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IMO Marina Bay Sands, if not already, will be considered "architecturally significant" don't forget it's only been up a few years, I'd imagine these things take time.
I also asked the S&H rep about #9516 Jabba's Palace and he confirmed that they would be receiving a "full production batch" this month.
From Wikipedia: "The engineering for the project was headed by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP/ELV). Arup had originally worked on prestigious projects such as the Beijing National Aquatics Centre and the Sydney Opera House. In spite of their experience in constructing challenging designs, the Marina Bay Sands project was described as the 'most difficult to carry out in the whole world' due to the amount of integration of the varied and advanced technologies needed to complete the project."
Those are the sets that are only worth when bought at discounts and selling at RRP. Didn't know he was into architecture as well, thought his "project" was only music. ;-)
This guy is upset because he listed an item as "used-like new", and in the condition notes said "doesn't come in the retail box".
That is a violation and Amazon will instantly side with the buyer in an A-to-Z claim, which you'll lose, Amazon will refund, and you probably won't get your item back (unless it is over $300).
For example, here are the Amazon condition guidelines for "used-like new":
•Used - Like New: An apparently untouched item in perfect condition. Original protective wrapping may be missing, but the original packaging is intact and pristine. There are absolutely no signs of wear on the item or its packaging. Instructions are included. Item is suitable for presenting as a gift.
For what it is worth, all of your "shelf wear" "new in sealed box" items? Yea, those have to be listed "used-very good" at best.
If you grade better (or worse, list them as new), if the customer files a claim, you lose.
New items on Amazon are just that, new. No box damage, nothing opened, nothing crushed, brand new, perfect condition, gift quality.
And yes, there are 2 to 3 hours worth of reading of rules on Amazon, to really understand that place.
eBay? You can list an item as "new", but with pictures and a specific item description, be much more likely to not have any problems. Buyers there expect to get what is in the picture. Buyers at Amazon expect to get what Amazon would send them.
Also I've received several Lego sets with damaged boxes from Amazon. (Their shipping boxes are quite lightweight and not too strong.) Would be great if they held themselves to the same standards and I could keep them for free.:)
"Did I help solve your problem?"
Then it has a (yes) and a (no) box, then it says:
"Your feedback is helping us build Earth's Most Customer-Centric Company."
I've said it before, I'll say it again. They are *not* kidding.
Amazon will bend over backwards, twice, then sideways, and maybe into a pretzel, before they ever say no to a customer.
On the plus side, Amazon continues to grow by 20% per year, largely due to that service (because they are no longer the cheapest on everything like they used to be).
Including 4 jars of natural peanut butter, coffee creamer, and English Breakfast tea for my wife.
We get about 25 different items each month that we used to buy at Walmart, from Amazon, including paper towels, coffee, potato chips, trash bags, etc.
The price is, more or less, about the same as Walmart, but everything just comes to the door.
10197 Fire Brigade will hit close to 300$ this Christmas (2014)
I just listed my only one on feebay @ 225 plus a solid shipping rate
and it sold in one day... yikes!
Here in the UK ASDA which is part of WALMART deliver to your door, as do most other supermarkets.
I don't know if Amazon has something like Subscribe and Save in the UK, but in short, it allows regular deliveries of commonly purchased items for 20% off. You can get them once every month, every other month, every third month, etc. Change the orders any time about 5 days before the delivery is set (it all comes the same day each month), cancel any time, no commitment.
Thousands and thousands of items can be purchased this way, for 20% off and free delivery. There is a simple page showing all your items, so you can easily move items up and down (to this month, or next month) if you have enough or need extra.
Amazon also has FAR superior customer service, if something arrives broken (it does sometimes, glass food containers do break from time to time), just e-mail them and they'll send you a replacement for free, 2 day delivery, no need to fuss with the return on the broken item.
That service level is worth something to me. :)
And frankly, the cost of Cheerios from Amazon is almost exactly the same as Walmart, about $2.50 a box delivered. (my 3 kids eat a lot of Cheerios!)
She won't go back. Mine is delivered by the tea van but they do worldwide delivery now. If it's silly money I'll send you some. Wonderful stuff. (Miles off topic but it is THIS thread)
Anyway, back to reselling... With most of the last wave of Batman gone, what are the expectations for the smaller sets? I like the small arctic set myself and it was often available at silly prices considering the minifigs but what about the midrange stuff (tumbler, batwing etc)
When the Architecture line first came out I thought they were overpriced for what you actually get. On the whole I still do, even when at sale prices, sets like #21001, #21002 and #21007 just don't seem to offer good value for money and the building experience and end result looks to be dull. The range seems to be improving though, and I think more people will get into it over time.
After looking for a long long time I finally bought my first Architecture set in November, but now I've actually built one and displayed it I'm hooked and have had to get more.
I think for resellers there's not a great deal to be made from this line with the exception of a few sets, and #21021 will be one of them. As a model it makes a great shelf partner for #21018 United Nations HQ which increases its visual appeal.
Architecture Studio has proved that there are surprises to be had, and lets face it, that's just a bunch of white bricks in a fancy box.
I think Christmas 2014 will see a small amount of these on eBay with quite a hefty premium on them. Sure they have limited appeal, and for a reseller to source a large amount and stockpile would be a risk, but to get a few sets while available to make some bonus bucks at the end of the year it could pay off.
I already see Architecture as something of a niche, and now it may be that #21021 is a niche product within a niche. I think in time it may become a classic in the Architecture range and highly prized.
I suspect many resellers will have overlooked this one, and with not so many of the already limited run stockpiled for a later date I think anyone with a few put by will make a fair profit on them.
...and maybe Mega Blok! :)
My wife actually prefers Australian tea, I get it from https://www.simplyoz.com/ who imports it all from Australia (along with a lot of other stuff she misses)
This is her favorite:
But that is expensive, so what she drinks most of is this:
$22.99 delivered with our 20% off subscribe and save discount.
7.6 cents per tea bag, hard to beat that price. :)
1-4 subscriptions a month, 5% off
5+ subscriptions a month, 20% off
So just make sure you have 5 items coming a month and get 20% off.
Yes I did feel a little dirty and like every one was judging me while walking back to the car with the box under my arms. :p
Let me start by saying Hello to everyone here.
There is no featured or non-featured anymore on amazon. Unless you have buy box it doesn't matter anymore. Once buy box is gone the lowest comes up first, which is true for most EOL sets.
Here's one of numerous examples: http://shop.lego.com/en-US/R2-D2-10225
Is everyone on vacation? How can so many sets miraculously be available on 1/12/14? Maybe that's the day a Maersk container ship delivers 100,000 sets to Lego...
BTW, when I say wiped out, I mean wiped out. Even the SSDs were all gone. :) In Super Heroes, they had exactly 2 sets left, total, in the whole store. When I walked in I thought I was in the wrong store for a minute.
The reason I was wondering is that I wanted to buy #7965 Millennium Falcon. Like many of the 2012 Star Wars and Super Hero sets, it seems to be fading quickly from retail stores. I have a coupon for Barnes & Noble and saw one yesterday, but didn't buy it for some reason (opted for a different set). I went back today looking for it, and of course it was gone! [email protected] seems to be about the only place that has it for a reasonable price, but it too isn't in stock until 1/12. I don't want to miss out on this set if it retires soon.
If anyone has other information, by all means, speak up. :)
But it seems most of the Exclusives were still plenty on the shelf by the store I go to.. hint hint LEGO.
Also, most of the TLG is now 'sold out', only the Comanche camp is left.
Unimog is back to 'call for ..availability' on LEGOs site. (TRU has them now at 229.99, likely due to the spend 60 and get 15 off promo they are doing)
I know it will never happen, but I am dying for a creator level Gothic church...someday....
So why not do a trifectia...
Do a Church, a Mosque, and a Buddhist Temple, all released at the same time, all at about the same size/part count. That should avoid any "you're playing favorites" and it gives everyone something to buy.
If they did a nice 2,000 part Church, it would probably be the first ever set my mother builds and displays in her house.
Also, you cannot please all the people all the time, and all religious groups have members that are a bit zealous when you try to portray their religion, even if it is a 'positive' light. What may appease many will irritate the other groups or even in their own religion, and then you get to the Atheists which is a whole other potential issue.
I can see why LEGO tries to stay away as I think it would be too much of a hassle. Also you may just turn off parents that do not want their kids toys having religious undertones, even if only one set, or a group of sets.
Extremist Christians may not like LEGO making Mosques for Muslims.
Extremist Muslims feeling TLG are making a mockery of their religion as a toy.
No different than trying a 'war' theme in LEGO IMO. You will likely irritate more people with it than if you avoid it (even though LEGO has danced around army type LEGO in the past).
I recommend watching the 5th episode of Babylon 5 series 1: The Parliament of Dreams. At least the ending.
As for extremists, I always thought the world would be better off if everyone just ignored them. But that's just me. You do make fair points.
And my vote goes for Taylor's of Harrogate tea, with their Yorkshire tea for everyday use.