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[Benelux] Promotions

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  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 2,807
    Thanks @sid3windr. Difficult choice as to what I should pair with it but went for the XL Creative box in the end. Got some very happy boys (=son and husband) here that we managed to get the Ninjago figs! Hope @Kerre manages too.
    sid3windrKerre
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,342
    It took me like an hour to find enough decently priced stuff to bring it up to 40€ (on TRU DE)... but I should have them coming my way as well :)
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    Pfff. Thanks for the heads-up @Sidewindr @Snowhitie. My current status LEGO : Ordering some stuff just as I get off my plane in Oslo Gardermoen before I run to get my connection.

    Still - I'll only believe I've got them when they show up on our doorstep. I had TRU cancel quite a bit of orders in the past for non reason whatsoever.
  • HumdrumHumdrum BelgiumMember Posts: 69
    Today I went to a local Dreamland store to pick up my online order of Ninjago 70607 + 70608, as posted by Kerre a few days ago (thanks again btw!).

    What surprised me a bit is that this promotion didn't run in the store itself. I took my two boxes from a corner shelf designated for online orders only, and I paid €35. If I had taken the same two boxes from their main Ninjago display I would've had to pay €55.

    It's not the first time I've run into this pricing strategy from the Colruyt group, sometimes the store is cheaper or vice versa. And on rare occasions there's other deals in the small offering of Lego they have in their Colruyt stores as well... no wonder I have to help colleagues every year to find the best Sinterklaas deals.
    Kerre
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,342
    ^ They're coming from different accounting trees... I asked for a website pricematch at the cash register and got that (short) explanation. Dreamland vs Collishop budgets.

    But I did get my pricematch (~1.5EUR), else I would have ordered online right there and returned the next day to pick that same box up :P
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,342
    @Humdrum Just passed by my local Dreamland, the "free Ninjago City" promo is available there, and clearly marked in the aisle. If I had known, I would have picked it up there instead of at my local Okay (which was closer) - less issues with stickers on the box, maybe.

    Obivously as with all Colruyt promos an Xtra card is required.
    Humdrum
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    TRU Ninjago minifigures are sold out. They were temporarily unavailable yesterday, today they've disappeared from the site altogether. A search for the set number comes up empty.

    You do get to choose the set of your preference out of the two remaining sets for the free set with 40 euro LEGO purchase promotion now. 
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,342
    Is there some law on cardboard usage in Germany? I've seen so many busted TRU parcels on Facebook, today it was my turn... :|
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 2,140
    Interesting. My TLBM minifigs + #41325 Heartlake City Playground came in such an oversized box, those sets only filled about 10% of the box. The other 90% was filled with airbags. Even more ridiculous than what TLG frequently does.

    So maybe they used up their cardboard allotment for the month on my parcel, and had to cut corners on @sid3windr's?
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 2,807
    ^ mine came in a ridiculously big box as well. Ordered from nl though.

    Do you pay postage on the .de one? I thought last time I ordered from there it would be free but ended up paying over 4 euro's
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,342
    The TRU NL parcels come from TRU DE as well ;-)

    I had 3 airbags in there but the cardboard itself is just really really flimsy. Everything except the Ninjago figs is dented - not as bad as the average Amazon parcel, but still.

    BTW,
    sid3windr said:
    @Humdrum Just passed by my local Dreamland, the "free Ninjago City" promo is available there, and clearly marked in the aisle.
    The deal is actually better in-store, because there it's "Buy Master Falls, get Ninjago City free" and MF is 32.95. On the website it's 32.95 for MF, 34.99 for the combo...
    KerreHumdrum
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    Hadn't been on the forum since last night but guess what... just had an argument with the GLS driver delivering TRU stuff. One of the issues was that my one of the two delivered packages had taken crushing damage. He did not allow me to open the box to check the contents before signing though, I was rudely given the choice to either accept or decline the whole delivery and to do it quickly. 

    Then decided to do my therapeutical complaining here to see I'm not the only one to receive damaged sets. Box in question:



    I got:
    - An oversized box (depending on the way you look at it, see below)
    - In flimsy cardboard
    - with the sets on the bottom, biggest set just about the size of the box
    - the rest of the shipping box filled with air bags, limiting the protection of its contents severely. 

    Set was lying flat on the bottom, then the fig, rest was airbags - guess they ran out of them by the time yours was prepared @sid3windr. Packaging consistent with @stlux, but not that the airbag were of much use. The #70625 box was 2 cm shorter than it should be.
     
    Any success contacting TRU CS? About to do the same, not looking forward to it given the atrocious experience earlier this week.
    stlux
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,342
    I have not contacted them yet, not sure if I want to subject myself to it.



    I think there essentially were enough airbags in there to fill the box other than sets (I had 3 small sets + figs). But the boxes are just absolutely not suitable for anything but baby clothes...

    I don't think GLS has anything to do with it - packaging needs to be able to survive a good kicking.
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,342
    snowhitie said:
    Do you pay postage on the .de one? I thought last time I ordered from there it would be free but ended up paying over 4 euro's
    Oh, forgot to reply to this - yes, I paid postage. But the prices of the sets were better, so I preferred to order from there to reach 40€ for the figs. Shipping from NL is indeed free above $threshold.
    snowhitie
  • AleyditaAleydita BelgiumMember Posts: 786
    Always take the boxes inside, then take your time to assess the damage before signing or not. Alternatively sign and write "not inspected" or "visible damage" next to your signature. Remember you always get 14 days to return items beginning the day after you receive them, and they have to reimburse return shipping if the items are damaged in any way.
  • wardmwardm BelgiumMember Posts: 537
    Does anyone know about upcoming Dreamland promotions? Last years they always did a lot of promotions around this period and sometimes you can gather points (a bit like the VIP LEGO system...) until christmas
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 2,807
    @wardm it usually starts somewhere in October with 15% off everything+ the stickers and then later on 10%. Don't know the actual date but I'm waiting for it too. All those early Sinterklaases can do some good deals!
    wardm
  • wardmwardm BelgiumMember Posts: 537
    @snowhitie yes, thank you! that's the one I was looking for! Hope to see the promotion soon! Let's keep each other updated if it's online! :) 
    snowhitie
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 2,807
    @wardm will do!
  • wardmwardm BelgiumMember Posts: 537
    At dreamland from today until 20 october there’s a 10% discount on 6 lego sets, including the Destiny’s Bounty (which they allready sell for 130€ instead of 170€) so you can buy it for 117, if you have an xtra card! 
    The other sets are a duplo train, Friends sunshine catamaran, a police station, the first order star destroyer and technic #42070
    snowhitiesid3windrKerre
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 2,807
    Also 50% off airport Passenger Terminal
    #60104, so €55.

    wardm
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    #70611 Nya’s water strider 29,99 € (33% off) at Fun.be. 
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,226
    Belgium peoples, I'd just like to check if I may... I am currently in Brussels and may possibly be able to get to Antwerp this afternoon,  is the most efficient way to take the train into Antwerp Central and then onto the Lego store?  Thanks :)
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 2,807
    @khmellymel great you are in Belgium. I've never taken public transport to the Lego store. It's in a shopping centre, the 'wijnegem shopping centre', according to their site you indeed go to Antwerp central.
    Then you take the bus with number 410, 411 of 412 or tram with number 5 or 10.
    They all go to the Wijnegem Shopping Center and have a stop at the doors of the place.

    It's not a very big store and not many big models, but there are always nice ribbon creations and staff is friendly.

    Good luck whatever you do!



    stlux
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 2,807
    edited October 2017
    @khmellymel
    Here you can find the time tables of the busses
        bus 410, Antwerpen - Turnhout: https://www.delijn.be/nl/lijnen/lijn/1/410/7#2

        bus 411, Antwerpen - Halle - Zandhoven - https://www.delijn.be/nl/lijnen/lijn/1/411/7#dienstregeling

        bus 412 , Antwerpen - Schilde - St-Job-in-'t-Goor - https://www.delijn.be/nl/lijnen/lijn/1/412/7#dienstregeling

    Seems to take about 20 Minv from the station.
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,226
    Thanks @snowhitie, we decided to stay in Brussels today but tomorrow is another day... and a chance to convince my boyfriend that he wants to see Antwerp, haha :)
    snowhitie
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    edited October 2017
    @khmellymel

    Careful then, Belgian law requires shops to be closed for at least one day per week. The LEGO store Wijnegem is typically closed on Sunday. There's a big blurb on the center's website (in Dutch/Flemish) about a Sunday opening on the 15th of October; quite likely meaning they're closed tomorrow.

    Antwerp's recommended of course* - lived in Antwerp for four years myself - but the trip to Wijnegem Shopping centre isn't exactly scenic and it would be unfortunate to arrive at a closed LEGO store.

    *though as I local I assure you Ghent (and too a lesser extent Bruges) are way more interesting ;)
    snowhitiestlux
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 2,807
    @khmellymel was just going to same thing as @Kerre , I think they are closed on Sunday. It's definitely not a nice place to visit, just a big old 'mall'.

    Antwerp is nice though, but agree again, if you are done in Brussels, then Ghent, Bruges and Leuven are better in my opinion.
    Kerre
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,226
    Thanks again for the advice guys... saved me from the pleading and then flak I'd get from the bf!  :)  
    snowhitieKerre
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    sid3windr said:
    I have not contacted them yet, not sure if I want to subject myself to it.
    Can't blame you. One week, two calls and three e-mails later I got 5 € off.
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,342
    Thanks for the feedback - I had left it so long that I decided it was too late to act all pissy about it; looks like my time would be worth more than that.

    Did you get a refund or a voucher for the next smashed box? (not sure which smiley I want to put behind this question)
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    A refund. 5 € voucher would have sent me into "are you taking the mick"-mode; in that case TRU would have received a few extra mails to deal with and ultimately have to replace the set if they wouldn't budge.

    It's definitely not worth the time, agreed. I gave TRU the benefit of the doubt up until this issue. There were a couple of seemingly random cancellations without explanation but most of the orders did arrive and were well packaged. This was the time to show how they deal with something going wrong. 

    The 5 € refund is just about what I considered the bare minimum to accept the damaged box in this particular case. The slow and cumbersome interaction with TRU CS did not help at all either. TRU is now a company I'd rather not deal with.
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,342
    Luckily the only reason to order from TRU are the Bricktober figs - everything else is pricematched by Amazon DE ;-)

    I had one item cancelled ('storniert') when I got my Batman figs, without explanation or message. Not that bad as I only got it to go over the threshold for the free figs. Ordered it again for the Ninjago figs - fully expecting it to be cancelled again - but this time I did get it. Which is fine too. Just a bit battered.
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    edited October 2017
    I agree in general - Amazon will price match most of the sets. That doesn't mean it's that simple, if only it were :D

    Not all promo's are matched for instance. Looking at my order history with them, TRU certainly was the cheapest vendor of the two. One reason is that sometimes Amazon doesn't bother to match or is too slow to catch up some the limited time discounts ("x% off LEGO this weekend only"). Don't think Amazon matches discounts for buying multiple items either, like the 15% off when buying three items across a large part of the range last summer.

    There's also still the dreaded "This item does not ship to your destination" message that has a tendency to sometimes spoil one's excitement when there's a good offer on Amazon.de. 
    sid3windr
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    edited October 2017
    Two offers in Belgium:

    Fun.be has 20% off the entire range coming Wednesday 20th of October only (FunStunts excluded). Small print mentions the discount cannot be combined with any other offer but in the past these discounts did stack with ordinary Fun.be "Promo" prices. If so, some decent deals can be had that day.

    Kruidvat.be is doing a buy one, get second half off (LEGO and Playmobil). Pretty standard fare for Kruidvat, except that they seem to have extended their LEGO range and now also carry a fair number of medium and larger sets. There might be a good deal to be had if you can pair two sets of a similar price. 
    snowhitie
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,342
    fun.be is currently down so I can't check - is that Wednesday 18th or Friday 20th? ;-)
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    Neither of those :)

    It's a Wednesday alright but it's next week i.e. Wednesday 25th.

    And you'll need a funcard.
    stluxsnowhitiesid3windr
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,342
    More fun at Fun(tm):

    - Free #5004916 Kai Ninjago pod with purchase of any Ninjago item
    - Free #40176 Scarif Stormtrooper in "Star Wars Limited Edition Movie Pack" containing said poly + some cardboard and stickers, with purchase of 24.99€+ of Star Wars
    - Free Friends #41125 Horse vet trailer with purchase of #41126 Heartlake Riding Club

    SW Movie pack also available for 9.99€ at Dreamland, Star Wars offer also valid at Intertoys NL.

    Courtesy of Sophie's new blog.




    Kerrestluxsnowhitie
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    ^Nice! Looks like a chance still to get #40176 - or a bunch of them even.

    I was planning to get my #75190 from Fun® anyway on the 25th but this would be the cherry on top.

    The Fun Inc. small print does mention #5004916 is free when purchasing a bouwdoos, so you likely won't get away with just buying a CMF.
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,342
    To be fair, I think Lego themselves also said "Set", but their systems likely were not configurable to not include CMFs ;)
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    Belgian stores have started competing for your Sinterklaas business: From 21/10 until 1/11 Dreamland.be will offer 15% off on toy purchases from 50€. Xtra card required as usual.
    snowhitiesid3windrwardm
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    edited October 2017
    Brickshop.nl now also offering the limited edition SW pack.

    SW banner promo 500px

    Available for preorder, available from the 23rd. Also they're not mentioning what minifig is in the pack but I'm assuming #40176.

    Anyone seen these in the wild?

  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,342
    That's what Sophie's post said.. :)
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    edited October 2017
    Err, unless I missed something, the only NL retailer Sophie's blog post mentioned was Intertoys.nl, @sid3windr. No mention of brickshop.nl. They are quite different, the former being a large NL toy retail chain part of the Blokker group and the latter an independent retailer with quite a wide range of LEGO stuff :D 

    What I find peculiar is that Brickshop does not mention what minifig is in the box anywhere on their site, just that it's an "exclusive minifigure". They do have the box in their webshop as a SKU though and can be added for free with a qualifying purchase. 

    Then we've got other retailers that are supposed to carry the pack being mentioned in different places. I'm looking for confirmation of claimed availability of the pack at these retailers, both in-store and online. Sophie's blog post mentions Dreamland but I could not yet find anything on it on the Dreamland site. Nothing to be found on the Intertoys site either but Promobricks.de has pictures sent in by a reader. Promobricks also mentions availability at Bol.com in another post - yet another retailer -  but again nothing to be found on their site.

    My local Friendly Fun did not yet have the pack in when their promotion started last Wednesday. Fun left me a voicemail 6pm Friday night telling me they had arrived though. No idea if you get one as well when ordering online from Fun, nothing extra was added to my basket with a qualifying purchase in it.
  • CoviCovi BelgiumMember Posts: 285
    I got one yesterday at Fun when buying for €24,99 Star Wars.
    The box is 30cm wide, 20cm depth and 2cm high.
    Inside you can find the following stuff:
    - #40176 Scarif Stormtrooper
    - A leaflet to participate in a concours to win some Lego Star Wars prices (you have to say which side you want to be and how many people will participate
    - Three Star Wars cards to hand out to friends to invite them to see the movie (not entrance tickets but really just a card invitation)
    - A Stormtrooper origami cardboard (you have to punch out the Stormtrooper and glue it together, when finished it looks like a brickhead.

    Ps: They dont get any warning at the counter, so when paying I had to ask for it, otherwise I wouldn't got it.
    snowhitieKerrestluxTheBigLegoskisid3windr
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    ^Great! Having to ask for your freebie or having to take it to the till yourself seems to be par for the course at Fun. Their POS system doesn't automatically alert the cashier there's a free item, the free item has to be scanned manually. If the rest of your purchase qualifies for the free item you get a discount for whatever value the freebie is in their system for. The same happened when Fun had a promotion earlier this year where you got a free SW Buildable figure with a purchase of 40€ of LEGO SW.

    Got mine earlier today:



    Clearly conceived as a Last Jedi promo so it's a bit strange weird to see a Rogue One minifig included. Then again, it's a desirable fig so no reason to complain. No doubt this promo will have an effect on #42176 prices in this region.

    Also, one of the prizes to be won is a Star Wars bedroom make-over!
    sid3windrsnowhitiestluxTheBigLegoskibandit778
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,342
    Kerre said:
    Err, unless I missed something, the only NL retailer Sophie's blog post mentioned was Intertoys.nl, @sid3windr. No mention of brickshop.nl. They are quite different, the former being a large NL toy retail chain part of the Blokker group and the latter an independent retailer with quite a wide range of LEGO stuff :D 

    What I find peculiar is that Brickshop does not mention what minifig is in the box anywhere on their site, just that it's an "exclusive minifigure". They do have the box in their webshop as a SKU though and can be added for free with a qualifying purchase.
    As I can't imagine the box content will differ per retailer, I meant that Sophie's blog said it contained the Scarif Trooper - regardless of where you're buying it [in my interpretation] :-)
  • TheBigLegoskiTheBigLegoski Amsterdam, NederlandMember Posts: 1,288
    Damn it! I paid some German Bricklinker through the nose to get hold of that Scarif trooper since TLG screwed us over on Force Friday. I thought I might never be able to get it any other way. Well that is just great, wonderful!
  • KerreKerre In a bar, under the sea.Member Posts: 398
    edited October 2017
    ^Ok, now I understand :D

     My point was that you and I know what's in the box - we've read the blog post and this thread - but as an "ordinary"  Brickshop.nl customer there is no way to know it's #40176 unless you have info from another source.  

    I find that strange. I'd expect the brickset.nl target customers to be especially interested in a #40176 so why not put in in your newsletter/web store item description?
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