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soopsoop Member Posts: 14
Hey guys :) I'm new here, but I just wanted a little advice, if that's ok?

On another forum, someone mentioned they'd trade videogames for lego, and I mentioned I had some. Since then, it turns out that it's probably worth more than I'd thought, and (through doing a little reading, I think I have some ideas) I wonded what the best way of selling it is. It's been in it's plastic bucket for a while, but it looks like I'm going to have to get a parts list and sort through them, organising them into their respective sets. *sigh*

Then, it might be worth me sourcing any missing parts (doubt there's many)

Then a case of putting them on eBay and crossing my fingers. I think the official model number is a good addition.

Also, mine don't come with instructions or any boxes - how important is that to potential buyers? I know you can get them online (probably here), and I'm guessing that will lessen the value. Most of my stuff is space stuff - like the future-tron monorail, and a bunch of M-tron stuff.

Thanks in advance!


  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    You will probably send a few people scrabbling for their keyboards by dropping words like 'monorail' round here ;o).

    I'm sure you'll get some good advice here, I'll check back later and provide some if nobody else has (I'm working right now so can't do it at the moment).
  • soopsoop Member Posts: 14
    ok, thanks man :) Monorail is a good buy then eh? lol :D
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    (scrabble scrabble .... ) By far your best bet is to put all the monorail stuff into a big box with my name on it and stick it in the post :)
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    OK I'll add something useful to the conversation for a change ...

    For older stuff you really dont need boxes or instructions, it'll be a lot of hassle to source them, and whether you make your money back is debatable, but having a complete set does help with the value. Just make sure you get the right shades of each colour! Nothing worse than getting a 'complete' set and finding out the seller has replaced bits with the wrong shade of grey or something - it may well end up getting returned. Having said that, most of the buyers know they can do this anyway, so it probably only makes 5 to 10% difference to the price.

    The main hint I can offer is make sure you put the model number in the listing title. Even then, dont worry too much, even mixed unlabelled lots go for a lot of money, there are a LOT of collectors stalking around, and they all know what they're looking for.

    You could also sell on this forum (by posting with the 'marketplace' tag), and avoid the hassle and fees of selling on ebay, although people on here are more likely to squeeze you for a bargain. Not including me of course, I'll give you £30 for the monorail :)
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    I sensed a disturbance in the force, as if a magnitude of monorail elements were being sold off to someone else, and came immediately here.

    Are you selling monorail track, motors, bases/bogeys, or all of the above? Any chance it came from the Airport Shuttle (set 6399)? What M-Tron do you have for sale? I'm looking for the red monorail for our Brickworld Indy LUG M-Tron display.

    As far as advice for selling - you can maximize your profit by selling off track piece by piece. It may take much longer to sell though. If you're selling as a set be sure and indicate what specific monorail pieces you have. Also indicate if the motors are operational. Test with a battery before listing.
  • soopsoop Member Posts: 14
    Ok, thanks for the tip on the shades of the bricks, I had no idea about that. I'd guess that the space stuff I have will likely be the same shade anyway because of the time-frame, but there's a chance some of the older town stuff may be coloured differently, so it's worth looking out for.

    God I'm getting such a hit of nostalgia here.
  • soopsoop Member Posts: 14
    Love the reference sidersdd!
    The monorail is the complete set (or it should be), the white space one. I've added the stuff I'm sure I've got to my account on here, but I'm almost certain I have a number of smaller M-tron sets, and at least one other medium/big ship.

    And I remember being obsessed with the space police at one point, so I should have a few of those. The plan is to build the sets I'm sure I have, look at what's left, and figure out what else they make.

    Also, I should have at least some of the absolutely terrible early stuff before they made more specialised pieces.

    It would be amazing if I could do a deal with the guy I was talking to as he and I both collect PC Engine stuff, so it would be nice to trade, but I
  • LegogeekLegogeek Orange County, CaliforniaMember Posts: 711
    @soop - check your settings... seems your collection is set to private, so right now we can't see it...
  • soopsoop Member Posts: 14
    Ah, I see. Done!
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