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Ive only once had a poor experience on Bricklink for a non shipping seller. His store closed down so I was out of pocket and had to go directly to PayPal rather than BrickLink resolving.
Could you not post a wanted on here? The forum would be most reliable source and someone may have what you want. Less worry and no hassle.
Hopefully, what ever you choose will go through smoothly.
selling is a completely different matter...
In regards to pricing, I have had some good success on eBay under the following circumstances: 1) coupons. I got 15 or 20% (can’t remember which) off Metalbeard’s Sea Cow a couple months ago and it was significantly lower than what was being offered on Bricklink, especially when factoring shipping, which was included.
2) As mentioned above, shipping is sometimes included by the seller on eBay so you may be able to save a little that way. I haven’t seen free shipping offers on a Bricklink yet.
3) I’ve also had success by making offers if the “or best offer” option is available. Sometimes people are willing to just deal and get rid of a set. I haven’t done this on Bricklink, so not sure how much that forum is open to negotiation. I suppose you could always messge the seller and ask.
Finally, I agree with LuLego above. Would be worth checking out the Marketplace forum here and seeing if you can work something out here. Could try trading for it to of you have something you are willing to swap.
I don't know how near to you it is but I've just seen that someone in Chippenham has one for £90. (I searched for "lego cinema")
You could also try facebook trade/sell groups and I've had the odd success on gumtree too...
Personally, I tend to find Bricklink to be on the slightly more expensive side for sets (certainly in the UK, although that could be just for the sets I'm after), although it's not always the case.
Bricklink will reflect the value/price better, but it is offputting for some (it did take me a few orders to really understand the whole invoice process). I'd also rather support bricklink than eBay financially.
Facebook marketplace is great, if you can find the item. People usually sell for less than eBay imo.