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Recommendations for selling large/expensive sets
Hi - I'm seeking a bit of community advice here. I've got a couple of significantly pricey and/or large MISB sets that I realise I'm never going to build, so selling them seems the obvious choice. Stuff like #10194
Emerald Night, #10219
Maersk Train, #10236
Ewok Village, #70751
Temple of Airjitzu - you get the idea.
Selling online seems the 'easy' option, but I'm a little wary of the number of people I've seen who've been scammed in some way, from people saying that things have arrived busted/incomplete/never arrived at all, to all sorts of other issues. Possibly the best way to deal is through in person transactions, but even though I'm nice and close to London this does obviously restrict my potential customer base.
I was wondering what experiences other members on here have had and what you feel the pros/cons of the various options are? Thanks :)
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But if want to avoid Ebay, always worth trying Marketplace on this site.
Take photo's of packed item as you go along
Wrap the set in paper / lining paper / banquet roll / plastic bag / paper bag / wallpaper... something. I tend to do this only for rare sets.
Obviously put it in a box where it's not touching the sides and has something that creates the gap and gives some pushback from crushing. i.e air bags/bubbles, noodles, paper etc.. these don't protect fully but are more about keeping the item away from the sides and in place.. it's mainly "piercing" you are trying to avoid here.
In that box always put an extra sheet of thick cardboard in the bottom and on the top as an extra layer of protection below and above the set. I use up old amazon delivery stuff for this as it doesn't need to be in one piece.
If using a box that is height adjustable i.e. lego S&H boxes, go one level higher than minimum ... and tape the corners!!. You can really reinforce the box from being crushed if you to town with tape on those corners so they can't separate. I mean the corners at the top where you close up the lower box.. if they are held together then it supports the top of the box which is mostly air.. I also tape completely around the box, not just along seams
Measure, weigh etc, print your shipping label..... put one copy INSIDE the box on top. Do not lie about contents/value as it will invalidate insurance otherwise. To weigh large boxes I use a handheld luggage scale, to help if it fits I use an IKEA bag i.e. put it in bag, use scales on handle... if too big for that method.. use one or more of those white straps around S&H boxes to create a loop to hang from scales, if can't do that.. just make a loop of selotape around the box and hang that. or use bathroom scales of course.. always round the weight up a little as you're probably weighing before finishing packing and scales aren't always accurate eg. is was 6.75Kg on my scales i'd put 6.99Kg in as it doesn't change the price.
Affix 2 x shipping labels on outside one on top one on a side. make sure there is no edge of the label that can catch on anything so again use plenty of take including across the middle of the label.
For anything above (my opinion) £300, After i've sealed the box and before labels I wrap it completely in black polythene shrinkwrap.