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After Brexit Lego Availability In UK

donutboydonutboy U.K.Member Posts: 703
edited August 25 in Buying & Selling Topics
Hey there.
I'm in the UK and was wondering what peoples thoughts were on whether I'd need to buy all this years Christmas Lego before October 31st (assuming a no deal brexit, which is seeming more likely by the day). I think I may start buying a few bits now as a precautionary measure.
Cheers Joes and have a great Bank Holiday in this amazing weather.
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  • DB361DB361 UKMember Posts: 201
    I’m thinking that general stock levels should be fine. I’m sure I’ve heard somewhere that Lego are stockpiling (and indeed were for the original March exit date). That plus I think people will be watching their wallets more than ever over the Autumn, and we could actually be in a situation where there’s substantial Boxing Day discounts as they try to clear old stockpiled stock.

    But, as has been the case the whole time with Brexit, trying to predict anything is a near impossible task, so playing it safe and preparing ahead is almost certainly the wise thing to do.
    donutboy
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,707
    I doubt there will be much difference in availability or prices if we leave with a deal, without a deal, remain or kick the can down the road even further.
    donutboy
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 3,421
    I don't think there'll be too much to worry about tbh.
    donutboy
  • RogerKirkRogerKirk BrightonMember Posts: 343
    Stop the madness. Stop the uncertainty. There there really is nothing to be concerned over.
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,467
    PANIC BUY!
    omniumMr_CrossandheBumblepantsKungFuKenny
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 992
    "I'm gonna start looting."
    BumblepantsKungFuKennyomniumTheFew
  • FireheartFireheart Suffolk, UKMember Posts: 476
    After Brexit and when a free trade deal with the US is done, the best thing would be no import duty on LEGO from eBay.. which makes SDCC and NYCC purchases 20% cheaper!!
    dmcc0gmonkey76
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,505
    I'm with @TheFew - or at least that's what I'm telling the other half. She's already telling me how much more expensive Jellycat stuffed animals will be after we leave... and I'm pretty sure they're British.
    KungFuKennyBrainsluggedTheFew
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 762
    I'm going to be honest, I was looking at some items in a British seller's Bricklink store, and I bought this last week instead of waiting for a few months like I was planning on, just so I didn't have to worry about any potential issues with international post/shipping or pricing/tax issues, and I don't really regret it. (Although I was eventually going to buy the things I got anyway :P)

    In the short run, I think most retail companies have been expecting a bit of a crap-shoot, so I expect it won't affect prices much.  But if the Johnson government doesn't have trade/import agreements in place very quickly after Brexit (especially with individual countries in the case of a no-deal Brexit) than I could see it having a considerable effect on both price and availability in the medium to long run.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 5,779
    If y'all aren't burying a minimum two year supply of soybeans in your yard you aren't prepping hard enough!
    Switchfoot55FizyxKungFuKennyklintondavetheoxygenmangmonkey76
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,821
    I’ll be staggered if there is any noticeable difference to Lego supply regardless of what happens. 
    sonatine01
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 762
    richo said:
    I’ll be staggered if there is any noticeable difference to Lego supply regardless of what happens. 
    Eh, to be honest I wouldn't be surprised if the effect on supply is minimal, true.  I'd be more worried about price increases, due both to the pound taking a beating and potential tariffs/duties/etc.
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 224
    If y'all aren't burying a minimum two year supply of soybeans in your yard you aren't prepping hard enough!
    The " y'all " is what put this comment over the top... 

    TheFew said:
    PANIC BUY!
    Sounds like a business opportunity... anyone one the coast want to start a Lego smuggling ring?  :-)
    FizyxBumblepantsDoktorL
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 730
    We’ll probably just have to pay £5 more per set that costs £40-80 and £10 more per set that costs £80-£150 or so. But at the moment I like to think of ‘our situation’ as something I can neither control nor influence (besides the original vote many years ago) so from that perspective I just have to see what happens and not worry about it.
    KungFuKennyFizyxsonatine01DoktorL
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 446
    After the recent Argos reduction I now have 7 of #70618 Destiny's Bounty. Secretly building an Ark in the back room.......
    omniumBumblepantsdmcc0KungFuKenny560HeliportTheOriginalSimonBDoktorLAstrobricks
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,188
    @milamber - don't forget the disclaimer on the boxes about the boat not actually floating :-P
    DeMontesKungFuKennymilamberTheOriginalSimonBDoktorLAstrobricks
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,707
    LEGO prices their sets for the markets they are in - we already see this arising as different prices across many Eurozone countries despite having the same currency. If they increase prices more than rival toys, then they can expect sales to drop.

    I doubt they are considering that Brexit will be a problem. After all, they are opening even more stores here - if Brexit was an issue they would have held off.


    sonatine01DoktorL
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk Derby, UKMember Posts: 411
    Any AFOL worth their salt should have enough sealed sets in their "backlog/to build" pile to keep them going for several years if obtaining new sets became an issue. Plus think of all the fun you will have tracking down sets you missed out on during the "Brexit Ages", almost as much fun as we've had after coming out of our "Dark Ages"!

    For me, I have several modulars, UCS, D2C and various other sets of differing sizes to keep me happy in a worse case scenario...
    KungFuKennydatsunrobbiemsandersAstrobricks
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,814
    We’ll probably just have to pay £5 more per set that costs £40-80 and £10 more per set that costs £80-£150 or so. But at the moment I like to think of ‘our situation’ as something I can neither control nor influence (besides the original vote many years ago) so from that perspective I just have to see what happens and not worry about it.
    TLG won't charge more than the market will tolerate/bear. Lego is already considered expensive, not sure how much more they'd dare charge, if any.

    If they can sell to the US market for £:$ parity (as they often do), then they can afford to do it. The American market won't bear any more than current costs and they pay less for their Lego than Europe/UK do - TLG can afford to leave prices as they are.
  • bookmumbookmum londonMember Posts: 1,185
    It has just occurred to me that Baby Born dolls are German and it's hard and expensive enough to get these in the UK already. What am I going to tell my daughter.....
    (I've been pretty much ignoring Brexit lately and hoping it will just go away. I'm doomed)
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,707
    bookmum said:
    What am I going to tell my daughter.....

    play with LEGO instead!

    560Heliport
  • bookmumbookmum londonMember Posts: 1,185
    I've tried that @CCC but she is over it. It means 'her' Friends lego is now mine. So I'm happy.
    brickventuresLittleLori
  • donutboydonutboy U.K.Member Posts: 703
    edited August 27
    PJ76uk said:
    Any AFOL worth their salt should have enough sealed sets in their "backlog/to build" pile to keep them going for several years if obtaining new sets became an issue.
    That's a weird / telling thing to say. I have the small Harry Potter spider set, and the recent SW cantina that are sealed and waiting to be opened and built. How many years do you think they will last?
     Not everyone has the money to spend hundreds / thousands on Lego that will stay in boxes.
    560Heliport
  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 359
    ^ I have a feeling the "any AFOL worth their salt" part was said in jest. Although the description certainly seems to apply to many people on this site 😉 personally, I have no unbuilt sets!
    PJ76ukdonutboy
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk Derby, UKMember Posts: 411
    donutboy said:
    PJ76uk said:
    Any AFOL worth their salt should have enough sealed sets in their "backlog/to build" pile to keep them going for several years if obtaining new sets became an issue.
    That's a weird / telling thing to say. I have the small Harry Potter spider set, and the recent SW cantina that are sealed and waiting to be opened and built. How many years do you think they will last?
     Not everyone has the money to spend hundreds / thousands on Lego that will stay in boxes.
    Definitely meant as a joke! I used to build as soon as I bought sets but lately finding time to build is an issue but I keep buying/acquiring sets and the significant other (also referred to as the wife) keeps buying me sets so the build pile is growing. I've had to start using these sets for trading or selling as otherwise it'd be out of control!

    Considering my current building time I'd say those two sets you mentioned would last me at least a month!
    donutboy
  • donutboydonutboy U.K.Member Posts: 703
    PJ76uk said:
    Definitely meant as a joke!
    Doh, I clearly need a new humour scanner.

    PJ76uk
  • donutboydonutboy U.K.Member Posts: 703
    PJ76uk said:

    Considering my current building time I'd say those two sets you mentioned would last me at least a month!
    That's probably pretty accurate, but they ain't gonna last till brexit day.
    PJ76uk
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,290
    Wasn’t the recent (probably over a year ago) general price rise on larger sets blamed on Brexit?
  • colaycolay OxfordshireMember Posts: 328
    .. anyone one the coast want to start a Lego smuggling ring?  :-)
    Ouch!
    I'll see myself out
    BOBJACK_JACKBOB
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 730
    edited August 28
    We’ll probably just have to pay £5 more per set that costs £40-80 and £10 more per set that costs £80-£150 or so. But at the moment I like to think of ‘our situation’ as something I can neither control nor influence (besides the original vote many years ago) so from that perspective I just have to see what happens and not worry about it.
    TLG won't charge more than the market will tolerate/bear.
    I hope you’re right, because the Resistance Transport Pod and Unikitty Party Time still haunt me!
  • klintonklinton CanadaMember Posts: 510
    If you're honestly worried about product shortages and/or inflated costs.... aren't there more pressing concerns than Lego? I mean, I really can't see the EU allowing the UK to completely destabilize, deal or no deal. But, I'm not there and my knowledge of the whole ordeal is limited to heavily slanted news bytes. If you're genuinely concerned, I would think recreational pursuits would take a back burner at a time like this, no? 
    GothamConstructionCo
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,934
    klinton said:
     But, I'm not there and my knowledge of the whole ordeal is limited to heavily slanted news bytes. 
    To be fair, even if you live in the UK, that's as much as anyone knows (including the politicians involved in it).  ;)

    omniumGothamConstructionCo
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,707
    Maybe @paperballpark needs to update his Houses of Parliament MOC. Minifigures with placards and rioting outside, and so on.
    FizyxRogerKirk
  • donutboydonutboy U.K.Member Posts: 703
    klinton said:
    If you're honestly worried about product shortages and/or inflated costs.... aren't there more pressing concerns than Lego? I mean, I really can't see the EU allowing the UK to completely destabilize, deal or no deal. But, I'm not there and my knowledge of the whole ordeal is limited to heavily slanted news bytes. If you're genuinely concerned, I would think recreational pursuits would take a back burner at a time like this, no? 
    Of course there are multiple reasons to be concerned about the unknown future regarding brexit. Would you rather me talk about potential job losses, or lack of medicines, or food shortages, or massive queues at the border, on a Lego forum. (I'm not saying any of this'll happen, it's just some of what's been reported).
    Disappointed kids at Christmas is one small concern that I can do something about right now.
    PJ76ukCymbelineRogerKirkdatsunrobbie
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,758
    I am not sure why anyone is that worried. When the EU collapses because we are not trading with it, and we are laughing from our massive houses on chairs made of spare cash because there are no horrible jonny foreigners coming in. Then we can all have as much free Lego as we want thanks to our Norway, Canada, Brexit ++XYZ trade deal.  
    donutboyBOBJACK_JACKBOB
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 446
    @Redbullgivesuwind Is that you Boris?!


    No, that's the people who believe Boris. Even he isn't that stupid.
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 851
    I'm sure Rocky and Bullwinkle will deal with Boris... but what's Natasha up to?
    KungFuKennyNatfiredatsunrobbie
  • donutboydonutboy U.K.Member Posts: 703
    I am not sure why anyone is that worried. When the EU collapses because we are not trading with it, and we are laughing from our massive houses on chairs made of spare cash because there are no horrible jonny foreigners coming in. Then we can all have as much free Lego as we want thanks to our Norway, Canada, Brexit ++XYZ trade deal.  
    Phew, no worries then.
    RedbullgivesuwindDoktorL
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,758
    milamber said:
    @Redbullgivesuwind Is that you Boris?!


    No, that's the people who believe Boris. Even he isn't that stupid.
    Put it on the side of a bus and people will believe anything.
  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 ChicagoMember Posts: 1,438
    I'm sure Rocky and Bullwinkle will deal with Boris... but what's Natasha up to?
    Spoiler she died


  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 851
    ...Wait, are we mixing Brexit with Rocky & Bullwinkle with Avengers: Endgame?! ...Cool!
    gmonkey76
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 446
    My news headlines this morning were shared between more Brexit madness and a pork chop which apparently looks like Freddie Mercury. Not sure which was the most sad.
    KungFuKenny
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,821
    edited August 29
    Personally I don’t think Brexit or politics are a good thing on this forum. Just my personal view!
    FireheartMuftak1windjammeromniumIan_S
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,707
    milamber said:
    My news headlines this morning were shared between more Brexit madness and a pork chop which apparently looks like Freddie Mercury. Not sure which was the most sad.

    richo said:
    Personally I don’t think Brexit or politics are a good thing on this forum. Just my personal view!

    Neither are pork chops. The only pork products allowed to be discussed here are sausages. And a little bit of bacon talk.

    sid3windrmilamberBaby_Yoda560HeliportKungFuKennyFizyxgmonkey76LittleLoricatwrangler
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 1,215
    Ugh, now I'm in the mood for sausages wrapped in bacon...
    560HeliportBumblepantsKungFuKennyFizyxgmonkey76
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 409
    CCC said:
    milamber said:
    My news headlines this morning were shared between more Brexit madness and a pork chop which apparently looks like Freddie Mercury. Not sure which was the most sad.

    richo said:
    Personally I don’t think Brexit or politics are a good thing on this forum. Just my personal view!

    Neither are pork chops. The only pork products allowed to be discussed here are sausages. And a little bit of bacon talk.

    Neh... these are okay imho:


    LittleLoricatwranglerSeanTheCollectorDoktorL
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 224
    edited August 29

    eMJeeNL said:
    Neh... these are okay imho:
    I was going say “that’s a T-bone steak” but the actual name is Duplo Food Steak, so who knows what poor animal contributed it...




    Fizyxgmonkey76catwrangler
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,707
    I didn't think of the duplo part, but this LEGO one is definitely beef.


    Fizyxgmonkey76KungFuKennyLittleLoricatwrangler
  • BrikingBriking Dorset, UKMember Posts: 748
    Remoan, remoan, remoan.
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