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I'm looking at the Hogwart Train set on Amazon right now and they are 20% off the MSRP. I recently bought the 60198 set at a 5% discount, now it is 16% off.

I wanted to know typically how deep the discounts can go and how far into a release do they start discounting and how quickly they sell out.

Can people who have a lot of buying experience on Amazon comment please?

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So, how about online buying? How do I know I'm getting the best deal on Amazon.com?

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As a general practise discount can be quite big (I've seen -50% off) for a small set and tend to be much lower (around -25% off) for a large set.

Discounts tend to vary even during the same day. So it is worth keeping an eye. Some sites, like Brickset tend to announce LEGO sales too. They even have a tracker for Amazon and other services. I suggest to look here to have a sense of understanding how much discounted the set can get.

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    I picked up the Heartlake Cupcake Store for $8 on Amazon.com last year (RRP $40). That’s an 80% discount. Amazon was the seller. Often those extreme discounts last only a few minutes, an hour or two tops though. – Phil B. Jan 11 at 0:59
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    It can help to clear your browser cookies, or open an incognito window and search for the same set. I've seen prices tailored just for me. Sometimes they're more expensive; sometimes they're cheaper. – Benxamin Jan 11 at 3:33
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I've watched the the BrickSet Amazon.com notices for the last year or so. Most of the discounts are in the 20-35% range, but sometimes they get up to 50% off for $9.99 sets. If you're on BrickSet all of the time anyway it is easy to setup your news feed to include these. When I see one come up I click on any that might seem interesting. So far the discounted sets have been for things I haven't cared about. Based on that I expect I will find something that I want to buy 10x of for parting out before I find a set that I want for the set itself.

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