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Perhaps they really do need these markups to stay in business, keep in mind that KB Toys and others are now gone, dustbin of history, for perhaps that reason.
Mainly, being the first Christmas since getting back into LEGO, I was shocked at how flippant people were about throwing money away on runaway prices, even in this economy.
From the TRU promotion
'"R"Us Dollars certificates and all other reward certificates earned during this period are sent to members via email and are valid until the date printed on each certificate. Rewards Certificates are sent via email after 12/24/11 and may have varying dates.'
I have not received any via email yet.
It is a rewards program for overpaying on many of these sets, the least they could do is allow you to stack all of them for 30 days if you so choose, or better yet, allow them to carry over for 6 months..
I do not understand why TRU does not do this.. does it mean that someone could feasibly walk out of the store with a set for free? Sure, but if they spend that kind of money and saved their coupons, then why not? I mean they did not get those coupons (normally) by any other way then buying stuff from TRU.
$10 and $50 Gift Cards
$30 in Rewards $ that expire shortly
$25 in Rewards $ that expire late in January
Not sure what LEGO I will buy as so much is drastically overpriced. Like others have mentioned, I've got to wait for their prices to come back down to Earth but unfortunately my Rewards $ expire soon.
The online prices are still bad - but not that bad.
And not selling you a set that was out on the shelves - that's just appalling.
From there, you will see the LEGO bucks.
By the way, did anyone else only receive upcoming rewards for purchases through December 12?
I had $80-something in purchases after December 12 that have not (yet) generated the $9 on rewards due.
Looks like they modified their rewards period to manage the after-Xmas hit. Changing course midstream, huh. Maybe legal but definitely a chin-scratcher.
I've been reading the site for quite a while. Finally decided to create an account and join in the discussion :)
I'm in the US, and get most of my lego from Toys R Us. I've noticed recently that Toys R Us prices for some sets is a bit higher than the RRP from Lego. I'd buy directly from Lego but they charge for shipping. Is this a new trend from Toys R Us? Are there any good alternatives?
Play Well :)
Was in there today to spend some rewards dollars and was looking for some Friends sets. They even had a "spend $75 get a free set (Design studio size)" and I still didn't end up buying any Lego. They were asking $81 for the large house! Ridiculous.
I take it @cosmiclego79 that there is no LEGO store close to you? Other options of course are Target, Wal-Mart, and other regional stores. Most times they seem to sell stuff right at RRP. although I've noticed Target marking up a few items here and there, but it's the exception rather than the rule.
I expected the markups on licensed themes but not on your run-of-the-mill City sets...
Then went to Learning Center and they had all the S6 CMF's marked up to $3.99...."because they were new". Such utter b.s. with pricing these days...
this is a pretty good review
"This Lego set is [$] everywhere else, [@] and true is $20 ..I'm sick of this store price gouging.complain let them know we don't appreciate them robbing us."
sans the editing out of the prices are you mentioned lol
And I've said this a million times...the dag nabit Prince of Persias are still on the same shelf space for more than a year and well above retail. NO ONE is buying them. You can see the cake of dust on the boxes. Ok...breath....breath...ughhh. I'd feel better kicking the manager in the nuts over this.
I know the deal though...my Target does this now. Raise the prices very high, do the BOGO and then you the customer thinks you got a good deal and they sell the item just a touch under the normal retail.
The only way is to stop buyingg from TRU and then they'll take notice. But they snag you with the BOGO's.