Weekly Roundup Special: Toys R Us preorder for Harry Potter 2: $12.99 total!!

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  1. David Lambert

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    "Ravenous" tells me this:

     
  2. Qui-Gon John

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    Unless they do like Blockbuster did on LotR, with the card, they actually reserved you the version DVD/VHS and FS/WS that you wanted. I might look into this, will decide by Friday, I'm off and there is a TRU not too far from home.
     
  3. Mike Frezon

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    Yeah. I'd be careful. I very carefully did a WS Star Wars pre-order at TRU only to show up for the pick-up and be told they only had P&S show up at the store! [​IMG] After insisting that I specifically wanted and ordered WS, the manager miraculously went into a backroom and found one for me! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I will probably give this a try--again--since the first time did work out--barely. [​IMG]

    EDIT:
    Just went and dug out my TRU flyer from the Sunday paper. They say:

    VHS - Save $4
    VHS 720278
    VHS - Spanish 720324
    Reg. $16.99 each

    DVD - Save $10
    DVD 720286
    DVD - Widescreen 720316
    Reg. $22.99 each

    Also: Limit one per customer. No coupon needed. While supplies last. Offer not available on-line.
     
  4. John Berggren

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    I need to decide if I should get this. I have a feeling we might be seeing $9.99 at Walmart again, but $12.99 is such a great price....

    That week is going to be rough too, with Miyazaki titles.
     
  5. Dave Danek

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    I did the pre-order yesterday and the slip I have shows WDVD (which should mean widescreen DVD) and the SKU 72-0316 which corresponds to the ad for the WS version. But as has been pointed out, let's see what stock they get. . .

    dd
     
  6. ErickM

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    I was assured by the TRU rep that my copy would be the widescreen version. So maybe they've learned their lesson from previous disasters. ....then again, guess I will know for sure once I have it in my hands.
     
  7. Mike Frezon

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    Dropped by my TRU tonight to make sure I got in on the deal. I pre-ordered mine with the store manager. I told her about my close call with the Star Wars pre-order. She gave me the impression they'd be getting tons of both WS and FS HP&CoS in-store.

    I also asked her how the pre-orders worked...that is, if the pre-order locked us in at the $12.99 price, what was their regular price going to be? Even though the flyer quotes a "regular" price of $22.99 (see my post above), she said they'd be selling the DVDs for $19.99 and that the $12.99 deal was definitely over today.

    Don't know what other stores will be selling the title for, but this ploy will certainly keep anyone from price-matching TRU's $12.99 price, wouldn't it?!?!
     
  8. Qui-Gon John

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    I did my pre-order yesterday as well. I asked if by some chance they don't have my WS copy, can I get a refund and they said sure. I also asked if another store has it for less will they price match and if not could I get a refund and buy it at the other store and they said yes to that as well.
     
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    Was that a "yes" to (they will price match?) or was that a "yes" to (they will give you a refund to buy it somewhere else)?
     
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    Basically I think it was a "well we should price match it, but even if we don't, you can definitely get a refund and buy it at the other place".
     
  11. Dick White

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    My wife went in to take advantage of this deal and the local store told her the price was $5 plus $12.99. She didn't have the flyer with her to prove what it said so we won't be buying at TRU.[​IMG]
     
  12. Dave H

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    I would definitely wait on this one folks. I am sure someone else will have this for less than $12.99. As long as you get do a return or get your money back from Toys R Us, I guess it doesn't matter. But, I think $9.99 is a reality again for Potter.
     
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    Yep, that's what I figured. Not a bad way to lock in $12.99 as a max, and then still have a chance to get it for less, if things work out.
     
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    I had a bad experience last time with TRU. I am with Dave H on this one, this will be a loss leader for someone (Compusa?). Preordered at Blockbuster who will pricematch with no hassle.
     
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    Just bringing back to the top as we should see things in this Sunday's paper. I'll be printing out or taking the best deal with me to Blockbuster for a price match.
     
  18. David Lambert

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    Guys, without naming names, so far it looks like the best deal was this Toys R Us preorder thing. Next best deal seems to be in the over-$14.00 range. Of course, there are still 3-4 parties I've yet to hear from, but only one of them a regular part of my Roundups these days.
     
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    I think I'll be better off with the other places considering the hassle that TRU was the last time.

    It might just be worth the $14.99 price point to buy at some other place.

    Just a thought.

    Glen
     
  20. David Lambert

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    Here's the preliminary workup on HP2-tCoS:

    [c]
    Retail__Price
    WalMart$14.24
    CrcCity$14.99
    Target_$14.99
    BestBuy$15.99
    SamsClb$17.02
    Amazon_$17.86
    CostCo_$18.99
    Borders$26.99
    CompUSA$_"HP"
    Frys___$_N/A_
    K-Mart_$_N/A_
    ToysRUs$_N/A_
    [/c]



    Note that "$_N/A_" means that the price is not available at this time, either from their advertising or from website info.

    Since this is a Friday, April 11th release, many stores may not promote it until the end of the week, or even next week.

    Toys R Us mentions it on the cover of their Pre-Easter Sale flyer, but I can't find a price. I imagine that the $19.99 stated above is the right ballpark...but anyone who got the $12.99 pre-order from them got the best deal, from what I can see.

    CompUSA - who had the winning price with the first Harry Potter DVD at under ten dollars - is careful just to say "Hot Price" this time. No idea what it will be. But it might be cheap, as this is splashed all over most of a page in their flyer.

    K-Mart is an odd sort, with sale prices on television units showing Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the screen-picture of the TVs, but no ad for the video itself! [​IMG]

    Frys will probably have a separate ad late this week that has HP in it.

    The Wal-Mart price you see is what I expect my store's local price to be, based on their price-match formula (Target and Circuit City prices minus 5%)...each Wal-Mart varies. Experience proves that this is the ballpark most folks will see it in; it may even be lower at your store. YMMV; no guarantees.


    All of this will be repeated at the end of the Weekly Roundup that I post this afternoon, in case it was missed here.
     

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