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I have slowly taught myself to only buy things I really like, and to wait for a good deal on it too.
By the way, thank you Samsung for programming an auto-correct that changes 'there' to 'their', incorrectly. Aces!
I guess the good thing with this obsession... erm, hobby... is that, as long as you didn't pay anything like RRP for a set, you're almost guaranteed to at least break-even if / when you sell or trade them. On the other hand, if you paid over the odds for them... lesson learnt!!
In fairness, I tend to suffer more from non-buyer's remorse - and the sets that fall into *that* category inevitably rocket in value. Sigh... But that's the subject of another thread!
I bought this set for me, but now I'm not feeling it. Since its discontinued now, I can sell it and get something else.
I bought this set to sell, but it is doing very poorly in the secondary market. I guess I'll just have to open it as an extra parts pack...
But perhaps that wasn't the point of this thread, more "what do you regret buying that you bought for yourself to build and play/display?".
On that score I don't think I have any regrets, everything I bought has been very much wanted and hasn't disappointed (even the much maligned "Home One" - I like it!. My biggest regret is a lack of display space. I put all my Hoth stuff into storage last year because it was that or my Endor stuff, and owing to the wider colour palette, the Endor stuff looks a bit more interesting on the shelf. If I had a UCS AT-AT to bolster the Hoth stuff then it would probably be there in place of the Endor stuff.
Obviously, my children like them, but I'm not sure that was the point of the gift...
I don't have any buyers remorse, but I didn't ever imagine buying sets that wouldn't be displayed. As it is I've broken down the mini build polybags (#30051 and #30246) I bought after photographing them with their larger equivents, and I also don't display the build that came with #75134 (that was really a purchase for the minifigures though).
I only bought UCS SW vehicles during that period for myself. Thankfully, there was another collector in my family that covered (hoarded) some of the gaps.
I also regret some Craigslist lots. The last one I bought will probably be the last random tub/box I buy. It was so gross. In addition to the standard crayons and pet hair, there was general dirt and a brooch with a pin. Scary! I started sorting through but it was so bad, I threw it all away. The best part of the lot was the round tub with handles; we use it for yard work!
Everything that I have purchased in the last few years was because I wanted to build it, or maybe use it in a display piece for work. I have many sets that I have not had the time to open and build. Some of those, like Ant Man, have dramatically increased in value. I agree with OrmskirkBricks; I don't want to be a collector like that. But I worry that aftermarket value is slowly swaying me that way.
Anyway, I have been considering buying #75093 Death Star Final Duel (it's a great looking set) and #75137 Carbon Freezing Chamber (although I'd need two to round it out).
I don't think I'd regret the purchases per se but the opening of the can of worms if I start allowing myself to buy random Star Wars sets, which ends up turning into yet another theme to collect with 15 plus years of catch up to do.
I stop getting buyers remorse on Star Wars set knowing there is a strong possibility they will re-release a new and better version of the set.
I bet the 2019 version of Jabba's Palace is gonna be better ; p
There has been a couple of City subthemes (e.g. Swamp Police) that I got on 40+% discount and shortly after asked myself "Why?". But at the end, with the set in my hands, I liked it and it becomes a welcome addition to my LEGO collection.
Regarding Star Wars re-releases, I don't mind as long as they are improved versions of the sets and do not come a year later (looking at you #75159). I buy and enjoy them when they come, and will buy and enjoy any future, improved sets. I have the 2003 version of Jabba's Palace and I enjoyed it a lot back them. That a better version came out later just makes me dust out the old one and revisit how awesome it was back then and how things have changed and improved today.
Here's for an overdue, improved version of Yoda's hut from #4502. Cheers!
I have had many instances of buyers remorse for things, but never Lego... at the end of the day, a set I don't care much for is still a bunch of parts to use in the future.
I know the solution here :)