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Is there any good way to determine the value and market demand for partial sets?
Hey all, I saw an ad on my local Craigslist for some attractively priced modular sets. Here's the catch though, they seem to be missing their mini-figs and possibly some unique parts (such as lamp posts, the clock face for the Town Hall, etc.) To begin with I'm sort of leery when it comes to buying partials, because I've seen $30-40 sets on ebay which have only fetched maybe one-third of the full-set price. On the other hand for sets in the $150 range I'm not sure-- for example how much would you pay if a Grand Emporium was 98% complete? Or how about if it was only 80% complete?
Another question that has been running through my mind is what to do with those sets in the $30-40 area that are Near Complete but are missing some vital component, like a Lego 6335 missing two of its racecars or a Star Wars Tie Fighter missing its mini-figs. I can imagine there's some cases where parts would cost more than what would one could clear on a sale, so would it make more sense for me to try and trade my partials for other partials, or perhaps 2 or 3 partials for one complete set?
Right now I'm keeping a bunch of my partials for the enjoyment value, but eventually I could see it being a collection issue if I purchase enough bulk lots.