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  • dr_tengdr_teng Member Posts: 101
    I'll have to check out whether my local one has Mine sets, a 70% clearance on that would be fantastic.
  • black_towrblack_towr MinnesotaMember Posts: 165
    Does Target have a separate clearance aisle? Or are clearanced sets marked on the shelf?
  • adol7adol7 Member Posts: 150
    Target usually uses the endcaps of aisles for clearance, but during big clearance times (usually after-Christmas), they more likely use a dedicated aisle. Either way, they "almost" always have their red stickers on the items.
    fizicyst
  • FenrisAkashiFenrisAkashi Member Posts: 242
    Typically with all Lego clearance in the last 6 months in the Portland OR area the clearance has been in the Lego aisle with a small "Clearance" tag under the items clearanced.
  • juggles7juggles7 United StatesMember Posts: 452
    I posted about this 10 days ago, telling that Target had put their Helms Deep sets in the stockroom. I checked again today. No Helms Deep on the shelves, none of the new LOTR there, either. I entered the store item number, the DPCI, into the store scanner. It showed the Helms Deep was still in the stockroom. What are these people thinking? Hiding merchandise where shoppers can't see it/buy it is just dumb. Maybe when they get a load of the new LOTR sets, they'll come to their senses and clearance the old sets. Oh, and the store scanner doesn't even recognize the DPCI for Gandalf Arrives.
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
    edited June 2013
    juggles7 said:

    I posted about this 10 days ago, telling that Target had put their Helms Deep sets in the stockroom. I checked again today. No Helms Deep on the shelves, none of the new LOTR there, either. I entered the store item number, the DPCI, into the store scanner. It showed the Helms Deep was still in the stockroom. What are these people thinking? Hiding merchandise where shoppers can't see it/buy it is just dumb. Maybe when they get a load of the new LOTR sets, they'll come to their senses and clearance the old sets. Oh, and the store scanner doesn't even recognize the DPCI for Gandalf Arrives.

    As one of " those people", I will say that sometimes merchandise is pulled to make revisions to that isle. Sometimes those items pulled because they are " Not On Planogram". Meaning there is not set spot for them. Instead they are sent back to Target DC to be sold " online only". Not everything that gets discontinued is Clearanced. Also, they are not doing it to torture and annoy you. The backrooms are already crowded with other merchandise.

  • LegoLego Member Posts: 62
    Just noticed the Lego Mine is sold out on target.com
  • juggles7juggles7 United StatesMember Posts: 452
    Starfire2, thanks for your reply. No offense was intended towards you. I understand the mechanism that's in place. I also know that shoppers might have bought one or more of those sets in the last 10 days, but Target hid them in the back, preventing their sale. Enough said.

    I think diverting retail stock to online sales is a bad idea, especially for online shoppers. People who buy Lego online expect new sets that have not been in a retail environment. Retail stock often has wear and tear, and worse than that, may have been previously purchased, and later returned to the store.
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
    juggles7 said:

    Starfire2, thanks for your reply. No offense was intended towards you. I understand the mechanism that's in place. I also know that shoppers might have bought one or more of those sets in the last 10 days, but Target hid them in the back, preventing their sale. Enough said.

    I think diverting retail stock to online sales is a bad idea, especially for online shoppers. People who buy Lego online expect new sets that have not been in a retail environment. Retail stock often has wear and tear, and worse than that, may have been previously purchased, and later returned to the store.

    I wasn't offended, nor did I think you were directing it at me. It just annoys me when people assume what happens in a retail enviroment. Unless you work in retail, you shouldn't assume what goes on. I don't work at that Target store and can't speak about their procedures, but I do work at A Target and know that sometimes items are pulled during a revision and don't always make it back out onto the floor. Why? Who knows ?! Maybe someone here, or in your area can sell you one cheap if your Target does not clearance them.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,803
    Lego said:

    Just noticed the Lego Mine is sold out on target.com

    LEGO Mine has been sold out for some time now at Target's Website.

  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    juggles7 said:

    People who buy Lego online expect new sets that have not been in a retail environment.

    while I think this is true for the hardcore minority of LEGO online shoppers like us, I would quite confidently say that the overwhelming majority of LEGO online shoppers don't really care - they shop online because of price, convenience, and availability. As long as the item arrives and is intact, they honestly don't care about the box condition. Little Timmy rips the box to shreds and it goes straight into the recycle can.
  • not12fallnot12fall Member Posts: 65
    Any online item could have been returned as well.
  • nkx1nkx1 Member Posts: 719
    edited June 2013
    dougts said:

    juggles7 said:

    People who buy Lego online expect new sets that have not been in a retail environment.

    while I think this is true for the hardcore minority of LEGO online shoppers like us, I would quite confidently say that the overwhelming majority of LEGO online shoppers don't really care - they shop online because of price, convenience, and availability. As long as the item arrives and is intact, they honestly don't care about the box condition. Little Timmy rips the box to shreds and it goes straight into the recycle can.
    I guess I can only speak for myself, but when I order something (anything) online, I expect it to arrive in generally good condition, including the packaging. An item with excessively worn packaging is something I would expect to receive from an outlet store (such as Amazon warehouse). If I buy something new and it arrives with worn packaging, that would generally tarnish the image of the seller in my mind, and I might shop elsewhere knowing the seller only thinks enough of their customers to send them shelf-worn items.

    In summary, I thinks it's generally poor customer service to send shelf-worn items of any kind, Lego or otherwise, to customers who purchase new items online. Customers such as myself who receive shelf-worn items might decide to shop elsewhere, such as somewhere that will send an item that looks new.
  • EKSamEKSam Member Posts: 349
    My area Targets did not have anything on clearance :-) except Gandalf Arrives at $9 something, there were 4 boxes languishing on the end caps for days and then one fine day ...pfffttt Gandalf Departed.:-))
  • pillpodpillpod Member Posts: 273
    Scan the Gandalf sets next time you see them. I saw one marked at $9 and it actually scanned for $3.88.
    Zon
  • MilcheaxMilcheax Member Posts: 52
    The Targets I have been visiting have been few and far between with regards to any remaining markdowns.

    I did find a #30111 HP's The Lab for 1.06, but the supervisor on duty wouldn't price match any others that I found for that price :(
  • MorkManMorkMan Phoenix, Arizona, USAMember Posts: 867
    I thought all sets would have the same SKU/barcode on them. Sounds like they don't.
  • MorkManMorkMan Phoenix, Arizona, USAMember Posts: 867
    graphite said:

    ^ you scan stuff.

    Are you just scanning one of everything? Seems like that would be a lot of work. Is the an easier way?

  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,263
    Not one of everything. But the things that might be on clearance at this point. Chima wont be, TMNT probably wont be, newer creator probably wont be etc.. so you only really need to scan the things that are a bit older. Sometimes newer stuff is either accidentally or intentionally and if you want to catch those then yes you need to scan everything.
  • legomasonlegomason Member Posts: 190
    Do you fill the cart with one of everything and take it to a price checker?
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,263
    ^ me? no I don't scan everything. I know what items I'm interested in and only scan the few i'm tracking. At WM though I have pictures of barcodes on my phone and can scan 20-30 items in a couple minutes. The target scanners just don't work that well off the phone.
  • ZonZon Member Posts: 214
    I take pictures of the barcodes with my phone and then scan those. It will save you some trips!
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
    BTW on the Target mobile app you can scan barcodes and it will tell you the price. Also on the Walmart App.
  • ludzikludzik US (SoCal)Member Posts: 430
    starfire2 said:

    BTW on the Target mobile app you can scan barcodes and it will tell you the price. Also on the Walmart App.

    Yeah, but doesn't that give you the generic price while some stores have different prices on clearance stuff?

  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    starfire2 said:

    BTW on the Target mobile app you can scan barcodes and it will tell you the price. Also on the Walmart App.

    For the Target one, does it just give you the on-line price? Or does it have the concept of having a Store context and provide you the price available in that store (like the Walmart one)?
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
    it gives you the price in store
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    I find the Walmart App to be unreliable in regards to prices.
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
    I've never had a problem with it in "store mode".
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    ^ well the problem may be in hitting store mode when you are not actually "in the store". Its worked for me at times but lately the prices do not match up.
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,263
    ^ last I checked only the iPhone WM works for in store prices. The Android one just pulls up online prices. Don't know if that is the problem you're having.
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    me = iPhone
  • scotty12scotty12 United States, IowaMember Posts: 704
    One of my Targets had the 79008 Pirate Ship Ambush on the shelves yesterday for $99.97. Nothing else had changed on the shelves.
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    starfire2 said:

    it gives you the price in store

    Great. So it must assume the store you are in by GPS? Any way to "trick" the app into thinking you're in a particular store, like you can with the Walmart one? I'd love to be able to check prices from home.
  • mrseatlemrseatle Member Posts: 410
    Scanned a bunch, bit still no clearance at my local Target. The Duplo set with two bunnies was marked down to 10.68... Saw some Duplo Jake the Pirate sets that looked kinda cool for Duplo.
  • Ma1234Ma1234 Member Posts: 693
    Just picked up the new King's Castle for $49.98 at Target. They had maybe a dozen (I only bought what I need - one). It's the only set at half off; but various Hobbit, Galaxy Squad, City, Friends and Star Wars was 30% off.
    Dougout
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    ^ 50% off a brand new set!? Is this a nation wide sale?
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,663
    Stop by mine today, they had #9473, #75006 and a Duplo set at 30% off. I didn't scan Castle (just read that post) but they were at listed at full price on the shelves.
  • PoochyPoochy USAMember Posts: 479
    My TGs do not even carry the King's Castle yet :(.
  • TinKnockerHimesTinKnockerHimes Member Posts: 76
    I just stopped at mine today and they now put a red sticker on them with a clearance price, never seen them do that before, but at most only saw about $5-$10 off most stickered items
  • juggles7juggles7 United StatesMember Posts: 452
    I saw red "clearance" stickers on many sets at Target today, but the discounts were only within the range of 10-16% off. Some surprises, though, in what was being marked down, which included LOTR Uruk-Hai Army #9471, as well as Hobbit Attack of the Wargs. Creator Log Cabin, Creator Small Cottage, and Creator Prehistoric Hunter #6914 were also on sale and had red stickers. The Small Cottage and the Wargs are 2013 sets, I believe. Hard to believe they won't be carrying those anymore. Oh, and the Quinjet was on "clearance" but it was only marked down from 70 to 60. I was at another Target just 2 days ago, only a few miles away, and none of these sales were going on there.
  • juggles7juggles7 United StatesMember Posts: 452
    The Castle series was in stock; everything was full price.
  • Thanos75Thanos75 Member Posts: 1,119
    The Orc Forge is also on sale for $33
  • PoochyPoochy USAMember Posts: 479
    Bug Obliterator #70705 is 50% off at mine, Mine of Moria #9473 is only 15% though, and nothing else noteworthy.
  • juggles7juggles7 United StatesMember Posts: 452
    Correction: it was NOT the Hobbits' Wargs set on sale, but rather it was the Hobbits' Mirkwood Spiders.
  • kwkwkwkw USAMember Posts: 1,181
    @Poochy which Target store is this?
  • PoochyPoochy USAMember Posts: 479
    @kwkw [email protected] I saw 6 #70705 there last night so apparently no one is interested in them (or the resellers haven't gotten to them yet). I'm passing on them at 50%, waiting for 70%, assuming you don't clear them out first :). Oh, they also had one of the smaller GS sets for 30% off (I forgot the set/name).
  • kwkwkwkw USAMember Posts: 1,181
    @poochy thanks lol Nah i wouldn't touch any galaxy squad sets for resale sure they're great sets in my opinion but they'll surely tank in the aftermarket like alien conquest
  • scotty12scotty12 United States, IowaMember Posts: 704
    I'm seeing most of the same sales as everyone else. One Target only had a few small Friends sets, SW Series 3 Planets, and a Hero set...that's it. The smaller Target had 20-25 different sets on clearance. Friends #3937 & #3939, all the SpongeBob SquarePants, MF Vampire Hearse, Werewolf & Castle (still $84.xx), not Crazy Scientist, SuperHeroes Quinjet, ALL Creator sets, LOTR Uruk-Hai, Mirkwood Spiders, Mines of Moria, City #60008 Museum Break in ($48.xx) and games City Alarm, The Hobbit ($24), and Ninjago ($20).

    Only the #60008 Museum Break in (69.99 down to $48.xx) and the Mines of Moria $79.99 down to $55.xx were the only 2 sets marked down more that 15%.

    I was at this same Target on Wed. and asked a manager about the LOTR sets that were pulled back and she didn't have a clue either. She said they 'might' come back out again in 2 weeks when they have a "major" reshelving inventory. So I'm assuming it'll sit on the shelves for the 2 weeks before it might go to 30-50% off on the 'clearance' endcaps.
  • BlueMoonUSABlueMoonUSA Member Posts: 116
    Saw a bunch of 79104 TMNT Shellraisers at the Mall store over here in Chesapeake, Virginia. 50% off so $29.98. I'm somewhat tempted at that price, despite not being a huge fan of the line. Wasn't this the set that was to be recalled by lego for instability issues?
  • juggles7juggles7 United StatesMember Posts: 452
    I checked 3 more Target stores today. There was little in common between what's being marked down at the different stores. One store had the Star Wars Headhunter for 30% off. Mines of Moria was full price at some stores, 30% off at others. The best deal was the Turtles 79104, mentioned in the previous post, at 50% off, which I found in one of the stores.
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