How best to sell my large mint Star Wars collection?

pincerpincer Member Posts: 32
edited January 2012 in Buying & Selling Topics
I am a long time Brickset member and big collector, but new to the forum.
With the new Super Hero and Lord of the Rings themes on their way, I have decided to sell my large collection of Star Wars Lego.
It will pain me to do so, but I just don't have the space anymore.
I have virtually every Star Wars item mint in sealed box since it began.
Does anyone have any suggestions for selling?
I am a big buyer and seller on eBay but some of these items are very big and heavy and the postage alone will be crazy prices. So I am up for any other suggestions. Otherwise I will start to list them on eBay over the next few months.
cheers

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  • monkey_roomonkey_roo Member Posts: 1,360
    People do list out items for direct sale on here so i would say draw up a list and some prices and you might find some members PM and buy direct (save on ebay fees and will allow for a more acurate shipping cost or other options). I would certainly be interested to see what you have to offer as I missed out on a bit of SW back list.
  • hleonffuhleonffu USAMember Posts: 229
    Are you selling them as a lot or individually? EBay will get you the best pricing, but I would be willing to purchase individual sets. Let us know.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    A complete set of Star Wars sets might be worth more together, to a rare collector who wants the whole thing without the fuss. It will take time to find that collector however.
  • pincerpincer Member Posts: 32
    I am not sure if you can see my sets within Brickset. I have made them public (I think!).
    I have virtually every set there is bar a couple. Around 144 in number and they are 95% in new sealed boxes. I also have around 200 of 'City and Castle' lego also new in boxes.
    I have attached a spreadsheet showing my Star Wars collection. Please take a look and let me know if you are interested in any. I live in SW London (Walton-on-Thames) which may help with postage costs if you are able to collect.
  • evileddie1313evileddie1313 Member Posts: 126
    EBAY is your best best.
  • mr_bennmr_benn United KingdomMember Posts: 834
    I wouldn't sell it all together, a specialist collector (i.e. not ebay) would be your best bet if you wanted to sell it as one piece!

    Really nice lot of stuff though - I wish I could afford all the things I wanted on your list given I'm just down the M3 from you!
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,520
    Wow! Drooling over your collection (esp. Cloud city) but like @mr_benn I'm so close (geographically, sort of) but yet so far (financially) :(
  • choob99choob99 Member Posts: 147
    This is just the type of collection I have been looking for, I'm not sure where you are price wise, but I didn't start of SW until recently and I'm looking to catch up on it and this would be the perfect way for me to do so! Please PM me with where you are price wise on the whole entire collection
  • momof2boys99momof2boys99 Member Posts: 322
    That is one impressive collection. I am sure you will have no problem selling it. It you lived in the US....I would be at your house today. :O)
  • bahnstormerbahnstormer Member Posts: 180
    if you really want to get rid of them i'd suggest you either do ebay now and sell before end of april or wait until september and profit from the xmas frenzy.

    if you dont have an ebay store , open one as it halves the listing costs - 20p to sell on a 30 day fixed price listing.

    also get an account with a picture hoster such as photobucket - you can copy the html version of the link into the body of the listing and avoid paying ebay the extra charges for pic hosting.

    lastly , start stockpiling boxes now to send them in
  • aplbomr79aplbomr79 Member Posts: 159
    To be honest, it is probably too much a hassle to sell such a large collection. Why not just give it to me?
  • monkey_roomonkey_roo Member Posts: 1,360
    ^ ha to true. A just off loaded slightly over 800 boxed/carded Star Wars toys and was so scared by the thought of Evilbaying the lot i found a shop in central london that sold it all for me, at a cut obviously, but no auctions, no non payments, no idiot time waster and no shipping and post office in sight...
    On topic @pincer if you do setperate the collection i would be interested in knowing what you want for 8017 & 6211 and i am in central london so shipping might not even be needed :)
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,272
    @pincer - I might be interested in a few of these things if you are willing to sell them on here, I'll PM you.

    Thanks
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,272
    @choob99 - Wow, brave! The entire collection, that has got to be a few thousand!
  • choob99choob99 Member Posts: 147
    well @CapnRex101 I figured I could save a ton of trying to buy piece by piece since I need EVERY early SW set, but this guy is in the UK so its not an option anymore, as shipping to the US will probably be another few thousand to get it to me :( Its a shame coz I would have taken it in a heartbeat, would save me the trouble of tracking all that down and paying seperate for everything
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,272
    @choob99 - Unlucky, there are often job lots on eBay so you might want to just keep an eye on there.
  • Pacific493Pacific493 Member Posts: 379
    Given what you have, I would not try to sell it as a single lot if you want to maximize your return. You might happen upon a collector willing to pay full market rate for each set in the collection, but the greater likelihood would be that anyone considering the lot as a whole would be looking for some type of discount.

    If you're already selling on Ebay, I would sell them individually...it shouldn't be hard at all.
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,258
    edited January 2012
    ^ I agree - some of the sets in your list are worth a pretty penny, and you'll limit your return by offloading everything in one go.

    There are a number of interested parties on here, so if you do decide to sell by the item then I'm sure there'll be more than a few people on here willing to make you some offers.....
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    @drdavewatford - it is true that it may be worth "less" in terms of outright dollars as a single lot, but one should not underestimate the value of time in selling things.

    Listing and shipping all those items to hundreds of buyers costs time, money, and has risk every time.

    What all that is worth will be different for each person, but there is some value there. To have someone walk up tomorrow and hand over cash and take them all should have a value attached to it.
  • bahnstormerbahnstormer Member Posts: 180
    you would have to calculate if a lack of patience is worth a hit of around 50-66% of the value.

    in my experience there are only two reasons collectors sell in a bulk lot - divorce or the bailiffs are at the door.

    Mums cleaning the closet whilst the kids are away in the summer is something else and will pretty much guarantee her a one way trip to the nursing home in later life ;-)



  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    edited January 2012
    @pincer - OK, Im going to take a punt. I live about 20 miles away from you and dont have a single star wars set. I was bought Lukes landspeeder for Christmas last year, and a few polys (http://www.brickset.com/search/?theme=Star Wars&ownedBy=Si_Dorking_Surrey) but apart from that ... So how much would it cost me to conquer the dark side in one go? I know it'll be thousands, but beyond that havent the slightest idea as Ive always turned a blind eye to star wars, so please PM me with thoughts on how much it'd cost.
    Oh, and I wouldnt be buying them for resale, since I only resell multiples.

    And I agree with @LFT, its much less hassle for both parties to get them as a lot from a trusted seller. To buy (or sell) this number of sets would be a massive burden in time, and (from a buyers point of view) a pain in the butt quality checking everything (or from a sellers point of view a pain in the butt dealing with problem buyers).
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,258
    And I agree with @LFT, its much less hassle for both parties to get them as a lot from a trusted seller. To buy (or sell) this number of sets would be a massive burden in time, and (from a buyers point of view) a pain in the butt quality checking everything (or from a sellers point of view a pain in the butt dealing with problem buyers).
    I can't disagree with that - listing that many items separately would involve enormous hassle, and I can certainly see the attraction of selling the whole lot at once.

  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    edited January 2012
    According to Brickset there are 260 sets in the SW theme (I'm excluding the 2012 sets), so this lot is approximately 55% of the SW collection. Not trying to disrupt any sale, just informing potential buyers that the the original posters claim that "I have virtually every set there is bar a couple" is inaccurate. From a quick scan, it seems to be missing all of the UCS sets and the technic sets (e.g. vader, stormtrooper etc) but there must be others too to account for over 100 sets.

    Of course, you can see as well as me what is being offered in the spreadsheet, so I'm not claiming the seller is trying to be dishonest here.
  • tk79tk79 Member Posts: 329
    edited January 2012
    Nice collection!

    Just for S&G...

    Taking out superpacks, sets not yet released and promo items (comic con and the like), the complete brickset SW collection is down to 250. Of those 250 sets, buying this group of sets would give you apprx 53% of the total 106,771 pieces and 78% of the 689 minifigs (per brickset's numbers).

    Missing sets...

  • pincerpincer Member Posts: 32
    You are right. I should have been more specific, my title was misleading.
    The collection is just from the minifigure collection. I did not collect the technic, minibuilding, or ultimate collector line. I also did not get any repackaged duplicate sets unless they had different minifigures etc..
    My collection is the minifigure line from 1999 to mid 2011 which from what I can make out is nearly complete apart from 4483, and 10212. This does not include repackaged items and exclusive minifigures like the chrome ones, although I have most of those.
    The rest of the sets from mid 2011 when I stopped collecting to concentrate on other themes onwards are still available in the stores.
    Many thanks for your comments and advise.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    you would have to calculate if a lack of patience is worth a hit of around 50-66% of the value.
    I think you overestimate the discount required.

    If I was in the market for this, I'd be looking for a 25% discount to separate value. There is a benefit to the buyer as well, less hassle for him/her to buy it all at once vs. 200 different eBay transactions.
  • wRuBwRuB Member Posts: 86
    I live 6 miles from you! Hmm... ;)
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