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LEGO TECHNIC: Bucket Wheel Excavator (42055) at IWOOT $174.99 w/ Free Shipping

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LEGO TECHNIC: Bucket Wheel Excavator [iwantoneofthose.com] (Model #42055) $174.99 w/ Free Shipping

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Why it says $211? Am I missing something?

now ok 😵
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They are shipped in the original LEGO
box wrapped with black plastic wrap. Upon arrival the box is usually not in a good shape.
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And they ship from the UK .. I can't imagine a Lego box being plastic wrapped and shipped within the US, much less worldwide.
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May be with the risk if the WELCOME20 coupon works to drop it to $140.
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May be with the risk if the WELCOME20 coupon works to drop it to $140.
Got another?

"The discount code you entered is invalid or not applicable to the contents of your basket."
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Got another?

"The discount code you entered is invalid or not applicable to the contents of your basket."
Nope. I guess they excluded it, rightfully so.
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They got the Chiron cheap 😱😱https://m.iwantoneofthose.com/toys-lego/lego-technic-bugatti-chiron-supercar-42083/11733183.html?switchcurrency=USD&shippingcountry=US
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Are they legit? Anyone brought from them before?
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And they ship from the UK .. I can't imagine a Lego box being plastic wrapped and shipped within the US, much less worldwide.
I just tried to pick this set up from target today and the box was so bad they ran packing tape all around it. I hate when they ship in the original box, it never ends well. I'm gonna hope it ends up in the clearance section.
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FYI - back 3-4 years ago when we had all the Amazon.co.uk deals (before the Lego Group shut them down) I ordered roughly a dozen different sets. They were in regular boxes, though they were not well packed, i.e. a solid layer of bubble-wrap taped around them was NOT there, just inadequate Air packet strips. Even then all but one box arrived in decent shape - though that one box was pretty badly mangled (but it was a present for my five year old then, so the box was not that big a thing).

BUT while the sets inside the boxes were in pretty good shape, the packing boxes had a lot of dings and small rips, to the point I took photos before opening them. Turned out not to be a problem - but if these are just wrapped in black plastic, if the handling is the same at least half of them will arrive obviously damaged. Hope this helps someone.
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They got the Chiron cheap 😱😱https://m.iwantoneofthose.com/toy...country=US
it was 211, now it is 299.
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FYI - back 3-4 years ago when we had all the Amazon.co.uk deals (before the Lego Group shut them down) (...).
So is it "official" that it was Lego Group deliberately blocking shipments of Lego sets from European online stores to the US? If so, I will be really upset and my belief in Lego fairy might finally vanish Confused

I spent countless hours back then writing emails and making calls to both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.fr and I NEVER got anywhere from stupid generic replies like "Hm... yeah, I see, toys are not excluded... but even though it doesn't work... hm... I'll try to escalate it"
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So is it "official" that it was Lego Group deliberately blocking shipments of Lego sets from European online stores to the US? If so, I will be really upset and my belief in Lego fairy might finally vanish Confused

I spent countless hours back then writing emails and making calls to both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.fr and I NEVER got anywhere from stupid generic replies like "Hm... yeah, I see, toys are not excluded... but even though it doesn't work... hm... I'll try to escalate it"
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So is it "official" that it was Lego Group deliberately blocking shipments of Lego sets from European online stores to the US? If so, I will be really upset and my belief in Lego fairy might finally vanish Confused

I spent countless hours back then writing emails and making calls to both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.fr and I NEVER got anywhere from stupid generic replies like "Hm... yeah, I see, toys are not excluded... but even though it doesn't work... hm... I'll try to escalate it"
Actually I finally figured this out as I escalated it up the levels. There's a UK site that keeps track of the escalating levels of people in the corporation, and they help you connect. You sign up through their site. This is good, and bad, for those of us in the states. I assume it exists due to some sort of UK consumer protection regulations.

Now I'm doing this purely from memory, I've archived all this on data back-ups because, well, it's a dead end. I posted on this once before when it was fresher on my mind, so if I make a mistake here or there, my apologies.

First, I tried to contact several of the alternate brick companies (versus pirate like Lepin) which were listed under their company name, i.e. an Ausini product sold by Ausini. I believe Ausini was the only one that responded, and they explained they wouldn't ship to the US via Amazon UK because their shipping allowance that Amazon permitted them made it a money loser. He did invite me to order from eBay UK, but the shipping was absurdly high. I got the Lion castle from AliExpress instead, and was very happy with it.

So I tried checking on shipping alternatives. There are VERY few companies that ship pallets via containers, and the rates are ridiculously high compared to what you can get via Alibaba. Then you have to get your pallet freight forwarded to your local freight pickup point. If you are not doing this i.e. a dealer, the costs make this useless. I also had two air freight hubs nearby, both the main UPS Air Freight hub in Louisville and the DHL hub since closed in Cincinnati. Again, no breaks for anything under a pallet.

So now I'm ready to complain to Amazon UK. I start working my up, asking why they cannot. It cannot be freight, because the rates are set by Amazon UK itself and they could easily adjust them if they chose to. As a final note, even though the shipping is high they will ship Cobi (it's cheaper to get them in the US). Cobi has bricks made in the EU, and they have commerce protections via EU regulations. So they are still getting shipped. Think about it.

At one level they made excuse about import duties, but the only time I caught those was with an Amazon.de order which included the Lego Robotics set and it was only a few dollars. Sure enough, depending on you categorize it, items like Lego have no import duties. I responded with links to both the appropriate US customs website, plus a second link from the Pitney-Bowes business services import duties site, with one free calculation a month showing again, no duties for one category of toys and the only other possible category a small import duty after $500, which is obviously what Amazon.de had done with my big order just to be safe.

The Amazon UK folks REALLY didn't like this. So now they started claiming they couldn't do anything for me because the email via the Complaint Company didn't match my account email. I made the point that was required to pursue it through them, and that using my Amazon account and my email on that had resulted in zero responses. By then I was at some operational level, was ignored when I responded to the email dodge, and wrote an email dotting the eyes and crossing the tees to the VP. The Consumer Complaint company required you to go through multiple levels before you would have your complaint routed to someone at that level, and I'd spend months jumping through the hoops.

My complaint started off noting I understand rules on grey market goods are enforceable (not completely true, but sort of), and that if The Lego Group required this of them, that's fine and that nobody would have a problem, just be straight forward about it. It then reviewed all the other previous emails, showing that their usual excuses, were absurd. He didn't even give me the courtesy of the email runaround, and simply ignored it. I gave up at that point.

So I don't know that is why they did it, but I do know the following:

1) in the US The Lego Group has filed a for a EU 3D trademark for their iconic Lego Figure. Note they had a patent and it has expired decades ago. We have a fair degree of reciprocity with the EU on IP, not so much with China. The sets Amazon UK now does not ship to the US all had minifigs in them, as best I could determine.
COBI figures are weird and strange looking, and could not in any way be seen as violating The LEGO Group IP.

Amazon UK does this structurally with their shipping charges, but does not do it to the only brick set with figures where the EU could, and would, give them a slap on the wrist (blocking toys from another EU member). Actually a slap on the balance sheet. So we get those shipped. Draw your own conclusions.

2) Import duties are inconsequential at most, and non-existent below a certain threshold, probably somewhere around $500.

3) Amazon UK stopped shipping LEGO. They DO ship the COBI, even though they sell them in both the UK and US. So it's not a "we don't self-compete" issue, as they still do that with COBI.

4) The only other player in this game is LEGO. Manufacturers have a fair degree of power to control the conditions under which their goods are sold. So none of the other scenarios are consistent, and if there is one thing we here at SD have learned, Amazon will use every trick in the book to make money.

Yet they gave it up. That implies a fish big enough to make even Amazon to back down. Disney has that kind of muscle, and especially in Europe so does The LEGO Group (note the European Commission will almost always side with an EU company over a US company - just because I loathe Trump doesn't mean I cannot admit when he is right). Draw you own conclusions, but IMHO backed by lots of circumstantial evidence - yeah, The LEGO Group shut it down. Mad
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And they ship from the UK .. I can't imagine a Lego box being plastic wrapped and shipped within the US, much less worldwide.
I ordered one two weeks ago and it arrived with damaged box, you could try your luck
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