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I don't even mess with sets under $100. Making a trip to the post office for a $7 gains is not worth it. you have to do large scale to pull that off.
The amount that I've been investing got really out of control. I've been buying/selling lot of camera gears and I thought I was overdoing. Well.. compared to legos, it was nothing. I really need to control inventory since I literally have no more space in my basement (finished) to store and no excuse to my wife.
I don't think I will lose money out of this after all. But legos take time and efforts to sell especially if you are into used bulk lots. I hardly find time to sort and check for completeness.
One thing I would like to share though, utilize grocery fuel program 110%.!
I have Giant Eagle and Kroger in my area who runs fuel program. You buy gift cards (amazon, ebay, toysrus, etc) from them and that turn them into fuel saving. So in case you break even, actually you made money on those fuel savings. E.g., with Giant Eagle you get 20 cents per gallon every $50 gift card. So if you spend $1000 then you get $4 gallon off, basically free gas up to 30 gallons. You are looking at 12% return here. So as long as you are doing it right then you shouldn't be too sorry for what you are doing. It's matter of making good judgement and controlling yourself not to invest too much. I've already went too far and I would need to slow down.
I hate to pay ebay/paypal fee but I can't find any alternative for selling legos in broad audience. Any suggestions here where is the best place to sell legos? I know there is a separate thread for this but just asking along with here.
Brickset is decent if you don't mind your inventory sitting a while until it sells.
And as you have learned, Lego investing is certainly not a get rich quick program. It's a make a little money to subsidize your collection or whatever. For most of us that is - I suspect.
Whenever I go to post anything other than a letter, I queue for 10 mins. My 'post office' is a couple of counters shoe horned in at the back of a local Onestop store.
A far cry from when I grew up in the 1980s, and even the tiny village I grew up in had a dedicated post office. Those were the days...
- 2 complete, well-furnished, fabulous looking buildings
- huge brick built fantastic (but fragile) tree
- 8 minifigs
- horse, 2 cows, mice, pile of fish
- loads of accessories and add on small builds (turky table, fish stand, wagon, chickens,
- 1600 pieces for $100
... or it might not be.
- We will use it to add buildings to Diagon Alley. It is hard to have an alley with only the three buildings in that set. ;-)
- It is one of the few sets out there that I feel appeals to both genders. Because of that, my girls will really enjoy the set. It has a ton of elements that really lend itself to telling a storey.
Fun fact: Any Zipcode starting with 000 is in a national park or national marine sanctuary.
Assuming you care about the original Greek text and not modern translations of course. :)
Anyone notice that the 4206 Recycling truck is now set to 'call for product availability' for the US cart at [email protected]?
And if you care, the building experience is great too.
I always thought that set was about $5 too expensive. The garbage truck is great at $20, but I never could get myself to buy this set at $30. If it comes back in October for double VIP I may pick it up then. I don't think it's that appealing of a set and don't plan to stock up on it.
Didn't check 616 yet.