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CND DeLorean Time Machine Looking For

OdeinoichusOdeinoichus CanadaMember Posts: 334
Hey all, my brother is looking for a DeLorean Time Machine Sealed and is willing to spend a reasonable price in Canada for the set. I thought I'd ask if anyone is currently selling one in Canada for a price that is not exorbitant.

Shoot me a message and let me know.
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Comments

  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,328
    Someone help Yoda get his time machine!
    KungFuKenny
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,863
    I could try and grind this person down in my area.  And shipping to Canada isn't a huge deal for me.


    Legoboy
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,298
    try and do what to who?
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,432
    try and do what to who?
    Presumably try and negotiate a deal for the OP and then ship the set to them in Canada.
    SumoLego
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,298
    try and do what to who?
    Presumably try and negotiate a deal for the OP and then ship the set to them in Canada.
    (I was just making a joke that find auto-corrected to grind)
    drdavewatfordSumoLego
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,432
    try and do what to who?
    Presumably try and negotiate a deal for the OP and then ship the set to them in Canada.
    (I was just making a joke that find auto-corrected to grind)
    Ha - I thought it was deliberate, i.e. grind them down and get a cheaper price!
    BumblepantsandheReesesPiecesSumoLegoAstrobricks
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 2,959
    Find them, grind them, hide the evidence. 
    KungFuKennySumoLego
  • klintonklinton CanadaMember Posts: 1,022
    There's this one on Bricklink from a seller in Alberta for 180$ CAD.

  • OdeinoichusOdeinoichus CanadaMember Posts: 334
    klinton said:
    There's this one on Bricklink from a seller in Alberta for 180$ CAD.

    That's great and all, but I'm pretty sure my brother would rather pay 100 or less I'm afraid. He wants one and yet he doesn't want to pay high-end prices for something that was on clearance for 25$... Manitoba born, Manitoba trained when it comes to shopping frugally.
    SumoLego
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,759
    ^ I wouldn't mind a $50 #10018 either, but I think that ship's long sailed.

    Good luck.  I hope your brother finds something affordable.
    560HeliportklintondrdavewatfordSumoLego
  • klintonklinton CanadaMember Posts: 1,022
    klinton said:
    There's this one on Bricklink from a seller in Alberta for 180$ CAD.

    That's great and all, but I'm pretty sure my brother would rather pay 100 or less I'm afraid. He wants one and yet he doesn't want to pay high-end prices for something that was on clearance for 25$... Manitoba born, Manitoba trained when it comes to shopping frugally.
    Then you really should have been a little more honest in your initial post, no? You're not looking for a 'reasonable price' (the one I linked you to is quite reasonable for that set), you're asking for charity. You want someone to subsidize the set for you at their own expense. Those are two entirely different requests.
    560Heliportteal93mr2
  • BrickByBrickBrickByBrick Massachusetts, USAMember Posts: 682
    If your brother is willing to bend on the sealed part it could be worth looking into bricklinking the parts, I did it about 2 years back and got it built for like $45 excluding box instructions and minifigs as I owned the dimensions packs. 
    KungFuKenny
  • OdeinoichusOdeinoichus CanadaMember Posts: 334
    klinton said:
    klinton said:
    There's this one on Bricklink from a seller in Alberta for 180$ CAD.

    That's great and all, but I'm pretty sure my brother would rather pay 100 or less I'm afraid. He wants one and yet he doesn't want to pay high-end prices for something that was on clearance for 25$... Manitoba born, Manitoba trained when it comes to shopping frugally.
    Then you really should have been a little more honest in your initial post, no? You're not looking for a 'reasonable price' (the one I linked you to is quite reasonable for that set), you're asking for charity. You want someone to subsidize the set for you at their own expense. Those are two entirely different requests.
    180$ is reasonable for a product that originally cost... 40$ Canadian if I recall right?

    Yeah, no, see, 135$ is reasonable, at least to me, 180$ is just excessive. All LEGO on the secondary market is excessive, especially on E-Bay or Amazon third party sellers. People are asking for a markup of 200% half the time and people pay it because a lot of people just don't know any better.

    If I bought him the damn thing for 135$ and told him I got a great deal on it without mentioning the price he wouldn't care, but a lot of folks seem to be in this business to make super rich profits off of hot ticket items sealed in box. 180$ Canadian is enough to get one of the Modulars, practically, I'd rather buy that for that price than a teeny-tiny DeLorean Time Machine.

    Reasonable for some is not the same as Reasonable for others, to you 180$ is perfectly reasonable, I'm not sure why, I don't know your reasons for why you feel justified in paying 180$ for a discontinued set. My wheelhouse of reasonable is different from yours.

    Hell, buying most of the parts themselves from LEGO loose costs 50$, probably a bit more once all the parts are actually in stock, but you can't get the Flux Capicitor element or the Minifigure torsos or heads. So you're stuck with an incomplete model. But even so as long as that one piece only costs a few dollars more on Bricklink, like 2-5$ for the Minifigures and the Flux Capcitor printed element you're still only spending around 60$ for the set including taxes.

    Ultimately though it is all subjective. I was perfectly honest when I asked for a reasonable price, the fact that my reasonable doesn't include the cost of a Modular or half a UCS set for a dinky little car that can't even seat the two characters doesn't mean I'm being dishonest in what I said.

    I thought there'd be some helpful people here since this is a site dedicated to LEGO as opposed to looking on E-Bay or elsewhere. Forgive me if my definition of reasonable doesn't match others who have larger pocket books to draw funds from and are willing to spend that much for the silly little set.
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,503
    edited June 20
    Wanting to pay "used, incomplete" price for a "new, sealed" set isn't reasonable. 
    FizyxKungFuKennyteal93mr2SumoLegodatsunrobbiebpk2300
  • canon03canon03 USAMember Posts: 330
    Supply + demand = current market price.  Unfortunately supply isn't likely to increase substantially, so unless demand levels off, prices are likely to remain high.

    It typically isn't any one seller that can set a price as if set too high, no one will buy.

    I feel your pain as I've been there before.  You just have to weigh your wants next to how much you want or can spend.  Best wishes on your search.
    KungFuKenny
  • OdeinoichusOdeinoichus CanadaMember Posts: 334
    edited June 20
    Wanting to pay "used, incomplete" price for a "new, sealed" set isn't reasonable. 
    And again, I say reasonable is subjective to how much you want to spend. It isn't what I want to spend anyway, but what my brother wants to spend. Hell he keeps asking me to sell him mine... no thank you, I just tried to help him out by posting a message here concerning what he was looking for.

    Also, if I can buy all the pieces fresh from the factory minus one or two items unique to the set LEGO isn't manufacturing anymore for roughly 60$ then getting a complete sealed set shouldn't cost more than, again roughly 135$ tops. That isn't a low ball offer after all. It's still almost three times what the set actually cost at retail.

    I call that pretty reasonable, that doesn't even factor in shipping costs, which could bump it up over 140$. But again this is what I see as reasonable for a discontinued set of this size range. You see something else reasonable, that's perfectly alright with me.

    You also have to factor in the current exchange rate, 140$ US is nowhere near as insane as 180$+ US, which is somewhere close to 250$ or in that ballpark range. (I should know, I've been paying close to that much for a lot of imports of late and I feel justified in spending it on high-end collectibles or entire waves of things to avoid going to the store and risk exposure to Covid or scummy parts-swapping/scalper jokers. Action Figure collecting is ten times worse than LEGO Collecting, at least when you buy LEGO you don't have to worry somebody swiped some of the parts inside or replaced it with an inferior item not depicted on the front of the box.)
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,759
    @Odeinoichus, despite your knowledge of action figure collection, your comments are those of somebody outside of this hobby, not someone who’s been familiar with it for 3 years plus!?

    I don’t think there’s a hobby, or anything for that matter, where the price of a long discontinued, sought after pop culture collectible hasn’t rocketed in price.  The mistake here, is that you didn’t define what you consider to be ‘reasonable’ in your initial post.  Nor did you provide a guide of what you, or rather your brother were willing to pay.  That too would have been helpful.

    In a fanatic’s forum, I think most, if not all (apart from you) would accept that ‘reasonable’ would be at the lower end of the going rate today.  Not something close to its clearance price 6 years plus ago, which to be frank is ridiculous.

    What’s worse, it that you’re also comparing the cost of parts only of the long-gone collectible with a current modular, sold as a complete set and making the cost per part cheaper still.

    If you’re willing to make me a higher than reasonable offer, I might be willing to part with one of mine, but I am very attached to them.  Very, very attached.


    560HeliportKungFuKennyteal93mr2datsunrobbie
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,567
    klinton said:
    klinton said:
    There's this one on Bricklink from a seller in Alberta for 180$ CAD.

    That's great and all, but I'm pretty sure my brother would rather pay 100 or less I'm afraid. He wants one and yet he doesn't want to pay high-end prices for something that was on clearance for 25$... Manitoba born, Manitoba trained when it comes to shopping frugally.
    Then you really should have been a little more honest in your initial post, no? You're not looking for a 'reasonable price' (the one I linked you to is quite reasonable for that set), you're asking for charity. You want someone to subsidize the set for you at their own expense. Those are two entirely different requests.
    180$ is reasonable for a product that originally cost... 40$ Canadian if I recall right?

    Yeah, no, see, 135$ is reasonable, at least to me, 180$ is just excessive. All LEGO on the secondary market is excessive, especially on E-Bay or Amazon third party sellers. People are asking for a markup of 200% half the time and people pay it because a lot of people just don't know any better.

    So you have a choice, buy one for $135 if you can find one, or go without. If someone lists one at $135 it will sell fast, probably to someone who will flip it for the higher current market price that other people are willing to pay.

    Reasonable cannot really be defined using what something sold for many years ago. It can only be defined on what it sells for now.


    If I bought him the damn thing for 135$ and told him I got a great deal on it without mentioning the price he wouldn't care, but a lot of folks seem to be in this business to make super rich profits off of hot ticket items sealed in box. 180$ Canadian is enough to get one of the Modulars, practically, I'd rather buy that for that price than a teeny-tiny DeLorean Time Machine.

    So tell him he gets better value buying a modular. Of course, a modular is not really a replacement for what he wants, but still. Of course resellers are in it to make money. Sometimes sets bomb, other times they do well. Most resellers will sell at a price the market will bear. It is pointless to go under as that is giving money away.


    Hell, buying most of the parts themselves from LEGO loose costs 50$, probably a bit more once all the parts are actually in stock, but you can't get the Flux Capicitor element or the Minifigure torsos or heads. So you're stuck with an incomplete model. But even so as long as that one piece only costs a few dollars more on Bricklink, like 2-5$ for the Minifigures and the Flux Capcitor printed element you're still only spending around 60$ for the set including taxes.

    So tell him to do that, and forget the box and printed instructions. Or also buy those second hand.

    Ultimately though it is all subjective. I was perfectly honest when I asked for a reasonable price, the fact that my reasonable doesn't include the cost of a Modular or half a UCS set for a dinky little car that can't even seat the two characters doesn't mean I'm being dishonest in what I said.

    That is the second time you have put the set down, calling it teeny-tiny and dinking that can't even seat the two minifigures. If it is that bad, don't buy it. The price is not the cost of any modular or half any UCS set. It is the cost of a CURRENT modular or half a CURRENT UCS. 


    I thought there'd be some helpful people here since this is a site dedicated to LEGO as opposed to looking on E-Bay or elsewhere. Forgive me if my definition of reasonable doesn't match others who have larger pocket books to draw funds from and are willing to spend that much for the silly little set.
    Third put down for this silly little set. Why would you spend even a reasonable $135 on such a silly little set if it is that little and silly?

    There are people that are helpful here. If it was a current set I'm sure people would help you out if finding one is hard. But this is something that would have been bought as an investment 6-7 years ago, and held for all that time, and could be sold to someone else at a higher price. Why would they sell an investment to someone else for less than it is worth now? Especially to someone that doesn't even like the set and keeps putting it down.
    teal93mr2
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,567
    Wanting to pay "used, incomplete" price for a "new, sealed" set isn't reasonable. 
     Hell he keeps asking me to sell him mine... no thank you, I just tried to help him out by posting a message here concerning what he was looking for.
    If you have one, why don't you sell your teeny-tiny, silly little, dinky set that cannot even seat the two minifigures to him. If it is used, sell it at 60% of the price you paid. That would be reasonable.

    drdavewatfordReesesPieces
  • OdeinoichusOdeinoichus CanadaMember Posts: 334
    Legoboy said:
    @Odeinoichus, despite your knowledge of action figure collection, your comments are those of somebody outside of this hobby, not someone who’s been familiar with it for 3 years plus!?

    I don’t think there’s a hobby, or anything for that matter, where the price of a long discontinued, sought after pop culture collectible hasn’t rocketed in price.  The mistake here, is that you didn’t define what you consider to be ‘reasonable’ in your initial post.  Nor did you provide a guide of what you, or rather your brother were willing to pay.  That too would have been helpful.

    In a fanatic’s forum, I think most, if not all (apart from you) would accept that ‘reasonable’ would be at the lower end of the going rate today.  Not something close to its clearance price 6 years plus ago, which to be frank is ridiculous.

    What’s worse, it that you’re also comparing the cost of parts only of the long-gone collectible with a current modular, sold as a complete set and making the cost per part cheaper still.

    If you’re willing to make me a higher than reasonable offer, I might be willing to part with one of mine, but I am very attached to them.  Very, very attached.


    Outside of this hobby?

    I have been purchasing LEGO since I was a kid, I ventured through my dark ages and I have been collecting for quite some time. I do not, however, purchase from the secondary market. If a set is discontinued and I miss out on it I may want it, but I'm not about to spend tons and tons of cash on a single set when I can maximize my buying power by purchasing more current sets for the same price.

    I don't buy LEGO for an investment, I don't buy LEGO to keep in the box and re-sell it 8-10 years later at a huge markup. I buy LEGO to open, build, display, enjoy and collect.

    And as far as liking the hobby to my other hobbies, I get a lot more support and encouragement from folks locally who re-sell action figures or other collectibles as opposed to this hobby. Nobody in the LEGO Hobby is willing to part with anything for less than three times the cost of a set at retail. So be it. I'm not going to fault them for getting whatever they can out of this hobby that they enjoy. Perhaps I should have just kept my mouth shut and forgot about doing my brother a solid, but whatever, live and learn.

    I'll stick to building my sets and doing what I want with what I pick up and just ignore the rest of the community if this is how they want to receive me.

    @CCC Your posts are very insightful, thank you very much. The set I own I'm not about to sell it for a small amount of money, I don't sell my LEGO, I keep what I enjoy. Just because I criticize the set doesn't mean I don't like it on my shelf with the rest of my Ideas sets. The thing is an older design, quite frankly I'm surprised LEGO hasn't re-invented it like they do many other sets, but for a one-off license I suspect thinking they'd re-make/re-release something that sold poorly at retail to begin with is simple wishful thinking. (Also I think Playmobile scooped up the BttF license at this point.)

    I guess you both taught me the lesson that asking a community for help really doesn't pay in the end because that community is going to just tell you off for being too cheap when it comes to a 7 year old off-the-market LEGO set. If you want something, buy it when its available or shell out the big bucks even if it means going into the financial hole for a 400 piece set. Gotta support all the hobbyists in the LEGO Community by re-selling everything at the market price after all, it isn't like they aren't just plastic building bricks and things meant to be enjoyed and played with.

    Is it any wonder Brickset's site is struggling to keep afloat when you guys hound and belittle anybody who asks a simple question. I like the site, but this community seems to be spreading the negativity most commonly found on the Internet much like everywhere else.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,759
    edited June 20
    Legoboy said:
    @Odeinoichus, despite your knowledge of action figure collection, your comments are those of somebody outside of this hobby, not someone who’s been familiar with it for 3 years plus!?
    Outside of this hobby?

    I have been purchasing LEGO since I was a kid, I ventured through my dark ages and I have been collecting for quite some time. I do not, however, purchase from the secondary market. If a set is discontinued and I miss out on it I may want it, but I'm not about to spend tons and tons of cash on a single set when I can maximize my buying power by purchasing more current sets for the same price.
    And this makes it even more remarkable.  You knew what you were asking for when you asked.  You were familiar with the after market prices, whether or not you’ve bought secondary before, but didn’t them.

    And no, asking a community for assistance can be fun and resourceful and this one has always looked after itself.  I think we were just all a bit confused however,

    “What is he asking for?”

    “Something reasonable.”

    “What’s reasonable?”

    ”Clearance price of 2014.”

    ”Urm, that’s not reasonable.”

    “Well neither is the cost of a modular.”


    Give it a few years, and today’s modular will be ‘unreasonable’ as well.  Tell me, what do you think is a reasonable price to pay for a Cafe Corner today?  $1000 or $70?  Most wouldn’t let it go for less than $2000, $3000 maybe, which in fact would be entirely reasonable if it was the only one out there. What is entirely unreasonable, is expecting someone to give up their value of their discontinued sought after set because you feel it is better value to buy a current modular for the same price.  This is something you need to come to terms with.
    Fizyx
  • ReesesPiecesReesesPieces Member Posts: 922
    I understand that there are some people on this forum who can be negative.  However, all the initial responses seemed pretty positive in helping you attain the item you were in search of. 
    I agree with you in that $180 for the Delorean is not reasonable (for me personally) but as others have mentioned, the general reasonable price is based on the market through supply and demand.  People who still have this set bought it because they want it or to resell and maximize profit.  You can't fault people for not giving you a set 25% off market value when you yourself won't let go of a set you are so-so about to your own brother.
    Once again, I understand that the current market value of the set is not reasonable to you (and me).  But that IS the market value which means that is the reasonable value to the general public.  You will have to either take it or leave it.
    I hope you are not left with sour feelings towards the forum because of what I feel like was an initial miscommunication/misunderstanding.  I know many people here are very generous with favors and helping others out.
    drdavewatford560HeliportKungFuKennyBumblepantsteal93mr2SumoLegodatsunrobbiepanchox1
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,012
    edited June 21
     You can't fault people for not giving you a set 25% off market value when you yourself won't let go of a set you are so-so about to your own brother.  Once again, I understand that the current market value of the set is not reasonable to you (and me).  But that IS the market value which means that is the reasonable value to the general public.  You will have to either take it or leave it.
    Succinct and well said!

    There are many sets that I kick myself for not getting at retail.  One set I missed the boat on (literally) was #10210.  It went for $179 at retail and now goes for over $750 sealed.  If I wanted it badly enough I would pay the going rate.  I also have the option of BrickLinking the parts or buying used.  You can commit to trolling eBay for a few weeks but in the current pandemic-influenced market it seems most retired sets are selling for a premium.

    Maybe this is a good opportunity to try MOCing a nice Delorean as a gift for your brother!
    FizyxSumoLego
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,567
    I would buy the unique parts on BL as soon as possible before they increase further, then get the common parts as and when. Of course you won't have the box or instructions but if it is just to build and display he could use your instructions or the ones online.

    The community does help each other with reasonable requests, but sometimes people take the mick. I've sold stuff to others at cost of below market value which is great if they wanted it and would also do the same for me or others, but when you see the same item appear in their BL shop or on ebay, you feel somewhat different. I remember once someone contacted me to chat about something similar as they had done a bonusball giveaway and as soon as the winner received it, they put it up for sale here - not even trying to hide it. 
  • OdeinoichusOdeinoichus CanadaMember Posts: 334
    You are all very insightful, but it seems to me there was miscommunication from my original post and then continued miscommunication.

    I do not want this set for clearance price thank you very much. I was going 135-140, current offerings online are 180, but 180 US, which as I continue to say is 250$ CND with current exchange rates. That to me is where the unreasonable amount is. Even 180 CND from a seller in Alberta, was it, is still highly expensive for a set of this scale.

    I avoid the secondary market like the plague because I'm on a strict budget, the prices of retired LEGO sets is insane, I refuse to acknowledge that lucrative business opportunity because it's rather difficult to justify that kind of cost or commitment.

    It is apparent that many here are willing to accept this factor of LEGO buying after a set retires. They see it as the norm. I see it as an asinine pill of misery and inflation creating a massive investment capital opportunity for those with deep pockets, but for the rest of us living paycheck to paycheck we make do. We ooh and ahh, but at the end of the day, we're just not going to get what we want no matter how long we save up for it because the interest keeps climbing.

    I was smart, as soon as I saw it at the LEGO store I bought it, my brother was probably not collecting at the time, or if he was he wasn't looking for these sorts of deals as readily as possible and prioritizing other bills to be paid. He lives in another Province these days. I don't know what else to say, I made a post, I did my part I got some very reasonable comments and IMs and then I started to get attacked for having a different definition of reasonable. Not personally attacked in a sense, but talked down to and belittled as if I'm some kind of newbie or incompetent jerk looking for a hand out.

    I'm sorry, but I don't appreciate that kind of attitude in prose. Meant or otherwise. I'm also sorry if my initial post was vague, my brother didn't communicate to me what kind of price range he was looking for, and honestly I think he's being way more unreasonably cheapo than me, but he's family, what can you do? Can't really choose them or tell'em to wake up and smell the plastic ABS.

    My experiences selling LEGO sets is also rather telling as I seem to have a bear's time getting rid of anything. Which has mostly nothing to do with this, but if I have to cut all of my sales to 50% off just to get rid of the damn things, then seeing how expensive and profitable it is for folks selling boxed stuff is just crazy. Especially when my loose set prices don't seem crazy high to myself, but again that's my observation of the fact. Buying and selling LEGO is not for everybody, I'll stick to throwing my old sets away at less than market value so some kid can enjoy it and looking at coveted items for my own collection from afar. (Lookin' at you Ghostbusters Fire HQ.) *SIGH*
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,503
    I apologize for implying you are unreasonable. Your brother should have stated a price he was willing to pay. IMO, there's no relating clearance price a few years ago to "new, sealed" price now- the quantity of sealed sets can only go down, as some of them get opened, so the price will just keep going up.
     
    KungFuKenny
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,567

    I avoid the secondary market like the plague because I'm on a strict budget, the prices of retired LEGO sets is insane, I refuse to acknowledge that lucrative business opportunity because it's rather difficult to justify that kind of cost or commitment.

    It is apparent that many here are willing to accept this factor of LEGO buying after a set retires. They see it as the norm. I see it as an asinine pill of misery and inflation creating a massive investment capital opportunity for those with deep pockets, but for the rest of us living paycheck to paycheck we make do. We ooh and ahh, but at the end of the day, we're just not going to get what we want no matter how long we save up for it because the interest keeps climbing.

    I think most of us accept it, simply because it is what happens. Anyone can choose to avoid the secondary market and to do that is to choose to miss out completely. If you don't buy when the set is available in stores, then you have two choices afterwards, the secondary market or miss out. The marketplace here is also part of the secondary market.

    Plus you have to remember some sets are duds. If LEGO re-releases something similar, or updates figures or has better prints, then what used to be a good investment might drop back. And then there are the ones that never rise much above RRP, if at all. So when a good one comes along, sellers will make the most out of it to offset any bad.
  • OdeinoichusOdeinoichus CanadaMember Posts: 334
    CCC said:

    I avoid the secondary market like the plague because I'm on a strict budget, the prices of retired LEGO sets is insane, I refuse to acknowledge that lucrative business opportunity because it's rather difficult to justify that kind of cost or commitment.

    It is apparent that many here are willing to accept this factor of LEGO buying after a set retires. They see it as the norm. I see it as an asinine pill of misery and inflation creating a massive investment capital opportunity for those with deep pockets, but for the rest of us living paycheck to paycheck we make do. We ooh and ahh, but at the end of the day, we're just not going to get what we want no matter how long we save up for it because the interest keeps climbing.

    I think most of us accept it, simply because it is what happens. Anyone can choose to avoid the secondary market and to do that is to choose to miss out completely. If you don't buy when the set is available in stores, then you have two choices afterwards, the secondary market or miss out. The marketplace here is also part of the secondary market.

    Plus you have to remember some sets are duds. If LEGO re-releases something similar, or updates figures or has better prints, then what used to be a good investment might drop back. And then there are the ones that never rise much above RRP, if at all. So when a good one comes along, sellers will make the most out of it to offset any bad.
    Considering they had to deep discount overstock of the DeLorean I would have thought it was one of the duds... I think folks just weren't really aware of it at the time mostly because it was Cuusoo and not Ideas at the time. And people probably were either for it or against it.

    There are some things I'd love to get off the secondary market, but there is always so much coming out every year I'd be drowning in LEGO by now if I even attempted it.

    The one exception is probably going to be that Firehouse HQ Set, but I really need to put money aside for it before I even begin to look seriously for one. Plus they might release a new version with Afterlife coming out and sets planned for that... unless they dropped that franchise and let Playmobile have all rights.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,567
    Considering they had to deep discount overstock of the DeLorean I would have thought it was one of the duds... I think folks just weren't really aware of it at the time mostly because it was Cuusoo and not Ideas at the time. And people probably were either for it or against it.

    Yeah, I bought one, built it, didn't really like it (it's too blocky for me) and sold it. I didn't think it as worth holding on to for investment but got most of my money back selling it second hand. I also thought about buying discounted ones for parts or parting out to sell, but didn't really see much profit in it at the time. The people that did buy, they either had better foresight than me with this set or just got lucky. Either way, they saved sets that people can buy in future.
    SumoLego
  • bpk2300bpk2300 Florida Member Posts: 135
    edited June 22
    When I came out of my Dark Ages a few years back, I was salty like the OP about retired sets and their values. But then I quickly realized it's not worth fussing over. Hindsight being 20/20 and all that...

    Collector markets be like they is and do what it do :0

    panchox1560Heliportdrdavewatfordgmonkey76
  • terfstenterfsten West VirginiaMember Posts: 293
    If you're willing to pay the shipping from the US I have the box and instructions in very good condition that I will send you... if you wanted to go the route of just getting the pieces. That way you could get the set cheaper!
    ericbbandit778560Heliportpanchox1gmonkey76
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