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How much would you pay (or what is the most you've payed) for one Lego part?
I was viewing a site where an AFOL shows how to build a medieval village. He shows how to make a stream using 8x8 trans. medium blue plates. So I say to myself, "Where did he get those? What set did they come from?", and so I do some detective work. The only thing though is that I'm thinking he used LIGHT BLUE plates and so I find that the 8x8 trans. light blue tile (4163920) is only found in ONE SET, and it's a Belville set of all things! So I search on Bricklink and the cheapest price for this piece is $7.50 used!(Yes I live in America) This seems kind of expensive to me but I haven't done a lot of MOCs. So does the average AFOL spend this kind of money on special pieces? Obviously the piece is rare but would you gladly pay that much for an 8x8 tile?
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If you want expensive try this part:
47996: Light Bluish Gray
The light bley boat rigging from the UCS Falcon is about $100 each, the printed dish from that set is $80 or so, and the light bley levers (the set needs 60 of them) are $3 each from sellers who have enough to bother with ordering from.
So you would spend $200 on the pair of boat riggings, $80 on the printed dish, and $200 on a bunch of levers, or $480, just to get those 63 parts out of 5,197 parts to build that set. :)
Regarding that 8x8 plate, I think it was also available loose a few years ago at the pick a brick at Legoland in Germany. At least I found one recently in a bag I had bought from there a couple of years ago. I also found a black Cafe Corner door!
Maybe you could try a trade with some kind German on 1000steine.de
So...I just looked up conversion. 1USD equals about .68 GBP. Sweet, huh?
I think the rediscovery of that post is going to be a boon to sellers of round plates everywhere...
I paid £20 for a spare http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?itemID=86604&colorID=85 for my carousel, which with hindsight was clearly worthwhile (I also bought 16 of the canopies at a pretty decent price - sadly don't have them anymore)