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Wow - #4184 The Black Pearl for sale on eBay

brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
edited October 2011 in Collecting
I just thought this was interesting - someone is selling the unreleased set 4184 The Black Pearl on eBay, with photos of it in-hand. I have no relation to this seller, and don't want to spend that much on it now, but I thought some of you might find this interesting. The seller says this isn't slated for release until November:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LEGO-4184-Black-Pearl-HAND-NEW-sealed-/190583703387?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c5fac875b#ht_500wt_1413

Wonder how they got it so early.

Comments

  • BustinBustin Member Posts: 286
    When I was managing a Gamestop in Texas we sometimes received large releases two weeks in advance because they had a ship date and a street date. This was suppose to prevent world wide e-bay scalping by allowing the product to be released all at once over a large area.

    However it would always back fire and some employee would snag one and sell it ahead of time.

    A month in advance though is kind of hard to believe.
  • RavenhookRavenhook Member Posts: 70
    Apparently, the set is already being sold in some locations.

    Brickset member streeker reports seeing 4 boxes on the shelf at his local Toys R Us, priced at 129.99 euros:

    http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/1693/uk-smyths-now-selling-black-pearl#Item_7

    That shop may have made a mistake in putting it out early but it shows it's around. Perhaps streeker should join the eBay profiteering!
  • EricEric Queensland, AustraliaMember Posts: 376
    There was a similar kind of thing happening with the Cars 2 'Ultimate' sets, there was a guy, who was trying to sell them for double what the RRP turned out to be a month before they appeared on the shelves. It happens, I don't know how though.
  • RavenhookRavenhook Member Posts: 70
    It's also out on the shelves in a Polish toy store:

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    Obviously, TLG has started distribution and while there is an official release date, some stores who have already received their allotments have consciously or accidentally decided to break the embargo.

  • jamesbrownjamesbrown Member Posts: 2
    I purchased the Black Pearl today from my local Argos
  • jamesbrownjamesbrown Member Posts: 2
    £84.99
  • doodlebirddoodlebird Austin. Texas. Member Posts: 88
    not sure how i'm just seeing this thread... that ebay seller was me. that picture is my dining room table. :)

    i got a few of the black pearls when my local target put them out early. i hadn't seen or heard of them anywhere, so i put it up on ebay just to see how much it would get. i personally don't understand why someone would pay such a premium just to have a set a few weeks early. but i do know that some folks like that are out there. i was more than happy to provide the service for them.

    in related news, someone in my LUG has reported finding the black pearl at Costco for $80.
  • BarbWireBarbWire Member Posts: 12
    Strange how I was going to get one of these from Argos but it has dissapeared from their site?
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 7,014
    Just in time for their 3 for 2 toy sale that apparently is starting tomorrow, then...
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