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Guest shannanspub

and keep in mind the penguin in the cube and the elf on the top of the caboose are animated and rise up and down out of their respective parts of the train making this an even cooler inflatable

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That one is my pick for this year too out of the various ones I have seen. I watched it in operation in the store almost an hour last week. It is a great inflatable. There is alot of awesome stuff in the stores this year !!!

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Guest johnny christmas

i havent been down there in awhile, do they have lights? and if so, what do they run?

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johnny christmas wrote:

i havent been down there in awhile, do they have lights? and if so, what do they run?

As far as lights, all I paid attention to were the LED's.

Ourshad clear or multi 100 count C6's for just under $10.00 a box,

White LED ropelight for $19.99 for two 18 foot strands,

and what I call Bullet LED's (wide angle lens)..I forget what they called them but they were $14.99 for 180 count (2 sets of 90 per box, clear or multi)

They also had LED Snowflake strings. They come with a controller for steady on, fading, blinking etc.....Each snowflake is 8 inches. I think there were 9 snowflakes to a string. (theyhang different lengths like icicles) for $15.00 a string.

As far as regular lights, they had them also but I don't have any info on those. They had lots of outdoor decor too. (a much bigger selection than either Sam's or Costco has right now)

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Guest shannanspub

BJs is just like Sams Cub and Costco...........with stores up and down the east coast of the U.S. www.bjs.com to see store locations unfortunately they do limited online types of selling.......so you cannot order the inflatable to be shipped. My advice is to maybe find another member who lives near a location to possibly helping you get one.

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DogDawg wrote:

Ok...Be careful, I just put in BJ's on my web search and was really taken somewhere else.

hahaha you can put ANYTHING in your web search and get bad stuff...whats this world coming to.

ill find a bjs and drive there...i dont care. Ive drivin all over for cars, bikes, christmas lights (thanks jamie), kiosks (ya, thats plural), white castles...etc

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wow...looks like georgia would be the closest....eek

might have to depend on other members buying and sending them the money huh. lol

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teamneon wrote:

wow...looks like georgia would be the closest....eek

might have to depend on other members buying and sending them the money huh. lol

Let me know if I can help you out I seem to go through Paducah quite a bit and I'm getting ready to leave out soon again. I would be glad to bring you one or two. Just PM me

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I ordered this train from BJShopping Club on line and it is beautiful. The only probelm I have had is that the elf that comes up out of the caboose keeps getting jammed/stuck inside and will not come up. Has anyone else that has this inflatable encountered this issue?

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