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How to sell a collection effectively?

Jbn0s0rusJbn0s0rus FranceMember Posts: 3
Hello Brickset community and other lego lovers.

I'm trying to sell my childhood collection of legos. It is composed mainly of Star Wars set, but not entirely, and also, it is composed of sets I have bought second hand myself, which means, a couple of missing pieces here and there and no original box...

I am looking for a way of selling ALL of them without exceptions, I don't want to be stuck with a couple of unwanted sets on my hands and that's where I'm struggling and would need help.

You can find more details on the sets here, to give you a better idea.

The question is simple: is there a way to ensure that such a variety of sets get sold without exception? And how?
Should I consider selling some as spare parts/pieces? But then won't I find myself with unwanted pieces?

Please hold me, I'm scared.

Anyways, any advice will be apprecieated. Cheers!

Jb
LEGOFan2

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  • Jbn0s0rusJbn0s0rus FranceMember Posts: 3
    EDIT: (can't find the edit function)  Also, I forgot about the rubberbands. They older ones, the one that had a square cross-section, they all have dried and fell to pieces. Should I buy some replacement rubberband in order to be able to sell the sets that required them?
    LEGOFan2Baby_Yoda
  • DB361DB361 UKMember Posts: 201
    Worth trying the Marketplace on here, but for such a large collection, if it were me I'd simply ebay it. Sell it through auction, and most importantly set a reserve a bit above the minimum that you would want to sell it for, as ebay and PayPal fees can be a nasty surprise for those not used to them. Good photos and an accurate description will help sell it to potential buyers and earn you more money, and if bidding doesn't hit the reserve first time, don't worry - simply relist it and try again. Good luck!
    BumblepantsLEGOFan2Baby_Yoda
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,706
    edited March 22
    If you want to sell it all in one go, then sell it as a single lot on ebay, starting an auction at 99c. I guarantee you that it will sell.

    But you might be better breaking it by theme, and where you have lots in a theme, breaking that theme into more managable chunks.


    LEGOFan2Baby_Yoda
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 1,214
    Jbn0s0rus said:
    EDIT: (can't find the edit function)  Also, I forgot about the rubberbands. They older ones, the one that had a square cross-section, they all have dried and fell to pieces. Should I buy some replacement rubberband in order to be able to sell the sets that required them?
    I would recommend you sell without the rubber bands and explicitly note that they've been removed. Lego sets often require specific sizes and kinds of rubber bands for certain functions, and to replace them accurately you'd usually buy an official Lego band. Whoever purchases the sets will likely be an experienced AFOL who knows what they need to get and how to get it, and I doubt a few extra bucks will deter a potential buyer.
    LEGOFan2mak0137
  • Jbn0s0rusJbn0s0rus FranceMember Posts: 3
    Well, thank you guys for all the tips and advice. I'm going to give myself time to think about all this a bit, find the way that better suits me.

    Thanks again!
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,328
    Word of caution on reserves, IMO you tend to get less action on the items if there is a reserve, at least that how it always seemed to be in the US. Auctions are tricky these days, there are also too many snipers who wait til the last moments to bid something; then it usually keeps the complete auction prices lower. 

    If you want a set amount for an item (like a set you know goes for a certain amount on eBay in the past, or you have a number in mind) then I would say use buy it now and remove the auction out of it. Id suggest using the auctions for the items you just want to get rid of, regardless of amount.

    Also, use eBay's completed/sold filter in search for the LEGO set number to get an idea of what it would go for on eBay (at least what it typically goes for in the past).
  • klatu003klatu003 Hobbiton, Shire, Middle EarthMember Posts: 719
    Ah.  I have been feeling the need to unload some LEGO.  Do you guys feel that Ebay would be a better choice than Bricklink for a person that is not concerned with maximizing profits?  I have CITY sets (used) and sealed LOTR/Hobbit sets that I an considering unloading.  My problem is laziness.  I don't want to spend a lot of time and effort to monitor on computer or trips for mailing.  I also don't want to get into hassles with picky buyers.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,328
    klatu003 said:
    Ah.  I have been feeling the need to unload some LEGO.  Do you guys feel that Ebay would be a better choice than Bricklink for a person that is not concerned with maximizing profits?  I have CITY sets (used) and sealed LOTR/Hobbit sets that I an considering unloading.  My problem is laziness.  I don't want to spend a lot of time and effort to monitor on computer or trips for mailing.  I also don't want to get into hassles with picky buyers.
    If you do not want picky buyers I think staying away from bricklink may be best.
    eBay has picky buyers as well, but if you are descriptive enough that should be fine. Plus if you really do not care about fees, then eBay would be the better pick as there are more likely more people that will be watching eBay than bricklink for items.
    I guess easiest would be something like craigslist, or a similar type of selling platform which eliminates fees and a lot of watching sites, worrying about shipping items (that is of course if you do  not mind meeting people face to face for the transaction)
    klatu003
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