Personally, i think wal-mart does not have the best sales. They just have good everyday low prices. They do roll backs which are only 10% off their wal-mart regular price or 15% off the MSRP pricing.
Here's some of the stores that carry LEGO
Heres what I notice from their pricing of Lego in these stores.
(MSRP = manufacturer's suggested retail price)
~~ Selection is the BEST, with 3-10 items for each theme, Over 1 FULL (2 sides) aisle
~~Most Lego Sets above MSRP
-typically smaller sets ($5-20) will guarantee to have a higher % increase from the MSRP. $12.99 --------> 13.99 OR $14.99
-medium-big sets will have a smaller % increase from MSRP
~~Sales range from poor sales to Great Deals (every 1-3 months, advertised)
-usually Buy 2 or more and save a certain percentage or for a certain $
-sometimes save a certain $, but these don't save you that much in terms of percentage
-most of the time FREE shipping online with orders over $49.97
~~ Selection is good, with 2-5 items for each theme, 1/2 of a ONE SIDE aisle
~~Some Lego Sets above MSRP
-typically smaller sets ($5-20) will guarantee to have a higher % increase from the MSRP. **Especailly $12.99 sets --------> $14.99
-medium sets will have a smaller % increase from MSRP
~~Sales are Average (happens rarely, 1-2 times a year, advertised)
-usually Buy 1 get 1 half price (of equal or lesser value)
-means you save 25% off if you buy the same price LEGO item, otherwise, you save less
~~ Selection is excellent, with 2-7 items for each theme, 3/4 of a ONE SIDE aisle
~~ Only Small Sets ($5-20) are above MSRP
-$12.86 ---------> $13.86
~~Some Lego Sets are BELOW MSRP
- $69.99 -----------> $64.96
-$54.99 -------------> $51.96
~~ Sales are not that great (1-4 months advertised)
-usually just roll-backs*
*mostly 10% off the wal-mart regular price or 15% off MSRP price from my calculation
-on one occasion, when they had a dispute with lego, they have awesome clearance sales !
~~ Selection is sometimes scarce with only 1-5 lego products, but sometimes theres 1/3 of a ONE SIDE aisle if they just stocked up
~~ No LEGO sets above MSRP
~~ Sales are OK (unadvertised, happens randomly 1-3 months)
-15% off ALL LEGO
- good deal if you see the sale plus when its a Super saturday/sunday
sometimes take advantage of Scratch and save (from 10-50% off all items) or their $10 Superbucks off when you spend $50 or more for first 200 customers.
~~ Selection is mostly scarce with only 1-3 lego products, but sometimes theres 1/4 of a ONE SIDE aisle if they just stocked up
~~No Lego Sets above MSRP
~~ Rarely see a sale (unadvertised)
Well heres what I'm seeing so far from my stores . Hope it helps you look for better deals in the future. If you really need a set badly but can't wait for a sale, go to wal-mart. If your waiting for a great deal, try ToysRUs or Sears. For toysrus, there may be sales that may be good to sales that are not too great and may take up to 6 months for a good deal. Sears on the other hand, just wait for those super saturday and sunday and the 15% off and you can save a lot ! Zellers is around the average with general Buy 1 get 1 half price.