light).
  • jadeirenejadeirene Member Posts: 474
    Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and the unofficial kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. Typically retailers will offer special sales and deals, and it usually starts early in the morning. You'll usually see people lining up at the big retailers (especially for electronics) near midnight.
  • StuBoyStuBoy Member Posts: 623
    @jadeirene @Si_Dorking_Surrey_UK I was wondering the same thing. So its a term used that's not exclusive to LEGO then, like 'Boxing Day Sales', 'Labour Weekend Sales' etc.
  • korkor Member Posts: 392
    Black Friday is the most insane shopping experience ever! My wife convinced me to go with her one time and it will NEVER happen again. The stores are packed, people are rude, and its like a feeding frenzy to get the deals. I swear someone tried to bite my arm off when I grabbed the last of a certain video game!

    One year my wife stood in line at Best Buy from midnight until like 5 or 6am to get a laptop. I stayed home and slept.
  • Rollo_TomassiRollo_Tomassi Member Posts: 113
    Fun fact for those of you across the pond. It's called 'Black' Friday because it's traditionally the first day of the fiscal year when retailers turn a profit and go into 'the black'. Up until they'd all been running in the 'red'. Red and black referring to the ink they used in accounting ledgers back in the day. Black ink was profit, red was loss. Yo Joe!
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    @stuboy: if you look at store calendars, the Lego brand stores call it "Brick Friday" :)
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,757
    Wow... I guess Target must have lost money for those star destroyers a few years ago.. because they have had jack squat the past couple of years..
    I swear Black Friday deals are getting lamer each year... Most sales in general for black Friday are ridiculous as most items they take large chunks of money off of are items you would never normally buy outside of an insane sale.. knockoffs galore and poorly made.
    The real laugher is that stores say they have a sale on a name brand item that is real good... For the 10 they have in stock at the time. Maybe a lucky few that get 1 of 10 of a major brand TV on sale or something like that, but rest go wanting.. mostly because of goofs that go camp out in front of a store before Thanksgiving day let alone the night before all for what? an extra 10% off an item??

    LEGO was the last glimmer on Black Friday sales at stores, especially Target, even LEGO store had that scratch off card.. well out of how many scratched did someone get the major 50% off deal?? like two, 3?? and it is not like the earlier you go the better chance you have.. because it is random, and guy could find one at 5pm is as likely as finding one at 6 am (which I think is when the LEGO store by me opens this year for Brick Friday), plus do they give out all of the cards? Maybe maybe not, if not then the whole day could go by with no 50% off discount.
    I stay at home on Black Friday. Maybe look at sales online if I can get to the sites... but all in all I think Black Friday is just an excuse for most stores to take advantage of the ignorant and for most people to act like jerks.
  • Ma1234Ma1234 Member Posts: 693
    I stay at home too and shop on Amazon. Amazon matches a significant number of BF deals.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404
    I've been out before on Black Friday, it can be worth if you need a deal on things.

    Those of you with kids know what the gliders look like at TRU, they are $300 normally and are never on sale, but on Black Friday, they are $150.

    I picked up that, a stroller at 50% off, and a number of other baby items at stupid low prices a few years ago at TRU. I don't shop there often, but for those discounts, I will. :)

    JCPenny does similar discounts, shopped there last year, picked up a few household items for silly cheap, a really nice knife set for the kitchen, normally $120, was on sale for $30, stuff like that.
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John Member Posts: 2,405
    Last year, Amazon had some pretty good deals between Black Friday and Christmas. I think Brickset's new link to Amazon sales will be incredibly useful, depending on how often it's updated.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Administrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    edited November 2011
    Lego Stores

    Doorbusters (While supplies last)

    - Scratch cards for 10%, 20% or 50% Off total purchase
    - Pick a Brick box with $75 purchase
    - With $99+ purchase, Holiday Set #2 Free (limit one per gues)
    - With any purchase, Holiday Set #1 on sale for $9.99
    - Some sets discounted
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Administrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    edited November 2011
    Toys R Us

    Doorbusters 1 (Thursday 9pm to Friday 1pm)

    - 35% Off City Corner, Airport, Rise of the Sphinx, Flying Mummy Attack, Glove World, Duplo Toy Story Train and Bellville Horse Stable

    Doorbusters 2 (Friday 5am to Friday 1pm)

    - 40% Off Creator Off-Road Power and a couple of Bricks and More and Hero Factory sets

    Two Day Sale (Thursday 9pm to Saturday 11pm)

    - 40% Off some LEGO games (Pirate Code, Race, Pyramid, Atlantis Treasures)
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Administrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    edited November 2011

    Doorbusters (While supplies last)

    - 35% Off Portal of Atlantis and Scorpion Pyramid
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Administrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234

  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Administrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234

    Not yet available.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Administrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    edited November 2011
    (cut and then re-pasted the below comment for formatting purposes)

    LegoFanTexas 2:03AM Quote Edit Flag

    Wow, those TRU deals won't last long at those prices...

    That would put Off-Road Power at $53, that is 5 cents a part!
  • malachirobertsonmalachirobertson Member Posts: 268
    This is the Black Friday Lego Items from Walmart:
    Lego 1,600 XXL Box (5512) and
    Duplo 200 XXL Box (5511)
    each $30
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404

    That would be insane if they did that, 1,600 Lego bricks for $30?

    That's nuts! How long would THAT last?
  • malachirobertsonmalachirobertson Member Posts: 268
    I looked at the inventory for that XXL box on Bricklink though. Many, many 2x2 bricks. If your into lots of regular bricks, then this may be for you. If you are looking for specialty pieces for MOCs, then this may not be for you.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404
    I have 3 young kids, I'll take all the small cheap bricks I can get!!!

  • MrBerreMrBerre Member Posts: 246
    5512 for $30? That's insane. I was happy to pay only €13.99 for .
  • malachirobertsonmalachirobertson Member Posts: 268
    Well, if the adscan can is correct, KMart will have B1G150% Lego Sets for 6 hours, not including Star Wars.

    Of course, I was astounded at this so-called deal. Only weeks ago, they had B1G150% Lego Sets **ALL WEEK** including Star Wars. Not to mention the fact that TRU has been having a similar sale at various times throughout the year, albiet with their markup.

    Just amazing (in a bad way).
  • kylejohnson11kylejohnson11 Member Posts: 508
    Fred Meyer in the Pacific Northwest will be having the LEGO Bricks and More $30 tubs for $14.99. This includes the blue bin, pink bin, and duplo bins. It goes from 5am to 11am.
  • malachirobertsonmalachirobertson Member Posts: 268
    Just got an email that says that Barnes & Noble will have 50% off any one educational toy or game on Black Friday. They italicize "any." Interesting that the picture shows a Kre-O set, but not a Lego one.
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    @malachirobertson - did it mention if a coupon is necessary?
  • malachirobertsonmalachirobertson Member Posts: 268
    edited November 2011
    This is all it said. The link was just as unhelpful. I am guessing that since they emphasize "any" it must be a coupon. Unless you just go in, pick a toy and game and they check you out at 50%. I would figure that a coupon would permit less abuse of the "one" stipulation.

    Not sure about the thumbnail for the image, but if you click on it you see the whole thing.
  • kylejohnson11kylejohnson11 Member Posts: 508
    FYI for Barnes and Noble. I am 99% sure you can reserve online to hold in the store. If you do it on Wednesday, I think the hold is 48 hours :)
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    You mean like the 40% off coupon prevented people from getting more than one item? ;)

    Just joking... but seriously, their coupons should have unique barcodes if they want to prevent people from redeeming more than one.

  • starfire2starfire2 Member Posts: 1,333
    It also says you can save 50% off in store and online.
  • malachirobertsonmalachirobertson Member Posts: 268
    Usually, like today with the latest 30% off coupon, Lego does not discount on-line. The question then is whether they will really live up to the *any* item 50% off. It would have been easily answered if Lego was in the picture rather than Kre-O. The 30% off works for Kre-O by the way.
  • andystarandystar Member Posts: 275
    I reserved a LEGO set for store pickup through the on-line website. Come Black Friday I'll call up and ask if the 50% off applies to LEGO. If so I'll go pick it up, if not I won't. Seems like the safest way to get the deal if it does apply to LEGO.
  • starfire2starfire2 Member Posts: 1,333
    I just got 2 of set 2 holiday (330002 ) in the mail ! Awesome!! I just saved nearly $200 and beat the BF crowds!!
  • DavidRod8DavidRod8 Member Posts: 143
    Lego shop Facebook page posted a sneak peak For brick Friday. Emeral night and public transport are both 25% off ( down to $75) winter toy shop is $15 off. Glad I waited, will be picking up a couple of emerald nights and the Public transport for starters :)
  • sidersddsidersdd Member Posts: 2,432
    Here's the complete list for 25% off at on Black Friday:

    Online Exclusives
    •10194 Emerald Night
    •10199 Creator Winter Toy Shop
    •10210 Pirates Imperial Flagship
    •10215 Star Wars UCS Obi Wan’s Jedi Starfighter
    •10195 Star Wars Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker
    •10198 Star Wars Tantive

    Regular Sets
    •Belville 7583 Playful Puppy
    •Belville 7585 Horse Stable
    •Belville 7587 Horse Jumping
    •Cars 8423 World Grand Prix Racing Rivalry
    •City Repair Truck
    •City Tank Truck
    •City 8404 Public Transport
    •Duplo Cars 5839 World Grand Prix
    •Duplo Toy Story 5659 The Great Train Chase
    •Games 3850 Meteor Strike
    •Games 3851 Atlantis Treasure
    •Games 3852 Sunblock
    •Ninjago 2519 Skeleton Bowling
    •Racers 8221 Storming Enforcer
    •Racers 8227 Dragon Dueler
    •Racers 8228 Sting Striker
    •Star Wars 8091 Republic Swamp Speeder
    •Star Wars 8128 Cad Bane’s Speeder
    •Technic 8041 Race Truck
  • coolpixcoolpix Member Posts: 357
    edited November 2011
    Lego shop Facebook page posted a sneak peak For brick Friday. Emeral night and public transport are both 25% off ( down to $75) winter toy shop is $15 off. Glad I waited, will be picking up a couple of emerald nights and the Public transport for starters :)
    And those prices stack up with the 10%/20%/50% scratch off coupons, right? So in reality you're getting almost 35% off these sets, at least! Unless these are online only.

  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404
    10215 was 25% off last year online, picked one up for $75 back then.

    10194 being 25% off makes me wonder if that set is REALLY going EOL, or not... I wouldn't think so if it is discounted now, rather than Dec 26th.

    Cool list, but nothing really exciting... Where is 10221 for 25% off? ;)
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    edited November 2011
    The 50% off at Barnes and Noble *does* apply to LEGO. It also doesnt appear a coupon is necessary...
    Proof below.
  • sidersddsidersdd Member Posts: 2,432
    ^ In-store, anyway. In the past year or so the coupons haven't worked on-line for LEGO, even though they have in-store. It will be interesting to see if it works on LEGO with this non-coupon. If so, things will go fast.
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    I already have a couple sets reserved online. We'll see how this all works tomorrow.

    Anyone know what time BN is opening even?
  • DatoDato Member Posts: 111
    B&N in NH opens 8am - 11pm.
  • coolpixcoolpix Member Posts: 357
    I reserved Fire Station. $39.97 for that set is CHEAP!

    Anyone knows if those LEGO Brick Friday 25% off deals are in effect at their "brick & mortar" stores, or online only?
  • Ma1234Ma1234 Member Posts: 693
    edited November 2011
    I already have a couple sets reserved online. We'll see how this all works tomorrow.
    Anyone know what time BN is opening even?
    Only one set per person at 50% off, so bring a crew.
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    @ma1234 - i have them reserved at different stores. ;)

  • malachirobertsonmalachirobertson Member Posts: 268
    edited November 2011
    OK, it is past midnight, the Barnes & Noble clock has stopped ticking down, but I see no changes. Tried two lego sets and saw no discounts.

    Edit: Checked Kre-O, has a nice little note about 50% discount. No such not on the Millennium Falcon.

    So much for "any" toy.

    Can't find a nearby store with the Millennium Falcon!
  • malachirobertsonmalachirobertson Member Posts: 268
    This discount shows up automatically on the Kre-O. Nothing with the MF!
  • malachirobertsonmalachirobertson Member Posts: 268
    edited November 2011
    Here are the 50% discount rules at least for on-line. Some Lego related merchandise is on sale on-line, but no sets. It makes me wonder if there will be no discount even in the store for sets. If there is no coupon to print out, the what is there to stop the cashier from saying this one is not eligible?

    50% Off List Price Any One Educational Toy or Game Offer Details:
    For each customer, this offer can be redeemed only once per billing address online at This offer is valid online from November 25, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. ET through November 26, 2011 at 2:59 a.m. ET, while supplies last, and entitles you to the following:

    50% off the List Price of one (1) eligible educational toy or game. If no "List Price" displays on the item's product page, the discount will be applied to the "Online Price." If "List Price" displays on the item's product page and the current "Online Price" provides a greater discount than this promotion, then the "Online Price" will be applied. The "Online Price" is the price at Checkout before taxes, shipping and handling charges, and discounts are applied. Your discount will appear at Checkout on the least expensive eligible educational toy or game. Simply look for the "50% Off Toy Offer" icon to identify eligible educational toys and games on

    Additional Rules Governing Use of this Offer: This offer is (i) not redeemable for cash or cash equivalents (including Gift Cards and eGift Cards); (ii) not valid on past or pre-ordered purchases; (iii) not eligible for purchases of any other products other than the eligible Educational Toys and Games bearing the "50% Off Toy Offer" icon; (iv) not valid on products marked as not eligible for "coupons or promotional discounts," (v) not valid on shipping or handling expenses, or applicable sales tax; (vi ) not valid on purchases made from third parties accessible from the website (e.g., used books, PC and video games, etc.); (vii ) may not be combined with any other offer promotion or coupon ; and (viii ) may not be combined with the Educator program discount.

    Returns or cancellations which affect the minimum number of items purchased may result in forfeiture of discounts applied at the time an order is placed and you will be responsible to pay any such adjustments; we reserve the right to charge your credit card or debit your Gift Card in the amount of such adjustments. This offer is subject to change or discontinuation without notice; we will, however, honor properly placed orders with valid methods of payment with sufficient funds placed prior to such change or discontinuation. Barnes& is not responsible for typographical or pictorial errors. This offer is not valid at any Barnes & Noble retail bookstore or Barnes & Noble College bookstores or websites. Void where prohibited by law.
  • kylejohnson11kylejohnson11 Member Posts: 508
    Anybody who has hit up the LEGO Brick and Mortar stores, is the Emerald Night 25% off in store or online only?
  • DavidRod8DavidRod8 Member Posts: 143
    Emerald Night is already out of stock online :(
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