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B&N Red Dot $2 Clearance Has Begun!


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Be specific when posting, noting the store location and exact titles spotted.
(Was it the Fluxx/Game of Thrones board game or card game? Dominion base game or Dark Ages?)


Memory is fallible, snap pics. Only takes one false report to send people all across the country on a wild goose chase price checking that game you may have spotted. Plus posted pictures keep the thread visually interesting (and incite fits of envy).

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Remember, the main purpose of this thread isn't bragging but sharing information that can be helpful to fellow geeks. If you bought something that is not yet in this first post that is definitely important news but otherwise the most helpful info isn't what you bought but what is still available!

So if you do decide to boast about your haul please be sure to also make note of what was still there when you left. Best way to do share it is as a list with one game per line like this:

3 x Roll for the Galaxy
2 x Castles of Mad King Ludwig
4 x Five Tribes

Which is much easier to parse when skimming than "three copies of RftG, two copies of Ludwig and a bunch of Five Tribes." buried in a large paragraph.


Confirmed Clearance Items* (items that are not just single location exceptions):


7 Wonders: Babel
7 Wonders: Cities
7 Wonders: Leaders
Avalam
Axis & Allies 1941 (most but not all locations)
Balderdash
Battletech Introductory Box Set
Camel Up
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Dungeon!
Dungeon Roll
Eight Minute Empire Legends
Firefly Blue Sun
Five Tribes
Fluxx (Zombie, Monty Python, and Star)
Lewis & Clark: The Expedition
Mega Man
Munchkin Legends Deluxe
Munchkin Pathfinder
PACG: Wrath of the Righteous (and expansions)
Pretty Pretty Smash Up
Rattlebones
Roll for the Galaxy
Specter Ops
Stone Age
Tragedy Looper
Walking Dead Best Defense
Wonky
X-Files The Board Game


Confirmed clearance items should scan at the sale price regardless of where they are found in the store. It's common for a few items to linger on shelves that should have been placed in the clearance bins. If an item on this list does not scan at the discounted price be sure to post and I will downgrade it to the unconfirmed list below.

Will regularly update this first post with new confirmed clearance items (those with sightings from multiple members) so that you don't have to dig through the thread once it starts sprawling.


YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) List:

The following are not on clearance nationwide but have been reported at selected locations:

IOTA
Machi Koro
Pictomania
Qwirkle
Star Wars Armada (and expansions)
Star Wars Imperial Assault
Star Wars X-Wing Minautures (list with links here)
Various UltraPro Card Sleeves





Commercial, party, and non-designer games also sighted:
Adventure Time Bowling
Alias (Dice and Family)
Apples to Apples Junior
Back to the Future Yahtzee
Collector’s Edition 5 Game Set
Cranium
Dumb Ass
Farkel Party
Finding Dory (Guess Who, Operation, See Search, etc.)
Firefly Clue
Flash & Thunder
Games Room Chess & Checkers
Games Room Chinese Checkers
Guesstures
IKnow (in America and Amazing Earth)
Loaded Questions (multiple versions)
Logic Dots
Name Chase (Historical Figures and Music Icons)
Pentago
Pop Stream
Quiddler Jr
Rack-O
Rory’s Story Cubes (Voyages, Actions, Prehistoria, Clues, Enchanted
Say the Word
Shape by Shape
Slap
Sleeping Queens
Tak Tak
Tapple
Variety of Playing Card Decks
Wink
Wonky





Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


- The official B&N policy is to not hold clearance items though many still succeed in placing online reservations using the "Pick Up In Store Near You" feature but YMMV. (your mileage may vary) In the most recent Summer sale reservations were available for only the first day or two and then they disabled them for all clearance items for the remainder of the sale.

- The website will show the full price even if the items are on clearance in store, but you can confirm whether an item is on clearance at a given location by using the "pick up in store" feature and doing a local search by zip code. The results list will show the actual current clearance price.

- Please don't waste the time of the staff by asking them to scan every single game in the store you're simply wishing would be on sale even though they haven't been reported. Only items on the confirmed list are worth taking off the regular shelves for a price check. Staff are much more likely to take care of you when they don't mark you as one of "those" customers that have been harassing them endlessly over their board game inventory. 

- B&N Membership will grant an additional 10% off sale items

- 15/20% coupons usually stack with sale prices but Kid's Club 30% off coupons generally will not but some cashiers may manually override to accept them when presented. (be courteous even if denied please)

- Entirely new titles are not generally added to the nationwide clearance after the sale has begun as all the stores work off a list letting them know which items have been "reset" to the clearance prices system wide. (though that list may vary from store to store)

- If a title appears in stock for your store using the online inventory checker but isn't on the shelves or bins always check with an employee. Some stores have boxes of clearance stock in the back that is used to restock the bins as the sale goes on. There are countless other reasons why a title may show in the inventory and still not be found but many have been rewarded by a helpful employee emerging from the stock room with item in hand. (again, always be courteous rather than demanding)

Recent sales have followed a pattern of
50% off for ~3-5 weeks
75% off for ~1-2 weeks
Then down to $2


Word from a manager is that the drop to $2 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th


For reference here are dates from prior sales:
( 50% / 75% / $2 )

Mon Apr 21st / Tue May 13th / Tue May 27th
Mon Jun 16th / Fri Jul 25th / Fri Aug 8th
Mon Sep 15th / Mon Oct 6th / Tue Oct 14th
Fri Dec 26th / Wed Jan 28th / Thu Feb 5th
Mon Apr 6th / Tue Apr 28th / Tue May 27th
Mon Jun 22nd / Fri Jul 31st / Fri Aug 14th
Mon Sep 14th / Mon Oct 12th / Tue Oct 20th
Mon Mar 28th / Tue May 3rd / Tue May 10th
Mon Jun 20th / Fri Jul 29th / Fri Aug 12th
Mon Sep 12th / Mon Oct 10th / Tue Oct 18th


A few notes about contributing to the sale thread. Banter, conjecture, joking, gloating, goading, back slapping, ribbing and more are of course welcome but please be respectful of the legions of members these sprawling threads attract. They subscribe specifically to keep up with news of the sale itself. We’re here first and foremost to help one another get a few good deals, let’s keep it civil and friendly. Save the soapboxing for RSP and take any discussion about general B&N policies, staff, business model etc. to it’s dedicated thread in Discussing Retailers.


Happy Hunting!


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*Every item on the confirmed list has been reported multiple times but it's worth noting that University Partnership locations do not usually participate in these sales and there are always a few other exceptions reported around the country.
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Re: [ Barnes & Noble ] Fall 2016 Red Dot Clearance Has Begun!
Testing with zip code 92056, it looks like one or more stores indicate the following as being 50% off:

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Star Wars Imperial Assault
Star Wars Armada
Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Core Set (Original)
Various X-Wing expansions
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Camel Up
Pretty Pretty Smash Up

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I have a 15% off coupon.

Will I be able to use that 15% off, as well as my 10% off for being a member, on Clearance items??
 
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Re: [ Barnes & Noble ] Fall 2016 Red Dot Clearance Has Begun!
jnowak415 wrote:
I have a 15% off coupon.

Will I be able to use that 15% off, as well as my 10% off for being a member, on Clearance items??


See the FAQ above. 10% membership discount definitely. 15% off coupon, usually.
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jnowak415 wrote:
I have a 15% off coupon.

Will I be able to use that 15% off, as well as my 10% off for being a member, on Clearance items??


See the FAQ above. 10% membership discount definitely. 15% off coupon, usually.


Sorry, missed that part. Thanks.
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NuMystic wrote:
jnowak415 wrote:
I have a 15% off coupon.

Will I be able to use that 15% off, as well as my 10% off for being a member, on Clearance items??


See the FAQ above. 10% membership discount definitely. 15% off coupon, usually.


I've only been denied a coupon use once for clearance that wasn't specifically fine printed as not compatible. It was from an over zealous cashier performing the "this deal is already too good" technique.
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Just when I though my wallet was safe.
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Specter Ops shows $25 for reserve in store, which represents 50% off.
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looks like im gonna have to head over there today.
 
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marcss wrote:
Specter Ops shows $25 for reserve in store, which represents 50% off.


Damn, Id reserve it right now, but Idk if Ill be able to find something better...I dont wanna just buy everything.
 
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Specter Ops shows $25 for reserve in store, which represents 50% off.

Seeing the same.
 
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Dante, make sure you check out my list in post 2. I've made several edits with finds.
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marcss wrote:
Specter Ops shows $25 for reserve in store, which represents 50% off.


Damn, Id reserve it right now, but Idk if Ill be able to find something better...I dont wanna just buy everything.


Well here's one more to weigh in the mix, Five Tribes is also on clearance.
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Specter Ops show as $25 near me too... and (unlike recent sales), there is a reserve now button... Think I'm going to play the old "hope it lasts till 75% or $2" game though... I've been spending wayyyy to much on board games considering I barely get to play anything (my darn roommates and their Warcraft!!)

(anyone around Sunrise/Ft Lauderdale Florida looking for someone to add to their game group?)
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Dante, make sure you check out my list in post 2. I've made several edits with finds.


Already did and gave you a GG tip!
 
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Specter Ops show as $25 near me too... and (unlike recent sales), there is a reserve now button.


Last sale the reserve buttons were available at the start and were taken down very soon thereafter so don't expect that to last.
 
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Roll for the Galaxy is showing as $29.97 in the reserve window. I believe that represents 50%.
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Testing with zip code 92056, it looks like one or more stores indicate the following as being 50% off:

YMMV-
Pictomania
Star Wars Imperial Assault
Star Wars Armada
Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Core Set (Original)
Various X-Wing expansions
Munchkin Deluxe
Machi Koro

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PACG: Wrath of the Righteous



The closest B/N that has Imperial Assault for 50% off is 50 miles away. Not worth it.
 
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Five tribes? You got to be kidding me.

I grabbed that with the 40% off coupon instead of Fury of Dracula. Now it's 50% off and FoD is nowhere to be found after the announcement of FFG & GW parting ways. /butthurt

Looking forward to camping out at the sale table tomorrow morning.
 
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Roll for the Galaxy is showing as $29.97 in the reserve window. I believe that represents 50%.


Confirmed! This sale is shaping up quite nicely. Definitely a nice surprise after that report from a staff member that there wasn't going to be anything of interest to hobby gamers!
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Specter Ops show as $25 near me too... and (unlike recent sales), there is a reserve now button... Think I'm going to play the old "hope it lasts till 75% or $2" game though... I've been spending wayyyy to much on board games considering I barely get to play anything (my darn roommates and their Warcraft!!)

(anyone around Sunrise/Ft Lauderdale Florida looking for someone to add to their game group?)


I think the Hollywood Coolstuff's big monthly meetup is this Saturday. You should be able to meet people there.
 
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Castles of Mad King Ludwig was 50% off for me.
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For YMMV items, do they usually come down at the other stores at some point? Is the pricing reduced store by store or centrally? I see half the stores in my area have X-wing minis on sale and half don't but the ones that don't really don't show anything else on sale either.
 
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joemomma wrote:
Specter Ops show as $25 near me too... and (unlike recent sales), there is a reserve now button.


Last sale the reserve buttons were available at the start and were taken down very soon thereafter so don't expect that to last.

Just got a call that they won't hold the Specter Ops I reserved as it's on clearance.
 
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Castles of Mad King Ludwig was 50% off for me.


Same here. 11 of the 14 stores in my area (77077).
 
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