Parent Alert: Your Guide To This Year's Big Toy Sales

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It's that time of the year when folks who plan ahead are looking at the toy sales and planning their Christmas shopping, upcoming birthdays and other occasions can take advantage of some great toy sales. Many retailers are having sales so it's good time to check out what's available and to save a few bucks.

Big W

Big W is having its Toy Mania sale online and in stores. It ends on 11 July and is offering a further 10% if you can find the same toy cheaper elsewhere. You can browse their catalog online or by checking your letterbox for the copy that's most likely already been poked through the mail slot. They have toys for all ages as well as books, electronics and movies on DVD and Blu-ray as well as action figures, board games and lots of other items.

Toys'R' Us

Toys 'R' Us might be in the throes of closing down but if you can get to a store, you may be able to pick up a bargain or two. I suspect most of the good stuff will be gone but the company's website is closed so there's no online store anymore. However, it does say you can get up to 30% off the lowest ticketed prices in store.

Target

Target's mid-year toy sale hasn't kicked off yet but they've got plenty of toys on special including lots of Star Wars, Avengers and LEGO items.

Ebay

Ebay has a bunch of different sales happening at the moment.

If you're looking for Nerf gear then there Aim and Fire With Nerf sale is on.

But they also has their End of Financial year toy sale going with some great bargains.

Amazon

Amazon hasn't started their offical toy sale yet either but they've got some solid deals going on Hot Wheels with cars, track sets and other accessories all reduced by up to 30%. The Auto Garage and Mega hauler are old favourites that have been around for years and will give kids bunch of fun for many years.

Shopping tips

It's worth noting that even when there's a toy sale on that not every item is discounted. I've even found that some toys in a range are discounted while other remain at full price. For example, I've seen some LEGO Avengers sets reduced but not others in the same range. So watch out.

Ordering ahead is a good idea as some more popular toys sell out closer to Christmas and you don't want to get caught by shipping delays or anything like that - as happened to Big W a couple of years ago.

Finally, don't do all your toy shopping now. While some playthings are timeless classics, you'll want some of your gift budget set aside just in case something new and special is released later in the year.


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