bigospedros wrote:you could always phone ahead to check what they've got to avoid disappointment and a wasted trip?
Draykov wrote:I have to admit that my unrealistic expectations regarding the Pick-a-Brick wall at my nearest LEGO store lead to a bit of a disappointment. I've been twice, once just before the grand opening got completely nuts and once a few weeks later. The selection was unchanged and I was really bummed to see the lack of the little Squidman SPIII set.
I understand that the Pick-a-Brick selection is unlikely to vary drastically over short periods of time. Anyone know how often they switch stuff out? Do they circulate parts bins in and out or is it a sweeping change of the entire palette every time? Does it typically alter more frequently than the online equivalent? I imagine all of these questions have different answers depending on region or even individual stores.
Interesting that you were told this. I was told that the store managers do have some choice of what parts they want.theJudeAbides wrote:Since they have no say over what they get, all they can do is put out whatever LEGO gives them.
I don't think this is exactly the case, given the various types of leaves that have been showing up on PaB walls lately!theJudeAbides wrote:Much as we may wish it otherwise, PAB is really just an outlet for LEGO to dump their excess parts.
This was driving me crazy as well but they seem to have finally rationalized their brick prices, you should have a look.theJudeAbides wrote: Having ordinary 1x2 bricks cost the same as the rarer 1x12 and 1x16 pieces makes no sense to me.
infallible wrote:Pick-a-brick is one thing, but not having sets is another. The store manager's in charge of ordering sets, and that stuff should be out there and on display. Now, the new Hawaii store may be the exception, since shipping out there is a much bigger deal, but for a store in the lower 48, they should be able to get stuff in.
I'd *highly* recommend that you contact the LEGO retail customer service. I know that complaints of that nature are taken seriously and are read by both regional managers and the retail managers' manager, so you should write in or call.
If it were a one-time thing, I'd say that it's probably a fluke, but for you to have gone and seen missing sets multiple times is something of which the company should be made aware.
However I've visited the store twice since then, and both visits were a little disappointing. Both times I've visited the store some time after the latest sets have hit the shelves (once in late February and just now in late June), and both times the store was picked fairly clean. In February if I recall, there were practically no new Star Wars sets, and in this last visit the new Agents, Space Police and Power Miners sets were just about gone.
infallible wrote: It's one thing if there's a general shortage of sets everywhere, but I don't think that's the case.
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