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I'm seeing sales about 30% below last year, and that is with a larger inventory than I had last year.
Overall the retail environment this year is expected to be bad:
Walmart has cut orders to reduce overall inventory and isn't hiring as many workers as it had planned.
TLG has increased LEGO production, it is quite possible that TRU is cutting prices to move more product, otherwise they might be stuck with a lot after Christmas.
(Disclaimer: and for those who would potentially be upset that I dared to circumvent the 2 per customer minimum, I left 25 copies on the shelf and the manager of the store, who knows me well, stated that as soon as I leave the store and come back in, I am a new customer.....)
As a sidenote: I couldn't help but notice the "hot deal" tag for #9495 Gold Leader's Y-Wing: "$50 - A Savings of Over 35%!". Gotta love false advertising.
On a side note, TRU is has the absolute worst customer service I've come across in a while outside of government offices (no offense to government employees that are hard-working). The employees I encountered were generally clueless and quite slow at doing anything. Ordering online is so much nicer than having to deal with shenanigans at the store.
on my phone and the cashier had no problem.
I didn't even really want this set but once once I made the trip I didn't want to walk away empty handed!
Are you guys 12 or something? Don't be bullies...
Surely, you see how we found a little humor in it?