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  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,381
    edited June 2018
    PapaBear said:
    ^3rd party I think
    Ordering from third parties through amazon or any other site seems like risky business to me. Always check the reviews of the seller.

    Mynatt said:
    Mynatt said:
    I had ordered two McLaren 720s for the 30% sale with no rush shipping and they arrived today. However, for some reason, they arrived in two separate and different kinds of boxes, which left one of the sets crushed. 
    Don't know why they would go for the collapsible box for one of the sets but it is a bit of a bummer. I normally don't care for box conditions but since these were going to be gifts for some friends it would have been nice for it not to have been damaged. 

    Weird how they could not have just been in the same box.
    Did they have separate tracking numbers? That would show you if they originated from different places.
    It looks like they came from two separate locations. Still odd since I ordered both sets at once.
    I’ve had this happen a lot, even on Prime items. You can’t assume the logistics are “logical”.

    77ncaachamps
    said:
    Or if you can, choose a pick-up site like an Amazon Locker.
    It may reduce the handling by USPS who usually do the processing of Amazon packages...
    From my experience in the midwest, US, Amazon uses USPS, UPS, and Amazon Logistics about equally. The big advantage of a locker is foiling porch pirates.
    madforLEGO77ncaachamps
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 492
    Just picked up #75208 Yoda's Hut for 20% off - $23.99

    http://a.co/9uWwZGF
    ericb
  • teal93mr2teal93mr2 USAMember Posts: 936
    ^Finally a post that is an actual sale from Amazon!  Many false alarms last couple of days.
    BumblepantsAstrobricksmadforLEGOpxchris
  • PapaBearPapaBear East CoastMember Posts: 395
    PapaBear said:
    ^3rd party I think
    Ordering from third parties through amazon or any other site seems like risky business to me. Always check the reviews of the seller.
    Perfect reviews and if Amazon wants to damage itself by selling junk of a 3rd party, they can go ahead.
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,381
    PapaBear said:
    PapaBear said:
    ^3rd party I think
    Ordering from third parties through amazon or any other site seems like risky business to me. Always check the reviews of the seller.
    Perfect reviews and if Amazon wants to damage itself by selling junk of a 3rd party, they can go ahead.
    And they do, as do so many other sites. I can only assume it’s relatively easy for them to make money especially if they claim no responsibility when things go wrong.
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 862
    pxchris said:
    Just picked up #75208 Yoda's Hut for 20% off - $23.99

    http://a.co/9uWwZGF
    Darn!  Just paid full price for this last weekend!
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 862
    Also, the U Wing is listed for $50.  That’s a steal...it was a fun set to build. 
    Astrobricks77ncaachampstomahawkerexciter1
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,439
    Also, the U Wing is listed for $50.  That’s a steal...it was a fun set to build. 
    Still listed at $49.99.
    38% off.
    Limit 2.

    Cheapest I’ve seen at Amazon (I had purchased it before at $52)
    madforLEGO
  • juggles7juggles7 United StatesMember Posts: 452
    Amazon actually sent me a #70602 Ninjago Jay's Elemental Dragon in a bubble mailer. It's no battle pack; the box is probably about 15 inches long. It was crushed, of course. I returned it, then it went out of stock, never to return. 
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,439
    Mine both arrived in the same box. But they were shipped to a pick-up location.
    Wonder if that has anything to do with the packaging...
    Lo and behold, I opened my box that wasn’t damaged and...



    Dismayed considering the box wasn’t damaged or crushed AND it was delivered to an Amazon Locker!

    shame on you, Amazon!
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,381
    ^ I’m curious; was that a “fulfilled by Amazon” item, or shipped from a third party? I’m wondering if somebody didn’t just pick up a bunch at the TRU liquidation and are selling through Amazon. That might explain a box that looks like that - not that it’s an excuse or anything. 
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,439
    ^ I’m curious; was that a “fulfilled by Amazon” item, or shipped from a third party? I’m wondering if somebody didn’t just pick up a bunch at the TRU liquidation and are selling through Amazon. That might explain a box that looks like that - not that it’s an excuse or anything. 
    No.

    it was purchased directly from Amazon, not a third party. I rarely purchase from a third party on Amazon’s site.

    —————-


    and I got a shipment in...

    boy this takes the cake for protective shipping.

    all I got in this box (which was crushed) was this small strip of paper.
    one measly thin strip of paper. Nothing for the sides.
    nothing for the other side.
    Not even air packaged bubbles.

    just less than a yard of of paper.

    Sets are dented and suffered collapses on vulnerable spots.

    very disappointed in amazon, which is making tons of money...


  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,439
    @Astrobricks

    here is the UWing box IN THE MIDDLE of the two boxes.

    either these are returns, damaged inventory, or boxes damaged when packing.

    this is not cool


  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,096
    That's not really damage.  It's a crease.  I've received worse from S&H.  Are you planning on building it?  If so then don't worry about it.  It's not like it's a UCS set or something.
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,439
    mathew said:
    That's not really damage.  It's a crease.  I've received worse from S&H.  Are you planning on building it?  If so then don't worry about it.  It's not like it's a UCS set or something.
    You're right. If I'm going to build it, it shouldn't matter.

    But I'm not. And as a gift it looks...well...scraggly.

    I guess I'm expecting too much from them for better shipping precautions but I don't think so.
    floridabrick
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,381
    ^ I’m totally on your side here. I’ve been fairly lucky so far with Amazon, but I haven’t ordered LEGO from them in a while due mostly to their discounts not coming close to what I can get at Walmart if I’m willing to wait.

    I believe they are having difficulty getting enough workers for their distribution centers and delivery, and driving the ones they have pretty hard. The delivery drivers around here have started delivering to the wrong house despite easily readable house numbers in my neighborhood. My guess is they stop when google maps tells them they have reached the address and they don’t even look for the house number.
  • exciter1exciter1 Member Posts: 209
    I've received more than my fair share of sets recently in bubble mailers, not happy.
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,439


    I believe they are having difficulty getting enough workers for their distribution centers and delivery, and driving the ones they have pretty hard. The delivery drivers around here have started delivering to the wrong house despite easily readable house numbers in my neighborhood. My guess is they stop when google maps tells them they have reached the address and they don’t even look for the house number.
    That’s unfortunate about the lack of workers. But if you’re driving people crazy with lower number of employees, that just turns people away from even applying.

    also, that’s why I prefer they deliver to my workplace, but I guess that doesn’t guarantee that they won’t deliver it to the wrong address/business!
  • tomahawkertomahawker Member Posts: 167
    mathew said:
    That's not really damage.  It's a crease.  I've received worse from S&H.  Are you planning on building it?  If so then don't worry about it.  It's not like it's a UCS set or something.
    You're right. If I'm going to build it, it shouldn't matter.

    But I'm not. And as a gift it looks...well...scraggly.

    I guess I'm expecting too much from them for better shipping precautions but I don't think so.
    IMO, this is indicative of Amazon trying to squeeze out as much money as possible from their fulfillment costs.  It has been trending this way for awhile, including the packing slips that went from 8.5 x 11, to 4 x 6 receipt paper, to no packing slips in the last 12 months of any shipments I have received.  

    I understand and accept those cost savings, but when it starts to impact the quality of merchandise received, it's a problem.

    The condition of the Lego box is an intrinsic part of the value of the set.  If it didn't matter Lego could save a lot of money by putting sets in plain cardboard boxes.  If an online retailer wants my business, I expect the merchandise to be in the same condition as if I bought it in the store.  As Lego enthusiasts, we all know that a set in a damaged box is worth less than one in pristine condition.
    floridabrick
  • scotty12scotty12 United States, IowaMember Posts: 685
    I haven't purchased anything LEGO from Amazon in 4-5years.  I had a large trade with LegoFanTexas that included him buying a couple London Bridges from Amazon and shipped directly to me.  Both came in the same large box...that looked like someone thought it was a bean bag chair and took a break on it.  Only to open it up and both LEGO boxes were open and bags falling out, wholes punched in the center of the boxes and white/yellow Amazon stickers all over the boxes.  Amazon wanted pictures of proof but ended up saying "it's only an outer box and doesn't matter," and wouldn't accept a return.    Amazon hasn't gotten any business from me since.
    BrickByBrickPapaBear
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,439
    mathew said:
    That's not really damage.  It's a crease.  I've received worse from S&H.  Are you planning on building it?  If so then don't worry about it.  It's not like it's a UCS set or something.
    You're right. If I'm going to build it, it shouldn't matter.

    But I'm not. And as a gift it looks...well...scraggly.

    I guess I'm expecting too much from them for better shipping precautions but I don't think so.
    IMO, this is indicative of Amazon trying to squeeze out as much money as possible from their fulfillment costs.  It has been trending this way for awhile, including the packing slips that went from 8.5 x 11, to 4 x 6 receipt paper, to no packing slips in the last 12 months of any shipments I have received.  

    I understand and accept those cost savings, but when it starts to impact the quality of merchandise received, it's a problem.


    Now that you mentioned it, it has been hit-and-miss with the packing slips with me too.

    Can you imagine if it wasn't a Lego box rather food from Whole Foods?
  • fixitbobbyfixitbobby Member Posts: 17
    We ordered some liquid vitamin supplements that are in little glass bottles and they shipped four of them together with no padding in a "cardboard envelope", (something you would expect a couple dvds to ship in).  Three of the four were cracked and leaking when we received them.  I'm surprised the post office let it through that way.
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,873
    edited June 2018
    The condition of the Lego box is really only an important part of the value to adult collectors that think about their Lego in terms of collectible or resale value. I guarantee The vast majority of boxes get thrown away shortly after opening the set. If you pay full retail for a set on Amazon, I can kind of understand being upset if it arrives damaged. But no effort was exerted to shop online from your chair to order it. I just assume anything I order from Amazon might come in a damaged box. Typically it's far cheaper than I could but anywhere else, so I don't really mind.
    BumblepantsDeeC2_Joshdatsunrobbie
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,444
    It seems like the condition of the box is very important to LEGO box collectors, less important to people who are building. For the aftermarket, an opened box is a damaged box.
  • PapaBearPapaBear East CoastMember Posts: 395
    edited June 2018
    For the aftermarket, an open box is basically a used set.

    Amazon certainly has some quality control issues.  I think people expect them to be a little more responsible for the amount of money they are given.

    The funny thing is I started shopping on Amazon over 14 years ago because I didn't trust retail.  Now I shop more in retail stores as I don't trust Amazon.  I would suggest to just shop somewhere else as soon as they screw up.  No need to give them umpteenth chances and then get banned for returning that LEGO set that looked like it went through a war zone.
    juggles7
  • floridabrickfloridabrick Central FLMember Posts: 158
    It seems like the condition of the box is very important to LEGO box collectors, less important to people who are building. For the aftermarket, an opened box is a damaged box.

    Maybe I'm not so common.  I'm a person that builds AND I'm a Lego box collector.  I keep every box I open.  But I can't build fast enough to open every set right away either.  My parts collection rank is 257th, which I think means I’ve got more than most.  But I'm sure I have twice as much NISBs than I have opened.

    I would love to be able to sell a few sets sometime in the future to put a dent in the 10s of thousands of dollars I've spent on this hobby. That was the plan anyway.  Will it happen?  Maybe, maybe not.  If it does I'll be a reseller, a collector, a builder, and a box collector that likes both his opened and unopened boxes NOT destroyed. 

    The box part makes me unusual, but why do people have to be labeled one thing or another?  It's a common theme everywhere on this forum, just sayin.   

  • juggles7juggles7 United StatesMember Posts: 452
    "But no effort was exerted to shop online from your chair to order it." And yet time is money. The buyer may have spent time researching the aftermarket potential of the item before making the purchase. 
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,873
    If you are buying for aftermarket potential, and it is a current, in production set, and box condition matters to you, don't buy on Amazon. If you are one of the millions of other shoppers that simply prefers a good deal you're probably ok. 

    If you've spent time researching aftermarket potential on a set you've probably learned Amazon often doesn't provide the best shipping protection. 

    I once heard someone say you can have something fast, good, or cheap. Pick any two, but not all three. It was in reference to food, but I find it applicable to online shopping as well. 

    Apparently fast and cheap aren't good enough for some people.
    Bumblepantsbgl_84
  • jmeninnojmeninno The Batcave (MA)Member Posts: 702
    ^And digital logic circuits.  Fast, correct, or cheap.  Pick any two.  Said another way, you can have it fast or cheap, pick one.  (This assumes "correctness".)  #EE
    pharmjodbgl_84ricecake
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 807
    I believe "fast, good, and cheap- you can have any two" applies to just about everything. Of course, sometimes you can only get one of the three. Sometimes... you don't get any! If the condition of a LEGO box was important to me, I wouldn't buy online.
    juggles7
  • justintartejustintarte MissouriMember Posts: 33

    LEGO Super Heroes the Ultimate Battle for Asgard 76084 for 44% off:

    https://goo.gl/pqWRRQ
    madforLEGOgmonkey76
  • eddieweddiew South JerseyMember Posts: 73
    @justintarte, I think you must have the wrong thread. You posted about a sale at Amazon.
    Switchfoot55
  • NicksBricksNicksBricks United StatesMember Posts: 209
    eddiew said:
    @justintarte, I think you must have the wrong thread. You posted about a sale at Amazon.
    Don't worry, the box will arrive crushed to bring this thread back on topic.
    eddiewBumblepantsgmonkey76MAGNINOMINISUMBRA
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,306
    edited July 2018

    LEGO Super Heroes the Ultimate Battle for Asgard 76084 for 44% off:

    https://goo.gl/pqWRRQ
    Thanks for the heads up! Had to bite on that one, and the JW #75933 T rex transport being 20% off as well at 55.99
    canon03
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,096
    I believe "fast, good, and cheap- you can have any two" applies to just about everything. If the condition of a LEGO box was important to me, I wouldn't buy online.
    Exactly. A few months ago Target had price mistake “sale” on some big sets. We’re talking 60-75% off. Insane deals and I was lucky to score an Assembly Square for $80.  But leave it to some bozo resellers to start complaining about damaged boxes. I think even a few demanded Target exchange them. Rather disgusting human behavior. 
  • MynattMynatt OH/NYMember Posts: 565
    The Porsche 919 speed champions is now on 20% off: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079YGXY1H/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_DggoBbPXGTRP1
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,306
    mathew said:
    I believe "fast, good, and cheap- you can have any two" applies to just about everything. If the condition of a LEGO box was important to me, I wouldn't buy online.
    Exactly. A few months ago Target had price mistake “sale” on some big sets. We’re talking 60-75% off. Insane deals and I was lucky to score an Assembly Square for $80.  But leave it to some bozo resellers to start complaining about damaged boxes. I think even a few demanded Target exchange them. Rather disgusting human behavior. 
    Yeah, I think on insane deals you take what you get IMO. Scored a Statue of Liberty when Walmart lost their mind and listed it for 40% off recently. It was a bit scrunched in the box, but it was for my GF who was going to open it anyway. Kicking myself more for the fact that I did not get another one, for my nephew, though.

    Though I do buy online more than in a store. I do not like the idea of getting a box that is tampered with and typically when I buy online I see none of that (and tax from LEGO is cheaper than buying from the store for me). However, I do so with the understanding that they at least try to ship it well. It seems lately that there has been more of a push to shoehorn sets into smaller shipping boxes and use less padding.  I get that carriers being rough is out of their hands, but at least try to pack the item well.  I guess it will not be long before we see online retailers shipping more LEGO boxes only in the set box.

    It is probably more a the sign of the times, what with our complainer in chief ranting via twitter that Amazon was getting great deals from USPS in shipping items. That and I think rising transportation costs in general (due to the cost of oil rising again), we are going to see more of this, not less.
    eddiew
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,306
    Amazon currently has the #60202 Outdoor adventures people pack for 31.99 USD (20% off)
    ericbthedingman5tomahawker
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,381
    @justintarte posted on the Walmart thread that GBFH and BB are both discounted on Amazon right now.
    madforLEGO
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,306
    #10251 Brick bank is at 145.70 (14% off)
    #75827 Ghostbusters HQ is at 319.95 (9% off)
    elspankdogAstrobricks
  • AwesomenessAwesomeness OhioMember Posts: 183
    Just ordered myself the peoples outdoor pack #60202.
    tomahawker
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,306
    #70915 Two Face Demolition set is 41.33 (31% off)

  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,381
    Just got my BB. Glad to say the box is in fine condition and wasn’t shipped in a bubble mailer. :)
    77ncaachampsmadforLEGO
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,306
    edited July 2018
    Got my 2 brick banks and both appeared to be in good condition.

    Also, the #75827 GB HQ priced dropped a bit more: 316.87 (9% off)

    I guess Ill have to start watching Amazon around the beginning of the Prime day offers and hopefully will see offers like last year on some LEGO sets.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,462
    Prime Day is coming up on 7/16. Might be a good day to catch some erroneous deals as has happened in the last couple of years.
    madforLEGOAstrobricks
  • AwesomenessAwesomeness OhioMember Posts: 183
    I'm looking forward to prime day again.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,374
    What was last years Prime Day deal?
  • thenosthenos Twin Cities, MNMember Posts: 385
    Ridiculously cheap Lego for ~10 minutes. 
    pharmjodAstrobricksgmonkey76madforLEGO
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,873
    ie massive price glitch. Not likely to happen again :)
    Pitfall69Astrobricks
  • UberbrickUberbrick OregonMember Posts: 83
    When did the Lego deals start? Should I start turbo refreshing the Amazon home page the second Prime Day begins?
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