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#10184 looks like 19-something small town USA, a reminder of the days when LEGO did not put a helicopter in every other set :D
#60097 looks like a downtown of a metropolitan. Honestly though, it needs 1 more building and 1 less helicopter
But who know why they were buying, it is a pretty good parts pack and with a partout value of $424.74AUD they could have been after cheap parts or maybe they run a BL store etc.
With that said there is some sellers who will buy sets on sale and flip straight away. There is a pretty big seller on eBay (and Gumtree) who is known to rock up to Myer/Big W etc. and load up trolley loads of the on sale exclusives (Much to the disgust of many Lego enthusiast) and he seems to manage to sell a number of current sets at above RRP (Mainly due to local availability).
With #60097 this seller is actually selling it for $222.99 shipped, so after fees he is down to about $194 and then he has to pay postage which best case scenario (Besides local pickup) he is up for $20 which give him a profit of only $15.60. Although I guess he may use 5% off gift cards etc to pay for the items so add another $8 to his profit. This is all assuming he got them at 20% off the $198 price ($158.40).
Certainly in the US, resellers have a part to play in the shortage. The brickpickers are all over the JW stuff. Elsewhere, I would have thought that there wasn't much expectation and therefore less stock, could be wrong but no one I know has any interest and the kids in the family certainly have none.
Just an FYI on the Jurassic World sets...
I was able to get the last one I needed - Raptor Rampage - from TRU online yesterday. Seems they still have it. Other than that, like others have said, they are all completely gone from my area.
(With all of this said, I didn't see the movie. Was it actually that good to warrant this?)
Couldn't have put it better myself. It by no means is a great movie in the terms of cinema being an art, but 9 times out of 10, I just want to be entertained. And I was, thoroughly.
Add that to the fact that I didn't have any of the previous dinosaur-related LEGO sets...
...my son is 3 and LOVES dinosaurs, it was a no-brainer to get the entire theme.
but what do we think makes a good retired set?
We we know that all Lego sets will retire that's not an issue. Of course some themes have a bigger draw Star Wars, Potter etc etc.
are big expensive exclusives due to be guarantees as the number of sets in circulation aw probably less?
Sometimes it's a small theme that strikes a chord and is then later sought after.
I know you get those that collect the trains and I get that. Guess just a bit of opinions on whT makes a future winner.
of recent sets I really like the Arctix City theme and since it won't continue might be a decent future earner.
new to the forums but I enjoy hearinf all sorts of opinions. So maybe give a choice of a good future theme or ate as well as other thoughts about it all. Cheers
(PS you're about to get a load of 'you should post in the existing thread' and similar!)
And welcome to the forum!
obviously dont read the whole thing, but that's the proper location of this same topic.
@CCC and @Kevin_Hyatt hit the nail on the head though, buy low sell hi, and target rare sets (typically larger sets-but not always, or those from limited release areas).
Fewer people buying what's you're stocking up on means less supply = increased prices because demand is not satisfied. The only reason why prices rise in the aftermarket is because there's a supply shortage
Simple as that. Lots of shooting oneself in the foot goes on here and that other site
Except for the Ninjago Dareth polybag. Even if there are none available, nobody will want one.
Or will they...
If you have a 200-250$ for investment, what will you buy and why you speculate this set will increase.
There are a few in my list :
#76023 The tumbler. Pretty cool design, doubt they will make more of it. Will be iconic when new batman movies will be released.
#10232 Palace cinema. It is a great modular, and this is a corner which we dont have that much.
#10218 petshop. I still dont know about this one. seems too many people are buying this one to resell it.
#10247 Ferris Wheel. I believe this one will increase in price in long-term unless they make a new one. Pretty amazing build.
#76042 The SHIELD helicarrier. Although it is more expensive that what I suggested, this is a cool build. But I am not sure. The risks are there because of the price. Could win a lot or could not make any profits. More like gambling on this one.
#10234 Sydney opera house. Lots of discussion about it in the last few pages. Big question mark on this one.
#10244 Fairground mixer. This one look very nice for investment. Not that expensive.
#70810 Metablbear sea cow. Although it is from lego movie, it is still a boat so the price might go up.
and of course, all UCS star wars
So what are you thoughts?
I'd stay far away from Sea Cow. I think the price poiints on Opera House and Helicarrier might be a red flag also, especially Opera House, which probably has a pretty niche audience.
It wouldn't be too difficult to do, and maybe I will someday when I don't have a 3-year-old and a 3-week-old commanding my attention, but I wonder if there's a correlation between minifig sets and increased prices in the future?
I ask because I, for one, only really purchase those sets. Yes that's just me, but I'd imagine there are more out there like that too. It's a combination of loving minifigs and greater playability to me. So something like the Helicarrier has ZERO appeal to me. Yes, it comes with minifigs, but it isn't a set they can be used in if that makes sense. The same with the Sydney Opera House. It's a beautiful set, but does nothing for me as it's not minifig scale.
The ONLY exception I have to this rule is that I buy Architecture sets of the places my wife and I have been, but other than that I've eliminated things like the Tumbler from my want list.
Again, that could be just me because I'm more in the LEGO as a toy camp than as a collectible or piece of art. (Although I do sure like to collect the heck out of it!)
#10218 is heavily hoarded I think, although I do have my fair share as the same happened with #10197 and it still went up in value even though every man and his dog had 20 of them.
#10224 Niche audience perhaps, but then that means less likely to be hoarded!
I've been saving to get the SHIELD Helicarrier (SH) in another 10 days during this double VIP event when I can also get the extra Christmas set, but I'm only considering getting one at this point. There are a lot of pseudo-negative comments about the SH's afterlife, but I have a hunch that it will do better than expected. If I was filthy rich, I would probably grab a couple more SHs during a double VIP event (alas, I'm not).
I also like the Tumbler and the Parisian Restaurant in the long run. Additionally, I think that LotR and a couple of The Hobbit sets will do well in the long run too. The may take some time to appreciate, but I'm confident they'll never be done again in my lifetime.