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If the figs & bricks are knockoff that would also drastically cut down on cost.
This is mine. Roughly 20,000 pieces, 1,300 Uruk-Hai, 150 Rohirrim, and for book accuracy no elves ;) So roughly equivalent minifigures but his piece count was much higher.
When I originally built it back in the early 2010s I paid probably about $3 a figure ($4,500) and the pieces about $1,500.
It had to go in storage back in 2015 or so due to moving and I never rebuilt it.
I ended up selling all the minifigures within the last year for about $25,000. I still have the pieces sitting in a few boxes which I will repurpose for other builds at some point in the future.
Seems like once a year I luck out with something around $2/lb. Just scan any listings carefully for non-LEGO bricks so you don't end up with half of your purchase being something you may not want.
Although this certainly is a good way to beef up your brick collection, it's not necessarily a great way to secure a lot of one type/color of brick. So, depending on what you're end goals are, you can be even pickier and only go after bulk lots with more Star Wars sets if you need gray bricks, Friends lots if you need more color, City lots if you're after buildings/vehicles, etc....