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Update: Toys R Us Liquidation Sales Just Started (March 23rd)

The legendary toy store chain is starting its 14-week bankruptcy liquidation process.
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Update March 23, 2018: The TRU liquidation sale has now officially started.

Update March 22, 2018: A Toys R Us spokesperson has told news outlets that today's planned liquidation sale has been "delayed due to unforseen circumstances." We also confirmed that coupons will not be accepted during the liquidation sale.

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According to multiple news outlets, Toys R Us's everything-must-go sale is scheduled to start on March 22nd, with a projected end date of June 2018.

Some of the approximately 700 U.S. stores have already begun offering small discounts, but this is the first time we've heard an actual date for "the big one." For the next 14 weeks or so, all purchases made during the liquidation sale will be final -- choose wisely as the earlier discounts of 20 - 30% may not actually be good deals.

Savvy Slickdeals users are warning about inflated prices during the sale, and also suggesting would-be shoppers to use Slickdeals's site search to verify that products are actually being offered at a historically low price.

Some quotes from our community (anecdotal; not verified by Slickdeals):

mitcham: "One area store employee did confirm that they are in the process of marking up everything in the store prior to the initial 25% discount. So perhaps mid-April there will actually be some discounting worth looking at."

geesevs: "my wife works at one, they aren't adjusting up the prices and also the price match is gone."

kwadguy: "Highly sale-able items are often transferred out of the stores in backend deals before the sale starts, or before larger discounts are applied. Junk merchandise never sold in the stores is often transferred into the stores for the sale. By the time the discounts are good, nothing much of value will be left."

BlackLotus777: "The Lego's still available were on a great sale. I would have bought many had I wished to be poor and not have a viable marriage by bringing in 12 new lego sets. Legos are one of THE top toys - what else would fit your 'backend deals to move out good products'? Electronics maybe? The store by me also had Amiibos, which are toy/electronic hybrids and all were on a good sale (40%). Both of those examples are rarely on such wide sales and we know the actual pricing of most. And they are very sought after toys. And all were on a set % off sale (20-40 was what I saw). I'm in Phoenix, a very large city so not some backwater area that's an exception."

It's the end of an era for those of us that didn't "wanna grow up," but maybe someone like Amazon will swoop in and take over a few of the toy store chain's most successful locations, giving Geoffrey a new lease on life.

Don't forget to use your Toys R Us gift cards and rewards credits before they lose their value forever!

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Toys R Us Store Closure FAQ

Q: Does the Liquidation Sale and Store Closures Include Babies R Us?
A: Yes, all Babies R Us and Toys R Us stores will be closing, but at present time, there are plans for keeping an online presence for Babies R Us.

Q: Can I Still Use My Gift Cards at Either Store?
A: Yes, you have 30 days (as of 3/15/18; reference) to use your Toys R Us gift cards. However, the retailer has the ability to reduce that time window if they want to. To be safe, use it ASAP.

Q: Can I Use a Babies R Us Gift Card at Toys R Us and Vice Versa?
A: Yes, you can use either at both stores.

Q: If I Made a Purchase Before the Liquidation Sale Started, Can I Still Return the Item?
A: Yes, items purchased before the official start of the liquidation sale can be returned. Any purchases made during the liquidation sale are considered final sales and cannot be returned or exchanged.

Q: Can I Still Use My Toys R Us Credit Card?

A: Yes, you can still use your TRU credit card until the stores are closed down, but you will not be able to use any rewards or discounts attached to the card.



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KB Toys announced they want to make a comeback. They should work out a deal with Toys instead of starting from ground zero again.
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The delay of the Liquidation Sale was probably the death of Toys R Us founder Charles Lazarus today Thursday 3/22. RIP
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The delay of the Liquidation Sale was probably the death of Toys R Us founder Charles Lazarus today Thursday 3/22. RIP
Could also have to do with this:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/mo...448314002/
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There is a go fund me fundrasiser to Save Toys R Us brand. By the Isaac Larian, toy manufacturer. Please that a look https://www.gofundme.com/helpsavetoysrus
Looks like a scam. I'm sure Toys R Us will sell the name to the highest bidder, and we'll have a zombie online Toys r Us in no time.
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Anyone can speak on my mileage when it comes to buying a defective toy?

Like a doesn't work out of the box situation.
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Anyone can speak on my mileage when it comes to buying a defective toy?

Like a doesn't work out of the box situation.
After they shutter all the stores, you will have to go to the toy manufacturer for warranty issues.
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The store by me in NYC currently has most items at 10% off and some at 20% off (books). FWIW a cashier told me they would be increasing the discounts every three weeks with the next round starting in 2 weeks.
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I stopped going to Toys R Us years ago because of some of their slimy business practices.
But because of all the hype about the going out of business sale I figures I would stop by and check them out.
I went on Friday.

They had said on the news that the discounts start at 30%, that was a lie.
The Discounts started at 5% going up to 30% with most items at 10%.
I picking out a couple of collectables that were only 10% off that I could buy somewhere else for less money, but I figured "What the hell I'm here.
After waiting in line for a half hour ( there were only 2 people in front of me)
the cashier without saying anything first, started scribbling out the upc with a sharpie.
I said " Wait what the hell are you doing".Mad
She said all sales are final so they were told to ink up the upc codes with sharpies.
I told her the stuff was going to be a present for someone who is a collector and by damaging the boxes she was affecting the value of the product.
She said "If I want to buy the stuff It had to have the ups crossed out.
I then picked up my money and told her Forget it, and I did not want the stuff any longer.
As I started to walk away she said I had to buy the stuff because She had already inked up the UPC symbols.
I said " The store doesn't want to have collectables with inked up boxes"
I guess you know how I feel then, and left.
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I stopped going to Toys R Us years ago because of some of their slimy business practices.
But because of all the hype about the going out of business sale I figures I would stop by and check them out.
I went on Friday.

They had said on the news that the discounts start at 30%, that was a lie.
The Discounts started at 5% going up to 30% with most items at 10%.
I picking out a couple of collectables that were only 10% off that I could buy somewhere else for less money, but I figured "What the hell I'm here.
After waiting in line for a half hour ( there were only 2 people in front of me)
the cashier without saying anything first, started scribbling out the upc with a sharpie.
I said " Wait what the hell are you doing".
She said all sales are final so they were told to ink up the upc codes with sharpies.
I told her the stuff was going to be a present for someone who is a collector and by damaging the boxes she was affecting the value of the product.
She said "If I want to buy the stuff It had to have the ups crossed out.
I then picked up my money and told her Forget it, and I did not want the stuff any longer.
As I started to walk away she said I had to buy the stuff because She had already inked up the UPC symbols.
I said " The store doesn't want to have collectables with inked up boxes"
I guess you know how I feel then, and left.
What a great ending! I'm sorry you couldn't your stuff sharpie free though. Fyi isopropyl alcohol would've removed it.
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What a great ending! I'm sorry you couldn't your stuff sharpie free though. Fyi isopropyl alcohol would've removed it.
It's a cardboard box. If you want to surgically wipr the box you might get away without damage, but if this was say a Funko Pop vinyl or similar I have seen straight humidity damage those boxes. Nice tip FWIW.
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I stopped going to Toys R Us years ago because of some of their slimy business practices.
But because of all the hype about the going out of business sale I figures I would stop by and check them out.
I went on Friday.

They had said on the news that the discounts start at 30%, that was a lie.
The Discounts started at 5% going up to 30% with most items at 10%.
I picking out a couple of collectables that were only 10% off that I could buy somewhere else for less money, but I figured "What the hell I'm here.
After waiting in line for a half hour ( there were only 2 people in front of me)
the cashier without saying anything first, started scribbling out the upc with a sharpie.
I said " Wait what the hell are you doing".
She said all sales are final so they were told to ink up the upc codes with sharpies.
I told her the stuff was going to be a present for someone who is a collector and by damaging the boxes she was affecting the value of the product.
She said "If I want to buy the stuff It had to have the ups crossed out.
I then picked up my money and told her Forget it, and I did not want the stuff any longer.
As I started to walk away she said I had to buy the stuff because She had already inked up the UPC symbols.
I said " The store doesn't want to have collectables with inked up boxes"
I guess you know how I feel then, and left.
This should be in a movie.
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This should be in a movie.
Well it does remind me of that scene in Seinfeld a little - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRh1CMC3OVw​
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The sales are total garbage. The Lego stuff and anything else worth a shit that kids actually want isn't on sale.
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