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1 hour ago, Brickerbrack said:

It would also seem to indicate that TLG allowed the sale.

 

1 hour ago, exciter1 said:

B&N will be out of business in a few years, so they don't care.

I think that Lego either agreed to this or are unaware. I think B&N will run themselves out of business for other reasons on their own. Strangely enough that they don't want to allow Architecture discounts & have expanded the coupon exclusion list to include (what I believe is every Architecture set ever created):


0673419159692 LEGO 2011 BRANDENBURG GATE
0673419160100 LEGO 2011 EMPIRE STATE BLDG
0673419160131 LEGO 2011 FALLINGWATER
0673419159678 LEGO 2011 FARNSWORTH HOUSE
0673419160124 LEGO 2011 GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
0673419159685 LEGO 2011 ROBIE HOUSE
0673419160155 LEGO 2011 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA
0673419160162 LEGO 2011 SEARS TOWER
0673419160117 LEGO 2011 SEATTLE SPACE NEEDLE
0673419160148 LEGO 2011 WHITE HOUSE
0673419247030 LEGO ARCH 2016 BURJ KHALIFA
0673419168380 LEGO ARCH BIG BEN
9780594504238 LEGO ARCH DISPLAY
0673419190510 LEGO ARCH EIFFEL TOWER
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0673419132466 LEGO ARCH FALLINGWATER
0673419232180 LEGO ARCH FLAT IRON
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0673419168410 LEGO ARCH LEANING TOWER PISA
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9780594657392 LEGO ARCH STUDIO KIT
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0673419168373 LEGO ARCH SYDNEY OPERA

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Just now, dcdfan said:

 

I think that Lego either agreed to this or are unaware. I think B&N will run themselves out of business for other reasons on their own. Strangely enough that they have expanded the coupon exclusion list to include (what I believe is every Architecture set ever created):

 

Well, they aren't concerned with selling LEGO or other toys as their primary business.  Just being in the book business is a dangerous proposition for any company.  I'd like to know what percentage of business books are to Amazon these days?

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47 minutes ago, dcdfan said:

 

I think that Lego either agreed to this or are unaware. I think B&N will run themselves out of business for other reasons on their own. Strangely enough that they don't want to allow Architecture discounts & have expanded the coupon exclusion list to include (what I believe is every Architecture set ever created):


 

Well that solves that. Was going to sign up for a membership this year, but won't now that my go to Arch set supplier won't take coupons.

 

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Just now, pstebbing said:

Well that solves that. Was going to sign up for a membership this year, but won't now that my go to Arch set supplier won't take coupons.

 

I'd bet money that they change this as sales with those coupons will take a hit...

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22 hours ago, Darth_Raichu said:

Their loyalty used to be divided among the bookstrores.  Now BN is pretty much the only place to go.

THIS.

There might be enough people who love the tactile experience of touching a real book, and reading in a physical store, with good coffee, and perusing actual magazines to support ONE business. It was the several competitors that couldn't share those few cavemen.

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On 3/8/2016 at 10:30 AM, legogregors said:

Don't forget the membership they pay for so that they can overpay for books.   

I strongly disagree with all this B&N trashing.  Can't remember the last time I bought a book from Amazon, not a Prime member.  I pay $25 for a B&N membership, get my books from them online (not in store), for 20% less than Amazon because of the regular B&N coupons, and shipped to me in 2-3 days free.  All Amazon has done lately is add tax in more states, raised the threshold for free shipping, and raised Prime costs over the years.

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8 minutes ago, JimboJet said:

I strongly disagree with all this B&N trashing.  Can't remember the last time I bought a book from Amazon, not a Prime member.  I pay $25 for a B&N membership, get my books from them online (not in store), for 20% less than Amazon because of the regular B&N coupons, and shipped to me in 2-3 days free.  All Amazon has done lately is add tax in more states, raised the threshold for free shipping, and raised Prime costs over the years.

Agreed. I hope they stick around because it'll be a sad day when Amazon has a complete monopoly in book retail. Just because they don't want to be Kmart and give away Lego doesn't mean that they suck. Well duh. We'd fleece them for every penny if given the opportunity. I don't think selling Lego for 30-100% off is a profitable strategy.

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My Barnes and nobles does things Amazon can't. They have reading clubs, school science fairs, tech shows and other cool events. We have had a batman comic day with costumes, Lego building contests, and cupcake decorating and did a similar thing for frozen movie day.

my kids and I love it and we totally buy books from a place that we enjoy and have fun events at. I actually avoid Amazon books as I feel like if my Barnes and noble goes away we will have to find something else to do on rainy or snowy weekends.

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2 minutes ago, tjj1984 said:

What's the context for this exchange? Is there a way to tell the original source when a discussion gets moved to its own thread?

I think folks were complaining about B&N, struggling franchise, why are they alienating customers with coupon restrictions (LEGO buyers)?, etc.

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35 minutes ago, tjj1984 said:

Bowel Movement bookstore? Now there's an idea! Buy a book and have a seat! The return policy could be dicey though.

Costanza couldn't return that book after it entered the bathroom...at any of the Brentano's in the city....def dicey. 

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