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[US] Anybody noticed the HUGE glut of Brickmaster sets on Ebay?

wagnerml2wagnerml2 Belleville, IllinoisMember Posts: 1,376
edited February 2012 in Shopping USA/Canada

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  • collect_thatcollect_that Kidderminster, EnglandMember Posts: 1,312
    Couple of people also offering these out on here in large quantities??
  • coachiecoachie South WalesMember Posts: 476
    That's all good news, I remember 3219 when it came free with the Beano 10 years ago.

    Have a look at the price now...
  • evileddie1313evileddie1313 Member Posts: 126
    I bought some of these and asked the seller where he got them from. He stated they were in a truck trailer auction that was filled with toys. He had 30+ cases. They are the leftover sets from the Brickmaster Magazine from subscriptions that weren't filled.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Good time to pickup bulk lots to store for a year and sell later...

    I looked them up, the asking prices are a bit high for current resale, but they won't be here in a year, that is probably the time to sell them.
  • evileddie1313evileddie1313 Member Posts: 126
    @LegoFanTexas Exactly...
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    30+ cases, huh? That's a lot, but I bought some anyway... ;)
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    The nice thing is they are small and easy to store, just toss them on the top shelf of the upstairs closet and forget about them for awhile...
  • wagnerml2wagnerml2 Belleville, IllinoisMember Posts: 1,376
    I must say, the "semi trailer auction" story sounds extremely fishy to me. Lego would retain possession of these sets if they remained undistributed. It makes no sense why they would auction them off secretly and not use them as some sort of a promotion either at TLG B&M stores or some other way. These sets were in demand and could have been fantastic promotional items to TLG to use. TLG never misses an opportunity to cash in on a prime marketing opportunity, especially one that allows them to reintroduce sets to the marketplace that were so in demand.. This scenario really makes no sense to me.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ - That is very true, they may have "fallen off the back of the truck", which happens all too often in freight shipping...
  • tbennet2tbennet2 Member Posts: 17
    yes... i bought a bunch from a lady in Mississippi and I asked her where did she get so many and she said she won them at an auction. Lego must have gotten rid of their overstock of Brickmaster sets! It makes sense because I believe Lego has warehouse or distribution center in MS?
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    ^ I would be very disappointed in TLG if indeed they did choose to get rid of excess BM polys in this way. Why not sell the excess on S&H or use them in promotions allowing others to get hold of them at reasonable prices?

    Maybe they were worried about upsetting BM subscribers who thought they were getting exclusives but they have sold a couple of BM polys online before.

    ...and yes, I do have sour grapes over BM, man was I pleased when it was canned ;-)
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ What was wrong with BM? It seemed like a good idea to me. I missed out on it, coming to the party too late, but getting a new set in the mail every other month seems pretty cool to me...
  • MatthewMatthew Cheshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 3,734
    ^ It was US only, so @atkinsar was reduced to paying a premium for each set so he could complete his polybag collection :o)
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Ahh, didn't know that...

    Well, if anyone wants some BM sets, I'm going to have hundreds here shortly... ;)
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    edited February 2012
    ^ I'm only short a few SW ones, from a few years back now...and they ain't cheap. Here's exhibit A...

    http://www.bricklink.com/catalogPG.asp?s=20006-1
  • MatthewMatthew Cheshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 3,734
    edited February 2012
    ^Ouch!

    I'm after the Indy car and PoP ones, have you git either of those coming?
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,908
    Why has LEGO not released the Master Builder Academy in Canada/Europe yet?
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    ^ still testing the water in the US I guess.
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    Guess it's time to sell the ones I have before the market is flooded with them. Someone on Bricklink just sold 50 of the 20016 for $11.99 each. Average had been around $20 before that.
  • sidersddsidersdd USAMember Posts: 2,432
    I have the PoP one for you @Matthew. When you gonna get some money to support that habbit of yours?
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    ^^ for a second there I thought you wrote 20006, that poly invades my dreams.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,500
    ^ Seek help.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^Ouch!

    I'm after the Indy car and PoP ones, have you git either of those coming?
    Nope... So far, I have:

    20009
    20016
    20018
    20019
    20021

    coming... Working on the others... Total of about 400 units so far split between them...
  • wagnerml2wagnerml2 Belleville, IllinoisMember Posts: 1,376
    Bought and traded a few from @fatmatt. I must say that If this auction scenario is in fact true, it kinda throws a curve into the speculation market. Introduction of these cases has depressed the market for thos sets immediately. once those cases are broken up and sold, it remains to be seen if the prices will rebound. Not that it is necessarily a bad thing for those who want to buy. , I just hope that TLG doesn't make a habit of it. A destabilized market is no fun. I dealt with that in te trading card industry 15 years ago.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ That is why sometimes companies will destroy product, rather than liquidate it. Once sold at auction, they lose all control over it, so it may be worth destroying it rather than getting whatever money they can from it.

    TLG it seams is not one such company. :) Or perhaps this is an exception?
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    ^^^ LFT, I may be interested in getting hold of another 20018, 20019, and 20021 from you if the price is right. PM me if you have a price in mind.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    It will be a week or so before I'm ready to sell any of it...

    Keep in mind the current prices of these items may well change by then, after all, the market is about to be flooded with this stuff. :)

    That is why I have a space in the closet picked out for them, give everyone else a chance to "give away" their copies... :)
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,284
    @LegoFanTexas: count me in for 1 or several copies of each of those. Let me know when you're ready to sell.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Since several people have asked... I'm curious as to the opinions of everyone here, what do you think are fair prices for these sets?

    20009 - AT-TE
    20010 - Republic Gunship
    20016 - Imperial Shuttle
    20018 - AT-AT
    20019 - Slave 1
    20021 - Bounty Hunter
  • MatthewMatthew Cheshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 3,734
    I have the PoP one for you @Matthew. When you gonna get some money to support that habbit of yours?
    End of the month, plus any sales off BL. *Must stop spending!*
  • roxioroxio UKMember Posts: 1,332
    ^^I've sold plenty off 20009 in UK , lowest £10, highest £15. Bought a case off [email protected] a while back, think they were £3 each
  • MatthewMatthew Cheshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 3,734
    ^ A case? Since when did [email protected] sell cases?
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,240
    @LegoFanTexas

    I'd be interested in 1 each of
    20009
    20010
    20019
    20021

    If you're going to be selling.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Just picked up 20017 as well... Might end up with 20005, we'll see if they take my lowball offer. ;)
  • roxioroxio UKMember Posts: 1,332
    ^^^ I mean l bought a quantity 50 and they came in in sealed lego box of 50x20009, inside a standard [email protected] shipping box
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