Toys R Us Invites You To Save $-10

Reader William writes:

Ran into this sign over the weekend at the ToysRUs in Henderson, NV.

While I’m usually a sucker for a good deal, -$10 off just strikes me as odd. Maybe if I bought a few I could make it up in volume.


This is probably the greatest photograph ever taken.


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  1. JustAGuy2 says:

    What’s up with the constant “look at the sign that has a typo/database glitch in it” posts?

  2. Coder4Life says:



  3. l951b951 says:

    @JustAGuy2: I like these. It shows just how far the employees have been separated from the store. There are many reasons why an employee would hang an obvious error like this up, and none of those reasons inspire confidence in the employee/employer relationship of that store.

  4. Starfury says:

    These pictures always give me a laugh.

  5. SaveMeJeebus says:

    Must be pretty damn “grand.”

  6. Nytmare says:

    It looks better than if they were to write -4% savings.

  7. dualityshift says:

    That huge sign is the size of an 8/12″x11″ piece of paper, including the red “sale” portion

  8. supra606 says:

    Maybe putting up signs that have obviously not been proofread is the new fad in retail stores. Or maybe it’s the employees trying to warn potential coworkers that they would be better off to keep looking. Whatever the reason, it seems to be happening an awful lot lately.

  9. milty45654 says:

    Ok, where’s the links to all the Gawker media sites on the sidebar. I can’t easily get to all of them anymore.

  10. ptkdude says:

    Come on people… it’s a whole grand kitchen for only $259.99. Try and get that at The Home Depot!

  11. xl22k says:

    It doesn’t mean the associates are “detached” from the store … although it is probably true anyway. I know that I would leave it up for two reasons: it’s probably the only sign they can print for the item so it’s better to have a sign with the price than nothing at all and secondly, it’s pretty funny. I wouldn’t be suprised if the guy who put it up was the one who took the pic.

    But seriously guys, chill on the computer glitches. They happen and it’s not news or anything to bitch about like Consumerist readers like to do so much. Corporations are run by people and people make mistakes. The Consumerist should reserve itself to posting stories of neglect and negligence; not harmless mistakes.

  12. BloggyMcBlogBlog says:

    @milty45654: They’re at the bottom.

  13. TurboWagon00 says:

    OMG ! CONSUMERIST.COM “Make and Take Person to Person loans with Proper” LLOLOLOLOMGWTFBBQ they meant proSper !! HAHAHAHAA isnt that hilaruious ? Wow they must be really unmotivated over there at Consumerist.

  14. wring says:

    im rofling.

  15. catskyfire says:

    I think these signs are appropriate for Consumerist. First, it breaks the monotony of Comcast reports. Second, it’s an example of bad advertising. These aren’t just ‘harmless mistakes’, these are misleading signs.

    When a big sign says ‘sale’ it draws the eye to thinking that there will be some sort of a discount. Now, I can handle that sometimes things are ‘for sale’ not ‘on sale’, when there is no discount, it’s just ‘for sale’. But when it takes a negative amount? “Hey, this is for sale, and we’re going to charge you $10 more!” that just seems problematic.

  16. wring says:

    wait I thought it was just the -10. They actually applied it to the big sign???? this isn’t an error, this is sabotage. or a signer w/ a good sense of humor.

  17. Can we flag the “stop making funny posts” comments?

  18. milty45654 says:

    I liked em better at the side. Please put them back……please…i’m begging here.

  19. sciencefreak says:

    I smell a photoshop job

  20. Jasmo says:

    @Coder4Life: Yeah, don’t we all review our comments for inappropriate punctuation before we submit?

  21. bossco says:

    Obviously the sign hanging employee can’t read. Or it’s a fake?

  22. fileunder says:

    it drives me crazy that they’ve had the ‘R’ backwards all of these years too!

  23. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    @bossco: I’m sure the signs were either sent from Corporate (in which case they had to be put up because if they weren’t, they’d be in trouble), or printed in house per instructions from Corporate (and nobody smart enough to work one of those machines would make this sort of error accidentally). What it says to me is that Toys ‘R’ Us is the sort of place where you aren’t expected to think just to follow orders, and that enough goddamn stupid orders have been issued to numb the staff to just one more.

  24. skatanic says:

    I completely agree. While in this case the sign is obviously a mistake (stores don’t advertise their price increases, they sneak them in when customers aren’t watching), stores confuse customers with their signs all the time. I know from my experience working at CVS. Their sales signs were yellow stickers with a red banner that says “SALE” at the bottom. CVS uses the same color scheme for their “WOW” signs, which they place on items that are not on sale but which they want to upsell, as well as “COMPARE AND SAVE” signs, used to “compare” CVS’s store brand product with the name brand. While i was working there, the only thing more irritating than customers confused by the signs was the knowledge that CVS wanted to confuse them.

  25. scoopy says:

    You know what I like about Toys R Us? Nothing.

  26. darkclawsofchaos says:

    on the bright side, $25 dollar gift card with purchase of Super Mario Galaxy next wee, unless that was a typo on their ad.

  27. KifoFox says:

    My local burrito place has a sign that says, “Chips .50¢,” which always makes me laugh. I’d like to see someone try to get chips for $0.005. (In case you are wondering, this sign is at the El Farolito in the Mission District in SF)

  28. Meg Marco says:

    @Rectilinear Propagation: Yes, you can.

  29. Xkeeper says:

    I’m amazed at the amount of fire they’re getting for posting this. The whole point of most Gawker sites is to poke fun at things, and while Consumerist isn’t much likes its brothers and sisters, doing this is not at all inappropriate considering.

    That, and it really does break up the monotony of “groan, another inept megacorp fucking everything up” reading.

  30. CumaeanSibyl says:

    @Xkeeper: Didn’t you know? Consumerist is SERIOUS BUSINESS.

  31. avantartist says:

    this just made my day so much better… thank you!

  32. Major-General says:

    I’ve been told my Great-Great Grandfather used to say that if something wasn’t selling, double the price.

  33. williamk says:

    I submitted this shot and unfortunately its not a fake. Also this was a standalone display right at the front of the store, not just a tag on a shelf. Someone had to see this since they had to bring out the product, setup the sample kitchen, and then post the sign. Either they didnt notice the problem with the sign or they just dont care even that little bit. Either way, es no bueno.

  34. Joedel263 says:

    probably a typo.. the system lets you type in the current price and the sale price and it does the rest. I’ve accidentally ended up with ones that say “Save $0”

  35. witeowl says:

    It took me a second to realize that they just didn’t mean “save up to ten dollars”. Then it hit me and I lol’d. Then I got off my lazy butt to share with my roommate. He lol’d too.

    This is funny, thanks for sharing, and screw the “serious business” critics. We all need a chuckle now and then.

  36. BigNutty says:

    This is indeed a consumer issue, funny but still consumer related. Not all news in a particular industry is mandated by law to be serious.

    Send it in to Jay Leno for his Headlines segment.

  37. Xkeeper says:

    @CumaeanSibyl: Yeah, nothing against Consumerist being SERIOUS BUSINESS (where’s my damn blink tag?), but everybody needs a few laughs here and there.

    (Or not, if they’re REALLY REALLY SERIOUS)

  38. faust1200 says:

    Why not make your own f&cked up signs at home? That’s what I do. It saves me money and they taste so much better!

  39. Sidecutter says:

    In all honesty, I’ve worked for Toys ‘R” us in the past and watched their prices creep up. I’ve also made the signs and item tickets.

    This is absolutely normal, for them to randomly jack a price up. The error was when someone used the wrong template (apparantly selected the formatting for Markdown signs, which should have inserted the old price for that SKU automatically and calculated the difference automatically as well) to create the sign and then didn’t proof it when it came out.

  40. HOP says:

    not much to do with the sign, but i’ve seen returned,opend package and mising article stuff at sam’s club where they reduced the price of the stuff a dollar or two….and no returns on the stuff either…..

  41. Spencer says:

    this has got to be the most hilarious one yet.

  42. wesrubix says:

    Gotta love that software generated sign. The program did exactly what it was supposed to: print the difference of the old price from the new price. Awesome.