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The one that got away thread

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  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,131
    gelkster said:
    Is St Cloud a Technic hotspot or something?🤔🤔
    I just meant a lot of people live near there. People who don’t have to drive 3 hours :)
    gelksterTkatt
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,811
    ^ & ^^ ...and the St. Cloud-area Super Secret Technic Cabal breathes a sigh of relief... "Looks like we're still Secret, guys!" :)
    AstrobricksgelksterBrainsluggedTkattBumblepantsMaffyDtiminchicagocatwrangler
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 984
    I’m a bit premature with this...

    Someone a short drive from me is selling the Queen Anne’s Revenge for £70. Typical. I’ve messaged him to see if he’ll take a PayPal deposit but I doubt he will. 

    Someone please offer some words of wisdom along the lines of me being a hero and saving lives by not leaving my home. 

    Would you go out for a bargain set?

    andheJackad7Pate5346
  • truck730truck730 Member Posts: 265
    Smokey and the bandit springs to mind.if you do risk it at least clean down the box or quarantine it for 3-5 days
    andhe
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Wisconsin Member Posts: 524
    Found an Ebay listing for $125 with queen anne's revenge, whitecap bay, Pirate Ship Ambush, Town Plan 'Cinema', T-6 Jedi fighter, and probably about $200 of small batman and city sets. Was super excited but trying to be a savvy ebay bidder and wait til the last minute backfired when they ended the auction 8 hours early. I'm going to be bothered by it for awhile.
    Pyrobugandhe
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 984
    He kindly messaged me to say that the Queen Anne’s Revenge sold yesterday after he reduced the price to £50. It was complete and had the box. Someone broke the government’s advice for an absolute bargain.
    Switchfoot55andhe
  • SilentModeSilentMode UKMember Posts: 550
    I missed out on the original Triple Decker Couch set, if that counts.
    560Heliport
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,889
    LuLego said:
    Someone broke the government’s advice for an absolute bargain.
    Maybe they have a different definition of "essential".

    Or maybe they collected during their exercise session, staying 2m apart while collecting from the doorstep.
    andhe
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 984
    I was so tempted to run there (my other hobby) and call it my daily exercise. 
  • karmajaykarmajay NCMember Posts: 46
    The front page article got me fired up about this - At xmas I went to the Lego store and bought my wife a few sets and spent my budget. I was walking out and they had one Lego 70840 for like 100 off and I stared at it for a few mins and like an idiot said "There will be time after the holidays". But there wasn't and every time I see a picture of it and look it up and it is around past $500 :(
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 509
    Brickset has new photo of 1610.  This tube was recently sold on eBay and current owner outbid me.  Not overly happy to be looking at a reminder of recent lose like that.  On the other hand it's not that important of piece for my collect, I already have both 610 versions.  It also wasn't a complete set as far as I could tell.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,889
    Not so much one that got away, but one (actually 4) that came back!
    I found four packs of these hidden away in a box in a box in a drawer. I knew I had some somewhere, I don't think I'd seen these ones since about 2014.
    karmajayPyrobugpanchox1datsunrobbiemsandersstlux
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607
    edited July 31
    I'm LIVID right now. FB marketplace seller had this up a day. I contacted her last night regarding its availability. She said it was. I messaged her 2x more asking for day/time that works for her for.pickup, & said I'm available ALL DAY today (& Sat am) to.get it. She SEES my replies but doesnt answer.

    I message her just now to see what's going on. She says SOLD & it was picked up already 😡🤬😡

    #8034 ($78 on Bricklink)
    #8840 ($20 on BL)
    #8720 ($105 on BL & the ONLY ONE in the USA)

    all for.$10. 😫😫😫
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607
    Not sure if this loss is worse than the Skopio-XV1 I lost out on 18 months ago
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,933
    ^^I've just come to accept this as the standard for 90% of my interactions on the FB marketplace. Quick response at first, then silence, ultimately followed by a message that it has been sold to someone else. 

    Sorry you weren't able to snag it!
    gelkster
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,569
    There are several #8720 available on ebay, but of course not for that kind of a deal. Only mentioning it because the one that was on Bricklink is now gone. 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,889
    You may well find the other person offered them $15 instead, so they went with them.
    Switchfoot55
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,811
    I'm still wondering why I only bought one #75035 Kashyyyk Troopers. I always meant to get at least a couple more, but never did. Stupid! NIB start at 3x RRP now. I don't want it that bad!
    Bumblepants
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607
    There are several #8720 available on ebay
    I don't use ebay, & I wasnt necessarily looking for 8720
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607
    edited August 1
    OK this isn't allowing me to post pics but there is a #42077 in a clear store display case near me. The seller is asking $50 but is impossible to deal with. I've decided I'm done playing tag with him.

    "Doesn't  understand" PayPal or Venmo, or that he can just give me his address & leave the damn thing outside & through the wizardry of Google Maps I'll exchange it for the cash. Told him I've done it SEVERAL times that way.

    Have gone back & forth with him all week on it (communication spotty at best). Told him the best time for me to pickup was the past 2 days. Now he says his wife is sick & "doesnt want to deal with this right now." "DEAL" with what??? It's not even a hassle!!

    @560Heliport
    @Astrobricks
    @Tkatt
    @thenos
    any other MN forum members

    it's in Stillwater MN even though the FB Mktplace listing says Grantsburg  Wisc (which I was ALSO willing to travel to). If you'd even like to pass it on to me I can deal in your favor- you'd have earned it by actually getting it away from this goofball.
  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 578
    edited August 1
    If my wife was sick, I wouldn't want to be dealing with selling anything either, regardless of what you may consider "no hassle". 

    I also wouldn't be particularly fussed about dealing with somebody who demands payment by some mechanism that I (for whatever reason) don't want to use, or demand I just leave it outside the door when I may not feel comfortable doing so. 

    It's his set, he's not obliged to sell it at all, let alone to somebody who seems pretty entitled to have things done "their way."

    (Also to somebody who, only yesterday, was "livid" that they had missed out on another Facebook marketplace sale, and doesn't seem to understand that that's all par for the course of buying things this way.)
    SirBrickalotOfLegoandhemsanderspanchox1
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607
    edited August 1
    It's his set, he's not obliged to sell it at all
    I was expecting such a response. He has had the ad up more than a week. Seems to me he would want the money.

    It's literally no hassle for him, ailing wife or not. He hasn't stated he's "uncomfortable" with ANY of my "solutions" to his made-up problems. $50 is $50, my money is ready & waiting for him & he has to do the bare minimum. 

    & where did I write "outside the door"? Obviously he'd put it in a secure place & then tell me where it is. He could do that ONE MINUTE before I showed up. Surely you can see how easy this is for him. I didnt even suggest we meet halfway- God knows how confusing THAT would be for him.

    Oh, & this is NOT "par for the course"- I wrote I have done SEVERAL deals this way; in fact that is the norm for me. 
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607

    dealing with somebody who demands payment...

    ...demand I just leave it outside the door
    Can you please show me, ben, where I wrote that I DEMANDED ANYTHING from the seller?

    Don't twist my facts to fit your personal narrative, please.
  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 578
    No, you can't determine what is considered hassle for anybody else. You know nothing of their situation. 

    No, you can't demand what payment method they want to take or what they do with the item. Perhaps they have nowhere outside they would consider safe. 

    All you're doing here is coming across as arrogant, angry, and entitled. 
    SirBrickalotOfLego
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607
    If my wife was sick, I wouldn't want to be dealing with selling anything either...
    In that case, he should take down the ad.
    560HeliportAstrobricks
  • bricknationbricknation Member Posts: 705
    edited August 1
    Here's one I had to let go. 4 hours away from me and my car is too small 😭


    560HeliportAstrobricksandhe
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607
    No, you can't demand what payment method they want to take or what they do with the item.
    Again I implore thee, show us all where I DEMANDED ANYTHING of the seller. 
    Im up all night. I'll wait.

    560Heliport
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607
    edited August 2
    "Due to the stupidity & poor business practices of 2 sellers, I missed out on a ton of Lego that was worth way more than what I'd have paid."

    Is that better, Sir ben of bacardi? 🤣🤣


    By God, if someone is gonna advertise selling something (at a GREAT PRICE at that) & have the ad up OVER A WEEK, he better damn well make himself accessible & work WITH potential buyers.
    560Heliport
  • SirBrickalotOfLegoSirBrickalotOfLego WalesMember Posts: 488
    @gelkster I think it's high time to let it go...
    benbacardijmeninnoKungFuKennypanchox1Marshallmario
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607
    All you're doing here is coming across as arrogant, angry, and entitled.
    Are you guys STILL upset about that whole Cornwallis surrendering thing?
    bricktuary
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,889
    gelkster said:
    "Due to the stupidity & poor business practices of 2 sellers, I missed out on a ton of Lego that was worth way more than what I'd have paid."

    Is that better, Sir ben of bacardi? 🤣🤣


    By God, if someone is gonna advertise selling something (at a GREAT PRICE at that) & have the ad up OVER A WEEK, he better damn well make himself accessible & work WITH potential buyers.
    You don't know what is going on over that period of time. Some people put up an advert at a low price to get interest. If they get 15 people asking for it then they might start talking to some of those people, telling them that someone else has offered more and so unless they increase their offer they will miss out. The advert gets left up for a while while negotiations happen. If you see a popular item worth $100 offered for $10 then you know you won't be the only person asking about it. While some people will be expecting to get it for $10 only, others will be offering more.
    SirBrickalotOfLegobenbacardiSumoLego
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607
    Too rich for my blood, but heads up to Minnesota members- saw a FB Marketplace ad that includes a #6277 & 6991 among other sets.  Seller asking $400 & will separate:    

    "I have 4 large boxes of original Legos from the 80’s and 90’s. Most of the sets are complete. They range from space LEGO’s, knights and castles, ships. Off road vehicles. All of the original LEGO’s are here. I am happy to split them up or sell the entire package. 400 or best offer."
    560Heliport
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,131
    Is it “the one that got away” if you let it get away? 🤔
    560Heliport
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,933
    I've been piecing together #10225 R2-D2 from my spare parts lately as I'd really like to add it to my collection. I've just about made it through all of my bins and am right at 75% complete. I've also resigned to buy the brown hoses in LBG as I can't swallow spending $80 + shipping on just that one part. 

    I signed into OfferUp yesterday evening (as I do multiple times throughout the day) to see that someone had posted a complete #10225 for $50 only 14 minutes previous to me signing in. BUT, as fate would have it, it had already sold. 

    Not only would I have saved money and been able to put all my parts back, but I would have had those dang brown hoses too. Darn you fate! DARN YOU!!!
    AstrobricksKungFuKennypxchrispanchox1Fizyxandhemustang69gmonkey76
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607
    gelkster said:
    Too rich...will separate
    Seller researched what he had & now nearly doubled the cost.
    SumoLego
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 607
    The glassed-in Rally Car is still available.  Same ad as I saw weeks ago.  Same price. Same wrong city (he's in Stillwater MN, not Grantsburg WI)
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,889
    Hi, is this unavailable? Send.

    KungFuKenny
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 13,063
    CCC said:
    Hi, is this unavailable? Send.
    Yes, we have no bananas today.
    gmonkey76KungFuKennyBrainslugged
  • vanvonfullvanvonfull washingtonMember Posts: 100
    bah... I was a couple hours late on craigslist yesterday for a Ghostbusters 75827 headquarters with box for $150
    AstrobricksFizyxKungFuKennySumoLego
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 3,055
    I thought I caught a bargain of 6073 Black Falcons fortress for £40 on local Facebook listing. Few missing parts but the important stuff was there (unbroken flag, yellow wall piece). It was just before I was off to visit family so asked for it instead to be shipped there (possibly my first mistake as it meant a postal journey of a over a hundred miles instead of 20 or so).

    It never turned up, it's now been two weeks and after much correspondence and apologies on both sides I've now been refunded my £40.

    How often do parcels just disappear in the post? Or did he sell it to someone else for a higher price? Genuinely baffled (and a bit disappointed). 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,889
    Very unlikely, especially since any Royal Mail parcels get QR coded for delivery now.
    andheFizyx
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 538
    Parcels disappearing is unlikely but it can still happen, the post went particularly bad during lockdown as well as there were so many people buying things online, for me some things took weeks instead of days, as well as a couple of lost items. Also if the seller was just angling to refund he may not have corresponded as much as he did, would more likely want to get the falsehood dealt with and out the way as unsuspiciously quick as possible. All theoretical of course.
    andhe
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 3,055
    I'm leaning towards it being genuinely lost (which is a heart-breaking thought for vintage lego) as he seemed legit and I did get a refund. Still holding out hope it will be found in the back of a depot and arrive eventually... 🤞
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,889
    Asking for the tracking number is often a good way to tell.
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 538
    It can be a good way to tell, provided they sent it with a service that includes one. He should have gone for at least Signed For though, for an item costing over £20. That doesn't include tracking though, just delivery confirmation.

    I fairly regularly get buyers from abroad asking me for a tracking number, and I have to tell them that it's only with the postage method marked as 'tracked' that they opted not to use, hahah. Not quite that sarcastically, but yeah...
    560Heliport
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,889
    If it was Royal Mail or any basic courier there will be  a tracking / confirmation number. That's more than a large letter.
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