I think it's human nature, when we hear the words 'Toy Sale' or 'Biggest Toy Sale' or similar, to grab our wallets and run towards it. It's a false economy though, because just because something is on sale, doesn't actually make it the cheapest you'll find it anywhere.
A case in point seems to be the Australia's Biggest Toy Sale 2013 that started at Target yesterday.
You can, of course, browse the whole catalogue to find out what's on offer, but here are three items that seem to me to be good value:
The Fisher-Price Go baby go bat and wobble penguin is on sale for $19, a saving at Target of $6, and compared to the current cost of $35 at Toys Paradise.
The Little Tikes Gas 'n Go Mower is also in the sale, and is reduced, according to the catalogue, by $25 to just $24. Little Tikes themselves are currently selling it for $39, while Toy Universe has it for $34.85, so the Target sale is definitely the best price I could find.
Another good one is the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case iPhone. This iPhone life saving device normally costs $25 at Target, but during the sale is reduced to $19. However - and this is the one of the 'misses' in the sale - you can find this iPhone accessory at KMart for $18. Target's price match offer says that if you can find an identical toy advertised for less, they'll match it - you just need to bring in a copy of the current printed advertising material.
So, I'm guessing you'd need to find a KMart flyer for them to honour it, but you may be able to find one. If you're going to be shopping online, however, the postage fee of $10 at KMart or $9 at Target may make the decision for you - but again, a lot of the sale prices are in store only, not online.
If you're planning on using the sale to lay-by presents for Christmas, there are a few things to take into consideration:
If you go in-store, you can lay-by all toy sale products available in the store. You will need a minimum of 10% at checkout, and the minimum transaction amount is 50%. Additionally, there's a $5 lay-by service fee which will be charged at the checkout - reading comments on the Target Australia Facebook page, it seems as though that charge is levied per item, which does seem quite harsh too.
You will have to make sure to pay your dues fortnightly, and - this is a bit of a kicker if you live far from a store - in store lay-by payments cannot be made online. You have to pay them in store.
If you go into the store to do your Christmas, birthday or simply new toy shopping, you will be able to enjoy Toy Sale excitement with fun stuff like giveaways, face painting and storytelling in lots of Target stores. Check with your local store for details.