The kids and I had finished our early dinner and were heading to the mall to walk it off and perhaps get an ice-cream. The big yellow sign of indicating the store was closing did its job and caught my attention. I was in the turning lane before I could finish reading because I know what that meant. My head had did the math and came up with: Toys R Us + closing sales = possible cheap games!
We all go inside in attack formation, ready to pounce on any must haves. Everything was at least 10% off with other items much more then that. 10% may not seem like enough to inspire an impulse buy, but if you consider buying something you were going to get anyway, and with the big video game holiday coming up (more in a later post) then some good deals can be found. If you go make sure and use the scanners to check the real price of items as they are most likely incorrect. For example, I was considering two video games that were marked $19.99 each, one scanned at $8.98 and the other at $13.45 after discount was taken. They even had all video game accessories (controllers, carrying cases, etc.) for 30% off, even on Xbox 360 items! OH SNAP! I may go back to buy some things in anticipation of my tax refund when I will be able to afford the greatness that is known as the Xbox 360, hehe. But what was this all about? I had heard for a couple of years that they were closing but put it off as rival retailer gossip. On May 18th of 2005, cnnmoney.com ran a story about a third of the stores were projected to be closed. That was roughly eight months ago, so looking into the matter a bit more I found the following:
January 7, 2006
Toys "R" Us yesterday said it will close three Long Island locations this spring, along with an additional 70 stores around the country, as part of an effort to streamline the company in the face of stiff competition from Wal-Mart, Target and a slew of other retailers.
Story located here.
It is sad that it is closing as that will mean people will lose their jobs that cant be relocated (if that even is an option) but I can see why the decision was made for this store. Personally, I rarely shopped there for various reasons, one was because of price as they were either the same or higher as other retailers. Another was it was just a really run down store. How many of you had gone there after a storm and they had the little kiddy pools set out to catch the water that was dripping in? That was just ridiculous and projected a very negative image of the store.
I do recommend checking it out as there are some good buys for deal hunters. Also, there are no discounts on game systems, formula, or diapers. Not that I would need the second and third but just thought Id let you know in case you had the need for those.
*Note, I asked when the sale was over / when they were closing. April 1st was the answer, quite a long way away but to get the deals on the best stuff you shouldn't wait till the last minute.