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Buyer beware - 5004943, LEGO Christmas Tree

gunther.schnitzelgunther.schnitzel Member Posts: 92
edited September 2017 in Buying & Selling Topics
Just a warning to anyone who sees LEGO Christmas Tree - 5004943 in Argos or elsewhere online and considers purchasing. Don't, unless you realise you are getting a cardboard box with a picture of a LEGO brick built Christmas tree (plus some bits and pieces) rather than an actual LEGO brick built Christmas tree.

Here is a picture of how it appears on the Argos shop, and yes, I should have read the Details.


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  • i lol'd at the "define duped" tab you have there.

    Ha ha, was confirming the spelling rather than the meaning.
  • Wookie2Wookie2 Leeds, UKMember Posts: 206
    It's the same one that's apparently available at TRU in the UK for £4.99.

    http://www.argos.co.uk/product/7508880
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    edited September 2017
    When you look therough it closely and read the description it is clear you aren't getting the tree.  However, the fact that the primary photo is actually of a LEGO built tree (and not a picture of the printer cardboard box) is hugely misleading and, in my opinion, false advertising. Naming the item "LEGO Christmas Tree" doubles down on the problem too, since no LEGO built tree is actually included 
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  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,581
    I agree, the picture of the real bricks in the ad are very misleading/false advertising. 
    dougtsmadforLEGO
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 1,008
    So to clarify... you get two minifigs and a star to go on a cardboard tree? 
    What kid (or AFOL) wants to play with (display) a picture of Lego?
    whoever came up with this idea???
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  • Coolguy5000Coolguy5000 Ireland Member Posts: 1,558
    I just picked up one for a Christmas gift.  Was all set to get a few until I spotted this.
  • gunther.schnitzelgunther.schnitzel Member Posts: 92
    edited September 2017
    LuLego said:
    So to clarify... you get two minifigs and a star to go on a cardboard tree? 
    What kid (or AFOL) wants to play with (display) a picture of Lego?
    whoever came up with this idea???

    Correct, the price was EUR 6.49 so in hindsight it was too good to be true.
  • dougts said:
    When you look therough it closely and read the description it is clear you aren't getting the tree.  However, the fact that the primary photo is actually of a LEGO built tree (and not a picture of the printer cardboard box) is hugely misleading and, in my opinion, false advertising. Naming the item "LEGO Christmas Tree" doubles down on the problem too, since no LEGO built tree is actually included 

    The Irish Argos website and the instore Argos online catalog only has the brick built tree photo from the original screenshot above, so no photos of the box or the actual contents.
  • bookmumbookmum londonMember Posts: 1,334
    I had seen this too and wondered if the argos version was different from the tru version - going by the picture - but then read the description and catalogue number and realised it is the same product as the tru one. I was going to email argos about it - I haven't so perhaps I should get round to it!! 
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,105
    edited September 2017
    LuLego said:
    So to clarify... you get two minifigs and a star to go on a cardboard tree? 
    What kid (or AFOL) wants to play with (display) a picture of Lego?
    whoever came up with this idea???

    Correct, the price was EUR 6.49 so in hindsight it was too good to be true.
    The guy that realized that if customers do not read the description you are out money.
    lentil
  • eanaireanair IrelandMember Posts: 155
    Hey @gunther.schnitzel  - it could be worse.  I bought 2 of these on the 3 for 2 sale (Argos Ireland too).  I thought that they'd make nice Christmas gifts - oh well, my bad for just reading the product name & not reading the description.  

    That being said, I work in marketing for a large retail chain here in Ireland and we produce a monthly catalogue with approx 200 products - and we would never call a product like this Lego Christmas Tree - because it would just cause confusion for the customer and lead to complaints, which is hassle we just don't want.  Maybe Lego Present Opening or Christmas Morning Gifts would be more appropriate - i.e don't mention the tree!
    sid3windr
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,457
    For reference, correct set number is #5004934 - I had this on my wanted list; now realizing Brickset needs a do-not-want list as well.
    gunther.schnitzel
  • gunther.schnitzelgunther.schnitzel Member Posts: 92
    Stupid OP couldn't even get the set number right.
    SprinkleOtter
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,457
    edited October 2017
    Haha, well... I don't think it's that big of an issue, but I was trying to "unmark" it as wanted and I couldn't find it! Even looking for "christmas" on the Brickset search didn't immediately turn it up.

    In any case thanks for the headsup, I'm sure I would have fallen for it - I'm likely thick enough to think there's an actual tree in the box, even if I did see the box.
    gunther.schnitzel
  • gunther.schnitzelgunther.schnitzel Member Posts: 92
    Had I picked it up off a shelf it would have been obvious given the weight and size but the Argos sales model prevents that and the lady offered me a paper bag for my purchases so I didn't look at it until I got home.
  • gunther.schnitzelgunther.schnitzel Member Posts: 92
    @sid3windr, thanks for the correct set number, I just realised it wasn't my mistake, the Irish and UK Argos sites have 5004943 instead of 5004934.

    They also have the following on all their LEGO sets now:

    "Save 25% on the Lego Xmas tree when bought with any Lego."
    sid3windr
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,977
    I saw this on another fan site (the brickfan maybe) and immediately thought 'Nope, that's not a Lego set' but I can't believe they're selling it like this at Argos. Actually, I can. I really don't rate Argos very much. Good luck with the return - you've kept the receipt, right?
    sid3windrKlintan
  • gunther.schnitzelgunther.schnitzel Member Posts: 92
    Yes, I have the receipt but returning it isn't worth the hassle (other side of the city etc.), I will give to my niece to go with her 10249 Winter Toy Shop.
    MaffyD
  • gunther.schnitzelgunther.schnitzel Member Posts: 92
    I got a snotty response from Argos yesterday but at least they said they would 'amend the image', item no longer on either the Irish or UK site, hopefully it will be less misleading when it reappears.
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  • ncreightonncreighton Under Your Bed BOO!Member Posts: 2
    edited October 2017
    I got a snotty response from Argos yesterday but at least they said they would 'amend the image', item no longer on either the Irish or UK site, hopefully it will be less misleading when it reappears.
    That is the worst thing when buying online! I hate when a picture is misleading. It should be a crime! haha
  • ChgoMattChgoMatt USAMember Posts: 108
    Saw this at Target in Chicago, IL for $6.99. They added a new outer wrap that tries to show there is no tree build, just minifigs, buildable toys and a cardboard box.
    sid3windr
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 527
    Wait...is this an actual Lego product? Someone needs a pink slip...
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,457
    ^ According to my multitude of viewings of The Fast and the Furious, that's the thing for ownership of a car, no? ;-)
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 527
    edited November 2017
    No...In the US you get a pink slip with your last paycheck when you're fired.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_slip_(employment)

    EDIT: apparently it doesn't like that URL, oh well, copy-paste would work
    sid3windr
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,645
    edited November 2017
    sid3windr said:
    ^ According to my multitude of viewings of The Fast and the Furious, that's the thing for ownership of a car, no? ;-)
    Also in Grease ... when Danny doesn't know what "pinks" are ...

    Edit: What have I just admitted to? :-)
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  • eanaireanair IrelandMember Posts: 155
    Resurrecting this thread to let you know that you'll get a free Lego Christmas Tree when you buy any Lego product at Argos....in Ireland btw, not sure about U.K. 

  • eanaireanair IrelandMember Posts: 155
    Ugh ignore my post. I think that you have to buy the stupid tree along with a Lego product to get one free.  Even two wouldn't be worth the €5.99 that one costs.
  • Coolguy5000Coolguy5000 Ireland Member Posts: 1,558
    @eanair you need to add the lego product and the tree, but you won't be charged for tree when buying both together in store.
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 527
    eanair said:
    Ugh ignore my post. I think that you have to buy the stupid tree along with a Lego product to get one free.  Even two wouldn't be worth the €5.99 that one costs.
    Oh...I was hoping for free cardboard kindling to help keep warm...:P
    sid3windr
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