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  • samiam391samiam391 A log cabin in PA, United StatesMember Posts: 4,418
    Limit of 2 modulars each per cart. 7% in savings for several others besides the modulars.
    Notables being:
    Tower Bridge
    Diagon Alley
    Robie House (Marked down to $150)
  • dotknottdotknott Member Posts: 30
    I have 4 in my cart: Fire Brigade, Emporium, Town Hall and Pet Shop and they all show the discount. Maybe it only limits you upon check out? (I'm not planning on buying 4 other them, so I won't be finding out)
  • nkx1nkx1 Member Posts: 719
    ^ I think samiam was referring to two of the same set.
  • samiam391samiam391 A log cabin in PA, United StatesMember Posts: 4,418
    @dotknott- You've misunderstood me. I meant limited to 2 per specific item.
    In other words, you can't add more than 2 Fire brigades to your cart. Perhaps I should have been more clear.
  • dotknottdotknott Member Posts: 30
    Ahh. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

    Well, I probably won't be buying more than 1 of them anyway. Thanks for the info.
  • samiam391samiam391 A log cabin in PA, United StatesMember Posts: 4,418
    Ahh. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
    No worries, it happens!
  • adol7adol7 Member Posts: 150
    I guess it's more like $10 off since the Town Hall is 5% and the Tower Bridge is 4% off.
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,918
    When I first read the title I thought it said 70%. Bummer.
  • nkx1nkx1 Member Posts: 719
    edited June 2012
    ^^$10 off was my original thread title, but it was magically changed lol
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,245
    There's magic out there.
  • samiam391samiam391 A log cabin in PA, United StatesMember Posts: 4,418
    In the form of an admin named Yellowcastle. ;-)
  • nkx1nkx1 Member Posts: 719
    I think it's really cool that the admins (at least YC) make notes on the changes. It removes some of the mystery on the reason for the changes. But I still like to think of it as magic haha.
  • rockyrocky Member Posts: 1
    These look like price matches for the Toys R Us $10 off $50, as Toys R Us have these in stock and at MSRP. I'd go with Amazon as I have Prime & 3% back from Amazon credit card :)
  • PoochyPoochy USAMember Posts: 479
    When I first read the title I thought it said 70%. Bummer.
    Same here :(.

  • emilewskiemilewski CT, USAMember Posts: 476
    I am sorely tempted, but it would be more cost-effective to wait for a TRU BOGO 50% off sale which should come up again eventually.
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    ^ Plus these can be had for 10% off quite frequently and Lego does offer double points twice a year to boot!
  • 260madison260madison Member Posts: 50
    got one of each :)
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    ^ Plus these can be had for 10% off quite frequently and Lego does offer double points twice a year to boot!
    ^ heck, $15 off anytime you have a catalog coupon at the LEGO store, which is several times a year.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ Yes, but you usually have to add sales tax back on, however VIP points cuts part of it down.

    Still, $10 off these sets is nothing to turn your nose up at, it is a nice discount on nice sets... even if only about 7%
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    everyone always assume that people pay sales tax at LEGO and not at Amazon. I hate that. Some people pay at both, some at neither, and some at one or the other. Everyone's tax situation is different - when discussing the relative merits of deals, we should always just leave the tax side of the equation out of it and deal with true apples to apples comparisons that apply equally to everyone. at that point, each person can factor in the tax implications on their own and decide for themselves which is better in their circumstance.
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 873
    everyone always assume that people pay sales tax at LEGO and not at Amazon. I hate that. Some people pay at both, some at neither, and some at one or the other. Everyone's tax situation is different - when discussing the relative merits of deals, we should always just leave the tax side of the equation out of it and deal with true apples to apples comparisons that apply equally to everyone. at that point, each person can factor in the tax implications on their own and decide for themselves which is better in their circumstance.
    ^This (because it is clearly a dougts pet peeve :) ), or note the tax differential in a separate line as a potential additional benefit, depending on one's state and tax situation.

    The fact is that for those of us who do have "Amazon-exempt" status, it can be a significant discount, particularly on larger sets.
  • y2joshy2josh Member Posts: 2,002
    The fact is that for those of us who do have "Amazon-exempt" status, it can be a significant discount, particularly on larger sets.
    I'm aware I've said it before, but just so we're clear here... unless your state actually doesn't have sales tax, you technically still have to pay sales tax on Amazon purchases. Of course, most people aren't aware of this and those that are often choose not to.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    everyone always assume that people pay sales tax at LEGO and not at Amazon. I hate that. Some people pay at both, some at neither, and some at one or the other. Everyone's tax situation is different - when discussing the relative merits of deals, we should always just leave the tax side of the equation out of it and deal with true apples to apples comparisons that apply equally to everyone. at that point, each person can factor in the tax implications on their own and decide for themselves which is better in their circumstance.
    Fantastic. It's about time someone addresses this issue besides me. In fact there should be a thread started for this topic.

    There are only a hand full of states that have a state sales tax, so if you live in one of those states you don't have to pay sales tax on your Lego. If you do live in a states that has a sales tax and Amazon and Lego don't charge you sales tax on your purchases doesn't mean your Lego is tax free. I'm sure that you must pay your sales tax on all internet purchases at the end of the year. I know that Michigan you must. Lego shop at home used to not charge me sales tax until they put a Lego Store in Michigan and now all my purchases come with sales tax.

    I'm sorry, but if you don't pay your sales/use tax back to the state at the end of the year, you are no different than the super wealthy who we all complain don't pay enough taxes.

    I would like to have a discussion about this.

  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654

    I'm sorry, but if you don't pay your sales/use tax back to the state at the end of the year, you are no different than the super wealthy who we all complain don't pay enough taxes.

    I would like to have a discussion about this.

    "We all complain about"??? I have no issues with the super wealthy. I take issue with having special exclusions or tax brackets for anyone -- period. Be it a minimum wage job or a professional basketball player, we should all be subject to the same rate.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    I meant "we" as a general term because that's all I hear about in the news. I don't have a problem either, but i do think the US tax structure needs to be changed.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    I want to stay on topic by saying that I never use the "tax free" as a reason to buy, but free shipping is always good.
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    ^^ Ah, the news. I'm sure they have no agenda :P
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    "We all complain about"??? I have no issues with the super wealthy. I take issue with having special exclusions or tax brackets for anyone -- period. Be it a minimum wage job or a professional basketball player, we should all be subject to the same rate.
    Me either... I would not object to paying tax so much if it was flat across the board.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    ^ heck, I don't even have a problem with progressive rate brackets (though less of them total), or even a flat rate with a sizeable exemption. Any of those things work for me so long as we first get rid of all the deductions and credits.
  • adol7adol7 Member Posts: 150
    I saw we map out which places are tax exempt AND have the best LEGO clearance deals and we all just move there.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    Yes, but I own 2 small businesses and if you get rid of deductions for overhead, rent employees etc. There is no margin left to make a profit.

    I think what I was trying to point out was just about State sales Tax and everyone whether you are wealthy or not pays the same sales tax.

    I'm sure this thread will be split into a seperate topic. The subject of tax plays a major role in the sale of Legos. Here in the US we have State sales/use tax and across the pond they have a VAT tax, which I imagine is alot more than any of our states sales tax and is one of the reasons why Legos are more expensive...right?
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ If you make the tax low enough and have it simply be a gross margin tax, it can work...

    Texas does this, it charges a gross margin tax on businesses that do over $300,000 in gross sales, regardless of profit.

    But the number is very low, so it works, and ends up built into all businesses costs. It is one reason why we have no income tax here.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Consider for a minute, the GDP of the United States is about $15 Trillion.

    If you tax 10% of that, you have $1.5 Trillion, which really should be plenty for all the government needs to do.

    Then you can save a ton of money by cutting the tax code from a building sized book down to a few pages. :)

    Sounds so simple, but of course I know it really isn't.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    As a side note, anyone can start a business and have the same deductions as a major corporation. You can deduct your start up costs and everything that you use to operate your business. You don't even have to make that much money. You can classify your business if it has to do with Legos as a Hobby Business and if you make a profit in your business for 3 consecutive years your business has what they call a "profit motive".
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    :)

    All of the "inventory" at my house is for sale, some of it I already have sold, others will be sold over time, it is all COGS.

    So it is all deductible, I don't have to pay sales taxes on any of it, and I can write off against my income as a loss any of it that is, well, "unsellable".

    And it is all perfectly legal, so before anyone gets mad at me, go get mad at Congress for writing the tax code the way they did. :)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    Nobody is mad yet ;) I find your lack of faith disturbing ...;)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    ^^^ Yes, any anyone can do it. Right now I don't have a Lego business, but every Lego that I buy for my one business is tax deductible. Any Lego book, set or individual assorted Legos.

    We own a salon/barber shop and we have tons of Lego books for people to read while waiting for a hair cut. We are in the process of making a suspended train rail in our shop. All the Lego needed for the project is tax deductible.
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    The tax code is the way it is on purpose. They pass a new tax and pay off certain groups with exemptions. Keep doing this over and over and you get more and more complicated.

    Another option discussed is a national sales tax in place of an income tax. It has the benefit of not even dealing with what are legitimate deductions and it also encourages saving.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    Like I said before, if you want to turn your passion for Lego a business or a hobby business anyone can do it and it's perfectly legal and there are no loopholes to exploit. All you have to do is prove that your business is a legitimate business.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    ^^^ Yes, any anyone can do it. Right now I don't have a Lego business, but every Lego that I buy for my one business is tax deductible. Any Lego book, set or individual assorted Legos.
    Let me get this straight: You're writing off all of your Lego purchases as business expenses (for a hair salon of all things) but criticizing those who don't report sales tax for online purchases. Oookay.

  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    @mathew Read his post again. He did not say "all" Lego purchases. He said "all Lego purchases for his business" -- not personal use which of course would not be deductible.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    You're right. I misread his post.
  • dotknottdotknott Member Posts: 30
    Going back to the original topic at hand, it would seem that the prices are back to normal.
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  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    You're right. I misread his post.
    That's ok, we all do it. We cater to children at our shop. They love to read all the Lego books and the very young ones play with the Duplo blocks. To tell you the truth, alot of the adults love the Legos as well. The Legos are entertainment for the people waiting. No different than purchasing a tv for the waiting area and magazines. I'm sorry if my previous comments were misleading.

  • turtle1173turtle1173 Member Posts: 230
    The Frigate is 30% off at Amazon right now for those who haven't picked it up yet. $83.96.
    http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Star-Wars-Republic-Frigate/dp/B004P9739S/
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