Expired: [US] UCS MF 10179 on Woot?

AmberylAmberyl Member Posts: 193
edited January 2014 in Shopping USA/Canada
Interestingly, Woot apparently has a supply of UCS Millenium Falcon 10179s available at the moment:

http://moofi.woot.com/offers/lego-10179-star-wars-ultimate-collectors-millenniu

Anyone know if this is legit? The price isn't bad -- about a 10% to current Bricklink prices, it looks like.

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  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,821
    Bizarre.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Very weird...

    Ok, in for one... I am curious to see what shows up.

    Woot is owned by Amazon and they are about 30 minutes from my home, so not terribably worried about it.

    Very curious as to where they got them however.
  • adol7adol7 Member Posts: 150
    This arrives on your porch.
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  • nkx1nkx1 Member Posts: 719
    edited January 2014
    Hmmm, I initially though this to be tempting for resale purposes, but based on recent ebay sold listings at around $2700 or less, it doesn't seem like there's sufficient profit potential after fees in the near term. Add to that the potential for this to be illegitimate in some form or another, and it just doesn't seem worth the trouble, at least for me.

    I wouldn't mind one for myself, but it would have to be a bit less than $2200.
  • JeffHJeffH Member Posts: 173
    Well they were sold out.
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,640
    Looks like only 4 were available.
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    Woot is completely legit. I've ordered literally hundreds of items from them over the years.

    From what I can tell, it looks like they only had 3 of them. I wouldn't have been too worried about legitimacy with Woot/Amazon. They're definitely going to take care of you if anything was wrong with them.

    It's possible Amazon found a few of them sitting in a warehouse and gave them to Woot. That seems to be the case with a lot of Woot's abstract stuff.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409

    Looks like only 4 were available.

    Yep, they seem to have had only 4 of them, wild...

    I bought mine at 5pm, so I got the last one or second to last one...

    I'll post an update whenever something shows up, if something ever shows up.
  • LoonLoon Member Posts: 2
    Unbelievable. I wish I'd seen this.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    It was only posted for 2 hours, a very small window to see it.

    If I had more of a life, I'd have missed it. :)
  • LegofanscottLegofanscott Member Posts: 622
    As someone else mentioned unless your selling them somewhere that doesnt charge a % of the purchase price, is it really that much of a bargain/great find?

    Could understand if they were only $499 :-D
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Perhaps, unless I just decide to build it again. :)
  • BastaBasta Australia Member Posts: 1,259
    edited January 2014
    As the cheapest on Amazon is $3999 I suppose if you can sell it for something more then $3100 relatively quick it wouldn't be too bad.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Basta said:

    As the cheapest on Amazon is $3999 I suppose if you can sell it for something more then $3100 relatively quick it wouldn't be too bad.

    :) Yes, but looking at the sales rank, it won't sell any time soon at that price.

    It costs nothing to list one there, but frankly some of those are "wishful thinking" prices.

    Take a look at what #3450 is listed for, new in box, on Amazon. Any guesses on how likely that is to sell for that price? :)

    I didn't buy this UCS Falcon to make money, I bought it more as an amusement than anything else, to see what showed up.

    I figure that, worse case, someone will give me what I paid for it pretty quickly, if offered.

    Or I'll build it, display it for a year, then sell it. Who knows, we have to see what shows up first. :)
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    At least in my experience, it's an easy local sale since it's a rare find nowadays. Of course I'm in a heavily populated area . . .

    Wish I hadn't seen the post too late else I would have bought a couple. I actually still have two left. For some reason I just can't bring myself to sell them even tho it makes no economic sense :P
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  • nkx1nkx1 Member Posts: 719
    edited January 2014
    ^I also thought about selling it locally at first, but then thought a ±$2,500 cash transaction with a stranger from Craigslist seems a little risky, at least for me (especially considering the relatively small profit). I'd like to think that most people who would be looking for this aren't the type of people who would rob you, but you never know.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    I sold a UCS Falcon locally once...

    Do the deal in the lobby of your bank. My bank tellers know me, they gave me a desk to sit at. It would be a whole other level of stupid to try and rob someone in a bank.

    The plus side, once I have the cash, I just walk over to the teller and deposit it, so no walking out with the money. :)
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  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,288
    [cough]... shopping thread...
  • FenrisAkashiFenrisAkashi Member Posts: 242
    edited January 2014
    ^[cough] Its a single anecdote based on a comment made by someone else.

    Must be something going around : P
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,288
    edited January 2014
    I wasn't talking about any single comment; I count 7 posts in this thread that discuss reselling.
    At any rate, my [cough] is as gentle a reminder as I can give; I'd prefer it wasn't met with resistance.
    margot
  • Thanos75Thanos75 Member Posts: 1,117
    "Resistance is futile"....sorry...couldnt resist.
    FollowsClosely
  • ReliantReliant Member Posts: 68
    cool how much was it listed for on woot?
  • nkx1nkx1 Member Posts: 719
    I believe it was $2200
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ Yes, $2,200...

    Mine is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, I'll update once it gets here what kind of condition it is in.

    Makes you wonder where Woot got their hands on 4 of these.
  • legomattlegomatt Member Posts: 2,548
    edited January 2014
    xeeeej said:

    A little rough around the edges, but it was real!

    Of course, you meant to say "She got a little cooked, but she's Okay."
    ;o)
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  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    "She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts."
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  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Mine just arrived tonight... it looks, more or less, like the one already pictured.

    The 4 seals are intact, but it looks like it was shipped one too many times.

    Interestingly enough, it came from Amazon, so Woot! is now using Amazon's warehouse system for shipping. Which makes since, Woot! is owned by Amazon.

    That probably explains the condition, it was not packed in the LEGO shipping box and it came in a dinky crap Amazon box with no padding or protection whatsoever.

    Sad, for a $2,200 item. :(
  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,237
    I wonder what's in the box.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409

    I wonder what's in the box.

    A new, unbuilt UCS Falcon?

    Just hazarding a guess. :) That is what's printed on the front of it anyway. :)
    adol7
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    LFT - Too bad Woot isn't nearly as great at customer service as their parent, eh?

    If it were sold directly by Amazon, you'd be able to get quite a discount from them for the box damage....
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,640
    I used to buy a lot on woot, including their bag of crap.. Only had to deal with their customer service a 2 or 3 times and they were top notch. Every time they really made up for the mistake or damaged packages.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    I may well take a picture and ask for 10% off, but frankly it was priced fairly all things considered.
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    @ColoradoBricks - I agree that their customer service is pretty good. They've willingly eaten the cost of my own errors in ordering/paying/etc.

    It's just a little less convenient than Amazon, where I can click a "chat" link, talk to a rep instantly, and get them to agree to a 25% refund based on damage during shipping. All that done in 5 minutes.

    LFT - I would definitely ask for 10% off. It was sold as 'new.' I wouldn't consider something in a box like that to be new, but I'm pickier than average.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Pictures of the set...

    Thoughts?
  • LegoManiaccLegoManiacc Member Posts: 116
    My first thought...

    I can confirm that is indeed 10179
    LegoFanTexaslegomatt
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    Looks pretty rough. Is it what you expected? Probably.

    Is it what they described? To me, no.
    LegoFanTexas
  • SuperTrampSuperTramp City 17Member Posts: 1,021
    edited January 2014
    Probably the perfect opportunity to build and display it for a while.
    LegoFanTexas
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,640
    Still looks better than the DS or SSD boxes at my LEGO store...

    While that box condition would not have bothered me at RRP/500, I didn't see the description and personally if I had paid $2200 for it I would have expected better. It was a deal but not a screaming monkey deal.
    LegoFanTexas
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,288
    I wouldn't blame you for trying to recoup some money if they readily offer it.

    For the $2200 price of the listing, they should have described the shelfwear with Woot humor.

    But as BTHodgeman said, I don't think you're very surprised to find that the box looks like it fell off the proverbial truck or was kicked around, forgotten, and recently discovered in a warehouse. In fact, you said: "I bought it more as an amusement than anything else, to see what showed up."

    The final test? It looks like it's eligible for return. If they said "Sorry the condition wasn't as you expected; unfortunately we don't have any other stock to offer a replacement. Would you like to return it for a refund?"... would you?
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    edited January 2014
    Since it's obviously not replaceable with stock on hand, I'd toss out to them "Ok, let me have a 20% discount."
  • MorkManMorkMan Phoenix, Arizona, USAMember Posts: 857
    You could return it for a full refund - it says on the listing: "Warranty: 90 Day Woot Limited Warranty" - I'm just sayin'
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 949

    Pictures of the set...

    Thoughts?

    How about you add some color to those white walls.
    jasor
  • gmpirategmpirate Member Posts: 1,654
    ^
    I'm sure they considered that, but they were concerned how their Lego sets would contrast with the background.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409

    Pictures of the set...

    Thoughts?

    How about you add some color to those white walls.
    About the LEGO SET you knucklehead! :)

    Actually, our house is 13 years old and we have yet to paint any of the walls, the whole place is white.

    Yes, we're bored with it, but moving everything to paint, yuck.
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,086
    I'd be grateful that it was a legitimate sale and that you had the opportunity to purchase it. I know that money was transacted but as Gramps used to say “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”. $2200 for a sealed model is an event that will not likely happen again.
    margot
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ That is a perfectly reasonable way to look at it.

    If the goal was to obtain a new, sealed copy of UCS Falcon to build, clearly this was one of the lowest priced ways to do it in 2014.

    Will it happen again? It could, if they rehash the UCS Falcon again. Double that if they improve it and put an interior in it.

    I think a new and improved UCS Falcon, released 2-3 years from now, with a full interior, priced at $600, would sell reasonably well and would crushed the value of the first one.

    But that's just my opinion.

    Used copies of the first UCS X-Wing have fallen quite a bit in price, how have the sealed box copies done?
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,086
    edited January 2014
    ^ And that's exactally how Lego is dealing with the problem of those us pesky re-sellers. Along with flooding the market, upgrading the popular sets to de-value hot/collectable sets.
  • flyingpigflyingpig Member Posts: 119
    A nice deal for 2,200. If you're not happy with the box condition, return it to woot.

    I always forget how big the Eiffel Tower is till I see a picture.
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