Thursday, July 16, 2009

Episode 716

Read the comic here. And remember to read Vader's lines in your best James Earl Jones voice.

This strip was already horribly talkly, so I left out my rant about TRU marking up all their sets 10% over standard market prices.

So, in the end, Chrome Vader probably ran me nearly what it would have cost to just buy him off eBay or Bricklink. But then I wouldn't have had a story to tell.

Thanks again to Jude who, though still recovering from the Swine Flu, was willing to schelp to TRU for me, then argue with the managers to try and get my figure for the advertised price. (I had tried for three 9.99 battle packs. The .03p shortfall prevented TRU's computer systems from spitting out the coupon for the Vader - and the even the manager wouldn't/couldn't override it. She ended up having to buy a me battle tank.)

Of course, I'm not done ranting in-strip *just* yet.

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Blogger Ben said...

nice plan!
i want one now...

July 16, 2009 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Louise said...

A large multinational corporation advertsing one thing but delivering another in an attempt to squeeze even more money out of its customers? I'm shocked, SHOCKED I tell ya'!

At least the staff in the TRU your friend went to knew about the offer - some of my fellow Brits had to actually point it out to them.

July 16, 2009 10:18 AM  
Blogger dennis said...

TRU makes the Dark Side look like the Campfire Scouts. Keep ranting, I'm lovin' it (eewwww, that's a shameless corporate slogan).

July 16, 2009 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Crazy X said...

so expensive, but yet so shiny!

July 16, 2009 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Dave Rapp said...

No offense, but if you didn't expect TRU to refuse to accept $29.97 as being the same as $30, that's your own fault.

July 16, 2009 2:48 PM  
Blogger Christopher Doyle said...


I was more grousing that the minimum combo was 30%+ more than what was advertised.

But, yeah, shame on me for expecting TRU to be reasonable... *rolls eyes*

July 16, 2009 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Dave Rapp said...

That's probably just a product of them failing to do the math. If all they were trying to do was get more money out of your pocket, they could have just set the advertised price as $100. You know LEGO fans would happily pay that much for a collectible.

July 16, 2009 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Flamero said...

Doyle! Did it actually cost 70,000?

July 17, 2009 1:41 AM  
Blogger Christopher Doyle said...


(Of course not. The final cost was probably close to $50 if you subtract out the value of the brick purchased along with him.)

July 17, 2009 4:14 AM  
Blogger Great escaper said...

Jude should have gone to Tesco, I noticed Lego was relativly cheap there,then again, I doubt they would have sold the Chrome vader though.

July 17, 2009 11:26 AM  

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