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In Australia we have what's knowen as the "Boxing Day Sales" at the big departments stores. The larger CBD stores are usually a mad house and the last place I would want to be, especially if I was just returning something.
Then I went over to a Super Walmart to see what they got and picked up a few more sets for half price. I really hope they will have something like that this year too!...(c:
Is Walmart the place on hit on the 26th? How does Target compare traditionally? Any TRU deals?
It doesn't feel like the aisles at my Walmart are as well stock this year. Last year, they took up 2 entire aisles, but this year, it's barely taking up a single aisle.
After hitting a lot of Targets this weekend, I also saw that they are very depleted of Lego right now. They were pretty well stocked all year but not now.
I've got two questions on this topic.
1. When they had 50% off sale, was it like nationwide sale or YMMV type of thing as usual for WM?
2. Was it 50% for all lego sets in the shelves or just subset of them?
So it might not turn out that sets will be marked down 50% for a few weeks following their toy department resets.
So yeah, YMMV
Last year, I think there was a core list of items that were almost universally marked down, but an additional list that was hit or miss. I remember some of the items I couldn't find at the one store, but the other has some of those same items today still at MSRP and they were never marked down.
I'm not a reseller, I just pick up an extra copy or two of sets that I really like. Last year it was Mill Village Raid and the City Marina. I think I also picked up my Earth Defense HQ last year in the 50% sale. I remember looking for a Creator Lighthouse - never found that one on clearance anywhere. Probably picked up a few smaller City vehicles for parts too, but that was about it for me.
It generally isn't a mad rush like Black Friday, but you will find kids spending their holiday money, and resellers being greedy, and some AFOLs looking to get some cheap LEGO... if you see something you like, don't hesitate. I missed out on a City LEGO truck because I hesitated at Target, when I went back to the aisle after I had made up my mind someone had grabbed all three they had. On the other hand, some of the sets will still be in the clearance section a week later, especially at slower stores. I always laugh when some reseller eventually comes in and snaps up all of those sets... there is one guy on Craiglist who is still trying to sell Alien Conquest Motherships... to bad I can still find those in the clearance section at a few local stores for less than what he wants. That set is like the Ninjago Skull trucks... even at 50% off people aren't convinced they are worth it, so not much money to be made there.
What is kind of a shame is that I sold all mine for about cost about 6 weeks ago, just didn't wait long enough, but I decided to take the cash and buy stuff that I was sure I could sell for more money this Christmas.
I was actually right about that, but I could have made the same money just holding onto the Skull Trucks.
If I had to guess I would say Target's past sales were to push out most of their inventory before Christmas and eliminate the need for those big clearance sales. I'll keep my fingers crossed, but something tells me I should go get whatever is left at %30 off now before it is too late. (I'm looking at you money bank transfers)
Not complaining but this is an error that causes confusion for customers in the LEGO aisle. Might work out to our benefit however if these sets are marked down again after Christmas.