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• Items 25% to 50% off. Wal-Mart stores will have "thousands" of items at 25% to 50% off, says McKinney. Among them: a Nintendo 3DS XL System for $199.96 — plus a $50 Wal-Mart gift card, with purchase
...just not Lego.
One shelf-worn #9497 Republic Striker-class Starfighter for $21.50.
Tons of the #30242 Republic Frigate polybag at $3.99. Sitting on some rusty old cart in a cardboard box with the top ripped off; I cannot fathom why they didn't fly off the shelves with such an appealing display.
The results people are finding so far are not surprising to me.
This is a good thing, considering what I spent at LEGO at 12am.
#9498 Saesee Tiin’s Jedi Starfighter - $22.49
Hero Factory what not - $7.49
#6863 Batwing Battle Over Gotham City - $26.24
#9450 Epic Dragon Battle - $89.99
#70502 Cole's Earth Driller - $18.74
#9448 Samurai Mech - $29.99
#70500 Kai's Fire Mech - $7.49
#70115 Ultimate Speedor Tournament - $22.49
#79000 Riddles for the Ring - $7.49
#79107 Comanche Camp - $14.99
#79109 Colby City Showdown - $37.49
#10656 My First LEGO Princess - $7.49
#60016 Tanker Truck - $14.99
Otherwise known as 25% off at Meijer. You can resume breathing normally now.
#30270 is $1.99 - Tons of stock in my local stores (Will definitely make it to 70% off in many locations.)
#30106 is $1.99 - Average stock locally. (May make it to 70% off in some stores.)
#40034 is $2.49 - Very limited stock locally. I found 6 total of these items in 5 different stores.
#60010 is $17.48 - I only saw these at one store. They had 3 of them.
I didn't pay attention to much else. There was some Star Wars for 15% off and a few Chima sets for 30% off.
The general "rules" on Clearance at Target:
- If it starts at 15% off, it will eventually go to 30% and end at 50%.
- If it starts at 30% off, it will eventually go to 50% and end at 70%.
- If it strats at 50% off, it will eventually go to 70% and end at 90%.
Except for seasonal items*, the item will typically be marked down again only if the price ends in a 6 or 8 (i.e. Fire Helicoper for $17.48). *Seasonal items always follow 30/50/70 for food/candy, and 50/70/90 for the rest.
Anyone else notice that Target calls this an "Only at Target" item? I don't usually pay much attention to the regular City line.
Last year was 50% off and I'd been looking forward to this this 4 ages.
The 30% off sale probably helped ease that excess inventory much earlier in the year.
Also remember that Walmart is making decisions as an entire company with 4500 stores. While your store may have a lot of inventory, the company as a whole could still be very lean.
And I have a really important Q for ya'll. Does anyone know if walmart takes toy returns w/o a receipt? here's the problem:
Mom got some galaxy squad set(swarm interceptor I think) since she saw it was the only blue and white plane type set at the WM and thought that it was the set i had pointed out and didn't want to call me and double check since she "didn't want to ruin the surprise". REALLY?
I don't even know what to do w/ that set she got me if I can't return it. debating about taking in a few months and stuffing it in one of the boxes of stuff we donate to helping hands(kind of a local goodwill) or offloading it at the flea market(if we ever do that) unless the receipt shows up or I can return it w/o receipt since I have no use for the set.
Take in an old pair of socks, they'll probably take them too.
Of course, each store may be run slightly differently, but I've never had a problem with them on returns/exchanges.
In my experience and in talking with store managers, the general idea is that just a few categories of products are the problem children. Almost anything in the "exceptions list" like electronics, video games, air beds, etc. will be looked at closely.
Toys? No, that just isn't an area they have problems with and they do want to keep mom and dad happy as toy buyers, so unless you're abusing the system, return away.
Side note: LEGO stores will also take returns without a receipt, they also track returns and put restrictions on frequent returners without receipt, but once or twice is not an issue.
From Walmart's web site:
Do you accept returns without a receipt?
Walmart, for several years, has accepted returns without a receipt, even though many of our competitors require receipts for all returns. Walmart gives customers the option of a cash refund (if the purchase was under $25), a shopping card for the amount of the purchase (if it was over $25) or an even exchange for the product. Also, as applicable, we follow any manufacturer’s warranties.
Do you track returns, or do you place a limit on the number of returns?
In the event that a customer has returned more than three items without receipts within a 45-day period, the cash register system will automatically flag the transaction, and a customer service manager or member of management must approve the return. These cash register messages will remain for six months and will disappear if there are no more returns during that time period.
it'll get assembled(if I assemble it at all), get tossed in a drawer at some point, and then sit around for ages waiting to be unassembled or used.
On the other hand, TW, if it's anything like a lot of my really good lego buying choices like blue roadster, would get assembled and stay together for a while and might get parted out, might get modded, get displayed, or get stored for a short while then displayed.
It may have more basic parts but I see it being a lot more handy. No lego stores where I live. "Local" store is a 5-6 hour drive, vacation time only thing. :(