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Different way to sell Lego: Self-pick!

NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
A while back I bought a couple of 80/90s job lots that contained 3 train sets I wanted to build. Once that was done I tried to dispose of the said lots. This proved to be tricky. I got a lot of interest, but as the lots were quite mixed, with Castle/Pirate/Town/Space sets, nobody wanted it all. I kept getting requests for parts of the lot that people wanted, which I declined until one guy made a suggestion. He asked to pop round to build the sets he wanted himself, after thinking about it, I thought why not? You can pick your own fruit, why not the same with Lego?

I then advertised people could build their own sets and 3 people turned up to build sets. One wanted Classic Space, another Town and the last guy wanted Blackthron/underwater sets. It turned out to be quite fun to build with total strangers. It took a lot longer than first thought, so they came back the next few days.
Price-wise I had agreed prices beforehand, but of course the sets where not complete, so they all haggeled. Bear in mind they had spent a lot of time building the sets, I did have the upper hand so they where easy to deal with.
After sorting out Castle/Pirate bricks/figures for a customer, I sold the rest to a guy whom wanted a pile of building bricks. So I got rid of it all, in an unusal way.

Of course a bit risky to invite strangers to build with you, but it was great fun. The buyers helped each other rather than consentrate on their own builds. We discussed sorting technics and what sets we liked. A guy turned up to buy a train set I was selling and he brought his older brother along whom looked at the Lego spread out over the floor and us building. I could see he was unsure what to do. Half of him wanted to join, but the other half thought he was an adult and could not build with Lego... It must be an instict grown up men have, to sit down and help out sorting or building.

While none of us shared the same interest/themes in Lego, there was no disrespect. Even the guy whom turned up to look through my Star Wars figures, was left to it without anybody sticking their noses up. (He was into modern Lego, while the rest of us were into vintage...)
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  • TheBigLegoskiTheBigLegoski Amsterdam, NederlandMember Posts: 1,435
    @Norlego
    Thanks for sharing this story. Nice experiment. Very interesting to read.
    madforLEGO
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    Seriously, this is very interesting. If I were single, I might consider doing something similar, but it still would creep me out to have perfect strangers in my house building Lego. I would love to be a fly on the wall to see who walked through the door :)
    Furrysaurus
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    What does being single or not, have to do with any of this???? I doubt your partner cares much for what you do with your Lego...

    You dont have to do this from home, you could rent a hall that or similiar. I was thinking of doing that rather than have to work from the floor. Which is hard on your knees after a few hours...
    TheBigLegoski
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    ^Rent a hall to invite people to pull and build Lego sets out of your job lot box? I guess things are just done differently in the US :)

    I was assuming you invited people into your home to build Lego yes? That is why I said "If I was single". I also have children. You said yourself that it was risky to invite strangers to build with you; I wouldn't put my family into a risky situation.

    Again, it is an interesting idea. I suppose it is no different than placing a Craigslist ad and having someone go through your stuff.
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    The "risky" bit is more about spending 5-6 hours with a stranger building, not that the stranger would harm you. Maybe I was lucky and got "normal" people. It would have been different if a buyer had poor social skills and ruined the experiance for the rest.

    If you feel it is risky (or prefer not to) to invite strangers into your home, then renting a village hall would be an option. I cant see what sort of danger your offspring would be exposed to in that situation.

    I suppose you have a point that things are done differently in the US and it might not be possible over there.
    CoraHarrison
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    ^Yeah, renting a "small hall" in my area would cost $100's of dollars. It wouldn't be worth the trouble, especially if you were wanting to make a profit. 
  • SuperTrampSuperTramp City 17Member Posts: 1,021
    It costs that where I am, we don't call it the village hall though.

    It's called upstairs in the pub.
    CoraHarrisonLostInTranslation
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,483
    Pitfall69 said:
    ^Yeah, renting a "small hall" in my area would cost $100's of dollars. It wouldn't be worth the trouble, especially if you were wanting to make a profit. 
    Wonder how much renting a a VFW hall costs for a day?
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 937
    I agree. Anytime a stranger is present, you bring a lot of trust into the situation. If I don't know you, I'm not going to automatically trust you. Especially around young children and my family. And also around LEGO.

    I'm sure it was fun building with other people since no one was trying to build the exact same thing. But I'd be really hesitant doing it. I'd rather just sit on the LEGO until it sold or keep it and not worry about it a profit loss.
  • natro220natro220 USAMember Posts: 545
    What happens when two randos you invited want the same thing, is there some kind of rock paper scissors to decide who gets it? Or do things get violent?
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    No, "Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock"
    SumoLegoSethro3pharmjod
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,024
    ^ Paper disproves Spock...
    Pitfall69bobabricks
  • mrfuturemrfuture NorwayMember Posts: 31
    edited July 2015

    As one of the people that turned up on the Norlegos sale. I'm the guy with the Classic space stuff. This was a new experience for me to. This was a fun thing to do.

    I aimed for just the Classic parts and in the end i ended up with 20 space sets when building at home and still got a lot of extra parts. Some parts missing but mainly since they was in a different colour that the Classic Space (Blue, Grey, white and trans parts) + space parts.

    Some of the people if i'm right was not complete strangers. Some of us had been in contact before the meeting. But I had not met any of the other visitors before.

    This is something i may do again. With Norlego definite :)

    NorlegosnowhitieCoraHarrisonSirBen
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    Maybe I was a bit unclear. People replied to ads I had put out. They did not turn up without prior arrangement. I also agreed a price for the sets they wanted to build. (They had seen the manuals in the ad.) When they turned up, they did build a lot more than just what they had planed as they found more sets.

    Not sure I should mention this, but I and mrfuture did a bit of skip-diving for Lego. I had seen some 80s Lego in a skip nearby, so we went back. Not a vast amount, but there were a couple of figures, classic space parts, 2 doors for a 12V train and some Technic wheels. I should of dug around as I am sure there was more Lego in the skip, but I only took what I could see.
    mrfutureSirBen
  • mrfuturemrfuture NorwayMember Posts: 31
    edited July 2015

     I have to add that I did not plan for those 20 sets. I bought the space lot only as parts.
    I had seen pictures of the lot with the Classic space parts and reconized a few sets. I was planning to only build one or two sets and have the rest as parts for MOCs.

    But when I was back home and started to sort trough the parts I got. I started to see more sets. So i just continued to see how many sets I ended up with. :D
    At one time i felt a bit like Benny in the Lego movie when hr finally build his ship :D

    https://flic.kr/p/thkzPb

    snowhitieNorlego
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    What the heck is a "skip"?
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    xiahnaGothamConstructionCoandheSumoLego
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    Although the smell might not be quite right!
    Pitfall69SirKevbagsRainstorm26xiahnapharmjod
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    edited July 2015
    Not all skips are for rubbish. I walked past one and people were throwing timber in it. One person stood guard so nobody nicked anything. The timber was to be reclaimed and sold, as there was value in it.
    A skip like the one on the photo above is purely rubbish, but a skip outside a private home is a different matter. (The skip I dived in was full of 80s toys, sadly all just chucked in so a fair bit broke in the process.) This is less common now, as people are better at selling stuff online.
    mrfuture
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    Oh man, I think I draw the line at "skip diving" (dumpster in the US). 
    dougts
  • TheBigLegoskiTheBigLegoski Amsterdam, NederlandMember Posts: 1,435
                                   
    Pitfall69 said:
    ^Rent a hall to invite people to pull and build Lego sets out of your job lot box? I guess things are just done differently in the US :)

    I was assuming you invited people into your home to build Lego yes? That is why I said "If I was single". I also have children. You said yourself that it was risky to invite strangers to build with you; I wouldn't put my family into a risky situation.

    Again, it is an interesting idea. I suppose it is no different than placing a Craigslist ad and having someone go through your stuff.
    Seems they only had a weeee bit of innocent brick fun at Norlego's lodgings. No need to worry about the family, and certainly not when you are not in the sheep herding business.

    But he might want to keep the Celtic and Ranger fans apart. That is in case Norlego happens to dwell in Glasgow. Though in that case they are usually pie-eyed anyway, so he can always dump them in a skip.

    Norlego
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    It's known as skip ratting from my part of the world, can't think why ;-)
    ShibGothamConstructionCo
  • mrfuturemrfuture NorwayMember Posts: 31

    I did not know what skip was ether but since I knew from what Norlego was writing, it must have been the container we looked in and picked some Lego parts. 

    Not my normal Activity, but since we found something interesting we did it.

  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    SirKevbagsmatticus_bricksShibSethro3Rainstorm26bobabricksGalactuspharmjodLordofLego
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,328
    edited July 2015
    Is a Skip something that a "dust bin lorry" (garbage truck in the USA) would pick up?   @Pitfall69 watching BritComs here on the US on PBS helps gives us the latest UK vernacular!   :p

    This may make it more understandable....   :D

    snowhitie
  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    Istokg said:
    Is a Skip something that a "dust bin lorry" (garbage truck in the USA) would pick up?
    No. It's what a skip lorry would pick up. In LEGO terms, that's #42024.

    #4432 would he a dust bin lorry, although I don't think you're allowed to call them that anymore but have to talk about refuse collection vehicles.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,313
    ^ and operated by refuse disposal officers.
  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    CCC said:
    ^ and operated by refuse disposal officers.
    They've obviously all been promoted - I remember them as simply being "waste removal operators".
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,024
    Pitfall69 said:
    Where's my paaaants?
    LordofLego
  • KiwiLegoMeisterKiwiLegoMeister New ZealandMember Posts: 212
    Pitfall69 said:
    Seriously, this is very interesting. If I were single, I might consider doing something similar, but it still would creep me out to have perfect strangers in my house building Lego. I would love to be a fly on the wall to see who walked through the door :)


    I'm in agreement with you #Pitfall69 - although not necessarily for the same reason! 

    I can see a new form of speed-dating. Table of 8 stuff - 4 single men; 4 single women; all strangers, all with a love of Lego. 

    Sit at a table and build. Spot your compatible partner - do they like the same themes? Are they too competitive? Are your builds complementary? Do they have good eye for detail? colour co-ordination?

    Do they sort their loose bricks out? Ppick up and put away their spares? Do they build only from plans, or can they think outside the square? Do they dictate or consult? Do they cut corners; do a half-ass job of construction?  Do they get frustrated? Angry? Heaps of psychology coming through here.

    And at the end of it all, you could find a mate who won't deny you or berate you your true love - Lego.

    NorlegomrfuturekhmellymelherbyderbysnowhitieLordofLego
  • GallardoLUGallardoLU USAMember Posts: 644
    this could be a great community event, (and might already be in some places) it would be fun to organize a group of people each one brings a donation set as payment, and then all bags and boxes are dumped into a pile. each person picks from the instruction books which set they would like to take home and then you all start building. at the end of it all each person now has a new set (already paid for) and likely new friends, all the extra parts can be divided amongst those that want them :)
    Norlegomrfuturesnowhitie
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    Rather than bringing a donation, a group could just buy one large joblot and then build up the sets. (Or 2-3 lots of different age to get a varity of sets/age/themes.) The cost per person would not be much. Then divide everything at the end of the day/evening. (If this is held in the US, there would have to be a strickt no-fighting rule....)
  • pvancil27pvancil27 Member Posts: 588
    You forgot to mention screaming yeehah while driving away.
    Pitfall69Shibnatro220bobabrickspharmjodLordofLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,024
    Since when are all Americans from Texas?

    And there would be five police cars haplessly trailing behind.  And the Budweiser Clydesdales following as well...

    I'm thinking nobody would understand our New Yawk or Jersehey accents where we would fight over the bottle of bronzer, a Bud Light Lime, and hop into our louvered rear-window Camaro yelling fuhgettaboutit!
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    The thing about Americans is that they sterotype themselves far to easily... No-one else needs to do it!

    I dont have fear for humankind, so let strangers into my home to pick up Lego or items they have bought. Never have my children been put in harms way. Often my girls have been very curious when the buyers have come round.
    Likewise, when I sell Lego at my carboot stall, I often leave it unattended while I go walkies. Maybe I lead a careless lifestyle, but I just cant worry about what might happen if I do something.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    It is obvious that you have an issue with Americans and that is fine...I found your comment about Americans interesting and was having a little fun with the stereotype, but if that is what you truly believe, so be it.

    No, you can't worry about everything, but you have to have show some caution in certain situations; especially with your family. 

    What I have learned from this thread is that I now need to put "Lego comes from a Pet, Smoke and Dumpster(Skip) Free Home" in my Ebay listings ;)

    Norlegonatro220pharmjod
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    Dumpters, trust issues and stereotypical Americans aside; I do like the idea of renting a hall and having people come to build and what not. I would love to host an event where people can bring their Lego for sale and have LuG's set up displays. It would be very much like a Comic Con, but all about Lego. There could be building competitions and seminars on building techniques. 
    mrfuture
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    I dont have an issue with Americans, but I do have an issue with seeing danger where there is none.

    Somebody further up suggested a pub, and I think that might be a better place than village halls. You do get thirsty after building for a few hours and most pubs have function rooms to hire for a cheap rate. So all you have to say to your wife is that you are going to the pub for the evening, she does not need to know you are going to be playing with Lego. It could be your little secret...
    Pitfall69TheBigLegoskisnowhitie
  • GallardoLUGallardoLU USAMember Posts: 644
    edited July 2015
    and now I feel like I should open a bar somewhere and call it "The Toy Store" standard bar up front (possibly an arcade too)  with a secret Lego club in back, no one would ever guess that its actually a front for an organized Lego gang, Muhahahaa! AFOLs by day MAFOLs by night B)
    NorlegomrfuturesnowhitieGalactus
  • mrfuturemrfuture NorwayMember Posts: 31
    Pitfall69 said:
    I would love to host an event where people can bring their Lego for sale and have LuG's set up displays. It would be very much like a Comic Con, but all about Lego. There could be building competitions and seminars on building techniques. 
    Sound a bit like some of the LUG events I have been to. But it could be interesting to see how that one turned out.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,024
    There was a bar named "The Office" in my town.  

    "I'm staying late at 'The Office' this evening." 

    Probably only worked once before it caught on.. 
    Pitfall69snowhitie
  • ricecakericecake Maryland, USAMember Posts: 879
    There was a bar near my university called The Library.
    SumoLegoandhe
  • mrfuturemrfuture NorwayMember Posts: 31
    I recently bought a small Classic space lot (again) that the seller had found thowed in the backyard garbage. it was 928 and 2 other medium size sets and a few smaler sets.
    Overall good looking. But some was missing parts.
  • xiahnaxiahna Member Posts: 156
    Norlego said:
    I cant see what sort of danger your offspring would be exposed to in that situation.

    Are you serious? No way would I put my kids in that situation! I agree with Pitfall69 If I was single I may think about it. Unfortunately renting spaces where we are isn't really a viable option with community areas costing a fair bit, but it is an interesting idea. I can see it now tho, the next reality show...  
    VorpalRyu
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    xiahna said:
    Norlego said:
    I cant see what sort of danger your offspring would be exposed to in that situation.

    Are you serious? No way would I put my kids in that situation! I agree with Pitfall69 If I was single I may think about it. Unfortunately renting spaces where we are isn't really a viable option with community areas costing a fair bit, but it is an interesting idea. I can see it now tho, the next reality show...  
    Well, we have American Pickers here, so they can have British Self Pickers there :)
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,434
    People who refuse to see danger where there is none will also not see danger when there IS some. I'm not willing to risk my family. 
    xiahna
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 449
    I suppose I am fearless. Tomorrow I am going to enter a strangers home to buy some Lego. If my children had been around, they would of joined me. (Would of been difficult to stop them as I am buying Hogwarth castle amongst others...) It is a 3 hours drive from where I live, so of course the lady might turn around and say no she wont sell. Never happened before, but there is a risk of that. What I am not fearing is to come in harms way. (The lady had a sexy voice if anything...)
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