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Like it or not, an implicit rule was outlined, nothing more than a request for courtesy actually. Don't talk about large quantities outside THE reseller thread, especially when others are lamenting their lack. You don't have to understand or even agree with it, just abide by it.
I would like to know if anyone has received shipping confirmation for the buckets from walmart.
And yes Natebw that means 48 sets. Whether any were left behind for children or not is immaterial in the context of this discussion.
I ordered two at 8:50 East Coast time yesterday.
As a whole, Black Friday was calm and leisurely this year. Because it was BF there were plenty of cashier lanes open but because these stores opened on Thanksgiving the lines were nowhere to be found. I was at 2 Walmarts, a BN, a Target, a Game Stop and a TRU and walked right up to an empty register lane each time. This was between 7 am and 2pm today. The longest line I waited on was at a Panera Bread for lunch.
Am I saying to not buy for charity? NO b/c that'd be stupid. What I am saying is to at least give people a fair shot of getting the set b/c going ape chip crazy buying the sets!
Fingers crossed they can find one for me since I really could use some of those parts but I really wish they'd have a tower WITHOUT separator option since I don't need yet another orange guy. Between the ones I bought on BL and got in sets, I must have about 10 of them but I hate them compared to the old style. Gotta do a orange guy purge one day.
I remember hearing that happening to a few people. Pretty weird there were no crowds even w/ the thankgiving being open. I don't know the story around here since I didn't do the Black Friday thing due to lack of decent funds plus no shopping buddy. Flea market was really lively yesterday though! scored a few goodies including a 70113 for a few dollars. :D
As for the rest - Walmart could make it real simple - put a purchase limit in place.
Lego isn't his main job, more of a side thing he does with his family. He has a F.M. booth, BL store, and sometimes lists a few things on ebay.
What I can tell you for sure is this: between the charity monkeys and the BF shoppers, the walmart close to use was nearly tapped out(or now tapped out I should say)! My mom and uncle hit the Walmart that's just a little further out then our normal WM run location. according to them, they only found ONE tower for me at the Walmart and I suspect someone didn't get it since it looks like about a quarter of the front labeling on the box got ripped off(I mean like the outer label not the cardboard underneath which was intact), probably from tape on the pallets or something since it looks like a consistent rip and no indents or scrapes like from someone screwing up the packaging.
Like most of my Walmart trips it was a complete waste of time.
Here is the scenario as I see it. TLG wants as many people as possible buying LEGO sets. A lot of parents that are not AFOL's or that don't do their research feel that LEGO is expensive, so they don't buy sets for their kids. They also feel that LEGO pieces are too specialized, etc, so again, another reason why they don't buy sets for their kids. So these kids don't get the opportunity to play with their own LEGO, which makes them not buy (or ask their parents to buy) LEGO sets.
This particular sale was a great opportunity for TLG to get some new customers. The set was inexpensive (counters argument #1 above about LEGO) and the pieces can be used in a much more free-form way of building (counters argument #2 above). A lot of parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles/etc would have purchases one of these sets, exposing a child/family to LEGO and creating a new set of consumers for LEGO. In the long run, this would have made TLG a lot more money (due to future sales on LEGO sets over the course of a kids life), which in turn would have helped the LEGO community because the better TLG is doing the better we all are doing (more profit = more variety for us and the more willing TLG would be to make more risky sets).
Again, I know I shouldn't open this can of worms, you are free to make money as you see fit, live the American dream, etc, but realistically I feel that people buying up all of these really impacted TLG negatively.
Just my two cents.
If Lego and/or Walmart wanted to spread these around to more people, they could easily have put a purchase limit on them. They didn't seem to care to do so. I don't like someone buying up 30 of them that much either, but in the end that's a morality choice that each person gets to make for themselves, so I'm not going to judge anyone. If I missed out, I should have been there at 6pm when the shrink wrap came off.
There are a lot similar brick box sets that LEGO sells year round, often at very good price points, so let's not create little Timmy 2014 edition...