This week, I'm writing about one of my family's favorites (yours, too?): Lego! See the other posts in the series.
Lego sales are so infrequent that I usually highlight them here on MoneywiseMoms with their own post. When you become an “investor,” it’s good to know when and how to find deals on Lego throughout the year. One note to keep in mind is that the trademarked sets (Star Wars, Spongebob, etc.) cost more than the Lego sets (City, Space Police, etc.) because you're paying for the name. My son understands that and it's often a factor in how he spends his saved-up-allowance.
I've been tracking the sales over the past two years, and here's what I've learned:
- Toys R Us offers the best sale regularly: Buy 1, Get 1 Half Off, and they do it several times a year (including November, so expect it for this holiday season). Generally, the prices at TRU are higher on the same sets sold at Target or Walmart, but the selection is five times better. The Buy 1, Get 1 Half Off sale beats the regular Target/Walmart prices, and I’ve often purchased sets just to sock the 50% one away for later birthdays or holiday gifts.
- Amazon's Lego Store. The prices at Amazon can be a little confusing; sometimes, their “regular” price for a set is a little less than the standard price. Other times, a super-high price is listed because you can only buy the set through a third-party seller like a hobby store. It's true that you can find rare and hard-to-find sets that way, but be careful of the price mark-ups. On the other hand, you can use Swagbucks and shop Amazon for FREE. Last year, they had a few decent markdowns on sets (including the 3-in-1 house above) just before the holidays, so I plan to alert you to those types of deals.
- Target and Walmart offers a smaller selection of Lego at lower prices than hobby stores, Lego Stores, or Toys R Us. This is often where we head when my son saves up his allowance and wants to purchase a set himself. Target has even offered some sale prices and coupons over the past year on specific sets.
- Lego Store and Lego.com offers the best selection (particularly online), but their prices are usually higher than the other stores, and shipping at Lego.com can kill the deal on a low-priced set. I’ve set up an alert for myself at Slickdeals that emails me whenever there’s a deal posted for Lego.com, and they'll have an occasional price drop on certain sets. Free shipping generally starts at $75+.
Basically, shopping for Lego is like shopping for groceries. There's no ONE store that's the best for selection or price. By keeping an eye out for deals, you can save while shopping for Lego. For another great way to buy Lego at a discount, come back tomorrow…
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