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To Sell or Not to Sell...
Was about to list a bunch of Harry Potter years 1 and 2 sets on Bricklink. Stuff I bought a couple of years ago off Craigslist from a lady who collected it. She had boxes and instructions for all but one set (Hagrid's Hut), and claimed she took good care of it - only had it on display, everything was 100% complete, yada, yada. I took a look at the Castle set when I bought it and it did indeed look to be in great condition. The stuff has been in a tub since then. Today when I went to finally take a look at the stuff and verify the contents were indeed 100% complete, I realized this stuff was in pristine, like-new condition. For 4711 Flying Lesson, the capes were crisp and couldn't have ever been used. Pieces were shiny as if they had just been opened from polybags. Same with 4695 Knight Bus - the purple was bright, and the clear pieces were indeed transparent and not clouded. For 4731 Dobby's Release, the old light gray and old dark gray were just like they were new old light gray and new old dark gray.
I thought to myself - ugh... I can't sell this... I can use these pieces!
If I'm lucky I could sell 4730 Chamber of Secrets for $170 as a used set. But the condition of the pieces makes the set worth $250 (using 6 month averages on Bricklink for new condition parts + the used box/instructions). Having missed the old grays and old browns (was in dark period then), this seems to me to be an opportunity to now have a fair collection of these elements available to me for MOCing - saving me the time and trouble of ordering them on Bricklink. I may just sell off the figs and special pieces (basilisk, phoenix, etc).
Anyone else encounter this dilemma? Bought a set for reselling, and then later decide you may want to keep it? Just can't convince yourself to sell it?