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  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,404
    @madforLego - I agree with your posts above...YoYo will likely climb, TRU not used much, waiting to see what happens with exclusive sets on Amazon this holiday season, and most importantly...wallet happy! :-)
  • BanditBandit Member Posts: 890

    I don't recall Amazon ever going much beyond 30% off, does someone remember otherwise when 40+% off was common?

    30% is about as good as Amazon has ever gotten in my experience...
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,174

    I don't recall Amazon ever going much beyond 30% off, does someone remember otherwise when 40+% off was common?

    I may have been a bit loopy saying anything over 30%, but I recall some sets getting to 35% off. Most of the time smaller sets, not the $100 ones, but I had seen those hit 25% but lately I have seen those only hover around 10-15% off. Again maybe I am just noticing this because they are new sets that were recently release.
    I am hoping to see around 30% off for the newest Creator houses though (family and tree house)
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Chicago Burbs USA (and sometimes Ireland)Member Posts: 1,004
    I guess here is another spin on this cutting out of the discounts on exclusives. If the AFOL's stop buying and sour on Lego, the kids of AFOL's stop requesting as the parents aren't into them anymore, the friends of the kids of the AFOL's stop getting involved in constant discussions about Lego, they don't buy as much Lego, and so on. We live in a very connected age. A butterfly's wingflap can cause a lot of damage.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    So can a sledgehammer.
  • BrikingBriking Dorset, UKMember Posts: 762
    ^ But there are nuts to crack...
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,404
    After reading other threads on this forum, my optimism is waning for any decent discounts on larger sets through the end of the year (including BF)...possibly until TLG fires the genius that killed off the discounts and simultaneously drove down TLG's revenue.
  • doriansdaddoriansdad CTCMember Posts: 1,337

    After reading other threads on this forum, my optimism is waning for any decent discounts on larger sets through the end of the year (including BF)...possibly until TLG fires the genius that killed off the discounts and simultaneously drove down TLG's revenue.

    I wonder if a few strategically placed "retiring soon" labels will get sales going again?

  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    Unless it's coupled with strategically placed discounts, it won't for me.
    FollowsCloselyFarmer_JohnjasorYellowcastle
  • nkx1nkx1 Member Posts: 719
    tensor said:

    Unless it's coupled with strategically placed discounts, it won't for me.

    Ditto!
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,836

    I don't recall Amazon ever going much beyond 30% off, does someone remember otherwise when 40+% off was common?

    On UK and EU sites, common no, but possible yes.
  • littlepuppilittlepuppi Member Posts: 181
    Well if the SSD counts as an exclusive amazon.fr just knocked around 20% off...
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    ^The discount embargo was only for US retailers though, right?
  • littlepuppilittlepuppi Member Posts: 181
    Ahh ok, my bad. Ignore me.
    FollowsClosely
  • legodudelegodude Member Posts: 137
    Does anyone know if Brick Friday scratch cards will apply to this?
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    ^ word is there are no scratch cards this year, but some sort of shopping spree raffle instead:
    http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/12442/us-lego-store-november-promotions-pick-a-brick-box#latest
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,673
    That might be the new LEGO store employee minifg: The Discount Nazi.. No discounts for you!
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    chromedigijuggles7TheLoneTensorjasorSquareSide
  • chromedigichromedigi Member Posts: 344
    ^ Funny... but the poor store employees can't help it, it's not under their control. There's one manager I know at a local TBR store who is a great guy and AFOL himself, and always goes out of his way to be sure that you leave as happy as can be. Poor fellow, last week I saw him having to deal with an AFOL grandma (really! who knew?) who had just dragged an armload of exclusives to the counter and wanted to use her coupon. He had to tell her it didn't apply to those sets. "Where does it say that?" He told her it was in the fine print on the coupon. "I can't read that. Can you read it?" He had to say no, he couldn't read it either. But what could he do? He gave her the last witch poly. Not much compensation if you were expecting to save $60, but he tried. TLG is putting these guys in a tough spot, and I feel bad for fellows like this.
    beemoFollowsCloselycloaked7bluemodern
  • chromedigichromedigi Member Posts: 344
    ^Typo: LBR. Whoops!
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,444
    edited October 2013
    It is quite a position they are putting their employees in, but my mother has to deal with this day in and day out being an assistant manager at a Wal-Mart. "Whatcu mean I can't use this coupon?" "Sorry, this is for Lego miss" "This IS Legos " "No, miss, that is a MegaBlok set" "Awww hell Naw. You ain't usin dat mumbo jumbo on me. Legos... MegaBloks, same thing. I want my discount!!!" The stories she tells me.

    Notice I said Legos ;)

    If anyone has seen "Hardcore Pawn", then you know what I mean.
    Legobutterflyjasor
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    And that is why store managers always need to have the authority to take care of customers.

    It is insane to think that a customer might walk up to the counter with $2,000 worth of LEGO (1 copy each of 5 different sets would do it), want to use the 10% off coupon on a single item, and the store manager can't help.
    chromedigiBumblepantsbluemodern
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    BTW, Whole Foods has grown and grown, one of the reasons is their stores tend to have superior customer service.

    It sure isn't because they are cheap.

    Whole Foods Employees Can Give You Free Stuff At Their Discretion
    http://gothamist.com/2012/10/04/whole_foods_employees_are_authorize.php

    I've personally witnessed this, they actually have official little stickers they put on the items to mark them as free.
  • BulkheadXBulkheadX Member Posts: 74
    edited October 2013
    they let me use the coupon on a #42009 the other day when I bought one. maybe one of the more expensive sets you can use it for...

    -edit- although this seems to have been mentioned a couple days ago anyway once I clicked on the link to make sure it was working lol
  • chromedigichromedigi Member Posts: 344
    Expensive Technic is exempt from the restriction. So far, anyway.
    LegoMom1
  • JeffHJeffH Member Posts: 173

    Expensive Technic is exempt from the restriction. So far, anyway.

    Because Technic sets are much less popular than the exclusives in US

  • DevastatorDevastator Member Posts: 66
    On a related note, I walked into a Lego store this morning and asked if they had any pristine 10188's in the back (besides the banged-up, empty, display box on the shelf) to which they replied "no". About an hour later I called and asked the same guy if they would sell the display for a discount. He very politely replied that, even though they often did it in the past, if the manager tried it on exclusives now, the computer at the register would prevent it from happening. So, it really seems like exclusives are on complete lockdown.
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,673
    Anyone interested in the "exclusive" #31313 on a discount, check out B&N, this week-end only, you can stack BOGO50, 20% and 10% member discounts got one mindstorm for $158 and the other for $280 (could have been $252 if they had it in store, but they are shipping the 2nd one)
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    Oh noes, Barnes and Noble will now be shunned by Lego!
  • sschmotzsschmotz Member Posts: 25
    LOL, I wonder if Lego has an employee or two surfing the interweb Lego pages gathering intel about discounts people are getting, what AFOL's want like the next UCS set, or 12k piece set, etc.
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 873
    edited October 2013
    Went to lego store last weekend to use coupon on a small set. Checkout took 10 minutes because the cashier had to get her manager to authorize the discount. Ridiculous (I had my 5 month old daughter strapped to me in a carrier and she was starting to get fussy). Almost walked out and left the set behind.
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,979
    This was with the 10% coupon? That seems odd. I had no issue/wait in using mine.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,174
    edited October 2013
    Me neither, was the set borderline 'exclusive' or was the employee new and did not know how to process the coupon?
    I see all sorts of issues at LEGO stores. From new employee (which is not really an issue to me as they have to learn sometime) to system issues where they have to reboot the computer. Stuff happens, and I never expect a retail transaction to always be quick.
    beemo
  • cloaked7cloaked7 Member Posts: 1,448

    And that is why store managers always need to have the authority to take care of customers.

    It is insane to think that a customer might walk up to the counter with $2,000 worth of LEGO (1 copy each of 5 different sets would do it), want to use the 10% off coupon on a single item, and the store manager can't help.

    Especially when you consider that LEGO is the mfg of the product. Walmart, Amazon, Target are not getting a cut of the profit, so I'm sure LEGO direct purchases to the consumer are more profitable for LEGO than those to retailers.

    Course, on the flip side I figure LEGO can't tell retailers that they can't discount certain sets then discount them themselves. If so, retailers would not be able to compete with LEGO stores. So, no one can discount.
  • DougoutDougout Member Posts: 888
    Looks like the managers at the Lego store in Braintree, Mass were doing a good job. Got my Technic Mobile Crane MK II with the 10% coupon, no clone trooper though.
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 873
    It was on a $30 set. Definitely not an exclusive.
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,979
    Mine was a $30 set also. The Hobbit Elrond set. Absolutely no issue. The coupons are meant to be used on most items in the store, so they can 't make the normal process one where a manager has to go over everytime for a simple coupon. Very odd that you had such a strange experience. Maybe something was up with that register so that it wasn't locking out exclusives yet?
  • haakonohaakono Member Posts: 62
    I had a similar experience to hoyatables: it took 10 min to check out with one item and the 10% off coupon. The problem was (1) the clerk was new, and (2) the coupon had to be scanned before the items were scanned. If the item was scanned first, the order had to be cleared and then re-entered. Took the guy who waited on me 3 times to get the protocol correct.
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 873
    It could be that I got a new employee as well. Also had to deal with the nonsense that they have to scan the coupon and VIP Card in the right order.
  • yys4uyys4u USA SoCalMember Posts: 1,092
    Anyone had any luck using expired coupons? I've heard people say they've used them a day late and it was fine, but I totally forgot to use mine this time and it's already 3 days past expiration. Any chance you think they'd still take it?

    I'm kind of at that point where I'm fed up with LEGO and just don't have time/money for it, so I'm resorting to only buying something when I can get a discount... And I haven't bought anything in some time so I'm sorta feigning right now
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    ^ depends on the store and/or employee. there is nothing in their system that outright prevents them from accepting the coupon, so it largely comes down to the customer service aspect in the store, and how much they want to make you happy
  • doriansdaddoriansdad CTCMember Posts: 1,337
    Latest tidbit I have heard is there will be scratchies for varying percentage offs as well as the shopping spree this BF. This may get interesting yet. I doubt even TLG is moronic enough to not allow the scratchy discount to be used on exclusives - but I must admit they do keep surprising me.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    ^ interesting, I had heard a week or so ago that scratchies were definitely NOT happening. But at the same time the same source said that there was very little in the way of solid black Friday information, so it may be that the plans are still evolving.

    one thing I know for sure - if LEGO is dumb enough to have scratchers for % discounts but excludes exclusives, they deserve all the blowback they get that day.
  • GIR3691GIR3691 Member Posts: 672
    I just got the Holiday 2013 catalog. No 10% off coupon.
  • wagnerml2wagnerml2 Belleville, IllinoisMember Posts: 1,376
    ^^Beat me too it. Just got mine. No coupon either.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,174
    I do not believe they always come coupons though do they?
    I mean I have gotten catalogs with coupons and without.
    It would not surprise me in the least if LEGO got sick of the 10% coupon complaints as to what it can and cannot be used on that they got rid of them altogether.
    But I'm guessing it is just this catalog did not have the coupon
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,257
    Scratchies or not, living two hours from a LBR store means I have to hope there will be something enticing online. At least 10% off and a freebie like last year. And the $5 off promo code c/o Pottery Barn Kids was a nice cherry on top.
  • GIR3691GIR3691 Member Posts: 672
    I just referred to my stack of catalogs from the past year. As to which ones had a 10% off coupon on the back...

    Holiday 2013- No
    Fall 2013- Yes
    Summer 2013- Yes
    Spring 2013- Yes
    January 2013- Yes
    Holiday 2012- Yes
    Fall 2012- Yes

    So there's that.
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,404
    edited October 2013
    Am I the only one who is constantly checking this thread to see if someone has posted the good news that TLG has relented and is discounting the big sets again?

    For those checking this thread because of my new post...my apologies. ;-)
    LegoboyFollowsClosely
  • LegoMom1LegoMom1 Member Posts: 652
    @GIR3691- It's not looking good now, is it? Thanks for the info anyway.
  • CircleKCircleK U.S. - Columbus, OhioMember Posts: 1,055
    No coupon for me either this time. I think that is a first, but would have to double check.

    It's beginning to look like a lot like... Stinginess. TLG needs a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past.
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