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And to BF. I don't believe Lego has publicly stated what the discount will be yet but yes, it has been 25% in the past. The discount will be available for the special VIP event and the discount will be to select sets -- usually ones going EOL.
I'd put a lot of money on HP being discounted as most of the stores have currently pulled the inventory to the back for the event. I also expect to see Cars, PotC and for sure some SW sets. I'd be really surprised to see MMV and Maersk in the store, however. Just from talking with the different managers I know they don't have all their sets on display (but in the back) and feel pretty confident those two sets will not be available in store. I suppose we could put IS in that same category as well. Just me feeling on those three . . .
Not sure if the set's been under-produced, or the demand is really that high. I don't think I've ever seen an "active" set sell so high in the aftermarket in between restocks.
That said, it's obviously not completely resellers who are to blame here, as they likely wouldn't care at all (at this point) had TLG not so (seemingly at least) grossly underestimated the demand for this set.
Speaking of acquiring more of Minecraft, does anyone know how strict [email protected] enforces the 1 per household limit ? Can one ever buy another copy of Minecraft from [email protected] using the same account once they buy 1 ? At other online retailers the limit lapses over time.
[email protected] is very strict with their 1 per limit, they canceled the additional orders this time around.
They still sold out in 1 day.
No brainer of the century.
At the pre VIP BF deal last year you get a Pick a brick gift Box, a chance to get the holiday set, but I believe you still have to buy 100 dollars in product to get it, and you get a scratch card that could get you 50% off, but you will most likely get either 10% percent off or a slightly higher chance to get 20% off.
I believe the BF deals of 20-25% off on certain sets only took effect on Black Friday last year and I have not seen anything in this VIP Pre BF event to show differently.
Some stores have said as much. Maybe it will be true or maybe it won't. No crowds to fight for a "pre-event" so I will go.
To fulfill the demands from retailers who get calls everyday about LEGO Minecraft..
To gain new fans among the Minecraft crowds..
To show that they can do whatever they want with their Limited Edition properties...
To make money...
What would be the reasons for not producing more ?
Hopefully TLG understands that they have to have something on sale to make it Black Friday.
In fact I implore you :)
I'm guessing there will be licensed sets on sale as well. Probably going to see them trying to rid themselves of HP and PoTC (whats left).
LEGO is not really doing this for BF, they usually do it to clear out existing stock that they no longer want in prep for the new years line. So While it would be nice to see some expensive set and at insane price I think LEGO is feeling that the 'gifts' they give out now for VIPs (10% off of 149, free holiday set @99) is what you will get.
I still am holding out hope that FB is put up for 20% off to clear them out, but that is a long shot at best..
I will say that usually LEGO seems to have some 'surprise' set that they throw on sale, whether to clear it out, or just have an item out there.
I agree with a previous poster that stated some of the licensed themes will be cleared out including HP and PoTC. I think Cars may be on the list too...
Personally, I'm not feeling all that amped up about the BF sale this year. I plan to check out the sales; however, I will be very, very picky on what I actually purchase.
Same with the Ambulance, Tipper truck, and Garbage truck.
I have seen these like this in the past, where they eventually come back, but not sure what to make of this.
So depending on the slated release (Jan I believe) the Miners theme could be whittled away already.
Although I'd think business sense would dictate with the apparent demand for the mining sets they'd make another production run, even if it is not ready before Christmas.
(Going to have to try to get some more Forest Police before they go; they make great "Smokeys" (state highway police) with the broad hats.)
Mining isn't discontinued, nor is any of the new-for-2012 city lines. The only sets that might be on the way out are the store-exclusives which often do have unpredictable shelf lives.
All Im saying is if you wanted one now may be the time to grab a set (tipper truck, garbage truck, etc)
Heck maybe that is another marketing ploy to get people to buy sets off the shelf at LEGO stores, who knows.
I just remember that the last large dump truck made by LEGO sold out fairly quick and was no longer made.
Personally, I think this will be available in 2013.