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[US] TRU 20% off coupon 3/7/14 thru 3/29/14



  • BrickarmorBrickarmor Member Posts: 1,258
    Well let's see: price was $199.99, 20% off brings it to $160, $10 off Rewards, 6% tax brings the total to $158.99. I paid $132.20 with the card I got for 15% off, so to account would we just take 15% off the total? That would equal $135.14 or about 39% off RRP of $220 (or about 42% off the total $233.20 with tax). Not counting the GC I got in return, cuz I couldn't use it then and there. Hope I did that right. Bad math in public is embarrassing no matter how old you are.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor Member Posts: 3,937
    edited March 2014
    Sounds good to me, especially on such a great set. Nothing like stacking stuff like that GC firesale. Maybe this way we could all finally get those exclusives for 27% off.
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Member Posts: 1,659
    Is #40009 still scanning at $199.99 in store ? A new 20% off coupon is available until 3/22.
  • pharmjodpharmjod Member Posts: 2,916
    @ColoradoBricks I believe so. I know it still had that label on the shelf today when I was there. Ended up picking up a Unimog instead though for about $154 with the 20% coupon and reward $ and a discounted GC. Not the best, but since it is retired I thought it was a decent discount.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor Member Posts: 3,937
    Popping into TRU I noticed that a whole bunch of sets were marked as "Hot Price" with red-lettered stickers indicating such on the shelves. Most every Chima set (even smaller sets) as well as all expensive Technic sets (anything over $100, including the mobile crane) and a smattering of other themes.

    Even if it's temporary due to the generic 20% off coupon they have going right now, it's still quite annoying.
  • MugenPowerMugenPower Member Posts: 638
    I wish I could still find the Unimog. =(
  • adol7adol7 Member Posts: 150
    At this rate, the whole LEGO section will become one big Hot Price exclusion, probably trying to recover from the actual deals they provided in the last few months.
  • bmwlegobmwlego Member Posts: 820
    My TRU has many sets at LEGO MSRP surprisingly. As mentioned in another thread they are also matching pricing. Might buy more LEGO at TRU this year than in past years.
  • canon03canon03 Member Posts: 364

    Popping into TRU I noticed that a whole bunch of sets were marked as "Hot Price" with red-lettered stickers indicating such on the shelves.

    I noticed this as well and likely covered >50% of all sets. Why don't they just take TLG's own exclusions policy to the extreme and make the entire LEGO section a "will never discount" area.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,833
    canon03 said:

    Popping into TRU I noticed that a whole bunch of sets were marked as "Hot Price" with red-lettered stickers indicating such on the shelves.

    I noticed this as well and likely covered >50% of all sets. Why don't they just take TLG's own exclusions policy to the extreme and make the entire LEGO section a "will never discount" area.
    That is the main issue I have with TRU, they are playing a shell game with prices and you would think there was a law against this somewhere in the books.
    This reminds me of Borders handing out 40% off coupons, but all of their LEGO was about 30% over RRP

  • VaderXVaderX Member Posts: 220
    It's no surprise to me most of the large corporations that have huge gimmicky pricing have all gone out of business in the last few years. I went into TRU and literally could not find one set that was not already cheaper on Amazon. What good is 20% off. LOL

    I still wonder about Kohls and Joanna's they have constant gimmicky sales with coupons yet they seem to rake in the cash... I guess it's because it actually lowers msrp?
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor Member Posts: 3,937
    The thing I don't like the most is that TRU plays games by changing the base properties of things. Like @madforLego said, a shell game. Retail shell games are common (Bed Bath & Beyond could charge 20% less on everything, but they'd rather keep pumping out their coupons for perceived value), but when TRU fiddles with things that shouldn't change (base price or exclusions), well that's just plain deception.

    Example 1: Last week, no Technic set was a Hot Price in-store (either by the red sticker or the "HP" listed on the shelf sticker). This week, most every Technic set has both indications on the shelf sticker.

    Example 2: A month or so age, the Emerald Express was $5.99 regular price, then it suddenly moved to $6.99 at the exact same time a 20% off Lego sale happened.

    So you have no idea week-to-week knowing what is or is not a "hot price" item, nor the original price to figure out your discount. Sometimes you don't even know until you get into the actual store, because online isn't reliable either. Right now online at TRU, the Mobile Crane is listed for $239.99 on sale for $219.99. In-store (at least in a couple Michigan stores) it's listed on the shelf sticker for $199.99.

    Stupid TRU.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,099
    There's not much need to get mad at TRU. If they were the only shop in town that sold Lego then sure. Last winter they had a few good one day sales that I took advantage of. Otherwise, I shop elsewhere.
  • adol7adol7 Member Posts: 150
    They're the only shop in town that'll accept my Rewards* :p

    *Expires soon, not valid on 99% of items, maybe cause irritable bowel, internal bleeding and possibly death.
  • VaderXVaderX Member Posts: 220
    Amazon visa rewards work towards anything on Amazon... even third party sellers. No game no gimmicks. nuff said.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,833
    ^- Sounds a bit scammy to me...
  • Gooker1Gooker1 Member Posts: 599
    Based on that feedback, I don't think it's scammy at all. Generally most items that are store credits or gift cards sell for 10-20% less than the actual value.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,833
    I guess you're right
  • busumoe1busumoe1 Member Posts: 194
    I think GiftCardMall operates many of the grocery store's gift card kiosks.
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor Member Posts: 1,258
    @shouldaville thanks for the heads up! These deals are always worth posting.
  • adol7adol7 Member Posts: 150
    edited March 2014
    Wow, swung by TRU in Stockton, CA and they have 7 or 8 City Marinas (4644) on clearance. Haven't seen those in a long time. Brown sticker is supposed to be 30% off, but the price scanners weren't working.
    I didn't buy any, so I don't know if the 20% off would work. It doesn't look like there's any marking of Hot Price and I wasn't sure if Clearance is excluded.
  • kim43235kim43235 Member Posts: 165
    Scored 42009 today with 20% coupon image in this thread. Thanks for uploading it! I'm considering getting another one with gift card.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,833
    edited March 2014
    I did not think TRU could be any more ridiculous but seeing the GE PS and PC online for 189.99 really set the bar to a new high
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor Member Posts: 1,258
    ^They read here that it's EOLing. But yeah, I saw that the other day and... well, did nothing because the real shocker was that they kept them at RRP for so long.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,099
    I was able to use the 20% off coupon today. They scanned it right off my phone using the one Margot posted. They also price match now. At least from their own website.
  • chuckpchuckp Member Posts: 684
    edited March 2014
    TRU has a new 20% off coupon valid from 3/30 - 4/5 both online and in store.

    They also have 70011 Chima Eagle's Castle on sale for $22.50 which is 50% TRU / 45% RRP. It's retired at S@H, so if you missed it...
  • tomahawkertomahawker Member Posts: 207
    edited March 2014
    Pretty good deal on #66473

    MSRP of all 3 sets is $139.97
    With 20% off coupon, price is $79.99
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Member Posts: 1,659
    used the new 20% coupon on the #42009 along with a $5 off. System didn't take the 20%, the manager that was behind the cashier override it without even me saying anything. Was trying a new store and got pleasantly surprised.
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