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[US] TRU $10 off $50 Jan 8-14

sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
edited January 2012 in Shopping USA/Canada
Not an awesome deal, but for those trying to figure out when to spend their rewards dollars, you have a $10 off $50+ purchases on LEGO "construction sets", excluding Friends, starting on Sunday. Now since it says "construction sets" this may exclude CMFs as well. The other deal going on is Ramses Return and Ramses Pyramid at 50% off. I'm guessing this is 50% off the original price and not the adjusted one from LEGO.
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  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,171
    edited January 2012
    Cool, Thanks @sidersdd
    I have been wondering how to spend my points and I may just have to wait for Sunday because I also have a 10 dollar LEGO coupon from TRUs last rewards statement to be used in Jan as well..
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,285
    @sidersdd is it instore or online?
  • bor2112bor2112 Member Posts: 289
    Hmm. Need $10 off and rewards dollars just to get back to retail.
  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    So it means, the guy who is handling my TRU purchases must be having lots of rewards dollars! Lemme at him!

    How do you guys manage the reward dollars? Do you get to make a username/membership and all the reward dollars get piled up in your account in TRU? Or are these offered every few months???
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    edited January 2012
    TRU rewards aren't very lucrative
    Other than at Christmas time, it is about 3% cash back.

    Occasionally, they run promotions (10% back around Christmas, extra LEGO bucks during "Bricktober," etc.)

    The other thing is they issue certificates with limited valid dates. Unlike the LEGO VIP program, there are limits to how much you can earn and TRU makes it difficult to use the certs for anything "big" because if you earn $40, they split it up into multiple coupons that are valid different dates and can't all be stacked.

    Brent
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    Also, no rewards are being earned in January.
  • pumperxpumperx Member Posts: 106
    Can you use TRU rewards online?
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    ^ yes, but only one rewards coupon per transaction I believe (I haven't tried it recently).
  • brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
    Nice. Have to get rid of these rewards dollars.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,171
    edited January 2012
    ^^--Unless it says only valid 'in store', which I believe the 10% 'bonus' says on the coupons.

    @coolsplash: Usually the TRU 'rewards' earned are split up half for the 1st half of the month, 2nd for second half of the month..
    So if you earn 20 dollars, you will be able to spend 10 of it from Jan1-14th, and 10 Jan 15th-31st

  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,171
    Hmm. Need $10 off and rewards dollars just to get back to retail.
    Unfortunately yes, BUT if you also happen to have TRU Rewards and a 10 dollar off LEGO coupon that cam with the rewards received last month, it is not so bad.

    It is getting sad though that TRU has been so outrageous with pricing now that you cannot even buy a small LEGO set without paying another 10-40% on the set. (no kidding the Car and Caravan are 20 bucks at LEGO and 28 bucks at TRU)


    Again I'm guessing once the 'rewards' coupons expire, everything will mysteriously drop down to retail, or close to it.
    IMO that is pretty unethical if that is the case. To offer a 10% back 'reward' only to raise your retail prices to counteract the rewards offered.
    Yes, yes I know there are sets that are retail still, but very few. many only available online and not in the stores as well.
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    I was hoping this $10 off would be good on Friends. I'd buy 3x Olivia's Tree House, which is $17.99 instead of $19.99.

    Brent
  • bor2112bor2112 Member Posts: 289
    ^not anymore. the retail or just under of the Friends line is no longer...all jacked up
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,285
    I know, I saw that. TRU is really making it hard to spend the r us dollars.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,171
    edited January 2012
    It is annoying that TRU did this, as they are ripping off people.
    Now for those in the 'know', they know to look for a good deal, or stack coupons, and what not.

    But for every day people they, most likely, do not know. They take their kids into a TRU store, buy an item that they could probably get somewhere else for 10-40% cheaper but do not realize it... It just bugs me.
  • pcironepcirone Long Island, NYMember Posts: 346
    But for every day people they, most likely, do not know. They take their kids into a TRU store, buy an item that they could probably get somewhere else for 10-40% cheaper but do not realize it... It just bugs me.
    It's a free market. Caveat emptor.
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    ^not anymore. the retail or just under of the Friends line is no longer...all jacked up
    Annoying, but be sure to check your stores. I saw the prices went up online, but the treehouse is still $17.99 in my local store.

    Brent
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    But for every day people they, most likely, do not know. They take their kids into a TRU store, buy an item that they could probably get somewhere else for 10-40% cheaper but do not realize it... It just bugs me.
    It's a free market. Caveat emptor.
    I agree. I figure the people paying above retail subsidize the coupons and 10% rewards for those of us who can take advantage of them to get good prices.

    Brent
  • brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
    WOW! I didn't realize that half of my rewards aren't good until after the 14th. Thanks for the heads up on that.

    The way I look at it is this: I will feel much less guilty returning 2 Star Wars Advent Calendars today at TRU, stock I know they can't move.

    It is annoying, but then again, we all seem to leverage TRU for the deals that do work.
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    Also, you may all want to pay attention to your rewards. I earned $31 worth, but only received coupons for $24.

    I looked online, and it is only giving me rewards through 12/12/2012, despite my account showing a few purchases between 12/13 and 12/24.

    I e-mailed TRU, and they "sent my issue to a specialist" to look into it.

    Brent
  • brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
    @BTHodgeman Thanks for the heads up, but it's not worth my time to try to track this kind of thing with them. I just assume they are pulling one over on me, and get what I can with the coupons they provide. Resigned to my fate with TRU. :)
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    ...it can be worth your while to "keep on them." Same thing happened to me last year and by the time they issued the rewards to me, they were already expired. In the end, they gave me a $50 gift card to make up or the $15 in missed rewards.

    Brent
  • DatoDato Member Posts: 111
    Wondering if anyone had similar experience: Both my wife and I have rewards dollars in our respective accounts valid through the 13th. May I use the dollars from both accounts in one transaction? Or do I have to do two transactions, each with dollars from only one account? Thanks.
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    @Dato - It will depend on the cashier. I think for the certificate to scan, they need to have the card the reward is issued to pulled up on the computer, but they can easily override it.

    Brent
  • jadeirenejadeirene US, CaliforniaMember Posts: 475
    ^^ Unless you have a personal reason why you want to separate accounts, I would suggest that you and your wife combine your spending into one account. TRU rewards (during normal periods) do not give you a % of your spending back. You earn $5 back for every $150 spent. So for example, if you and your wife both spend $100 in each of your accounts, neither of you would receive any reward dollars, but if you combined your spending into one account, you would accrue a $5 certificate.
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    During Christmas-time, there is a $50 Rewards limit. That would be the most common reason to have separate accounts :)

    Brent
  • DatoDato Member Posts: 111
    @BTHodgeman: Thanks. BTW, where did you send your email about the missing dollars? I am also missing the dollars earned after 12/12. I was looking all over the rewardsRus and toysRus website and couldn't find the right place to shoot my question. Thanks in advance.
  • jadeirenejadeirene US, CaliforniaMember Posts: 475
    ^^ That's true, I didn't think about that. I guess my purchases are not as abundant as some others here. =)
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    Anyone try their rewards on Pre-Order items like the Star Wars stuff? I wonder if they'll be permitted in the $10 off $50 as well, starting tomorrow. TIE Fighter is $59.99.
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    @Dato - from TRU.com, I think there is a "contact us" section at the bottom.

    You will have to select a type of inquiry. I selected Promotions.

    Brent
  • DatoDato Member Posts: 111
    @BTHodgeman: Thanks for the pointer.
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,285
    @sidersdd I was going to do the same thing but then you still have to pay shipping. Also they are jacking up the price even on the preorders of SW. The Droid Escape is $21.99 even though the MSRP is $19.99. I think it is best to wait until they hit the stores. The next round of r u dollars should how up after the 15th of this month.
  • bor2112bor2112 Member Posts: 289
    edited January 2012
    Only thing I see worthwhile is MMV. With $10 off and other promos/rewards and free shipping, not a bad deal.
  • DatoDato Member Posts: 111
    Just came back with a MVR, bought using R Us dollars from two different accounts in one transaction successfully. I told the cashier about it before she started scanning, and she said if they went through they went through, she didn't have a problem with trying it out for me.
  • herekittykittyherekittykitty Member Posts: 122
    There is a $15 off $100 purchase online only code (OCHRISTMASTREE) that expires Jan 15, but it doesn't seem to work in combination with the $10 off $50 for Lego. Or maybe it just doesn't work for lego at all. It might work on Friends though since those are excluded from the $10 off $50 promo.
  • bor2112bor2112 Member Posts: 289
    OCHRISTMASTREE has expiration of Jan 15, 2011...maybe an oversight
  • herekittykittyherekittykitty Member Posts: 122
    OCHRISTMASTREE has expiration of Jan 15, 2011...maybe an oversight
    Lol, that would explain why it's not working! I got it from a link that usually updates when there is a new coupon, so when it updated (there was a valid one last week that expires yesterday) I just checked that it was January and assumed it worked.

    Sorry about that! :)
  • bor2112bor2112 Member Posts: 289
    @herekittykitty, i did not mean your oversight, I meant on the website. I called to inquire and they honored the $15 off.
  • herekittykittyherekittykitty Member Posts: 122
    @bor2112, that is great! Did they give you the $10 off $50 as well?
  • bor2112bor2112 Member Posts: 289
    ^Yes, in a way...she gave me a new code but it was many alpha-numeric characters and was only good once and for me. But you should definitely call. I had my cart ready to go with the $10 off and all other info and then just input the code as she read it to me. This way you are still on phone with them if something goes awry.
  • pcironepcirone Long Island, NYMember Posts: 346
    My local TRU (Lake Grove, NY) had a Diagon Alley on the shelf with no markup for $149.99.

    Used all my rewards from 2 accounts with no problem. It was 5 x $5 rewards + $10 Lego bucks on each account so after all that (with the $10 off $50 promo) it came to $69.99 + tax. Pretty happy, but if not for the 10217 there was nothing else worthwhile that wasn't marked up a ridiculous amount.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    Found a Woody's Roundup at TRU in N. San Diego for $55, but with the $10 off of $50, brought it under RRP by $5. Last chance before EOL, so I was a happy camper.
  • herekittykittyherekittykitty Member Posts: 122
    I used 3 $5 rewards in one transaction today, no problem. Got a Hillside House for $55 plus tax ($79.99-$10 (so back to RRP, grr)-$15 rewards). Not terrible, but not thrilled either. It was something I wanted, but I was hoping for something cheaper (or maybe an MMV or MVR, but those were unlikely) since I have other bigger purchases planned too, and this was further down on my priority list. This store seriously had less than half of one side of an aisle with Lego. Smallest Lego section I've ever seen in a TRU (mid-town San Diego).
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    Anakin's Pod (30057) polybag, TRU Exclusive, now available:
    http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12509483

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  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,285
    Not worth the $4.99 price tag.
  • malachirobertsonmalachirobertson Indiana, USAMember Posts: 266
    I suppose this mini set is supposed to complement the mini pod racer from the new planet sets.
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    I found a TRU with two AT-AT's. Will use my second set of rewards good on the 14th!
  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 500
    One of mine has the 7636 Harvester x2 at 10 dollars over original retail. $10 off, burn up my vouchers, and another harvester to work my Lego fields :)
  • DatoDato Member Posts: 111
    Maersk Train is available right now. $10 off makes it RRP, plus free shipping.
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,285
    ^ but r us dollars are only good in store.
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