A pic of what was I got for free
OK the little train set is not going to be avaible to buy or get as a free gift with purchase. They are sending postcards out to like 150 or 1500 (was tired and don't recall which number they said) per store and you can only get the set if you trade it in for that post card.
Also was told that they are going to do the discount game scratch cards for the first 100 people on black Friday and they will be finding out what go's on sale with it on Wednesday.
On the plus side they did have lots of the research institute n stock
So with this particular purchase I wasn't able to buy anything for my son or myself of interest (because I will not purchase items to keep intact at retail if I can catch them reduced on Amazon or elsewhere) but I was able to purchase items that I can break apart and resell. After selling the free christmas (skate rink) set and minfigures I should be able or nearly able to recover the money spent on the purchase while keeping the build from the Christmas Creator Santa's Workshop plus a Hobbit set. AND I added 10 more dollars to my VIP points so that I can eventually purchase the Parisian Restaurant. So I'll stop complaining.
With what others that have posted have stated hopefully we will still have some discounted sets available to VIP members at Shop at Home on Black Friday. Fingers crossed.
Someone else pointed out its a great time to make small purchases with their free shipping offer on ALL purchases. Great time to purchase small exclusives and PAB items if you don't live near a LEGO store (like myself).
It's not like we are asking for free UCS sets, or 50% discounts. Something way less than that and what we got today would have made Brick Friday worthwhile. Unfortunately, it seems that they don't know how to motivate their customers.
How many of us live near a lego store?scatmanjack wrote:So at 3x VIP you would have gotten ~$45 credit while at 2x VIP would have only been ~$30 for your ~$300 Sandcrawler... Also could have gotten 2nd 2014 Set (resell for $15-20)... If near a store, the 2015 Calendar with additional free products would have been included...
How much time and effort will it take to sell those small freebies?
What's more, at local stores, we used to have scratch cards, pick-a-brick box, bonus Christmas set, and many discounted sets.
For me, local Lego store is around 50 min driving. It is not worth to drive there just to visit a store of this mean company.
Lego became the biggest toy maker this year, even bigger than Mattel which produces many more varieties of toys. In return, Lego gives us this lame deal. Well,
scatmanjack wrote:So at 3x VIP you would have gotten ~$45 credit while at 2x VIP would have only been ~$30 for your ~$300 Sandcrawler... Also could have gotten 2nd 2014 Set (resell for $15-20)... If near a store, the 2015 Calendar with additional free products would have been included...
I think your argument is a bit hyperbole. I could say that for 4x VIp with Death Star it would have been 1600 (-$80), but it was neither 4x nor 3x VIP points and not everyone can afford, or even plans to buy the most expensive item on the Lego catalog just to prove your point. Plus, the freebies where only for the 1 hour that special invitees got early access to the store, so again, not very useful for the rest of us.
2x VIP isn't that bad, but still, that means there isn't any immediate sales value unless I spend more money than the initial $300. Again, not very realistic for most.
I know what you mean.Blacknight wrote:Sometimes I wish Lego would go bankrupt so I could be free of this hobby which feels like a ball and chain and/or money suck sometimes.
I collect and have all advanced trains, collectible minfigures, winter villages, modular buildings, Disney princesses, Harry Potters, and some interesting Friend sets, and many random sets. Now that the price increased for CMF, this line became the most expensive. I love those small figures while it seems to be ridiculous to spend so much on them. Selling them all maybe an option.
That, and the fact that they are now number one in the toy market, seems to have made them feel that they can't do anything wrong.Toronadian wrote:I think the success of The Lego Movie has made this hobby so popular that it can get by without needing to give out discounts because people are coming out and buying Lego in droves. Why discount if the regular customers buy them anyway at full price.
However, they quickly forgot how close to the edge they were a few years back and it was consumers that gave them a second chance...I guess that corporate greed has a very short/selective memory.
I decided to go ahead and sent an email to Lego's customer servicing, summing up the basic sentiment towards this year's promotions (tried to put the fear of God in them ). They replied that there will be some discounts and that promotions are similar to the European market.
Thanks for getting in touch with us.
I am really sorry that you are disappointed with this year's Black Friday promotion.
There will actually be a discount on selected items as well as the promotional xmas set. the overall promotion is in fact very similar to the one for the European market.
Of course we cannot accept that there is a disappointed customer who thinks this year's promotion is not good enough so I will definitely pass the complaint on to the team in charge of promotion to let them know about your feedback.
We take these kind of comments very seriously and I am sure it will be taken into consideration when programming future promotions.
Once again I would like to apologize if this time we weren't up to your expectations, I can assure you we always try our best to provide our fans with the best offers.
Thank you for taking the time to let us know what you think.
HA! Well saidSEK527 wrote:Like most people I was disappointed with LEGO Store sales, but after walking into my LEGO room I realized LEGO did me a favor with dismal Black Friday sales. I spun around the 5'7" four-sided metal tower (meant for screws etc) that I filled with LEGO purchased over the years from PAB walls, piles of LEGO all over the floor, LEGO in containers, LEGO everywhere ... Then I walked into my bedroom & I looked at all unopened sets in the closets. And I smiled! I got great pieces years ago when the PAB wall had better selections & good deals on sets over the years. Until I use all the pieces that I own I really don't need to spend more money on LEGO. I will remain pleased with what I have! Of course next year I must get the LEGO Movie set that has Super Angry Kitty - not for me, but to entertain the Unikity who's on a LEGO skateboard on my piano & Queasy Kitty who's on the Sea Cow on my fireplace hearth.
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