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1) Christmas season allows for better sales to get your attention/repeat business.
2) Retailers possibly ordered their supply of "Hard to Find" sets before they became aware of TLG's new rule. Now they have tighter inventory control so they do not have to eat the cost of a giveaway set.
It's the Friday after Thanksgiving.
I agree. Have not gotten the House because I am not a fan of the figs either. And I have enough Creator houses. I do however like the interior of the Simpson's house.
You may commence your crying when ready.
People are assuming that LEGO will be decent enough to give 3x VIP points again this year. I have a sneaking suspicion that the 3x VIP points is not going to occur again (knowing how tight LEGO is getting).
You truly best bet is to go for these sets when double points are available, and that will likely be the best deal you will get (unless LEGO decides to allow the exclusives to be on sale again) OR wait until the holidays and hope that the stores do their whole 'bonus' set with purchase of an exclusive like last holiday season.
I will take it easy with my reselling orders if they do 3x again. I would like to place 20 orders during 3x this time around, but I might settle for 5 just so I don't put myself on their radar anymore than I already am.
"The study revealed that the addition of sales taxes dropped Amazon's sales by 9.5 percent. For purchases of $300 or more, Amazon sales plunged by 23.8 percent after the company began collecting those taxes."
In short, adding a 5-10% increase in cost due to taxes reduced Amazon's sales by almost 10%; that reduction basically doubles on larger purchases. It should be noted that the collection of sales taxes is really not Amazon's fault; it's the government wanting to get their piece of the pie.
What TLG has done with their discount ban on exclusives in the US is similar except that TLG can't blame the government like Amazon can. Like it or not, TLG is doing their best to alienate their big spenders: the AFOLs.
i used to buy from amazon before they started collecting taxes. it used to save me 10% :D now there is no incentive to buy from amazon. :D its not that i am not buying. just it diverted from amazon to brick&mortar store.
i personally don't think charging sales tax would reduce TLG's sales. People will buy them no matter what.. only way people would stop buying them is only iff they find better/different alternative to LEGO or if they can't really afford them in the number of quantity. even in those desperate times people will buy stuffs for kids. that smile on ones kids face is priceless. these are emotions attached purchases...
B&M is fine for 'gotta have it now' items like groceries and I will say that Target w/ Red card gets a lot of our money. But I believe that Amazon will always have a place unless they severely limit their warehouse inventories.
Between Amazon and Walmart, they will probably drive most everyone else out of business.
The lower the sales tax, the less Amazon is probably going to feel it. In Tennessee, it's basically 10%...albeit we have no income tax. I'm probably a typical Amazon customer, and I can personally vouch for the story. I just went to my Amazon account and compared Jan 1 - May 4, 2013 to Jan 1 - May 4, 2014. My purchases (in dollars) have dropped by 50% year over year. And this will only get worse as the spending season (holidays) approach.
By killing off discounts on exclusive sets, TLG has done basically the same thing...or worse. I'm just not one of those people that blindly purchases anything without considering the total cost (including discounts and taxes).
By the way, here's the link to the story on Amazon taxes:
Our credit card provides additional points if items are purchased online and we go through a link (including items from Lego [email protected]). We've also purchased other large household appliances from Lowes, etc. online. Like you. our primary reason for going to B&M stores is groceries.
It's an interesting concept anyway.
I think if you look at many reasons provided for the US Exclusives Ban you can see holes in their logic that you could drive a truck through, unless there is some sort of legal issue that has never been disclosed.
It reminds me a little of Chanel perfume, in the UK you NEVER get it on a discount but when you go into a Chanel shop to buy it, it's a lot better than going into Boots :)