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I have been buying a lot of Lego from Amazon US and Amazon AU, and sometimes UK (not so often)
It depends on which region is giving the lower price on the item I am interested in.
I am travelling between US and AU so international shipping is not an issue. I find that
in most cases Amazon AU has a much better price than that of the US but their Lego boxes are
usually dented or bad. I've bought more than 50 sets from Amazon AU and only less than 5 sets
are without any dents, some even re-taped obviously. On the other hand, I've bought approx. 20 sets from Amazon US but probably only one box was with significant problem.
My guess is that Amazon US tends to sell at higher price so they are giving better boxes
while when they find any bad box or returned item they ship them in lot to Australia and
let this market digest the less perfect products with lower price.
It's a very smart way of doing business. Maybe they know that Australian is less interested
in or willing to pay for Lego so they are marking down the prices while giving boxes of
inferior quality. Very smart, very sneaky.
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