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Predictions on Discontinuing Sets and their Secondary Market Value

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  • goshe7goshe7 Columbus, Ohio, USAMember Posts: 515
    Is anyone actually seeing it available online, or is "available" = "call to check product availability"?

    I've only seen the latter for several days with intermittent checks.
  • pingonedownpingonedown Member Posts: 5
    Showing sold out now on US [email protected]
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,105
    edited July 2014
    goshe7 said:

    Is anyone actually seeing it available online, or is "available" = "call to check product availability"?

    I've only seen the latter for several days with intermittent checks.

    It was available= 'Out of stock, expected ship date XXXXXXX' and then it was 'call for product availability' then 'Sold out' then 'out of stock...' again, then alternating between out of stock and sold out, etc etc.
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,917
    I'll take a few! :)
    Lego_Starspicemindstarwarfan77
  • starwarfan77starwarfan77 Member Posts: 341

    I'll take a few! :)

    me 2 where is that ?
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,421
    Looks like Toys R Us branding to me
  • vaspvasp USAMember Posts: 73
    The backordered GE at [email protected] usa placed in Mid june- received yesterday. Manufacture date is July first week 2014.

    I was under the impression [email protected] is trying to sell out old stock from multiple locations.

    Bottomline- GE is still being produced
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,105
    vasp said:

    The backordered GE at [email protected] usa placed in Mid june- received yesterday. Manufacture date is July first week 2014.

    I was under the impression [email protected] is trying to sell out old stock from multiple locations.

    Bottomline- GE is still being produced

    No one should be surprised, that is why it has been showing 'Out of stock, will ship on XXXXXX' and also 'sold out' they are likely finding enough materials to keep making the sets. However, pretty sure it is on its way out as it is due to be EOL this year (if previous timelines have shown us anything) and it keeps going from 'sold out' to 'out of stock', that tells me that they may have enough for boxes and other materials to pack up whole GEs but eventually they will run out for the line.

    And from what I have been told in the past by LEGO employes it is rare for them to return product back to LEGO to consolidate and sell.
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,917
    Shib said:

    Looks like Toys R Us branding to me

    TRU Canada. It was just an error, unfortunately. :-(
  • vaspvasp USAMember Posts: 73
    [email protected] us has GE in stock right now for those interested
  • dolphins79dolphins79 Member Posts: 29
    I just checked lego shop @ home and it says "sold out"? So how long was GE in stock?
  • twoninerkentwoninerken Member Posts: 48
    GE is currently showing as available with a ship date of 31 Jul 2014 at US [email protected]

    If you don't like the current GE availability status just wait an hour. ;)
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,105
    Sold out as of right now at US [email protected] In 30 minutes.. who knows?
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,105
    edited July 2014
    Appears that Amazon (US) is out of the #10220 VW Van. Wonder if this means it will run out at LEGO shortly.
    That and it appears that GE has been listed as 'Sold out' for about 2 days straight now.
  • joel4motionjoel4motion United KingdomMember Posts: 959

    Appears that Amazon (US) is out of the #10220 VW Van. Wonder if this means it will run out at LEGO shortly.
    That and it appears that GE has been listed as 'Sold out' for about 2 days straight now.

    Sold Out shown on both days but has also been available, check for availability and OOS on those days! I'm gonna bet it lasts the year, just putting it out there...
  • legogregorslegogregors Member Posts: 402
    GE is grinding away in the US back to "Out of stock, expected ship date 7 Aug 2014"

    If it ships in August will it include the mini mini promo or is that YMMV? Thanks,
  • TynamiteTynamite Member Posts: 1

    GE is grinding away in the US back to "Out of stock, expected ship date 7 Aug 2014"

    If it ships in August will it include the mini mini promo or is that YMMV? Thanks,

    What ever is in your cart is what they'll ship, right? I think you need to buy it in that month to get the exclusive. (I'm honestly guessing.)
  • chuckpchuckp NYMember Posts: 684
    ^ / ^^ I'm pretty sure @Tynamite is right and LEGO packs the boxes based on the cart/order. I believe the promos are tied to when you buy, not when it ships.

    I received 2 backordered items late last year that did not include the holiday promos even though they shipped during the promo period. However, LEGO shipped my Flashback Shredder fig 2 weeks ahead of my backordered GE.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,829
    Yes, quite often the promos are sent straight away as TLG don't have the means of holding them. They send them out to make sure they are allocated. The purchased stuff will then follow.
    Pitfall69
  • CircleKCircleK U.S. - Columbus, OhioMember Posts: 1,055
    ^ yep. My shredder shipped three days ago. My GE shipped today.
    Pitfall69
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,105

    Appears that Amazon (US) is out of the #10220 VW Van. Wonder if this means it will run out at LEGO shortly.
    That and it appears that GE has been listed as 'Sold out' for about 2 days straight now.

    Sold Out shown on both days but has also been available, check for availability and OOS on those days! I'm gonna bet it lasts the year, just putting it out there...
    Yeah, just checked today and saw it was 'available' again after I checked earlier this morning. I still think it is EOL by about now, or soon, and will run out of stock by end of year, because I do not see any stores getting stocks of these in their online stores.
  • littlepuppilittlepuppi Member Posts: 181
    could shops be sending them back to HQ and that is why it keeps coming "in stock"?
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,444
    From my understanding; Lego [email protected] stock comes from a different warehouse than Lego Brand Stores and their inventory isn't mingled together.
    madforLEGOchuckpLegoboy
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290
    ^ Brand Retail stores will occasionally shift inventory among each other (e.g. Portland sells Pet Shops briskly, they're currently out of stock, and their order sheets don't show any arriving soon. Another west coast store is showing a lot of inventory and a quick talk with the manager there confirms that she'd be happy to unload them because they received an ungodly amount). A couple years ago I was told that stores NEVER shipped inventory back to the warehouse, but I know it has happened a couple times since in what was explained as special circumstance and not a change in process.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,444
    ^It seems that Lego policies are very inconsistent. When the Limited Edition Crawler was for sale on [email protected], I placed an order. My friend ordered 2. They processed the orders and even charged our credit cards. After a few days I called [email protected] to inquire why my order hadn't been shipped yet and they said they don't have my order on record. Obviously, I was miffed, but asked if I could have one of the Brand Stores ship one to me because of the mix up and I was told that they cannot do that because she didn't have access to Lego Brand Stores inventory. She went on to say that [email protected] and Lego Brand Stores get their inventory from different places.
  • exciter1exciter1 Member Posts: 226
    So, is the Haunted House done? Has anyone seen it restocked recently?
  • brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
    I just ordered the VW Camper Van. I had previously owned 2 of them, but sold them all off. Seeing the variety of other great large scale cars, I think I want this one permanently in my collection, esp seeing the Mini, the Ghostbusters car (which I just ordered too), and the Back to the Future Delorean.

    The Camper was a really fun build, and I remember at the time, wanting to make a fleet with custom colors. Sorry to see LEGO retire sets such as this one. I think the Haunted House is the set I will most be bummed about them retiring. LOVE that set as a model, as a victorian house, and for the dollhouse-like play value.

    Thanks everyone for the heads up on potentially-possibly-maybe-soon-to-be-retiring-sets!
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,105
    exciter1 said:

    So, is the Haunted House done? Has anyone seen it restocked recently?

    Seen that Amazon (US) is out of them tempted to buy one more as they are listed as 'out of stock will ship xxxx' on LEGO.com (US)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,444

    exciter1 said:

    So, is the Haunted House done? Has anyone seen it restocked recently?

    Seen that Amazon (US) is out of them tempted to buy one more as they are listed as 'out of stock will ship xxxx' on LEGO.com (US)
    I'm not quite sure if HH is done yet. I'm thinking it will he in stock at Amazon around Halloween and make a push into the Christmas Holiday.

  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,105
    Pitfall69 said:

    exciter1 said:

    So, is the Haunted House done? Has anyone seen it restocked recently?

    Seen that Amazon (US) is out of them tempted to buy one more as they are listed as 'out of stock will ship xxxx' on LEGO.com (US)
    I'm not quite sure if HH is done yet. I'm thinking it will he in stock at Amazon around Halloween and make a push into the Christmas Holiday.

    Or Halloween will drive out remaining stocks and drive up the price between Halloween and Christmas.
  • LegofanscottLegofanscott Member Posts: 622
    edited July 2014
    Pitfall69 said:

    exciter1 said:

    So, is the Haunted House done? Has anyone seen it restocked recently?

    Seen that Amazon (US) is out of them tempted to buy one more as they are listed as 'out of stock will ship xxxx' on LEGO.com (US)
    I'm not quite sure if HH is done yet. I'm thinking it will he in stock at Amazon around Halloween and make a push into the Christmas Holiday.

    as the average lifetime for a set seems to be 2.5 years id imagine it'll be here into 2015?

    Hard to believe that set is coming up to 2 years old, where has the time gone! :O
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,444
    ^Yeah, that is what I was figuring. I don't see Lego not capitalizing on keeping HH in stock for another Halloween/Holiday season.
  • vwong19vwong19 San DiegoMember Posts: 1,188
    Someone pick a number between 1-4.

  • wilburwilbur Member Posts: 49
    2
  • MathBuilderMathBuilder Member Posts: 150
    ^^ pi, you never said it had to be an integer.
    red5
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,404
    Pitfall69 said:

    She went on to say that [email protected] and Lego Brand Stores get their inventory from different places.

    I think that's true; however, that doesn't keep them from calling around to the stores and having the stores ship a set out. The last time I had a similar issue, that's exactly what they did for me. But things may have changed at TLG since then and they may not be as willing to provide that level of customer service.
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,404

    as the average lifetime for a set seems to be 2.5 years id imagine it'll be here into 2015?

    There are so many sets that I could see EOLing at any moment. GE is definitely one, but there's also the Tower Bridge, Volkswagen, Sopwith Camel, Horizon Express, Arkhamm Asylum, Tumbler Chase, Batcave, multiple Iron Man sets, multiple Superman sets, Pirate Ship Ambush, all Galaxy Squad sets, and even the Death Star (since there are so many other SW UCS sets) just to name a few.

    It used to be more predictable, but now resellers just have to roll the dice and pick what they think will go, which is an intended or unintended consequence of TLG's EOL policy. Why would TLG want a potential consumer to spend $2000 on a UCS MF (that TLG originally sold to the seller for a mere few hundred dollars) when the potential consumer could spend that same $2000 on products directly from TLG stores or [email protected]?
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,257
    I'll be very surprised if HH goes this year.
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Chicago Burbs USA (and sometimes Ireland)Member Posts: 1,004
    4
  • brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
    @Farmer_John Well NOW I'm depressed! Kidding - I think your point about how many potentially-retiring sets there could be also underscores how many amazing sets LEGO is releasing nowadays. I was surprised to even see that Tower Bridge is still in production!
  • 09090900909090 Member Posts: 47
    Do any of you guys have idea how long will Arkham Asylum Breakout stick around? I want to get one myself sooner or later but I fear that they won't be available for much longer.
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,922
    ^I asked the 8 ball. It said, "outlook does not look good". Take that for what it's worth.

    http://www.ask8ball.net/
    pharmjodbrickupdateRainstorm26tamamahm0909090MathBuilderBumblepantscloaked7
  • brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
    @prevere That sums up 406 pages of this thread! (which I have - admittedly - obsessed over every post!)
    Rainstorm26Dadprevere
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,105

    @Farmer_John Well NOW I'm depressed! Kidding - I think your point about how many potentially-retiring sets there could be also underscores how many amazing sets LEGO is releasing nowadays. I was surprised to even see that Tower Bridge is still in production!

    I'm guessing though that TB is also EOL by end of this year.
  • DougoutDougout Member Posts: 888
    so many cool lego sets coming out.....not many sets leaving yet........WAY too many choices right now
  • MathBuilderMathBuilder Member Posts: 150
    LOL this 8 ball thing is cool, ridiculous, addictive, stupid and gr8 all at the same time.
    I asked 4 questions non LEGO related and it told me exacltly what I wanted/expected to hear.
    My fifth question was: Will Arkham retire before Orthanc? And the answer was: Ask again later.
    brickupdateprevere
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,922
    I found it helps to include the set # when asking the 8 ball.
    JamesJTpharmjod
  • OdinduskOdindusk Member Posts: 763
    "Will I successfully complete this final year of physical therapy school?"

    My sources say no.


    "...your...sources? What does that mean? Has someone ordered a hit on me or something?"

    It is certain.

    That's enough internet for one day I think.
    LegoManiaccsidersddBrickDancerpharmjodBrickarmordougts
  • LegoManiaccLegoManiacc Member Posts: 116
    ^Just to get an expert opinion for you, I added the ? at the end...

    That's enough internet for one day I think?

    Signs point to yes.
    pharmjodOdinduskdougts
  • Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,404
    prevere said:

    ^I asked the 8 ball. It said, "outlook does not look good". Take that for what it's worth.

    I prefer throwing chicken bones...plus I get a meal out of the deal. ;-)
    pharmjod
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