Toys 'R' Us deals as prices slashed by up to 80% St Andrews Birmingham
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Toys 'R' Us deals as prices slashed by up to 80% St Andrews Birmingham

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LocalFound 28th Feb
Discounts of up to 80 per cent are on offer at the Small Heath store, which is set to shut down.

As well as up to 60 per cent off selected toys across the store, the St Andrews Retail Park outlet is now offering another 20 per cent reduction.

But bargain-hunters will have to move quickly as the clearance sale is only running until Sunday, March 4.

“We are literally weeks away from saying goodbye to the St Andrews Retail Park store,” said a spokesman for Toys ‘R’ Us.

“Everything has been slashed in price by up to 60 per cent and now we’ve just added an additional 20 per cent off that price.”

Floor space within the store is reducing week-by-week with just half the floorspace now in use.
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I've just read that they have gone into administration - so good luck to the staff and any other businesses they owe money too. This will also mean that you probably have no come back if you purchase a faulty item from them.
If you take off 60% and then take 20% off that, the discount is only 68%.
rumble14 m ago

Let's face it.....amazon has killed them. Very sad day for the employees, …Let's face it.....amazon has killed them. Very sad day for the employees, I really feel for them.


The problem is deeper than Amazon. It is greedy landlords and greedy councils. Business rates, high staff costs and high rents are killing our High Streets.
ro53ben15 m ago

Brexit killing all these retailers - the weaker pound has pushed prices up …Brexit killing all these retailers - the weaker pound has pushed prices up and people stopped buying.


Or could it simply be that you can find the items cheaper elsewhere? I often look at maplin for some of the items I am interested in buying but find them over priced, I recently purchased a uniden 125 radio, maplins price £150, most other retailers are asking £110 for the same radio. Sama as an antenna I wanted to purchase, maplin wanted £32.99, a quick search and I found the same antenna at damsu UK for £16.20


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Edited by: "SOUTHWALES" 28th Feb
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I've just read that they have gone into administration - so good luck to the staff and any other businesses they owe money too. This will also mean that you probably have no come back if you purchase a faulty item from them.
If you take off 60% and then take 20% off that, the discount is only 68%.
Rather sad as great memories of regularly taking my sons here.My youngest son aged 20 still likes to visit occasionally for nostalgia!
Yes very sad 90 % off in our area ...closing ..lovely staff . Gave £50 to several
May be a dumb question but won't a lot of higher-end stuff (consoles, electronics, prams) be on a sale or return basis from the wholesaler?

If not I'd be amazed if somewhere like Argos didn't offer the administrators x in the £ to buy the stock off them, rather than it going to the masses.

Awful situation, feel for the staff. I know some of it's down to business practice but if some of the folk who'll flock to the store to pick off the dregs had been shopping there more regularly, they would be in a better trading position.
Edited by: "Bossworld" 28th Feb
Maplins also fallen into administration.
scoffer11 m ago

Maplins also fallen into administration.


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Sad state of affairs when so many companies struggling.
Let's face it.....amazon has killed them.

Very sad day for the employees, I really feel for them.
M_z1 h, 11 m ago

I've just read that they have gone into administration - so good luck to …I've just read that they have gone into administration - so good luck to the staff and any other businesses they owe money too. This will also mean that you probably have no come back if you purchase a faulty item from them.



Maplin have also gone into administration. How long before the rest of the high street? soon it will be just Amazon and guess what, just watch those prices rise when there is no competition left....
rumble14 m ago

Let's face it.....amazon has killed them. Very sad day for the employees, …Let's face it.....amazon has killed them. Very sad day for the employees, I really feel for them.


The problem is deeper than Amazon. It is greedy landlords and greedy councils. Business rates, high staff costs and high rents are killing our High Streets.
TBH I thought it was expensive in there , at Christmas Fifa 16 was 40 pound .

I think more greedy owners not reinvesting and taking all the profits.
BigDumbFace33 m ago

The problem is deeper than Amazon. It is greedy landlords and greedy …The problem is deeper than Amazon. It is greedy landlords and greedy councils. Business rates, high staff costs and high rents are killing our High Streets.


This just doesn’t wash with me I’m afraid. There are businesses still thriving in the high st, because they adapt to changing demands and customer expectations. Historically any retailers that were complacent, ignorant and/or arrogant have only had themselves to blame for failure (in the majority of cases).
Brexit killing all these retailers - the weaker pound has pushed prices up and people stopped buying.
ro53ben15 m ago

Brexit killing all these retailers - the weaker pound has pushed prices up …Brexit killing all these retailers - the weaker pound has pushed prices up and people stopped buying.


Or could it simply be that you can find the items cheaper elsewhere? I often look at maplin for some of the items I am interested in buying but find them over priced, I recently purchased a uniden 125 radio, maplins price £150, most other retailers are asking £110 for the same radio. Sama as an antenna I wanted to purchase, maplin wanted £32.99, a quick search and I found the same antenna at damsu UK for £16.20


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Edited by: "SOUTHWALES" 28th Feb
rumble1 h, 4 m ago

Let's face it.....amazon has killed them. Very sad day for the employees, …Let's face it.....amazon has killed them. Very sad day for the employees, I really feel for them.


Not amazon, retailers need to change for the needs of the public.

I went in toys r us over christmas and it hand not changed in 20 years, apart from lack of stock.

They should have set up pop up stores and changed from the big out of town units they have.
SOUTHWALES8 m ago

Or could it simply be that you can find the items cheaper elsewhere? I …Or could it simply be that you can find the items cheaper elsewhere? I often look at maplin for some of the items I am interested in buying but find them over priced, I recently purchased a uniden 125 radio, maplins price £150, most other retailers are asking £110 for the same radio. Sama as an antenna I wanted to purchase, maplin wanted £32.99, a quick search and I found the same antenna at damsu UK for £12.99.


Not going to argue that Maplin always cost more than most other places - but that has always been the way. People seem to like to go there for staff advice etc - they generally have a lot of friendly, approachable staff compared to other retailers.

I'm as bad as the next man, I'd have a browse around to have a look at the goods in person and then buy on-line for a cheaper price. I didn't need the advice, but enjoyed using their showroom. Only remember buying one item there in recent times and that was because it was the same price as Amazon.

But the point is that I never really shopped there, so they didn't lose my custom. I don't think their customers are going elsewhere, I think they're just staying home and hoping prices will go down again.

Things have got a lot more expensive in recent times and people are simply refusing to pay the new prices - waiting for reductions that can only happen if retailers cut their already slim margins in a world where their bills for properties, utilities and staff keep going up.
Edited by: "ro53ben" 28th Feb
googleboogle7 m ago

Not amazon, retailers need to change for the needs of the public.I went in …Not amazon, retailers need to change for the needs of the public.I went in toys r us over christmas and it hand not changed in 20 years, apart from lack of stock.They should have set up pop up stores and changed from the big out of town units they have.


I think another problem is this generation has not got the same imagination we had for toys when we were kids, I loved my Matchbox cars, playmobil and action figures etc, the kids these days are more entertained with just an iPad or mobile phone playing app games. Most kids these days just want the latest iPhone and are not interested in toys.
SOUTHWALES4 m ago

I think another problem is this generation has not got the same …I think another problem is this generation has not got the same imagination we had for toys when we were kids, I loved my Matchbox cars, playmobil and action figures etc, the kids these days are more entertained with just an iPad or mobile phone playing app games. Most kids these days just want the latest iPhone and are not interested in toys.


I disagree. This behaviour is learned from their parents. If all you do is stare at your phone or tablet, they think that's the norm. Like if all you did in the past was watch TV, it's all they want to do.

If you get out a jigsaw, or Lego set, they'll enjoy it and want to do it themselves. My kids (8 and 5) have tons of "real" toys and love playing with them, making up background stories for their games etc. They just need a bit of encouragement - I think many parents just fail to look up from their phone enough to do this.
ro53ben7 m ago

Not going to argue that Maplin always cost more than most other places - …Not going to argue that Maplin always cost more than most other places - but that has always been the way. People seem to like to go there for staff advice etc - they generally have a lot of friendly, approachable staff compared to other retailers.I'm as bad as the next man, I'd have a browse around to have a look at the goods in person and then buy on-line for a cheaper price. I didn't need the advice, but enjoyed using their showroom. Only remember buying one item there in recent times and that was because it was the same price as Amazon.But the point is that I never really shopped there, so they didn't lose my custom. I don't think their customers are going elsewhere, I think they're just staying home and hoping prices will go down again. Things have got a lot more expensive in recent times and people are simply refusing to pay the new prices - waiting for reductions that can only happen if retailers cut their already slim margins in a world where their bills for properties, utilities and staff keep going up.


They don't need to stay at home hoping maplin will drop there prices, you just go online and find the goods at least 30% cheaper.
rumble1 h, 38 m ago

Let's face it.....amazon has killed them. Very sad day for the employees, …Let's face it.....amazon has killed them. Very sad day for the employees, I really feel for them.

Haha. Lets blame everyone that killed them, but not blame themselves for not evolving and making up to new generation demands. They killed them self
This economic climate has hit most people very hard. Prices rising when they should be falling in line with salary freezes or pay cuts. Compete with online or die, that's the way of it now unfortunately.

I haven't bought anything off the high street in years. What money I earn needs to go further.

I do empathise with people facing job losses, but if you must work in retail, get a supermarket job. In store prices match online, there's no delivery cost and you get to make sure your food looks fresh before you buy it!
rumble1 h, 49 m ago

Let's face it.....amazon has killed them. Very sad day for the employees, …Let's face it.....amazon has killed them. Very sad day for the employees, I really feel for them.


But surely it's down to those of us that buy from Amazon .. Can't blame Amazon solely as we are the ones whochoose to give amazon our money
Feel sorry for the shop staff. Although there is no love lost for the idiot management, who no doubt have (like Carillion) continued to take home bonuses each and every year for shockingly rubbish management.

The signs have been clear that they were going to struggle for years. Massive stores with way too much stock held at any one time should mean cheaper prices for the customer due to TrU bulk buying, but yet somehow TrU managed to still be more expensive than online retailers. Yes like Amazon.

The difference, Amazon dont need to pay for lots of large stores all over the country they just have a few large depots.

Best thing the new owners of TrU can do is to start buying small premises on the high street and focus more on online sales. Although i still think the likes of Amazon will win out.

It all boils down to "Why would i pay more here when i can get it for less there?"
mickiem1 h, 4 m ago

This just doesn’t wash with me I’m afraid. There are businesses still thr …This just doesn’t wash with me I’m afraid. There are businesses still thriving in the high st, because they adapt to changing demands and customer expectations. Historically any retailers that were complacent, ignorant and/or arrogant have only had themselves to blame for failure (in the majority of cases).


This is great post and so correct. These old stale companies have directors and CEO's taking 6 figure salaries with no idea how to adapt to the times and trends of people shopping.
Let's face it, amazon are thriving and have created a lot more jobs that ToysRus have lost, so no real loss here.
Can't just sit and watch the world go round, have to adapt and change to the inventions and trends,
I feel sorry for the staff and stuff losing there jobs but come on we are on a deals website so let’s answer the important question.

When are the big discounts coming?? Sheffield toys r us is at normal price at the moment.
I'm surprised Toys 'R' Us have kept going as long as they have. Their stores are unnecessarily huge and must be extremely expensive to run. Their online offering was relatively poor - many items available in store would not be available or could not be reserved online. And as mentioned, their stores and the shopping experience were virtually unchanged in 20+ years - they simply did not adapt to the market.

That said, this is very sad news for all of the employees and their families.
I'm guilty of standing in toys r us and getting my phone out to seei if I can get it cheaper elsewhere ... It's called competition, it's called competitive pricing and thats whatkeep businesses going. If Amazon was more expensive than toys r us we wouldn't entertain buying from them
Edited by: "eurohiker" 28th Feb
While everyone is repeating the 'amazon killed the high street' line Smyths toy store seems to be doing quite well for a relatively nascent brick and motor store.
eurohiker35 m ago

I'm guilty of standing in toys r us and getting my phone out to seei if I …I'm guilty of standing in toys r us and getting my phone out to seei if I can get it cheaper elsewhere ... It's called competition, it's compete ticke prices that keep businesses going. If Amazon was more expensive than toys r us we wouldn't entertain buying from them


I'm completely the same. There are only a few factors that go into making a purchase, and when the item itself is identical everywhere else then it's purely the cost and the customer service. If I can get it cheaper elsewhere from a place I am happy with the customer service, then why would I not do that? If the customer service is bad, sure, consider the more expensive option, but Toys'R'Us never inspired me to commit to them based on service.
The problem with many of the big store retailers is that they have failed to take advantage of their biggest asset - their logistics operations, huge warehouse instore and availability of stock relatively close to where people live. When you fail to take advantage, it quickly becomes a huge burden instead.

Their click and collect service was dependent on the store itself having stock - if it didn't have stock you were out of luck. There was no option to have stock delivered from their distribution centre to the store. When you have already have regular stock deliveries to store, you cannot tell me that they couldn't add customer orders to that as well.

When I made an order before Xmas, some things were only available for delivery and some only for click and collect, there was no option to have everything delivered to store (even if it took a couple of days to organise) which meant they lost out on some of the custom even though they had the stock (just in the wrong places)

Click and collect should be a good option to keep people coming into the store and sticking with the brand. If it is hard work then you might as well get it elsewhere.
Toys R Us has been facing a £15m tax bill employ nearly 3,000 people and has an estimated funding shortfall of at least £25m in its pension scheme.. THEN look Amazon paid just £15m in tax on European revenues of £19.5bn and see the difference
Edited by: "fragger" 28th Feb
Bossworld3 h, 13 m ago

May be a dumb question but won't a lot of higher-end stuff (consoles, …May be a dumb question but won't a lot of higher-end stuff (consoles, electronics, prams) be on a sale or return basis from the wholesaler?If not I'd be amazed if somewhere like Argos didn't offer the administrators x in the £ to buy the stock off them, rather than it going to the masses.Awful situation, feel for the staff. I know some of it's down to business practice but if some of the folk who'll flock to the store to pick off the dregs had been shopping there more regularly, they would be in a better trading position.


Understand what your saying but if you can get something for usually around £10 less off the internet, are you really going to throw that £10 (plus travel to store costs) away just because you like the store? I like toys r us and will always remember the adverts with the car going through the darkness with it's headlights on to get to the store, but I'm not keen on throwing money away either.
fragger10 m ago

Toys R Us has been facing a £15m tax bill employ nearly 3,000 people and …Toys R Us has been facing a £15m tax bill employ nearly 3,000 people and has an estimated funding shortfall of at least £25m in its pension scheme.. THEN look Amazon paid just £15m in tax on European revenues of £19.5bn and see the difference


Just like customers won't pay a higher price than they have to, Amazon will never pay more tax than it needs to either. It's just shopping around like everybody else.
Just went to derby store. No fire sale yet nor any evidence of one happening soon.
fragger25 m ago

Toys R Us has been facing a £15m tax bill employ nearly 3,000 people and …Toys R Us has been facing a £15m tax bill employ nearly 3,000 people and has an estimated funding shortfall of at least £25m in its pension scheme.. THEN look Amazon paid just £15m in tax on European revenues of £19.5bn and see the difference


I don't know how many times this has to be said when people start quoting the financials of companies, you don't pay tax on your revenue/turnover/income, you pay tax on your profits.
robinp34 m ago

I don't know how many times this has to be said when people start quoting …I don't know how many times this has to be said when people start quoting the financials of companies, you don't pay tax on your revenue/turnover/income, you pay tax on your profits.


LOL So you are saying UK Toys r Us made more profits than than The Whole Amazon Europe that's UK Germany France Spain Italy
fragger44 m ago

LOL So you are saying UK Toys r Us made more profits than than The Whole …LOL So you are saying UK Toys r Us made more profits than than The Whole Amazon Europe that's UK Germany France Spain Italy


Quite possible, to be honest.
The sad thing is Toys R Us is a profitable company. Just the private equity company that took it over a few years ago ran it into the ground, saddled it with massive debts, robbed the pensions pot, and are now fleeing having asset stripped it and left it to fail.

Something needs to be done about predatory private equity firms.
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