Saw some new clearance items at the local Wally World:
4191 Captain's Cabin $6 4192 Fountain of Youth $10 4182 The Cannibal Escape $20
8097 Slave I $59 8095 General Grevious Starfighter $39 (or $29 I forget).
7942 Off Road Fire Rescue $6 Magikus $3 Smallest Atlantis set $3 Duplo Alphabet $15
The weird part was they had a whole mess of the new castle sets (Blacksmith Attack, etc.) and some others on the end cap with the big red clearance price stickers on them but they were the regular prices and scanned as regular price. Seems like they were trying to trick people that they were discounted since there was such a high quantity and it was in the clearance section of the store.
I'm not even going to look. I'm going to break the punishing habit, as I have learned by now that my area stores NEVER have any interesting LEGO on Clearance, and Wal-mart isn't exactly on my way anywhere, unlike Target (where I will still probably torture myself looking for Clearance items that will never be on Clearance here).
Ever since my local WMs were remodeled (and in one case, moved to an entirely new store) the LEGO section has gone from decent sized to miniscule. Plus, they don't even seem to carry the entire range of sets anymore. So, I'm not going to bother to look either.
Found some Lego in a local Walmart's "Clearance" section today. Some of their fantastic deals?
Hogwart's Castle $129 General Grievous' Starfighter $49 The Burrow $59 Plo Koon's Fighter $24 Wampa Attack $39 Pharaoh's Quest Pyramid $99 Hagrid's Hut $39
Yep, those are the regular prices, but they all had the little red clearance stickers on them and were in an aisle with huge "CLEARANCE" banners. I asked the department manager about it and was told there are two types of clearance: clearance that is discounted and clearance that they want to clear out. I mentioned that it looked like they were trying to trick people into thinking these items were being sold for less than the original price without actually discounting them. He repeated his explanation about the two types of clearance and walked away.
If I was in a bad mood at the time, I would have asked to talk to a manager, and told them that they were engaging in deceptive practices. It wouldn't do a lick of good, but sometimes I'm just in the mood to argue about stupid stuff. If they have two kinds of clearances, then I guess they should distinguish them somehow, shouldn't they?
I checked everything else out (SW, HP, etc). but only the above items were discounted and they had a ton of each except for the MW JSF. Especially a lot of Freeco Speeders (about 30 or so). I have no idea why only some and not all of the older sets were being clearanced. Maybe some were designated as Christmas specials.
I also noticed all their Hasbro SW figures were half off. At least the regular ones. I didn't check the vintage line.
I found a number of excellent deals at Walmart as well. They were in the regular aisle and weren't marked as clearance, but they all scanned at 50% off. I checked pretty much every set on the aisle that I thought were clearance candidates. No POTC sets were on clearance. All Pharaohs Quest and Kingdom's sets were 50%, as were Slave I, Plo Koons Starfighter, Mace Windu's Starfighter, Hoth Rebel and Snowtrooper Battlepacks.
Found all kingdoms half off, all of the star wars sets listed above plus tri fighter, freeco speeder and plo koon fighter for 12.xx. Most of the ninjago was half off including garmadon fortress, the fire temple and the blacksmith shop was half off the promo 15 down to 7.50. There are some leftovers from last year like millennium falcon midi scale, fire and police boat for 19.00. Price drops and selection are the same at all stores in my area. Haven't found anything weird anywhere.
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