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Black Friday 2012 Stories

KottonKotton Member Posts: 55
edited November 2012 in Buying & Selling Topics
So I really did not see any Black Friday deals I really HAD to have, but then I saw the SW Advent Calendar for $25, so I decided to make the trip to the crowded mall.

When I was checking out, my daughter pulled a 50% off scratch off!!!

We ended up with the Advent Calendar, a couple $10 friends sets, SW Hoth Echo Base, the 2012 Holiday set and a Pick A Brick box all for less than $50, with the 50% off and a coupon and points I had saved... Not a bad haul!

I WISH I had more cash and time available because I would have loved to had loaded up with the 50%...

It has hard to decided what to quickly grab while I was standing at the register...
murphquake

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  • BrianBrian Guest Posts: 87
    edited November 2012
    Nothing much to brag about: I got 4208 Fire Truck 30% off at B&N yesterday. No idea the BOGO and 30% were stackable, so I might try again today.

    Went to two targets, first one had two Chase McCains. The second Target had about twelve. Funny thing is at the second Target, when I went to pay at the register at the back of the store, they wouldn't let me buy eight and said I could only buy one. I knew they couldn't be right and didn't want to make a scene so sneaky me went to the front and bought all eight with no hassle. Ended up with 10 Chase McCains.
    murphquake
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,257
    I went to Kmart and paid full price for several Hobbit sets. Woot. I would not have gone at all but someone asked me for some dwarves, so.
  • CupIsHalfEmptyCupIsHalfEmpty CanadaMember Posts: 547
    Barnes and noble I got four urak hai army sets for 56.16 (equivalent cost) after the 30% off plus bogo50% off plus 10% membership, plus 13%off on their gift card promo. Not bad considering where I live in Canada these retail for $40
  • pcironepcirone Long Island, NYMember Posts: 346
    I was fortunate to get a lot of good deals the past few days such as 10 holiday sets, 15 pab boxes, $95 red cargo trains, but the best percentage wise was this deal at B&N: I got 2 x 5891 Apple Tree Houses for $18.40 each.

    Here's the math: 44.95 - 10% (4.50) -30% (12.14) =28.31 for the first one, then 44.95 - 10% (4.50) -50% (20.23) - 30% (6.07) = 14.15 for the second one. Together that's 42.46 for the 2, then I subtract 5.66 which is the prorated share of the free $10 gift card which gets me to $36.80 for the 2 or $18.40 each, right about 60% off msrp.

    I didn't notice she took the 30% off the second set till I got home or I would have made sure all my transactions were with that particular register girl. :)
  • adello25adello25 U.S.A.Member Posts: 361
    Nothing crazy but got a Kingdons Joust and Red Cargo Train for 20% off +10% scratcher along with free Christmas set, totes bag, and pick a brick box.

    A fee days before Black Friday i picked up the Maersk Train off Amazon when it was $104.99 and got $50 off for signing up for the Amazon credit card. 54.99 for a Maersk Train is quite a deal!
  • coolpixcoolpix Member Posts: 357
    edited November 2012
    Nothing fancy. I did pretty much the same: 1 Red Cargo Train and 3 PAB big cups for the kids to get into the $150 threshold and get 10% off everything, plus the holiday set. My store was done on the scratch-offs yesterday at around 4:30 pm.

    I even got one extra PAB box for my honesty, because the lady on the register was charging me $7.99 (small cup), instead of the regular $14.99 for the cups that the kids filled, and I brought that to her attention, so she could charge me accordingly.

    Now, for me the best was being able to find a #7641 City Corner on that little wall that split the registers from the PAB wall. I asked if they had it back in stock (maybe a Black Friday surprise set?) and the manager said someone had just returned it for store credit. After checking the box for tampering (I've got my share of sets with boxes full of crap already in my lifetime), I decided to buy it! It was RRP @ $59.99, but judging by the eBay auctions on this set, I already doubled my investment, if I decide to sell it! I may not, because I love that set, and I was not willing to fork $120 for it on eBay, so it was a good trip to the LEGO store! In my view, I scored 50% off on City Corner :)
  • ZonZon Member Posts: 214
    Got 2x Mandalorian and 2x Clone Trooper battle packs from 2011 for 60% off at Booksamillion.
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 954
    I was able to use my Lone Star card and scored big time at B&N. That's my brag.
    Thezoofoxsipmart242
  • DeadareusDeadareus Member Posts: 264
    Late to the game but we finally made the 7 hr trek to Portland ME. from Canada and I snagged a Fire Temple from TRU for $90.99 plus they had BOGO 50% on the Hasbro Collectible Force FX Lightsabers (w/ the metal hilt, not the plastic kids one) which have me another 10% off the whole order.

    The little guy will be pleased w his first Ninjago set!
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,289
    ^ Did you drive 7 hours primarily just to get the LEGO? Next time ask me or someone on the forum for help. I could have easily bought that and shipped it to you to save time and fuel expense.
    Deadareus
  • prof1515prof1515 EarthMember Posts: 1,561
    edited November 2012
    Same old, same old here. Nine orders, seven of which went through fine but two did not (was shipping it to a friend and my bank flagged the address as suspicious *sigh*) resulting in the loss of part of the order which sold out in the time between when I initially tried to place the order and the time at which my bank opened and I got the problem straightened out.

    Total sets ordered (off the top of my head, not by combination to tak advantag of discounts, free shipping and Holiday sets):

    1 x Town Hall
    2 x Shuttle Expedition
    3 x Star Wars Planets
    1 x X-Wing Fighter
    1 x TIE Fighter
    1 x Catwoman Chase
    1 x Kingdoms Joust
    1 x Haunted House
    2 x Star Wars Advent Calendar
    1 x Anakin's Jedi Starfighter
    1 x Palpatine's Arrest
    1 x Gungan Sub
    1 x Creator Lighthouse
    1 x Endor Battle Pack
  • seonadancingseonadancing Member Posts: 92
    I was only able to take advantage of the Lego.com sale. 10% off, free shipping, and the free Christmas set. Overall I spent about $350 for a mini-modular (15% off), batman funhouse, 15x minifig display case (50% off I hope it's not glued), 2x SW advent calendar (50% off), then mostly pick-a-brick stuff.
  • DeadareusDeadareus Member Posts: 264
    rocao said:

    ^ Did you drive 7 hours primarily just to get the LEGO? Next time ask me or someone on the forum for help. I could have easily bought that and shipped it to you to save time and fuel expense.

    Thanks for the offer/suggestion. We were going anyways... not just for the Lego. My wife and I were planning the trip as a get away and a Christmas shopping trip.

    ADDED BONUS: We went to Merrimack, NH from Portland, ME. yesterday for some outlet shopping and just before headed back to Portland I figured I would punch The Lego Store into the GPS... Sure enough only 35 miles from where we were to the Boston location.

    Long story short... After a little convincing we went and I am finally able to move the Death Star from my 'wanted' list to my 'own' list!! And what's even better is MY WIFE paid for it as a Christmas gift for me. WIN WIN!

    Got the 10% off plus the Holiday set and PaB. Picked up 2 Minifig display cases and a minifig wedding table display as well.

    Told the clerk to keep the PaB box as we were from Canada and had no plans on visiting again before March. He then asked the manager if we could just pick now and she said no...to which I replied I would just give it to someone who will use it. He then snuck a TC-14 mini in to our bag. Awesome!
    murphquake
  • ludzikludzik US (SoCal)Member Posts: 430
    Deadareus said:

    rocao said:

    ^ Did you drive 7 hours primarily just to get the LEGO? Next time ask me or someone on the forum for help. I could have easily bought that and shipped it to you to save time and fuel expense.

    Thanks for the offer/suggestion. We were going anyways... not just for the Lego. My wife and I were planning the trip as a get away and a Christmas shopping trip.

    ADDED BONUS: We went to Merrimack, NH from Portland, ME. yesterday for some outlet shopping and just before headed back to Portland I figured I would punch The Lego Store into the GPS... Sure enough only 35 miles from where we were to the Boston location.

    Long story short... After a little convincing we went and I am finally able to move the Death Star from my 'wanted' list to my 'own' list!! And what's even better is MY WIFE paid for it as a Christmas gift for me. WIN WIN!

    Got the 10% off plus the Holiday set and PaB. Picked up 2 Minifig display cases and a minifig wedding table display as well.

    Told the clerk to keep the PaB box as we were from Canada and had no plans on visiting again before March. He then asked the manager if we could just pick now and she said no...to which I replied I would just give it to someone who will use it. He then snuck a TC-14 mini in to our bag. Awesome!
    And as you were driving through the border you told the customs agents: this is not the droid or death star that you're looking for :)
    Penkid11cloud0LegoFanTexasTheBrickLaddDeadareus
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,506
    @seonadancing No the minifig case is buildable, not glued.
  • seonadancingseonadancing Member Posts: 92
    Great! I thought the mini modular and the minifig case had good part out value, but i bought the minifig cases mainly for the classic space figure. I just have to buy more of the classic helmets.
  • legoprodslegoprods SpainMember Posts: 441
    Got the two #10226 Sopwith Camels at 60€ each shipped, not bad!
  • DeadareusDeadareus Member Posts: 264
    @lugzik i tried but we paid the price today crossing the border. We were $600 over our limit and they dinged us with an extra 80$ tax to bring it all back.

    Still saved a bundle for all the stuff we acquired though. AND we had a great time as well so it was a successful little trip.

    Still wishing I would have grabbed that Epic Dragon Battle for 99$ though!
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Deadareus said:

    @lugzik i tried but we paid the price today crossing the border. We were $600 over our limit and they dinged us with an extra 80$ tax to bring it all back.

    With respect, and out of no desire to get into a tax conversation...

    That is why LEGO costs more in Canada with a dollar equal to (or better than) the US dollar.

    Taxes... There is no import duty on toys in the United States, no matter the dollar amount. There is in Canada. When you buy retail, that duty is baked into the prices.
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