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Actually, Lego does ship in pretty plain boxes... It is the bright yellow carry out bags in the retail stores that stand out. But those are free advertising as people walk though the mall.
My wife was kidding with me but the amount I spend on LEGO is a point of contention. She is awesome and would never hide a LEGO mailing from me.
Yes, the more I spend I'm October, the more I save!
I just bought my wife a new 5 Series BMW, that has earned me a lot of Lego buying points :)
My wife does not care to hear me ponder such things any more . . .
I know the feeling, I bought my wife a new Yukon XL last month, to replace our 2007. Finally, air conditioned seats in the summer in Texas! :)
But yes, the money would be better spent on Lego.
Wait a minute? You're not married to littletoki, are you? She drives a BMW!!! :)
Double VIP points sounds exciting, but remember it's only about a 10% discount that can only be used toward a FUTURE purchase. Not that discounts are a bad thing, but I've done a lot better with other sales and clearance items recently. Maybe I'm spoiled with the past year's 30-50% discounts.
I wish they'd just do like Target and make it a flat 5% off with the loyalty card.
*steps down from soapbox*
If you waited another month, BF gives you automatic 10% off or more on all purchases in-store, plus the existing 5% VIP points, a Christmas promo set, holiday PAB box equivalent to a large PAB cup, plus a lot of sets are going to be on sale to begin with at 10%-25% off.
I am guessing the 299 is after the promotion. With 598 points, that's almost $30 in rewards.
If GE is an indicator (and really gone) I'd say that FB should be on its way out, as it was extended for a year past when Mods usually retire, presumably due to the Set batch that had parts missing.
Either way it is a great looking set, and with some nice parts and with double points a good set to get, along with GE (if speculators are not clearing out LEGO stores that still have GE due to it being gone from LEGO [email protected]) I would not wait and hope FB is going to be discounted.. in all the Mods in the past, none have been available when the BF sales starts (MAYBE MAYBE a couple of Green Grocers were available by some accounts, but not many if they did go on sale, LEGO showed that they would have been on sale, if not for being sold out online)
Id say with double points now is the best time to buy if you can afford it.. otherwise keep an eye out at sites like Amazon.com and Walmart, TRU, Target, etc for sales for them
It means that it isn't a general availability set offered to any retailer, it is only sold at select retailers. In this case, Amazon, TRU, Walmart, Target, etc. Smaller LEGO dealers cannot order the set, so it is "Hard to Find".
Also, smaller sets that have this label, such as Luke's Landspeeder, are store exclusives, in that case, only Walmart and the LEGO Store sell it, Amazon and Target don't carry it.
Just this year Ninjago had three hard to finds, one of them being only at Target besides Lego:
It's usually one set from one series for the entire year. It just usually isn't Star Wars.