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I purchased two other 10lbs lots which ended up costing about $50 each and then I paid a combined shipping cost of $30. One of the lots had a ton of old and discolored pieces and most of Dolphin Point (6414 http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6414-1) The other lot had a complete Hagrids Hut and At-TE Walker (7675 http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=7675-1) except for the figures as well as some other random stuff.
My main complaint about the second two lots is that I received only one figure, a common Boba Fett, which was prominently displayed on the first picture, which I think boosted the interested in the lot but the rest of the figures had been cleaned out. I have noticed Goodwill Industries of the Columbia-Willamette (a pretty common seller on the site) has a lot of auctions with just mini-figures, so they have figured out that they can make a lot more by splitting the pieces from the figures.
Also- make sure you check the estimated shipping/handling costs because a lot of the auctions charge based on a minimum weight even though you are receiving less.
In summary- you can find good deals, but it seems like the site is better known than it used to be. If you are looking for army builder lots or just random stuff it can be a good resource. Like ebay- you just have to be patient.
P.S. there are usually a decent amount of [email protected] mixed in with the lots.
I think you are right. I had been watching the Target clearance on that ostrich race set at my local target. One day there were like 20+ of them at 50% off. I came back the next day and the shelf was cleared and something else was there. No way they sold them. I was holding out for the next price drop, but it apparently never came. Now the same set is being sold by the Columbia-Willamette (my local) YMCA chapter.
There is not a huge financial difference between selling them at a deep discount vs. donation since they will get the tax expense either by donation or selling the Lego at a loss.