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Pandemic buying strategies
The pandemic has changed the way we buy Lego. Lack of discount, supply shortages, and overall inflation have affected us all. Yet, Lego has retained some of its traditional practices such as set retirement timelines.
Do we change our view from "how do we get the best deal" to "how do we get the set at all"?
Common Lego sets used to be always available on Amazon and Target for 20% off, with larger sets sometimes discounted 5%. I used to buy common sets at Amazon or Target in Oct-Nov the year after the set was released hoping for more than 20% off as they cleared out remaining stock. Now, sets don't go on sale and don't remain at retailers through or after their retirement date.
During the pandemic, it seems better to buy from Lego (for guaranteed 5% off using VIP points) and either stack that with a GWP or get double points (10% off). But even GWP and double points have been canceled from their regularly scheduled times, store calendars have stopped, GWPs are released on short notice. How can we optimize getting deals at Lego.com?
To monitor availability at Lego.com, I've requested notification emails when items come back in stock. Since I only want to buy with GWP or double points, I must sign up when I know or expect these to be available. Is it possible to get stock and sale notifications for Amazon and Target?
I've created a Lego.com wishlist to see what's in stock or not at a glance. This doesn't differentiate between temporarily out of stock and truly out of stock (discontinued?). For Amazon and Target, I keep Lego sets I want "saved for later" in my cart. This allows me to quickly see if any items are on sale. What are other tricks for managing wishlists to watch for availability and discounts?
My local board game store now offers Lego and can order some sets for me. They have a 10% off loyalty program. That's a fine deal in the pandemic era and I love supporting the store. What other alternatives retailers can get us good discounts?
Used to wait for the entire year's sets to be known (late Dec) before looking at any so I could do it all at once. Now I have to wade through hundreds of unavailable sets multiple times per year to buy during the current year instead of after it. What's an efficient way to get a comprehensive view of new sets throughout the year in which they're released?
Thanks for sharing your tips on finding product availability and getting discounts during this confusing pandemic.
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