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EvilTwinEvilTwin UKMember Posts: 129
I expect this has come up before but I couldn't find anything by browsing posts from this year

How do people who sell "MIB" sets pack them?
Bubble wrap, box within a box, in the purest wool made from llamas that have only ever been fed on hand-picked grass, ...?

I have a few boxed sets that I want to sell to clear a couple of cupboards but they are mainly small, low-ish value sets like the seasonal vignettes (e.g. #40120 etc) so I don't want to spend a lot of extra time/money on packaging if I can help it, but also I know that there are some weird people about for whom the slightest nudge on the corner of a box is enough to send them into shrieking hysterics (or at least make them give negative feedback).

I have bought/sold loose pieces before but whole sets is new to me.

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  • William_TownsleyWilliam_Townsley Perth, Scotland Member Posts: 880
    EvilTwin said:
    I expect this has come up before but I couldn't find anything by browsing posts from this year

    How do people who sell "MIB" sets pack them?
    Bubble wrap, box within a box, in the purest wool made from llamas that have only ever been fed on hand-picked grass, ...?

    I have a few boxed sets that I want to sell to clear a couple of cupboards but they are mainly small, low-ish value sets like the seasonal vignettes (e.g. #40120 etc) so I don't want to spend a lot of extra time/money on packaging if I can help it, but also I know that there are some weird people about for whom the slightest nudge on the corner of a box is enough to send them into shrieking hysterics (or at least make them give negative feedback).

    I have bought/sold loose pieces before but whole sets is new to me.

    For smaller sets like that wouldn't it be best to sell them without the box. Just make sure everything is there and pop them in Jiffy Bag. 
  • OldfanOldfan Chicagoland, IL, USAMember Posts: 673
    I generally try to ensure that none of the set box corners are in contact with the inside of the shipping box, and won't shift around during transport.  Whether this means a layer of bubble wrap around the whole box, packing peanuts, or just wads of packing paper placed in the shipper largely depends on the size of the shipping container. As the shipper box volume increases, bubble wrap and packing peanuts become more effective; a single small box in a small shipper will usually be OK with simple packing paper.  YMMV...

    And if you plan to ship empty set boxes, please be sure to put packing paper INSIDE the set box as well, to prevent any unwanted collapse.  I learned that one the hard way!
  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,038

    I ship small to medium-large sets wrapped in a layer of bubble-wrap, and put them in a shipping box which is about an inch larger on each side. I fill the void with packing peanuts, or a bit of crumbled up packing paper. If I can't find a suitable sized box, I will make my own by cutting down a bigger one. If the set is very large, I will double-box them. One box tightly fitting the set, then a second box around it with some void in between the two boxes. You can get free boxes, packing peanuts and bubble-wrap for free at most retail stores if you ask nicely. I also save boxes and packing materials I get with my orders. I flatten out good quality, sturdy boxes and save them when it's time to ship. :) 

  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,270
    ^ Gah not packing peanuts!  
    oldtodd33SeanTheCollector
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,589
    ^ I hate peanuts, especially Styrofoam.  
    SeanTheCollector
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,101
    Pretty much the same as @akunthita. Plastic shopping bags make great packing material. I center the Lego set inside the shipping box and start stuffing plastic bags around the edges.   
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,751
    I just slap a label on the outside of the LEGO set box. It's sure to stay intact during shipping, and everyone loves it!




    Not.
    CCCYodaliciousSumoLegoMr_Cross
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Wisconsin Member Posts: 555
    If avoid selling boxes items because it opens the opportunity for that nut who will want money back because of its condition. We could be talking about a $10 battle pack in a box that would be a graded ten and there's always someone out there will demand money back because its damaged.
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,101
    I've sold thousand of boxed sets over a 6 years period and have never had a single issue. The screwballs and nutcases are few and far between.
    SprinkleOtterCCCSumoLegooldtodd33Mr_Cross
  • ryjayryjay Member Posts: 1,001
    First, I never use the term "MIB".  But I always take plenty of pictures of the actual item to ship.   When sold, I wrap in bubble and ship in a custom FOL box.  An FOL style is similar to a FedEx box with the "Full Over Flap" giving all corners extra strength.  However, I know this is not easy for everyone to do.  I get more positive feedback on my packaging then i do the item sold.   And although I may ship for "free", the packaging has a fee.
  • leetshoeleetshoe USAMember Posts: 255
    MIB means the set is mint and in the box, not that the box is mint.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,663
    leetshoe said:
    MIB means the set is mint and in the box, not that the box is mint.
    That depends who you are talking to. It is better to be clear about condition than leave it to chance. Anyone calling something MISB or MIB if the box has some damage is asking for trouble.
    SprinkleOtterSumoLegodatsunrobbieMr_Crossoldtodd33Fizyx
  • YodaliciousYodalicious DagobahMember Posts: 1,366
    leetshoe said:
    MIB means the set is mint and in the box, not that the box is mint.
    I'd disagree. While it "technically" may mean that if we're breaking down the words, if I'm buying something MIB or MISB, I'm assuming the box is in pretty darn good condition.

    Plus, how could anyone possibly know if the set inside a sealed box is mint? Not saying it isn't, but that's Schrodinger's Cat type stuff. 99% of the sets inside of sealed boxes I've received have been "mint," but I've also had boxes directly from LEGO that have had bags burst open inside the box, or sticker sheets bent in half, or instructions ripped. It's always better to be clear on the condition of the box when selling sealed sets and not rely on just the Men In Black...er "MIB."
    MAGNINOMINISUMBRAFizyx
  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 993
    ^ Yep - MISB, MIFSB or MIMFSB.  MIB are a couple of dudes that hunt aliens. Sadly though, it's this kind of minutiae that has led to the rise of the stupidity of AFA grading sealed packages.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 14,089
    ecmo47 said:
    ...The screwballs and nutcases are few and far between.
    I detect a hint of sarcasm.
  • ks5dioxks5diox MAMember Posts: 0
    I recently found a number of unopened Lego sets in my parents basement while cleaning it out before they sell the house, and I am listing them on e-bay.  I understand how important box condition is to collectors, and now will need to ship these boxes across the country, but don't want them to take any damage, as I now understand that is a big part of the value of the set.

    I'm planning on bubble-wrapping them thoroughly, but is there any advice I might not be thinking of for safely shipping unopened vintage Lego sets?  I don't want them to have any additional dents or creases when they arrive at the winning bidder's address.

    Thanks,

       - Ken
  • OldfanOldfan Chicagoland, IL, USAMember Posts: 673
    Full bubble wrap around the box is a good idea.  My philosophy is use enough packing material around the item to prevent it from sliding around in the box during shipping.  For especially fragile boxes (i.e. really thin or using transparent plastic walls), I cut out a piece of cardboard from an older box and use it as a barrier between the item and the packing material, so that the pressure of the packing material doesn't directly impact the item.  (This is especially true if you reuse the large air-bubble packaging that LEGO uses to ship its sets nowadays.) Of course, the tightly-wrapped bubble wrap would probably serve this purpose as well.  Best of luck to you.
    YellowcastlemadforLEGOReesesPiecesgmonkey76Fizyx
  • MarshallmarioMarshallmario Madison WIMember Posts: 144
    I agree with Oldfan. You want the set box protected but also loose. Think like crumple zones in a car. If packaged tight with air pillows they just transfer impacts directly to the set box.
    YellowcastleReesesPiecesgmonkey76
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,057
    @ks5diox - i have gone ahead and added previous discussion above which may also help.  Thanks.
    Marshallmario
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,115
    Oldfan said:
    Full bubble wrap around the box is a good idea.  My philosophy is use enough packing material around the item to prevent it from sliding around in the box during shipping.  For especially fragile boxes (i.e. really thin or using transparent plastic walls), I cut out a piece of cardboard from an older box and use it as a barrier between the item and the packing material, so that the pressure of the packing material doesn't directly impact the item.  (This is especially true if you reuse the large air-bubble packaging that LEGO uses to ship its sets nowadays.) Of course, the tightly-wrapped bubble wrap would probably serve this purpose as well.  Best of luck to you.

    Pack like this and not how amazon ships boxes and you'll be fine. Also, insure the package at cost to the buyer (and note that in the shipping and handling fees)  as its worth it in case the package gets damaged in transit (as technically that can fall to the seller to make right).
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,589
    You also might want to know that any item shipped Fedex and shipped through Ebay's shipping program and sold for more than $300 automatically gets a signature confirmation so adding signature confirmation is a waste of $5. 
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