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I'm guessing movie sets will be discounted for any sales for any new years clearance sales in Jan or Feb, but that is just a guess.
I really gave up on trying to find clearance for a multitude of reasons, and now will just watch BF sales and Cyber Monday sales like a hawk.
Not sure if they will be as prolific as they were last year, but here is to hoping.
That and I have to get to the LEGO store more so I ensure myself a place for their pre BF sale event, especially if there is 3x VIP again.
Walmart and Target took a page from TRU and probably realized that if someone still wants to buy it they may as well leave it on their shelves at near retail. I think these stores are not really hell bent on stocking a ton of all new sets when they see a ton of old sets languishing on the shelf meaning they will have more such sets sitting on the shelf in another 6-12 months.
I think that these stores are starting to get sick of having to see having to hugely discount a ton of sets to rid them off of the shelves, and then only to buy another ton of new sets to try to put on those shelves. I'm sure you will see stores that will discount a few sets here and there for a decent amount if a few are on the shelves, but if they have rows and rows of stock I'm guessing stores no longer want to have to do that. Just another sign of the times I think.
This economy (at least in the US) is still not doing well, regardless of the glass half full crowd, and it is showing in what you see in stores. Resistance to massively discount old stock and smaller and smarter buying of stock to not have to clearance it and also not trying to discount a mass of sets to get rid of them
TRU is extremely cheap with its discounts this year keeping the Lone Ranger mine set at 99US while Tuesday Morning has had it for 40. TRU has had so little price discounting that often their sales price just brings it down to the listed price elsewhere. And they have not had decent polybags at all this year.
This could move many AFOL's with collections that are already to big for their homes to just buy the specific parts they need to build a particular MOC. Which does not look good for TLG, but it should make up the sales from parents and grandparents buying for children.
I have three TRU stores in my area. Lately I have been finding great deals there. The stores are very inconsistent. What's on sale at one is not on sale at another.
I had big hopes for Wal-Mart sales this year. We already have 8 in a 30min radius and this year they opened up two more in New Orleans east. Other than finding some odd ball sets here and there I have bought very little there.
It was kind of funny seeing the Epic Dragon Battles cleaned out at $99.99, when those have been on Amazon for soooo much cheaper for so long.
What does "Overstock" really mean?? The WM around here red tag it as 'overstock' but there's only 1-2 sets on the shelve.....they sit there awhile....finally sell....but the item is never replaced. So where it overstocked? Does overstock really mean it hasn't sold as fast as projected and they want it off the shelves?
Of course this flies in the face of the high inventory turnover model, but Walmart as a whole seems to still pack in the customers so why change?
My wife and I used to check our local store once a week, now it's maybe once a month and the items are always the same. Until things change I've completely given up on Walmart clearance.
A retailer not wanting to discount product beyond 30% doesn't make them evil. Of all the reasons you could have to hate Walmart, this is probably at the bottom of the list.
The incidents people have been reporting sound more like inventory errors or employees not giving a crap, not the managers rubbing their hands together over how best to screw someone out of a clearance sale.