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Double VIP Points - October 2012

DadsAFOLDadsAFOL USAMember Posts: 617
edited September 2012 in Shopping USA/Canada
US postcard received today. Don;t know about other countries yet.

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  • bmwlegobmwlego Long Island, New YorkMember Posts: 817
    Got this yesterday as well. My wife joked that she was going to throw it out on me before I got home because she knows it is going to cost us a lot of money!
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,317
    ^ Doesn't she know it saves you money. Somehow. In the long run. That's my justification.
  • itsnotmeitsnotme Member Posts: 124
    Is there typically free shipping with this promotion as well?
  • LegoDad42LegoDad42 EarthMember Posts: 83
    bmwlego said:

    Got this yesterday as well. My wife joked that she was going to throw it out on me before I got home because she knows it is going to cost us a lot of money!

    Hang in there amigo. Marie did the same thing...no more Lego!!! I tried by convincing her I'd be putting those points for Xmas gifts. Don't know if she bought it...;) I need the Lego store to print bags that don't have the logo and get rid of that bright yellow. Don't they know it's hard to hide it around the house!

  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    ^ Adult stores ship in plain packaging. Don't see why Lego could not do the same thing ;)
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    gmpirate said:

    ^ Adult stores ship in plain packaging. Don't see why Lego could not do the same thing ;)

    And you would know that... how? :)

    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.
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,268
    My local store falls into a "no more plastic bags" zone, so they use plain brown shopping bags, for 10 cents each of course. :)
  • 12651265 The Great State of TexasMember Posts: 1,092
    Received same postcard....however, someone from marketing and/or graphics screwed up the analogy graphic on the back side of the postcard.
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    ^^^ I thought it was just common knowledge. No?
  • 12651265 The Great State of TexasMember Posts: 1,092
    gmpirate said:

    ^^^ I thought it was just common knowledge. No?

    Looking at it again......you're right. I don't like how they presented the examples, which through me off. Should of just said....10% off for VIP members.
  • bmwlegobmwlego Long Island, New YorkMember Posts: 817
    @ccc
    @LegoDad42

    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!
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    @bmwlego

    I just bought my wife a new 5 Series BMW, that has earned me a lot of Lego buying points :)
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    ^ Especially if you told her you used your Lego profits ;)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    Lol. Although I would be better off with $60k worth of Lego sitting in the garage rather than $60k worth of car.
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    Tough decisions. Do I purchase much needed equipment for the business or buy Lego? I finally scratched a check for a new van for the business yesterday after delaying it for the longest time. Hmmm, hold off, buy more Lego, sell next Christmas and be further ahead???

    My wife does not care to hear me ponder such things any more . . .
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Pitfall69 said:

    Lol. Although I would be better off with $60k worth of Lego sitting in the garage rather than $60k worth of car.

    :) That is no longer a $60K car, sad to say...

    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!!! :)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    No!!! I'm not. Don't start spreading rumors now.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    Yeah, as soon as we drove it off the lot, I said "there goes $12,000 in Lego"
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    So do you get double VIP point for these vehicles? Or are you way off subject?
  • cmrt1014cmrt1014 Member Posts: 396
    edited September 2012
    1265 said:

    Received same postcard....however, someone from marketing and/or graphics screwed up the analogy graphic on the back side of the postcard.

    I received mine yesterday and the graphic on mine is accurate, but hard to understand. It says that you earn 2 points for every $1, and that for 100 points you get $5. Not the clearest way to say it, but... it does then say that you get a $5 reward for every $50 spent.

  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 3,153
    Pitfall69: Maybe you should've got the missus a full sized Lego car like the F1 car on another thread. Easy to repair after a smash and should depreciate like Lego and not like a car.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409

    Pitfall69: Maybe you should've got the missus a full sized Lego car like the F1 car on another thread. Easy to repair after a smash and should depreciate like Lego and not like a car.

    :) Gee thanks, now I need a new keyboard, mine has coffee all over it!
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 3,153
    ^^Changing the colour is really easy too, no respray unless you want a custom chrome bricks job.
  • GIR3691GIR3691 Member Posts: 674
    This kind of discussion always reminds me of the Monty Python sketch where they describe ladies who "always spend a fortune on bargains."

    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*
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^totally agree with this. It's actually just a 5% discount over the existing 5% given. Double VIP points is the most effective promo strategy used by TLG, driving up monthly revenue without discounting anything or losing on free shipping, therefore maximized profit margins.

    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.
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 3,153
    Brickdancer: for the last 2 years they've done double VIP points and then added in free shipping a week into the promotion. Am I right in thinking the Xmas giveaway also comes in at this time?
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 3,153
    ^In the UK.
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    ^^ Last year the Xmas giveaway was communicated on the actual calendar. It's absent from the October one this year. However I suppose it could still be a surprise announcement.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFW/BGMember Posts: 7,298
    So I am guessing that there is little chance that the current 2X VIP promotions like the Sith Collection etc. will be quadrupled to 4x during Oct. is there?
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 3,153
    Bumblepants - almost no chance. I only got the first half of the christmas 2 part set last year, when I ordered the Death Star, There was nothing else to entice me to spend another £50 in November.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFW/BGMember Posts: 7,298
    Yeah I am not holding my breath. I think I will save the last of my Lego budget to grab whatever looks good on Black Friday. Hoping the Death Star or Diagon Alley will still be lingering then
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    There are many sets that will "probably" be going EOL soon that most likely will not be part of BF -- sets that don't ever go on sale. Some sets just do not need to go on sale. October is a good time to pick them up.
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    Good time to pick up the B-Wing to build. Double points and a free TC-14 to boot! Can't imagine people loading up on B-Wings now just for that, do hopefully it won't effect the price much.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    gmpirate said:

    Good time to pick up the B-Wing to build. Double points and a free TC-14 to boot! Can't imagine people loading up on B-Wings now just for that, do hopefully it won't effect the price much.

    Yes, but in the UK, it is free TC-14 with any SW Lego purchase over £50, so they will come down a bit.
  • leemcgleemcg Member Posts: 607



    Yes, but in the UK, it is free TC-14 with any SW Lego purchase over £50, so they will come down a bit.

    Moreover they are giving TC-14s out in stores too, where they have a little more flexibility. I cheekily asked and got one today as I was buying a lot of (non-Star Wars) sets.
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    ^ yeah, that will be very limited tho. Almost thought I was going to get a TC-14 today under that scenario but didn't. Maybe a different story somewhere else :P
  • lannyjacklannyjack Member Posts: 39
    I can't find the answer anywhere - Are the points listed next to items on the Lego shop the normal amount of points, or are they already doubled? I want to pick up a Fire Brigade set, and it lists the VIP points as 299. Is that what I would be getting, or with double points would that make it 598 VIP points?

    I am guessing the 299 is after the promotion. With 598 points, that's almost $30 in rewards.
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    Normal 5%, double is 10%
  • CupIsHalfEmptyCupIsHalfEmpty CanadaMember Posts: 547
    You normally get 1 point per dollar spent. FB is $150, so normally 150 VIP points. 299 would be the double VIP points.
  • lannyjacklannyjack Member Posts: 39
    Awesome, thank you for clearing that up for me.
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,676
    Talking about the FB, it is not in the latest Catalog, finally retiring ?
  • lannyjacklannyjack Member Posts: 39
    I am just getting back into Legos, and this will be my first Black Friday paying attention to the Lego deals. Does something like the FB get discounted if its going to be retired? The Lego store lists it as "Hard to find". I would hate for it to be discounted after buying it at full price, but I would it be even worse if I wait too long and its gone.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,484
    edited October 2012

    Talking about the FB, it is not in the latest Catalog, finally retiring ?

    I would not look too much into catalogs, as GE is currently sold out and but many accounts done even though it was in the catalog.
    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])
    lannyjack said:

    I am just getting back into Legos, and this will be my first Black Friday paying attention to the Lego deals. Does something like the FB get discounted if its going to be retired? The Lego store lists it as "Hard to find". I would hate for it to be discounted after buying it at full price, but I would it be even worse if I wait too long and its gone.

    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
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Keep in mind that "Hard to Find" does not mean what you think it does...

    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.
  • Penkid11Penkid11 Member Posts: 789
    edited October 2012
    ^Target occasionally gets "Hard to Finds."

    Just this year Ninjago had three hard to finds, one of them being only at Target besides Lego:
    #9455 -Target
    #9456 -Walmart
    #9457 -TRU
    It's usually one set from one series for the entire year. It just usually isn't Star Wars.
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,676
    I received [email protected] package today (ordered on 10/23), it included a Series 7 minifig (that I didn't order) with "Brick or Treat" note saying it was included as a Thank you. Is it an non advertised special for the Halloween Week ?
  • AmberylAmberyl Member Posts: 193
    Ditto -- yesterday I received a single order in two boxes. Both boxes had the note and minifig.
  • bluedragonbluedragon United StatesMember Posts: 505
    Same here- I like surprises like this!
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    ^ yep. one (large) order was split into 5 boxes - got a S7 figure in each box.
  • adol7adol7 Member Posts: 150
    If your order took up 5 boxes, you deserved a few minifigs. :p
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