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Or perhaps Walmart decided to do it, or perhaps your local store decided to do it on their own.
But here it is, still selling... Go figure... none of us can figure that one out either, the Castle theme was retired in 2010, so MMV has stayed way past its welcome.
In fact, a whole replacement line has come and gone, Kingdoms, since then...
There will still be people when it retires who thought they had more time and just missed getting it too.
That happened to me in 2010, with all the great sets back then, Taj Mahal, Green Grocer, etc. Had no idea I should even care at the time.
Funny thing is, based on the newer 13 cent per part price that the Summer 2012 wave is coming out at, MMV becomes a $200 set. In fairness, Helm's Deep is more 10 cents a part, so at that price, MMV is $160.
If you can get them for under $100, what a deal. :)
Assuming of course it isn't around until Kingdoms returns in 2016!!!
Now what I find surprising is that 7189 did not stay out longer than about, what, 6-8 months before being discontinued as it was another set along the vein of MMV....
Already doubled in price from what it last sold on amazon for...
And Cars isn't selling poorly. It continues in 2013 and will likely become a mainstay as LEGO wants to maintain a presence in the second highest grossing film franchise line in the country.
The quicker EOLs for these sets are perfectly in line with the quicker EOLs for most license toy products.
I replicated Olivia's House without the garden in the front from my own stock. And switched the colors. My daughter quickly got over the red replacement for pink/purple swatches.
100 sets would be $3,000 profit.
$3,000 profit in 2 years on a $8,000 investment is almost 20% per year. That is not a bad return on investment for something that just has to sit in storage.
This being said, there are better Lego investments than this, but your example isn't terrible.
Doing one of them is a waste of time, doing lots and lots of them is not. :)
Keep in mind that TLG probably doesn't have a 20% overall profit margin on their sets, so they are perfectly happy making less, they just make it up in volume.
But I don't, each shipment costs me a specific amount of money in labor, but since it isn't my labor, it is just an expense.
There are benefits to it, but you give up a lot of control as well. For example, customers can return your Lego sets to Amazon for a full refund, with no restocking fee, even after opening them, even if they just change their mind.
Think about that risk for a few minutes... :)
I do use Amazon for some higher value sets, 10179 is a good example of a set that gets more money there than it does on eBay. But I ship those myself, I would never let Amazon touch that with a ten foot pole.
Amazon is a very different sales venue to eBay. It can be a good one, but the rules are not the same as eBay. For example, there is no such thing as "no returns" on Amazon. You MUST take anything back within 30 days, for any reason, or no reason. If the customer opens it, you can charge a 20% restocking fee, but really, will that help with opened retired Lego sets?
Amazon is a volume seller's game... You need volume to absorb the returns and losses.
You guys aren't going to believe this but I stopped in the Hickory, NC ToysRUs while travelling through. I was on the way to the checkout counter when the Slave 1 caught my eye on a display up at the front. This is usually where they have some discounted discontinued sets so I started to get a bit excited. There was no price so I picked it up and asked the lady if she could scan it. $89.99. I thought this was a bit steep but knew this would be a good pick up. And there was another right behind it...so I took both!
As I was checking out, I couldn't help but chuckle because I remembered reading this post earlier in the week. Sure enough, now that I'm home I tried to pull this up on the TRU website and it isn't coming up anymore (at least for me). This makes me think I bought the last two set available in America!
@sadowsk1, I wish I could make as much selling Legos than what I make "hourly" I make $70 for every 50 mins I work.
Ive wanted the set since i first seen it, a shame the prices are so ridiculous but so be it:(
I just cant see my Lego collection being a good one without it! :)
Speaking of MVR, I picked up a couple discounted extras some weeks back. Not really sure why, or what I'll do with them. A lot of the parts selection isn't that easy to use for MOC I'm planning or such, and not that much aftermarket sales in Finland for retired sets I think.
I heard in november Maersk train, Millenium Falcon, Backery
In genuary Fire Brigade...
Anyone can help me? sets 10193 and 10188?
Thanks to everybody
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