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just been in my local norwich sainsbury's and they have for sale the micro scalextric alpha 156 set, reduced from £79.99 to £29.99
 

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Nice spot. I've seen this set for £40 in Sainsburys website. Shame they don't stock it in my local store, especially with Sainsbury's half price toy sale last week.

These look to be repaints of the Alfa from the Quantum of Solace set. Now they've done every variation of the DBS they're moving on!

Tesco have a set down to £40 to £80 which seems to be an exclusive, like the Sainsburys one. Although I don't recall seeing either of these sets selling for £80 ever... Even new sets on Scalextric's site only start at at the £40-50 mark for non-licensed sets so I'm not quite sure of the legality of the their 'huge savings' claims.
 

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Retailers "Huge Savings" claims have always been false.

I used to work for a department store many years ago. In Oct/Nov we would start to get January sale stock in. The items were bought specifically cheaply for the sale.

This is how it went ,order placed in summer for a shirt costing £5.00 from the manufacturer. Our buyer decides its good sale stock at £10.00, but because they arrive early enough, they get marked up at £20.00 (previous price must have been on display for 28 days) but (this was in the days before computerised tills) on the rear of the ticket was a code in letters which told the store staff what to reduce it to for the sale.
If the we sold a few at the full price before Xmas that was a bonus, which we could use to mark the remander down to £2.50 for the last week of the sale, effectively clearing out the last of that stock. Happy days!!

Now they dont even bother with the 28 day rule, DFS advertise "after sale price", like there will be any left after!

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i've never seen them before in my local sainsburys, but i'm glad i did. ideal xmas present for my nephew
 

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QUOTE (skoda boy @ 3 Nov 2011, 22:24) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>just been in my local norwich sainsbury's and they have for sale the micro scalextric alpha 156 set, reduced from £79.99 to £29.99
These sets have never been £79.99

When have anyone ever seen a Micro set for then £50?!
£29.99 has always been the correct price, it's a legal way of false advertising imo, the supermarkets do it, and so does Modelzone.
QUOTE (skoda boy @ 4 Nov 2011, 18:05) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>i've never seen them before in my local sainsburys, but i'm glad i did. ideal xmas present for my nephew
Support your local model shop...?
 

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i for 1 in these hard times will shop where i like, if the supper market is cheeper than my local model shop, i'll save my pennies and use the super market
 

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Have you checked your local model shop?
My point is, it would have been the same price elsewhere, without trying to kid you it 'was' twice the price, and you buying into it
 

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Sad thing is the manufacturers are doing just as much damage to local model shops. I believe the Sainsburys set (as with the Tesco one) are store exclusives. Micro Scalextric also currently have exclusive Cars 2 sets with Toys R Us and Argos. And don't forget every other set used to be a Woolworths exclusive.

You can't blame everything on consumers' buying habits.
 

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QUOTE (diesel @ 6 Nov 2011, 23:05) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Sad thing is the manufacturers are doing just as much damage to local model shops. I believe the Sainsburys set (as with the Tesco one) are store exclusives. Micro Scalextric also currently have exclusive Cars 2 sets with Toys R Us and Argos. And don't forget every other set used to be a Woolworths exclusive.
You're right, just tell Scalextric marketing that.

QUOTE (diesel @ 6 Nov 2011, 23:05) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>You can't blame everything on consumers' buying habits.

Scalextric want the supermarkets to sell their sets because people shop there rather than the local shops, and there is greater exposure.
More is available from the supermarkets, so people shop there more.
Said public then moan about the lack of local shops.
It's catch 22 really.
 
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