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Yes, its way too complex.  Which is why we need a guide to help the uninformed.  Many of us have been caught off-guard by these changes.  I do hope this helps others avoid these issues.

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The Rewards on Demand thing is actually very useful for online purchases since you can only use 1 reward code per purchase.  Say you have $150 banked, you now have the power to create one $150 reward to use on a $200 hard to find set OR split it to 2x $75 to purchase 2 discounted $100 sets.

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That's really helpful. I am more concerned about No. 7 and No. 8. I set examples and please correct me if I am wrong: 

 

Scenario 1: What I want to buy: 1 x excavator 42006 @ $100 each

                   What I have: $50 value reward certificate + 20% off coupon

                   What I pay out of my pocket: ($100-$50 certificate) x 80% = $40

 

Scenario 2: What I want to buy: 1 x excavator 42006 @ $80 onsale  (normal price is $100)

                   What I have: $50 value reward certificate

                   What I pay out of my pocket: ($80-$50 certificate)  = $30

 

Scenario 3: What I want to buy: 1 x excavator 42006 @ $100 each and 1 x Sw @ 70 each

                   What I have: $50 value reward certificate and BOGO 40% off coupon

                   What I pay out of my pocket: ($100 - $50 cerficate) + ($70 x 60%) = $50 + $42 = $92

 

Scenario 4: What I want to buy: 1 x excavator 42006 @ $100 

                   What I have: $50 value reward certificate and $10 off $40 coupon

                   What I pay out of my pocket: ($100-$50 certificate) -$10 = $40

 

Scenario 5: What I want to buy: 1 x SW @ 70

                   What I have: $50 value reward certificate and $10 off $40 coupon

                   What I pay out of my pocket: ($70-$50 certificate) = $20

                   Note: $10 off $40 coupon doesn't applied anymore since the price is below $40 after you apply the certificate (not quite sure about this?)

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^ Scenario 5 has been in placed for quite a while.  Reward certificates are always applied first.  So be careful when using them with $x off $y coupons or the free poly with $y purchase offers.  

 

Even when the coupons are scanned first, the system will still give priority to rewards bucks.  At least in my experience

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when i was an avid shopper at TRU (once upon a time) this is what i learned:

a. never use TRU rewards online for purchase. #3 rewards restriction and its derivative comes because of that.

b. never try to stack promotions online. either it invalidates sale price or removes/terminates the rewards et. al.

 

my rule had been then

a. to buy with rewards at the store

b. buy only items that I am dead sure i won't be returning.

c. redeem all the rewards in one single purchase. { but multiple items are fine }

d. TRU rewards works like casino coins :P

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That's really helpful. I am more concerned about No. 7 and No. 8. I set examples and please correct me if I am wrong: 

 

Scenario 1: What I want to buy: 1 x excavator 42006 @ $100 each

                   What I have: $50 value reward certificate + 20% off coupon

                   What I pay out of my pocket: ($100-$50 certificate) x 80% = $40

 

Scenario 2: What I want to buy: 1 x excavator 42006 @ $80 onsale  (normal price is $100)

                   What I have: $50 value reward certificate

                   What I pay out of my pocket: ($80-$50 certificate)  = $30

 

Scenario 3: What I want to buy: 1 x excavator 42006 @ $100 each and 1 x Sw @ 70 each

                   What I have: $50 value reward certificate and BOGO 40% off coupon

                   What I pay out of my pocket: ($100 - $50 cerficate) + ($70 x 60%) = $50 + $42 = $92

 

Scenario 4: What I want to buy: 1 x excavator 42006 @ $100 

                   What I have: $50 value reward certificate and $10 off $40 coupon

                   What I pay out of my pocket: ($100-$50 certificate) -$10 = $40

 

Scenario 5: What I want to buy: 1 x SW @ 70

                   What I have: $50 value reward certificate and $10 off $40 coupon

                   What I pay out of my pocket: ($70-$50 certificate) = $20

                   Note: $10 off $40 coupon doesn't applied anymore since the price is below $40 after you apply the certificate (not quite sure about this?)

 

I believe all your scenarios are correct except number 3.  For number 3, you are purchasing 2 items:  one at $50 (42006 w/certificate) and one at $70 (SW).  The 40% off applies to the cheaper item ($50), so total cost will be:  $70+ .6x$50 = $100.

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On Thursdays do I still have to tell the salesperson to give me the double rewards?

 

Double rewards points are effective anytime with the TRU credit card.  I believe you're referring to the 10% off all items on Thursday using the TRU CC.  And yes, you have to ask the cashier to activate that coupon on Thursdays.

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About 3 weeks ago I had a $100 rewards certificate. I purchased 2 items for around $104 and the total came out to $4+tax. I think multiples are ok.

 

EDIT: I should add that this was in-store. I never use them online because one time I ordered an item that went out of stock and lost my reward!

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About 3 weeks ago I had a $100 rewards certificate. I purchased 2 items for around $104 and the total came out to $4+tax. I think multiples are ok.

I agree.  Unless it is a change made in the past few weeks, the rewards can be used across multiple items in a single order, in store.  My receipt shows the reward discount broken up across all items. 

 

But online it will only apply towards the highest priced item so any remaining value goes to waste.

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If I have the $5 off 25 coupon. $70 in rewards and 10 percent on credit card. I want to get minecraft mine and ender dragon which are both 20percent off. What is the best way to split this up with the rewards and to be able to use the 5 dollar off coupon twice? I am not sure the order of operations so I am having a hard time figuring out how to split my rewards

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If I have the $5 off 25 coupon. $70 in rewards and 10 percent on credit card. I want to get minecraft mine and ender dragon which are both 20percent off. What is the best way to split this up with the rewards and to be able to use the 5 dollar off coupon twice? I am not sure the order of operations so I am having a hard time figuring out how to split my rewards

 

Use the rewards and coupons on The Mine, should be close to $5 balance (don't do the math, just guessing).  Use the coupon and get 10% off Ender Dragon.

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If I have the $5 off 25 coupon. $70 in rewards and 10 percent on credit card. I want to get minecraft mine and ender dragon which are both 20percent off. What is the best way to split this up with the rewards and to be able to use the 5 dollar off coupon twice? I am not sure the order of operations so I am having a hard time figuring out how to split my rewards

 

TRU prices are: Minecraft Mine $96, Ender Dragon, $56.

 

You're best option is to split your reward into 2 certificates: $15 and $55.   Use them as follows:

 

Minecraft:  $96-$55=$41; ($41*90%)-$5=$31.90

Ender Dragon: $56-$15=$41; ($41*90%)-$5=$31.90

Total= 63.80

 

If you already have the single certificate for $70, use it for the Minecraft.  In this case, here's your total:

 

Minecraft: $96-70=$26; $26*.9=$23.40 (can't use $5 off, not a $25 lego purchase). 

EDIT: I'm not 100% sure it works this way, there's a chance the $5 might come off the $26 price, in which case, you're good)

Ender Dragon: $56*90%-$5=$45.40

Total= $68.80

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Regarding use of a reward coupon for one item only.  I know this is the case online, and my local TRU manager also said that's how it works in store.  Now, I've not been brave enough to scan my big coupons in store with a multiple-item purchase, for fear of losing a portion of the coupon, or at least entering into a protracted process of getting the reward back.  It's possible it works for multi-items in store, but this has been changing the last few weeks.  Try this at your own risk.

 

The safe bet is to just issue your own coupons at a value slightly below whatever you want to pick up, and to try and use these in-store if at all possible.  You can issue multiple rewards to yourself at the same time, so really no downside to this for in-store use.  Bonus: if you work it right, you'll have a $25 balance to pay, on each item and can use the $5 off $25 coupon as well.  Work multiple items this way, rinse and repeat.

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I bought 9 items last night. My total was $207.xx after discounts (Arctic icebreaker 20% off confirmed). I used a $200 reward. My total was $7.xx after applying reward certificate.

This demonstrates that the reward can be used to purchase multiple items, and also store discounts were applied in full before the rewards were scanned.

Discounts like 10% Thursdays are applied after rewards coupons are scanned.

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Good to hear, a couple of folks have found the ability to use a single coupon for multiple items in-store.  I'd revise the guide at the top of the thread, but I no longer have an ability to edit this post.  Can a mod restore my edit ability?  Thanks.

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Good to hear, a couple of folks have found the ability to use a single coupon for multiple items in-store.  I'd revise the guide at the top of the thread, but I no longer have an ability to edit this post.  Can a mod restore my edit ability?  Thanks.

 

We can't, but PM me your changes and I'll update it. Thanks

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I don't bank points. I keep it at $20 level, auto generating every 2 weeks. Sometimes I get $20 sometimes I get $40.

I only use one method of redemption - in-store.

I try to keep it simple and consistent for myself so I don't have to figure out all these different scenarios.

I might not be taking full advantage, but I am applying the KISS principle.

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I bought 9 items last night. My total was $207.xx after discounts (Arctic icebreaker 20% off confirmed). I used a $200 reward. My total was $7.xx after applying reward certificate.

This demonstrates that the reward can be used to purchase multiple items, and also store discounts were applied in full before the rewards were scanned.

Discounts like 10% Thursdays are applied after rewards coupons are scanned.

 

I better try my $200 reward in store soon, because I used one online about 3 weeks ago and it worked fine, but now it does not work

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You can buy multiple items online and use your rewards certificate as well.  I have spent a $200 reward on 4 ghostbusters and 4 UN HQs and both worked fine.  Sometimes it is a little tricky and doesn't seem to want to work when you don't have a nice even amount I've found though.  Like I have had $197 worth of merchandise and I'm greedy and want that $3 so throw in a mixel for $5 then it goofs something up and a $50 item is no longer free.  You are fine though just don't proceed through checkout if something goofs, it will retrain your reward in the system as a credit while you play around with the cart items.  I think the secret is do not exceed your certificate though or it will go wonky.  So if you have a $50 reward don't buy something for $40 and $20 or it won't work.

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