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Advice: Selling Large Collection of Sealed sets

Hi everyone, I've lurked around for a while and need some advice so here is my first post. 

I have amassed a decent size collection of Lego sets, all sealed and want to sell up to fund a new project. 

Ideally I want to sell the whole collection off at once but I doubt there's many other collectors or buyers who would buy the whole lot. I know my options are either eBay which I want to avoid, Amazon which I am leaning towards and Gumtree. One of the reasons I want to avoid eBay is trust issues with buyers doing a dirty after receiving the set and declaring it's not complete, broken factory tapes etc to basically scam or even sending the sets off then getting damaged by delivery. So I would rather a buyer come and check everything is ok before departing with money. Amazon prime service looks promising as it gets shipped to Amazon then on to buyer eliminating some concerns and I wanted to know people's experience with this. 

Look forward to any other ideas or tips for selling the sets would be grateful. 

The sealed sets I have include:
  • 76023 batman tumbler
  • 75827 ghostbusters
  • 10188 Death Star
  • 75040 general grievous Vs Obi
  • 76060 Dr Strange
  • 21309 NASA Apollo
  • 40223 Xmas 
  • 76003 super man battle
  • 76039 Ant Man
  • 76047 Black Panther
  • 76013 Batman Vs Joker
  • 76022 xmen
  • 42009 Technic crane
  • 10248 F40
  • 10240 X wing
  • 75052 ME bar
  • 75060 Bounty Hunter
  • 40254 Xmas nut cracker
  • 21312 NASA women

Comments

  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 16,588
    You are just as likely to get scams on amazon and amazon, with their good customer service, will take the returned open set and bill you for wasting their time.

    I'd group toegterhsome of the smaller / similar themed sets and sell them in batches on ebay. Or maybe try here first in the marketplace.

    You could also do local only sales (meet in a carpark and cash only).
    GuerillaLegoPitfall69kiki180703
  • GuerillaLegoGuerillaLego LondonMember Posts: 2
    CCC said:
    You are just as likely to get scams on amazon and amazon, with their good customer service, will take the returned open set and bill you for wasting their time.

    I'd group toegterhsome of the smaller / similar themed sets and sell them in batches on ebay. Or maybe try here first in the marketplace.

    You could also do local only sales (meet in a carpark and cash only).
    Thank you for your reply and advice. Yeah, eBay and Amazon are just going to be a head ache I don't want at the moment. But, as you said, I could set up collection with eBay  or try the trade section here too. 


  • legomyeggoslegomyeggos Member Posts: 35

    I'm in a similar situation.  I was very hesitant to use eBay so I sold some of my stuff through Craigslist and other local market Apps.  The problem with that is not a bunch of local people want my stuff (and I'm in a big city too).  I maybe sold 1 or 2 things in a month. 

     I started listing my lego on eBay recently in May.  I sold over 50+ sets already and average about selling 2-4 sets a week.  I recommend you to try to sell it on eBay as it is a bigger market out there (but the Fees do kinda suck).  So far I haven't had any bad experience with anyone complaining. 

    But here are some things that you should know IF you decide to sell on eBay.

    -You need to build feedback before selling anything.  I started selling off sets in the $20-$30 range gradually building up to sell sets for $100+

    -Make sure you take pictures of all angles of your box and note in your description that the box you see in the pictures is the box you are buying

    -You will not get the price you want for your lego.  If you list your items too high buyers will look elsewhere.  Items usually sell for less than the SOLD/Completed listings on eBay (for example your 10240 x-wing has a trending sold value of $275 but has sold in the last weeks for around $250)

    -Auctions will sell faster but you usually don't get the price you want at a Buy It Now type of thing.

    -If you're just looking for money back for what you purchased I'm pretty sure you would be able to sell everything if you list each item at an auction price starting at the retail price.

    I am interested in your 76039 Antman though and if your interested in selling that at a decent price.

    Hope this all helped (I know its kinda long to read but I like to rant)



  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,680
    edited September 10
    Unless you have sold on Amazon for years you won't be allowed to sell LEGO on that platform anyway, so that makes your decision that much easier. LEGO is a gated brand on Amazon now.
    GuerillaLegoCCCPitfall69kiki180703
  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,236
    Does that apply in the UK?
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,680
    I am not sure, but I was under the impression it's Amazon period. So would be worth a look I guess. Prices are definitely higher on amazon even if you sell fulfilled by me (fbm) vs fulfilled by amazon (FBA).
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 924
    Hi everyone, I've lurked around for a while and need some advice so here is my first post. 

    I have amassed a decent size collection of Lego sets, all sealed and want to sell up to fund a new project. 

    Ideally I want to sell the whole collection off at once but I doubt there's many other collectors or buyers who would buy the whole lot. I know my options are either eBay which I want to avoid, Amazon which I am leaning towards and Gumtree. One of the reasons I want to avoid eBay is trust issues with buyers doing a dirty after receiving the set and declaring it's not complete, broken factory tapes etc to basically scam or even sending the sets off then getting damaged by delivery. So I would rather a buyer come and check everything is ok before departing with money. Amazon prime service looks promising as it gets shipped to Amazon then on to buyer eliminating some concerns and I wanted to know people's experience with this. 

    Look forward to any other ideas or tips for selling the sets would be grateful. 

    The sealed sets I have include:
    • 76023 batman tumbler
    • 75827 ghostbusters
    • 10188 Death Star
    • 75040 general grievous Vs Obi
    • 76060 Dr Strange
    • 21309 NASA Apollo
    • 40223 Xmas 
    • 76003 super man battle
    • 76039 Ant Man
    • 76047 Black Panther
    • 76013 Batman Vs Joker
    • 76022 xmen
    • 42009 Technic crane
    • 10248 F40
    • 10240 X wing
    • 75052 ME bar
    • 75060 Bounty Hunter
    • 40254 Xmas nut cracker
    • 21312 NASA women
    I was expecting to see a larger collection of sets to sell.  If that's what you have listed as sets to sell it should be pretty easy and less risk in selling these.
    Pitfall69
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 10,723
    Ebay is your best bet. It was mentioned before in this forum (I think it was @CCC ), but feedback on Ebay is not as important as it once was; usually people will just buy the lowest priced item despite the feedback. With that said; I would just start selling the lowest priced items first and work your way up to the most expensive. 
    pharmjodkiki180703
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,533
    1265 said:
    Hi everyone, I've lurked around for a while and need some advice so here is my first post. 

    I have amassed a decent size collection of Lego sets, all sealed and want to sell up to fund a new project. 

    Ideally I want to sell the whole collection off at once but I doubt there's many other collectors or buyers who would buy the whole lot. I know my options are either eBay which I want to avoid, Amazon which I am leaning towards and Gumtree. One of the reasons I want to avoid eBay is trust issues with buyers doing a dirty after receiving the set and declaring it's not complete, broken factory tapes etc to basically scam or even sending the sets off then getting damaged by delivery. So I would rather a buyer come and check everything is ok before departing with money. Amazon prime service looks promising as it gets shipped to Amazon then on to buyer eliminating some concerns and I wanted to know people's experience with this. 

    Look forward to any other ideas or tips for selling the sets would be grateful. 

    The sealed sets I have include:
    • 76023 batman tumbler
    • 75827 ghostbusters
    • 10188 Death Star
    • 75040 general grievous Vs Obi
    • 76060 Dr Strange
    • 21309 NASA Apollo
    • 40223 Xmas 
    • 76003 super man battle
    • 76039 Ant Man
    • 76047 Black Panther
    • 76013 Batman Vs Joker
    • 76022 xmen
    • 42009 Technic crane
    • 10248 F40
    • 10240 X wing
    • 75052 ME bar
    • 75060 Bounty Hunter
    • 40254 Xmas nut cracker
    • 21312 NASA women
    I was expecting to see a larger collection of sets to sell.  If that's what you have listed as sets to sell it should be pretty easy and less risk in selling these.
    Yeah... Any reseller you try to get in touch with wouldn't bother with the gas to go see that lot for any reasonable price.
  • ScatterbugScatterbug WalesMember Posts: 107
    edited September 12
    Does that apply in the UK?
    Yes it does.

    To the OP: given the small number of sets you have just wait for the £1 final valuation fee offers and sell on eBay. Know your postage costs and always use a tracked, signed for method.

    I hope you bought at a good discount as there will be lots of sellers for those sets and even getting the retail price is a struggle.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 10,723
    ^US Ebay was running 50% off Final Value fees in August and the 9th of this month. I'm sure UK does the same thing and can save a bunch off your fees. What I do is figure out the savings and price my sets accordingly.
  • ScatterbugScatterbug WalesMember Posts: 107
    Pitfall69 said: no
    ^US Ebay was running 50% off Final Value fees in August and the 9th of this month. I'm sure UK does the same thing and can save a bunch off your fees. What I do is figure out the savings and price my sets accordingly.
    The market is smaller (in terms of buyers) and more cut throat in the UK. Getting what you want for a set and getting a sale are two different things. Hence the importance of buy-in price. For most sets, if you bought at retail you'll struggle to get your money back.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 10,723
    Right, I was just saying if UK Ebay does the same thing as they do here, he could at least recoup some money in discounted fees.
    pharmjod
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 444
    Hi everyone, I've lurked around for a while and need some advice so here is my first post. 

    I have amassed a decent size collection of Lego sets, all sealed and want to sell up to fund a new project. 

    Ideally I want to sell the whole collection off at once but I doubt there's many other collectors or buyers who would buy the whole lot. I know my options are either eBay which I want to avoid, Amazon which I am leaning towards and Gumtree. One of the reasons I want to avoid eBay is trust issues with buyers doing a dirty after receiving the set and declaring it's not complete, broken factory tapes etc to basically scam or even sending the sets off then getting damaged by delivery. So I would rather a buyer come and check everything is ok before departing with money. Amazon prime service looks promising as it gets shipped to Amazon then on to buyer eliminating some concerns and I wanted to know people's experience with this. 

    Look forward to any other ideas or tips for selling the sets would be grateful. 

    The sealed sets I have include:
    • 76023 batman tumbler
    • 75827 ghostbusters
    • 10188 Death Star
    • 75040 general grievous Vs Obi
    • 76060 Dr Strange
    • 21309 NASA Apollo
    • 40223 Xmas 
    • 76003 super man battle
    • 76039 Ant Man
    • 76047 Black Panther
    • 76013 Batman Vs Joker
    • 76022 xmen
    • 42009 Technic crane
    • 10248 F40
    • 10240 X wing
    • 75052 ME bar
    • 75060 Bounty Hunter
    • 40254 Xmas nut cracker
    • 21312 NASA women

    I would go with Gumtree first or facebook marketplace. It does not cost anything. You can change your mind. You can see responses before you decide to sell. I use both of these avenues and they do work. I don't accept Paypal unless I am desperate to sell and then only gifted option. Either bank transfer, cash on collection. If you are in London then cash on collection is an easy option.
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