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#40180 Bricktober

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  • VenunderVenunder Nottingham, UK.Member Posts: 2,588
    There is no such thing as Bricktober here in the UK.
    :( :( :(
    Would anyone be able to swap the sets for some Daily Mail Polybags?
  • Thanos75Thanos75 Member Posts: 1,120
    It's getting much harder to get the deals. While I do find some good ones every now and then I seem to be missing out on plenty. There seems to be two ladies that run the same store circuits that I do and on more then one occasion I have either passed them pushing a cart of LEGO past me or had the clerk tell me some lady just came and got everything. The thing that saves me is that I'm known as the LEGO guy at the stores and actually have managers call me or put stuff aside for me. Just being nice and respectful is the key. ....Plus I always wear my fireman uniform when I go on the hunt. Usually seems like I get a better deal when I do.
    wagnerml2
  • CircleKCircleK U.S. - Columbus, OhioMember Posts: 1,055
    wagnerml2 said:

    Man, Thanos, between the clearance and the good retail relations, you proboably live in the best lego buying area of the US!

    Don't forget that he also gets tax free [email protected] purchases as well. There is a downside however... In order to get these awesome deals he must live in Louisiana - the arm pit of the nation. ;)
  • Thanos75Thanos75 Member Posts: 1,120
    edited October 2014
    Actually the days of tax free [email protected] are over for me...I mean for the state of Louisiana. Trust me @CircleK‌ , If I could make the kind of money I make down here back in my home state of Ohio I would certainly rather be back home. I have only lived down here for 8 long years.
  • CircleKCircleK U.S. - Columbus, OhioMember Posts: 1,055
    ^ I'm just ribbing you. I live in Ohio, but have visited Louisiana several times. I would trade in my Ohio winters for yours any day of the week.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    I've been able to purchase the first 3 sets due to a nice manager.

    I shop a lot in uniform too. :-)
    nychromastone
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    I've been able to purchase the first 3 sets due to a nice manager.

    I shop a lot in uniform too. :-)
  • jadedancjadedanc USAMember Posts: 1,303
    Congratz @Thanos75‌
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    edited October 2014
    It's Sunday morning again, and we just returned from the local TRU where we bought two 41081's the pizza place for 20US each. We were going to buy five large Duplo plates we need for 15US each, but they said if they match the price at lego.com, it is considered a sale price, and they cannot throw in a free Brictober set? Huh! That sounds crazy to me. They are selling the plates at retail and can't toss in a freebie Pizza Cafe?

    I did pick up a TRU credit card (shhhhhhh!) last week while using several coupons to purchase two Britax convertible car seats for our future Duplo building granddaughter. Their 5% discount should come in handy in the future. And their 15% off on the day you get a credit card saved a lot of dough. If you time this right, you could do quite well with a new TRU cc. (Now I have to hide it and NOT use it!)

    Just built the pizza cafe, and it is just darling as we say in the South. A real cutie! A big thanks to whoever at LEGO designed these micro sets!
  • MugenPowerMugenPower Member Posts: 570
    Do stores typically run out of these by the end of the week? The reason I'm asking is to see if any stores have leftovers so I could try buying them outright after each week is over.
  • lordzaraklordzarak OH, United StatesMember Posts: 329
    A TRU by me had at least thirty leftover theatres available for sale. I decided with that many leftovers to take my chances and wait until I can buy three of the buildings (pad it with another) and get the fourth for free.
    prevere
  • bmwlegobmwlego Long Island, New YorkMember Posts: 808
    Rolling the dice @lordzarak‌

    @pcirone‌
    Haven't seen you here for a while. Welcome back.

    TRU has a bunch of week 1 for sale now. Silly. They should save them and give them to those when the others sell out. If they sell out. I think TRU finally has a lot in stock of their promos but they overestimated the demand. These likely don't appeal to many kids (not a license nor are mini figs included).

    I will build weeks 1&2 this week to see what building them is like. I'll get the other 2 weeks and have a block and perhaps MOC more buildings in this scale.
  • lessjunkfoodlessjunkfood United StatesMember Posts: 93
    edited October 2014
    I had no trouble buying the theater outright. I was buying a couple polys so maybe that helped ease things along, but the cashier didn't hesitate with "yes" when I asked if I could just buy it.
  • pcironepcirone Long Island, NYMember Posts: 346
    edited October 2014
    Hey @bmwlego how are you..

    So yesterday I went to the same location as last week and now they let me buy 4 Pizza Cafe's outright along with a 5th one for free for exceeding the $75 threshold. I guess it's just a matter of CSR roulette.

    Anecdotally they had sold out of 40180's on Saturday and after the 5 copies of 40181 that I bought they only had 2 more.
  • MugenPowerMugenPower Member Posts: 570
    Where are most of your stores keeping these, at the service desk or individual registers?
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,173
    I went to my local TRU yesterday afternoon. They were trying to tell me the Halloween pumpkin polybag set was not a construction set. It even showed up on the receipt as eligible for the promo. Morons.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    edited October 2014
    pcirone said:


    So yesterday I went to the same location as last week and now they let me buy 4 Pizza Cafe's outright along with a 5th one for free for exceeding the $75 threshold.

    I bought 3 sets yesterday and then today realized my mistake in not buying a 4th to get a 5th free. Oh well. Next week.

    @MugenPower They are at the service desk.
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,173
    Every TRU I have gone to refuses to sell them separately.
  • LegoKipLegoKip A cottage by the sea, California, US Member Posts: 259
    Some TRUs have them on the shelf with a price tag, right alongside the other LEGO sets. I have also spotted them at the check-out aisles. Obviously, if the sets are shelved and tagged in such a manner, they're for sale individually.

    My local TRUs are releasing them in order, and none are available ahead of their scheduled week. I, too, am seeing lots of stock in certain locations. (I'm in Orange County, btw).
  • MugenPowerMugenPower Member Posts: 570
    Thanks for the info, everyone! I'm going to try and see if my local TRU will sell them to me. I didn't notice any on the shelf yesterday (if they did put them on the shelves) but wasn't trying too hard to find them. The Bricktober signs were all over the Lego shelves, though.
  • HangedSanchezHangedSanchez United KingdomMember Posts: 310
    Is anyone willing to sell/trade duplicates? I'm in the UK and there is no sign of us getting these.... :(
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    I think that lots of folks will have duplicates to trade or sell by the end of week four. Demand sounds a bit low at this point in our TRU in Cary, NC. The sets are kept behind the service counter, so unless you know what to look for, you will not find it on the shelves.

    I like the idea of buying four of them to get a free one! Had not thought of that one!
  • byolegobyolego Member Posts: 114
    I've been to three TRUs and they're all different in the ways they're selling/displaying these sets.

    One TRU has no Bricktober sets on the shelf at all. I assume they're kept behind the counter.

    The 2nd TRU only had theater out last week so this store was releasing it in order and it is for sale $19.99.

    The 3rd TRU has all four sets available all at once for sale at $19.99 each.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    The cash register should need to have an override to sell the 3rd and 4th week sets. Were you able to buy them?
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,173
    Yesterday I finally found a store selling the sets without purchase. They had 12 of the week 1 town hall on the shelf.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    That's week 4!
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,173
    edited October 2014
    Crap. I didn't buy any, so now I can't remember. I need to go back. It was the one with the red bus looking thing.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    #40183 Town Hall, it's week 4
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,173
    Crap!
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    edited October 2014
    Why crap? Go back and get one (or more for friends).

    I bought a week 4 today, they let me get one.
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,173
    Crap because I have to go back. I should have paid better attention yesterday.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    edited October 2014
    lol. Yes, you should have.

    They will probably require a manager override because it's too early to go on sale. The cashiers can do it too so choose your cashier wisely. Be cool man, be cool.....
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,173
    They will have to override it even if they scan at the price checker?
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    edited October 2014
    Just because of the date. It is scheduled to start selling on the 26th I believe.
    Sets were released:
    #40180 Oct 5
    #40181 Oct 12
    #40182 Oct 19
    #40182 Oct 26
  • kempo81kempo81 Wiltshire, UKMember Posts: 961
    Would any kind bricksetter in the US have a full set they would consider parting with for cash or trade to a UK member across the pond?
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,173
    So this TRU gives each week's set away free with $75 purchase or sells them for $20 separately. But, they refused to sell me the town hall early and the manager on duty went to remove them from the shelf. However, they put two of them on hold in the manager's office for me to come and purchase on 10/26. At least I won't have to spend $75+ on 10/26 to get them.
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,923
    So the Bricktober sets are on sales individually at my closest store for ... $21.99. It makes that $52 Tumbler Chase look like such a good deal.
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    As of 3.30 this afternoon, our local TRU had not been asked to sell a Week 3 fire station set! (They had to send someone to the back of the store to find the Week Three box when I asked to buy them at the service counter. ) Either no one knows about this promotion or demand REALLY is low. I purchased three and a few minifigs to reach the $74. limit so I could get a second pizza parlor from last week free. The fire station is a very cute and tiny build with a little fire truck and little helicopter.

    It seems to me after seeing 3 of the 4 Bricktober sets that:

    1. They are wildly overpriced for what one gets. Most of the pieces are 1 by 1 plates or tiles. The sets are tiny when built and should be priced at 8-10US max.

    2. LEGO/TRU messed up when they did not make these little sets compatible with the slightly larger mini-modulars, a set I adore. Scale is becoming a real problem with all of the little builds out there. Some of us would like to put all of these on one large plate and make a little town scene, but the differences in scale are making this quite difficult. Note: I did read the earlier discussions of enlarging this to 8 by 8 plates, but am wondering why the heck should WE (the buyers) have to do this? The sellers made the mistake of making the sets too small and too expensive.

    3. I would not be surprised if TRU has a ton of these left over at some stores when the promotion ends. SO it may be possible then to buy them at a decent discount (greater than 25 percent off.)

    4. In spite of all of the above, I do like the sets and feel that they are very cute. And much better than previous Bricktober freebies, which I did not collect.

    If there are many leftover at the end of week four and they are discounted quite a bit, that would be the time to buy all four. Otherwise you will have to pay 20US plus sales tax each unless you buy all four to get a fifth one free. I will be keeping an eye on what is left at our TRU and am aware that several folks (without US TRU store access) have expressed interest in acquiring all four sets. It does not look as if the general public will be interested in these sets because they are so small and priced so high.

    It may be that adults are just not that interested in the LEGO offered at TRU at the moment and the fact that almost nothing is on sale this month. I cannot find sets to buy at their prices in order to meet the 75US requirement to earn the free Bricktober set.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    My store had a TON of week 1 and 2 available today. They weren't out last week but when I ran into the Lego rep she told me they had a whole bunch of them in the back.
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,101
    ^^I went trolling Eastern NC today and found just the opposite. 4 out of 5 stores had no Pizza Palors from last week. Only one store was selling the Fire station outright but didn't seem to have very many, though I didnt ask about supplies. Bricklink has sold 264 copies of #40180 and 95 of #40181 for an average of $30 apiece which is not a bad flip. Demand is going to come from outside the US where the set is not available.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    This isn't the reseller thread.
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    @margot, So do you think these Bricktober sets are priced too high at the stores? I am thinking that $10. each or free with a $50. purchase makes a lot more sense. Do you think that they will be marked down after October if there are a lot left over? What are you buying to get the free sets? Thanks!
  • MugenPowerMugenPower Member Posts: 570
    I've also had the opportunity to buy the first 3 (although not at the same TRU, unfortunately) but so far, I've passed. I also feel that $20 is way too high for these and hope that I'll be able to find at least the first 3 at the same store in week 4 so I could get the 4th one free by buying a total of 4 of them.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    @legogal, I don't think the sets are too bad considering the uniqueness of them. They won't be reduced, this is TRU remember. :-)
    @MugenPower, you need to buy 4 of these sets to get a freebie. You have to purchase $75.
  • minicoopers11minicoopers11 USAMember Posts: 104
    edited October 2014
    I have never seen these on a shelf. Always just stacked up in boxes at checkout. The TRU I went to for the second week sold them individually. I did not try to buy individually at the first TRU.

    I've been buying the TRU exclusives. And also Series 1 Mixels (lucky!). Added a couple bricktober sets to one transaction to make $75 as well.
  • minicoopers11minicoopers11 USAMember Posts: 104

    I've also had the opportunity to buy the first 3 (although not at the same TRU, unfortunately) but so far, I've passed. I also feel that $20 is way too high for these and hope that I'll be able to find at least the first 3 at the same store in week 4 so I could get the 4th one free by buying a total of 4 of them.

    That would be ideal and I think that just might be possible. Hopefully you don't have someone in your area that will just buy all of them up.

  • MugenPowerMugenPower Member Posts: 570
    margot said:


    @MugenPower, you need to buy 4 of these sets to get a freebie. You have to purchase $75.

    Yeah, I'm aware of that. What I meant to say was I'd buy 4 total between sets #1-3 and get #4 free. So, I'd have a double of set #1, #2, or #3.
    margot
  • adol7adol7 Member Posts: 150
    My store didn't have any on the shelves the first week (only behind the counter), but on week #2 with the free pizza set, they now had the theaters on the shelf to buy. So hopefully the pizza parlors will be on the shelf this week for the free fire station.
  • minicoopers11minicoopers11 USAMember Posts: 104
    adol7 said:

    My store didn't have any on the shelves the first week (only behind the counter), but on week #2 with the free pizza set, they now had the theaters on the shelf to buy. So hopefully the pizza parlors will be on the shelf this week for the free fire station.

    If you want to buy, just ask. The one I bought from did not have them on the shelf, but still sold them separately.
  • korkor Member Posts: 392
    We had 4 rewards coupons for 5.00 off so each modular has been 14.99. Better than spending 75.00 on sets that are marked up 20% or more to get each modular for "free".
    margotLegoKip
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