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Lego buys gone bad

prevereprevere Member Posts: 2,923
edited December 2011 in Buying & Selling Topics
Either buying sealed sets that didn't pan out, or a big lot you got burned on.

Luckily I didn't buy many of the ARC-170 Starfighter (8088), been retired awhile and it's still $8 cheaper than original retail on Amazon.


  • prof1515prof1515 Member Posts: 1,550
    edited December 2011
    Every purchase I ever made for MISB on Amazon and 80% of them on eBay. It's why I don't trust anyone on either site who says "Mint" because 99% of the time they're either a liar or a moron who doesn't know any better. Fortunately, I inquire about minute details when buying and that's why I haven't bought off either site but once in the last few years. That was a few months ago and again ended up being bad (their kid opened the box before they had a chance to ship it and they still shipped it?) so my Amazon satisfaction rating is still 0.00%.

    Worst ever was a seller on eBay who was trying to pass off MISB to mean "Mint in Sealed Bags" and when I inquired further learned that the box had been opened and "sealed bags" meant Ziploc sandwich bags.
  • coolpixcoolpix Member Posts: 357
    I bought a nice LEGO Ferrari set on eBay a few months back, paid the guy with a money order and never got the set, and there's nothing I can do because I paid using Money Order not PayPal. Previously I was into Slot Cars and every now and then I was burned, and it was 6 years ago when eBay was good. Since they changed their feedback system so more people can have 100% feedback, I had to quit selling and buying on eBay. I will open my own online store if I want to sell anything, or use Bricklink. I'm done buying at eBay.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404

    Amazon and eBay have wonderful buyer protection programs for just that reason... If you're not happy, use them.
  • dremel99dremel99 Member Posts: 123
    Agreed, it is almost impossible for the buyer to get burned on Ebay or Amazon. Buyer protection is at a maximum.
  • JasenJasen Member Posts: 283
    Once I found Bricklink I never looked back although I did have a deal go bad when I was being charged $60 postage for a $80 buy. I cancelled and was told it was up to the buyers discretion. I just didn't pay and took the bad rating.
    Considering my other order coming from Germany was only $7 made it that much more hard to swallow.
    Other than that Bricklink is where I always go now.
  • prof1515prof1515 Member Posts: 1,550

    Amazon and eBay have wonderful buyer protection programs for just that reason... If you're not happy, use them.
    Who said I haven't? I'm just sick and tired having to do it 80% of the time thus far on eBay and 100% of the time thus far on Amazon. Haven't had these problems on either when it comes to books, antique toys, video games and many other things (in fact, outside of purchasing Lego, I've had absolutely no problems on Amazon; can't say the same for eBay).
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,755
    I have bought LEGO lots on eBay where parts that were in the photos were missing ("Oh, my kid must have taken it out of the lot before I shipped it") and had to fight with the seller to either get the parts or get a partial refund for what it would cost to get it off of BL.

  • prevereprevere Member Posts: 2,923
    I will say I bought a bin once that had a lot of cat or dog hair in it. And I'm allergic - so that was nice. And there was a little present at the bottom of the bin...
  • starfire2starfire2 Member Posts: 1,333
  • BTHodgemanBTHodgeman Member Posts: 622
    edited December 2011
    @prevere - that's nasty.

    I'm all for pets. In fact, I have a dog but she's not allowed in my LEGO room. I keep that room "pet free."

  • brickmaticbrickmatic Member Posts: 1,071
    I guess a bin of LEGO can be easily confused for a litter box by a cat.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Administrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    And there was a little present at the bottom of the bin...
    And then the seller responds, "No, I don't have any pets...why do you ask?" ;o)

  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,755
    ^^--- I try to tell myself that anything I find in the bottom of the box that look like that is a lint

    I have gotten some scummy lots in the past as well... magic marker-ed parts (although I find that WD-40 gets rid of some paint/magic marker, and sticker residue)

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