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has anyone built for other people? how much did you charge for the work?

So, as the title indicates I have a opportunity to build sets for someone else, these are old sets unsorted and mixed together, they also want them glued (they want to just spray glue things, but I'm not sure that will give them what they want) so I'm wondering aside from costs for glue, what should I charge for the work? I don't yet know the number of sets involved or even if they can all be completely built from the parts being supplied. I'll know more in a few days. but I'd like to have a rough baseline for negotiating a price.

have you done something like this? how much did you charge per hour, or total (if total please detail what was done) Thanks in advance.


  • WatfordScottyMWatfordScottyM Member Posts: 499
    Good lord, I'd do that for fun!
  • GallardoLUGallardoLU Member Posts: 644
    well I suspect its somewhere over 10 sets all dumped together and will require lots of sorting. that's not something I consider "fun" also likely cleaning needed. If I can avoid the gluing they are asking for then I would be much more willing to build for a much lower number (they are offering to pay, but I don't know how much they are thinking or what I should ask for)
  • GallardoLUGallardoLU Member Posts: 644
    edited July 2015
    Akunthita thanks for that great write up, this will be my first time doing something like this, fortunately I've done parts of this work for myself before (sorting bulk lots, and cleaning bricks, and of course building sets) so I've got a good handle on time it will take for those parts of the process. the gluing factor though I'm not sure how much time to account to that. I'm thinking that I'll try and push for the Elmer's(school glue) route as I think it will be the cleanest end result and still give them the option of disassembling the models later if they so chose. also thanks for the price advice that will definitely help. I'll keep this thread updated as I go, as a sort of guide for anyone else who may find themselves in a similar opportunity.
  • akunthitaakunthita Member Posts: 1,038
    @GallardoLU, wishing you the best with your project! And yeah, keep us updated! It should be interesting. I would also advise them on Elmer's. Tell them about the value they loose by gluing the sets. That should help. ;)
  • GallardoLUGallardoLU Member Posts: 644
    well, I met with the client and we discussed the project, they agreed to Elmer's glue instead of the spray they had found. we agreed on a price based on the fact they thought there were 25 sets involved. so I take the sets, the boxes for the sets and the bag full of instruction books, and leave. turns out there are 62 sets of instruction books... after contacting them about the large number of instruction books, its agreed that I will focus on a small list of "priority sets" and then large vehicles. so now I'm faced with what to do after the priority sets, and larger vehicles are completed. I've got a large window to do the work in and most of the extra sets are smaller ones (~30usd each).

    so for anyone else who finds a job offer like this my immediate advice is to iron out all of the sets involved before settling on a price, I based my price on the size of the bins so I think I am still ok. also helps that a few sets are 90% complete, so all I have to do on those is glue them (and finish the little details that have fallen off.
  • andheandhe Member Posts: 3,913
    Out of interest, why do they want them glued? Is it for a shop display or play centre etc?
  • FauchFauch Member Posts: 2,662
    I would guess it's one of those glues you can eat without harm, since it's school glue?
  • GallardoLUGallardoLU Member Posts: 644
    according to the client, their child has a  habit of breaking the sets, and always needs help rebuilding them. so since the parents don't have time to continuously rebuild them, (and the child mainly likes the minifigs) they decided to glue them all and put them on display around his room. and Elmer's glue is non-toxic, though may cause some other discomfort if eaten in large amounts.
  • Brick_BreakdownBrick_Breakdown Member Posts: 90
    what sets are you building?
  • prevereprevere Member Posts: 2,923
    It would be awesome if you were gluing this for the client.
  • GallardoLUGallardoLU Member Posts: 644
    prevere said:
    It would be awesome if you were gluing this for the client.

    that set is in the bins, but was told not to worry about Lego Movie sets. as for other sets, its almost all of the DC sets, and Large Number of Avengers / Marvel sets.
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