deco_droid wrote:Wow, looks like Target is learning some "rip off the customer tricks" from the always EEEE-vil ToysRUs. Example -- Maul's Infiltrator is on sale for $46.55, which is down from the regular price of ---- oh, what's this, $48.99??? Gee, that's odd... I seem to recall a retail price of $69.99. So, hmmm, when I use my Target Redcard to get the extra 5% off, I'm only getting 5% off of $48.99 instead of 5% off $69.99.
There's several others -- the T-6 shuttle shows $39.89 from $41.99, instead of $59.99. the Podracer set sale is $66.50 from $69.99, instead of 89.99. Etc, etc...
How are they playing with pricing? They have a "regular" price that is typically lower than msrp, in some cases $20 dollars lower! It's simply been marked down permanently and mind you that's pretty much on Target online only. Remember they paid a price for these that was based off msrp. Go to a Lego Store and tell me how much the T-6 Shuttle and the Infiltrator are? So Target runs a sale, you can't be angry when they are lowering their already low price even lower!
BTW, when you use your redcard, you still save an extra 5%. It's off the 46.55 sale price instead of the 48.99 Target "regular" price which is already bumped down from 69.99 msrp.
I don't mind if TRU, whom I continue to defend as the only free standing toy store in the US, marks up a set. 2-3 dollars from msrp, even 10 on the large ones isn't the worst thing in the world. What they've been doing during the holidays and sales weeks, however, is unacceptable.
My other gripes about TRU:
The inconsistency of what's excluded and how their site doesn't include items clearly not excluded.
The lack of stock on items during sales.
The lack of promotional items during sales.
I couldn't even get the $25 off $100 to work in store yesterday. The employees are so inept. Get this, the in store shelf hangers clearly stated that technic and regular
priced sets were excluded! Basically meaning you could only take the $25 off $100 of sale priced sets!
Marking up items and running a sale to bring them back down to msrp may border on illegality. I recall this tactic from kbtoys when they used to print price stickers with an original price and then a red slash marked through and new price in red. I also recall a lawsuit against them which they lost.