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What Do You Folks Think Of This Lot? (Background First - Feel Free To Skip)

Good morning all, I hope everything is awesome for you and yours!!  :smile: 

After examining all the pictures of all the bulk lots up for bidding, I have landed on the one I am planning on going for.  This will be my first time buying a bulk amount, but probably not my last.  The primary driver is not to brick it out for cash, or to try to assemble entire sets to sell.  This summer, my wife is putting on a free build event aimed primarily at underprivileged kids, though all kids are more than welcome to come.  The goal is to have the kids work on problem solving and cooperative play to resolve the challenge laid out.

The organization we work with to do these kinds of programs has set a cap on the event at "about 20" kids.  We have enough Lego in our personal collection to host the event... but we decided we should buy a bulk lot of Lego specifically for this event.  This way we can either (a) not worry about it if little pockets end up containing Legos on the way out the door, or (b) we could make small baggies up ahead of the event to send home with the kiddos (I'm envisioning this to be a good destination for any non-Lego in the lot maybe).

All that being said... at the end of the event, the bulk of the Legos will be coming back home for my daughter and I to enjoy, so I want to ensure the lot we're bidding on is a decent one (mostly Lego, etc).  I was wondering if some of you fine folks would look these pictures over and let me know what you think?  It's a 41 pound bulk lot, current high bid $126.  We have family in the area, so shipping is a non-issue.  It appears to be mostly Lego to me, though there is a Kre-O book in one of the pictures.  I (and my family) greatly appreciate it!!

Thanks for taking the time to help us out!!


  • The_IveysThe_Iveys Member Posts: 64
    Good evening all.  I found an ad on CL, complete with pictures, for the lot listed in the subject line.  I know that the average going rate for bulk Lego in the US is $5 - $7 a pound, with specialty pieces causing a higher price.  It appears this lot has quite a lot of Star Wars in it.  I was contemplating offering the seller $250, but I don't want to be accused of lowballing - not what I'm trying to do.  Given all this, is $350 a fair price?  Is $250 closer?  I just want to be fair to the seller.

    Thanks all!!
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 1,303
    $250 is more than fair for Craigslist.
  • samiam391samiam391 Member Posts: 4,487
    The worst thing that they can say no!
  • Kevin_HyattKevin_Hyatt Member Posts: 778
    Once you've picked out all the broken/discoloured LEGO, Megablocks, toy cars, pennies and marbles you'll be lucky to have 25lbs of decent LEGO.
    Go $200 for starters.
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Member Posts: 4,027
    ^ Spot the Yorkshireman ;-)
  • The_IveysThe_Iveys Member Posts: 64
    Thanks for the feedback everyone - I truly appreciate it!!
  • FauchFauch Member Posts: 2,662
    there is a container, I think for megablocks Halo.
  • The_IveysThe_Iveys Member Posts: 64
    @Fauch - you're correct.  That elevator looking thing in picture 4 is from Mega Bloks Halo Cryo-Lab - just found it on the MB page.  Bad news - it's in there.  Good news - it's only 72 pieces.  :smile:   Good eye, and thank you so very much for catching that!
  • brickboilerbrickboiler Member Posts: 9

    It looks to be mostly Lego, but you never know what is at the bottom.  I would imagine the quoted weight includes the instructions and the container.  There appears to be a Whitecap Bay set from POTC by the mermaids on top.

    I have bought a few lots from  Be prepared to wash everything thoroughly, and hope that it didn't come from a smoking home.  I do think goodwill is a good source for bulk lots (as long as you are ready to invest the time to sort and clean), but it is a known source so you will have competition (possibly from those you are soliciting advice from!).  Good luck with it!

  • The_IveysThe_Iveys Member Posts: 64
    Thanks a bunch @brickboiler - sage words all around.  :smile:   The current high bidder put in one of those "auto max bids" VERY early in the process and remains the high bidder now.  May be in for a dogfight here... as I wants this bin!!   B) >:)  

    Thanks again!!
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290
    @The_Iveys: If threads like these are going to be a regular occurrence (and it's fine if they are) please create a single master thread.
  • The_IveysThe_Iveys Member Posts: 64
    Gotcha @rocao -- will do!
  • ecmo47ecmo47 Member Posts: 2,101

    I'd be a bit leery of posting such items. You might attached some unwanted competition. That said, it's a huge lot and looks fairly clean. The POTC minfigs look strategically placed in the picture so I'd assume that there are very few minifigs. A decent price for bulk parts is about $5-6 a pound so don’t go over much over $200.00.

  • adukaduk Member Posts: 155
    Good spot on the strategic nature of the minifigures - in a lot this size what is the probability of 2 or 3 minifigures from the same set being on the top? Although you can see a few others peeking out - good luck with your bidding!
  • FauchFauch Member Posts: 2,662
    I wonder if the red tread on the first shot is from ninjago, makes me think of warrior's bike or maybe garmatron
  • AceCobra1AceCobra1 Member Posts: 565
    edited May 2015
    Once you've picked out all the broken/discoloured LEGO, Megablocks, toy cars, pennies and marbles you'll be lucky to have 25lbs of decent LEGO.
    Go $200 for starters.
    I just found a rock in mine lot! There were some hardned chewing gum as well yuck!

    On my other lot, I found a shilling lol
  • The_IveysThe_Iveys Member Posts: 64
    Thanks again everyone for all the support & feedback.  I bid this lot up to a number I was comfortable with ($300), but someone else had a higher comfort number than I - so I lost out on this lot.  I think the high-bidder was probably an online seller and saw dollar signs with all the possible sets in the lot, not to mention the loose bricks.  Ah well, can't blame them for wanting to make some extra $$$!!   B)  Onwards to the next lot(s) I go!
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