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25% off. If you expect more, you'll probably be disappointed.
As an example, Haunted House I did not expect to get a grand price on anytime soon or even at all. I simply used a 10% coupon when I had one. I didn't even bother looking, waiting. There are a few other 'key' sets, I don't bother to wait for discounts or only minimal discounts on.
A set like the police station that my son wanted to buy? I waited until I could find him a reasonable discount. There is also never any guarantee that the price is the best it will be. I bought the police station a year ago for around $78. That was the best price I had seen. Supposedly there were some at 50% last summer, but I never saw them. This past week it was down to $68. Sure it was ten dollars cheaper a year later, but this was for my son who was buying it with his Christmas money. It was the best deal at the time, but not 'ever'. To me $10 is not worth waiting a year.
A set I think is okay, but it is okay if I don't end up with it? Then, I simply but if I find a great deal.
My son DESPERATELY wanted a Lego set after not having built one in 3 months. He was almost willing to pay an upcharge of $12 to get it that day instead of waiting 3-4 days from Amazon.
My point is... there is a large situational component to all of this. At the same time 25% is a good range for a discount.
However, you'll have to watch it closely and pay attention, it might only get discounted for a few hours here and there, if it is a set you want to build now, you might be waiting months and months for a discount.
On the other hand, you can setup price alerts on , so that helps as well...
LOTR sets and so on, the big sets will all be available at 33% off on a number of occasions, and usually 50% at least once. For those the discounts are worth waiting for, especially if you want multiples.
I usually wait for cheap and clearance items, but am a sucker for the kids lists too. Bargains in some areas outweigh the guilt of other times.
I probably miss out on the silly big discounts but when combining with amazon/argos vouchers from credit card etc then it helps to save a fair bit and I've not missed one before going EOL yet
One thing about a set you really want is to make sure you get it while it's reasonably available and at a good price (whatever that may be). The problem is, it's typically difficult to know when a set will be EOL'd and even more difficult to know how many (if any) a retailer has in stock when it EOL's.
So, you can wait and wait for a set to be marked down on clearance, or such, and it be sold out before that ever happens. And, often when a retailer has limited inventory in stock and know they aren't getting any more they will just let the set sell out without discounting it. So, you never know.
If it's a set I want and definitely am going to get I will get it sooner rather than later once it reaches a price point I'm comfortable with.
You can even save your receipt and not open the set and return it if you ever find it at a lower price. Kind of like an insurance policy.
I have gotten spoiled by the big discount stores putting stuff up at incredible discounts. I end up with a lot of lego I would not have normally purchased. I just can't leave it on the shelf, though I do go back and return some after the fever has worn off. For Easter, the bunny will be bringing more bricks than candy :) But if the kids really want the set and I don't see the price going more that 25% off after watching it for a while, I will pop if I think they are getting towards the end of supply. I have missed out on many Ninjago spinners by waiting for a sale I didn't see happen.
But, I had a big problem last year - paying with something like £47 credit card, and £5 in VIP points. The TC-14 was missing from an order - but was there when I placed the order, it was in the dispatch note, it was in the email confirmation. It just wasn't in the box.
I phoned and complained and I was told that it was removed at their discretion since I had not spent £50, I had only spent £47 plus VIP points. Eventually I got the TC-14 but it took a long phone call (about 45 minutes).
Anyway, you can read all about it here, top of page 15:
On bigger sets or harder to find sets, I'll settle for 10%-25%. I'll be picking up the new X-Wing this May on release day since I was able to snag a $200 GC for 25% off via Craigslist.
I am thankful to various people on here and different sites that point out a great sale online when there is one. This is how I manage to get most of my sets at a decent discount.
Nothing to it. Just buy what you want at the price you're comfortable with.
on another note, where are you finding 35%+ off?
Capital One is running a promotion where you get $20 back by using the Shopsavvy app. Used it on the Bug Obliterator at WM for $63.97, so it ended up being $50 after tax and the $20 credit.