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As I have not heard of anyone trumpeting that GE is gone on their location site Ill assume that GE is around for another year, but would not be surprised if it retires to be honest.
It recently went out of stock, came back in, went out, came back in... now it is gone again...
I would imagine they have another shipment inbound, you'll see this back in stock in the next week, but it probably won't last long then.
It is very rare for a toy to be in demand two years in a row. I can't actually recall the last time that happened. So they made more, but they probably didn't want to overproduce and end up with surplus either.
Last year, it was pushing $130+, so the true test of how much undersupply there is will be what price it hits. If it stays around $50 or so, even from resellers, then TLG at least did a better job of it this year.
I just wanted to remind everyone that Amazon has a rule about the use of Prime accounts for buying for resale. If you're buying a bunch of the current deals with the intention to resell them and you have Prime, what you're supposed to do is create a second non-Prime buyer account and buy via that account.
Amazon doesn't mind you using Free Super Saver Shipping for items purchased for resale (or even dropshipped to customers), but they do get cranky about Prime being used for that purpose.
Note that this is for volume buying, if you are just doing the "buy 2, keep 1, sell 1" thing, then I doubt they care as much and you shouldn't be noticed using Prime for that.
However, do keep in mind that while 2-day shipping on Prime is "FREE", it really isn't, Amazon has to recover that cost somewhere. When checking out, you can switch to Free Standard Shipping on a Prime account, it does slow delivery down by a day or two, but if you're not in a rush, it will ultimately save everyone money by saving Amazon money on shipping.
Is this the end of civilisation as we know it??
The only thing you can't do with FedEx is ship to a PO Box, unless you do a substantial amount of business with them. I was turned down when I asked them to enable that service for me.
You're extremely nice to sell a 41999 at cost.
Of course, I seem to have lucked out and not had to ship any to rural areas, for which FedEx charges a bit more. All in all, FedEx seems to have been a bit cheaper for me than UPS. I've never bothered with USPS because they seem somewhat disorganized and their services don't automatically include tracking etc. And I had an insurance claim debacle with USPS a long time ago, which I'm not sure they ever paid.
It's like the relative that overstays his/her welcome during the holidays...
I don't have one myself, but I'm guessing we'll see a small surge as everyone realizes it has gone away, and then a stalemate because of the incredible amount of stock everyone still owns.
I have half that many and not one is listed on BL.
There are thousands of FB around the world stocked up, the supply will be plentiful for awhile...
So, more supply and less demand.
Price then depends on numbers held by resellers, the desire to get shot of them, and what lego brings out in its place.