My 12 year old son has decided that he wants to sell his Lego models that he has made, and he has made a lot. We kept the instruction booklets, and that was more in case they ever got damaged than anything else, but we didn't keep the boxes.
Currently we are making sure that they are all 100% complete and I am photographing each set along with the mini-figures that go with them plus the instruction books.
Do you think this is the best way forward towards helping him sell them? He has all sorts of sets from lots of the differing franchises. I guess we will then have to break each set down into it's constituent parts, to then send them to the buyer?
So, really I am after some help/advice from the experts please.
Where is the best place to advertise them? Somewhere that will accept photo's too?
IF, and we don't have this problem yet, but if any sets are missing any parts are they sets still saleable?
Would we be better off breaking all sets down into one massive box and just selling it as a box of X thousand Lego bricks. Basically.......HELP!!!!!
State postage costs too.
DO NOT BREAK DOWN INTO BULK BOXES!
I'm sure there's a happy medium between maximizing your time in differentiating and selling sets, and being done with the project and letting someone else do it.
Under no circumstances break them down.
If they don’t sell on here you could try eBay ( look out for special deal days with reduced fees for selling). Completed sets from popular themes - e.g Harry Potter, Star Wars and modular buildings to name a few will all sell well on eBay or here. If selling in a large collection at the same time you may find a local buyer willing to collect. I got my first job lot of Lego sets in Liverpool (about 5 years ago) and I have never stopped since then.😀
The route I always would go is ebay. But the selling method will change based upon my objective. BTW, ebay accepts lotsa pictures per listing as you asked.
If you have missing pieces the sets are still viable, they're just not worth as much. You could look to order replacement parts from bricklink but depending on what's missing and the overall value of the set in question (when complete) this may not be financially worthwhile. Sorry there are no easy answers to any of this. You could always have a yard sale. Maybe a collector will take everything off your hands in one go? Regardless, best of luck with everything.
A couple additional pieces of advice:
Bricklink.com will be your best friend. They have inventory lists for all available sets, and I find it's much easier to check off pieces and find what's missing than utilizing the instructions. Also, keep a running tally of pieces each set is missing. You can then input those missing parts into a wanted list in Bricklink, and find the easiest way to acquire all or most of what you need.
Also, if you use the main Brickset site, you can create a profile that buyers can see, and if you mark sets there as "owned" buyers can see all that you have on offer (rather than listing numbers and names in the marketplace). If you stay on top of unmarking sets as they sell, this is a great way to keep track of what you have left and lets buyers see everything in one go.
At the very least keep a few of his favourite sets squirreled away. :-)
I might not keep/buy all of it from his collection, but would keep the really cool or impressive sets. Anything that is fun to play with and/or just the ones he plays with the most.
I think this is what makes it hard for many, not really knowing what results they'd like based upon the effort they put in. It really isn't hard unless you want maximum dollar for the sets, then it takes a bit of work & time, but if your happy just getting a % of money back quickly and moving on, not too hard at all.
BTW, when you say "stuck into" do you mean him "following through" and not dumping it on you? :) If so, welcome to the world of 12 year olds, lol