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Best Way to Get Rid of Huge Collection

bor2112bor2112 FloridaMember Posts: 321
Hello.  Appreciate any feedback.  4 children and 2 adult lego fans.  We have purchased so many lego sets.  Then we stopped building.  I am downsizing and have probably 500 new lego sets to unload quickly.  What is the best way to do this and still make a little bit of money.  

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  • OldTownBricksOldTownBricks VirginiaMember Posts: 99
    What's your timetable, and where are you located?

    If they're valuable sets (i.e., exclusives, long retired Star Wars, etc.), then you'll probably get the most through individual eBay auctions (with all the attendant risk of selling through eBay).

    LEGO appears to move pretty quickly on Facebook Marketplace, but you're limited to a local audience or have to deal with some of the same risks as eBay and shipping. I scoff at high prices on Craigslist and NextDoor, but have seen quite a bit listed there. 

    You can also try to sell the items in the marketplace forum. 

    I've bought full collections through estate sales. If you contact an estate sale/downsizing company, they do most of that work for you, but then also take a larger chunk of the sales price. 

    bor2112andhe
  • bor2112bor2112 FloridaMember Posts: 321
    Thank you for the thorough response.  Much appreciated.  I am in Fort Myers, Fl.  I am flexible in timeline but the quicker I remove all of these Lego from my home, the quicker I can get my house on the market.

    I have never sold through Ebay  (or anywhere).  I just listed a few items that are high value but with box damage and lowered the suggested starting bid quite a lot to account for the damage and included pictures of damage and noted damage in description.  However, I am nervous about risk, as you mention.  
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,702
    I'd echo that it may be worth listing some here if you are okay with managing the shipping aspect of things. You likely wouldn't sell all of it, but might make a sizeable dent in the pile. 

    I've determined it's largely up to your specific market, but apps like OfferUp and Mercari might be good alternatives too. My local OfferUp market seems to support fast sales of any vintage set that is not drastically overpriced. If there is a lot of activity on those sites in your area, they may be worth checking out. 

    I certainly wish you the best as you move through things. Don't forget to save a few of your favorites...just in case!
    bor2112
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 1,926
    edited June 22
    If speed is more important that profit, you could also consider trying to sell to a LEGO reseller such as Bricks & Minifigs, Atlanta Brick Co., etc.
    bor2112Switchfoot55CCCandheWesterBricks
  • bor2112bor2112 FloridaMember Posts: 321
    Thank you for all the knowledge.  I appreciate it!  If you are looking for anything specific, let me know, I probably have it if it!  Just unearthed hoth wampa and assortment of harry potter!  Didn't even know we had these!!!
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,307
    What do you mean by make a little bit of money? Do you mean make a profit over what you already paid, or just get some money back? If the latter, group a few sets within a theme and stick them on facebook at RRP and take offers. If the former, then you are going to need to invest time.
    bor2112
  • bor2112bor2112 FloridaMember Posts: 321
    I should have been clearer...I would be happy to just get my money back or even a percentage of my money.  I am not looking to be Lego seller.  Just want to unburden my home of clutter to sell.  I have already donated so much but I can't just donate an eiffel tower or a Jabbas palace (well I could, but that would not be bright).  
    Switchfoot55WesterBricks
  • MarshallmarioMarshallmario Madison WIMember Posts: 281
       I think you would get positive results listing here if you give the prices you want. There are a lot of collectors here who would be taking a serious look.
    WesterBricks
  • scottdd2scottdd2 ADELAIDEMember Posts: 141
    If you have a Bricklink seller nearby that you trust you could approach them to sell on consignment for you. I've done that in the past and it works well.
    WesterBricks
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFW/BGMember Posts: 7,295
    Sell the Eiffel Tower quick before the rumored remake has photos leaked and tanks it's value
    1265
  • 12651265 The Great State of TexasMember Posts: 1,092
    Sell the Eiffel Tower quick before the rumored remake has photos leaked and tanks it's value
    I wasn't aware so I had to see what's being talked about the remake. I'm looking forward to @Brickchap comments. 😆 
    Redbullgivesuwind560HeliportWesterBricksCymbeline
  • FireFox31FireFox31 NH, USAMember Posts: 209
    Selling on the Brickset forum seems to yield good return with low risk and low time investment.  I've seen people create a Brickset list of their sets and offer them all at a certain percentage of the current Bricklink average new/used price.  This saves you time because it's easy to add your sets to Brickset and saves you from researching the prices individually; Bricklink average did the work for you.  Maybe make two lists, one for sealed sets, one for opened sets, and offer the new or used Bricklink prices as applicable.  Yes, you have to manage sales and ship the sets, but it seems like buyers here are pleasant to deal with.
    Switchfoot55bor2112bpk2300
  • 12651265 The Great State of TexasMember Posts: 1,092
    pxchris said:
    If speed is more important that profit, you could also consider trying to sell to a LEGO reseller such as Bricks & Minifigs, Atlanta Brick Co., etc.
    I've considered this as well.  I have a very large collection and just the thought of selling breaks me.  I've never sold in the past but as older one gets, things change.
  • bor2112bor2112 FloridaMember Posts: 321
    Ok, I have taken wonderful adivce shared here and cataloged my sets.  How do I make the list public?  Thanks
  • bor2112bor2112 FloridaMember Posts: 321
    I think I figured it out, maybe I figured it out??  Anyway, I have a very cumbersome list in the marketplace.  If anyone takes a look at it, please don't laugh at how I did it, but rather let me know what I should have done.  Thank you
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFW/BGMember Posts: 7,295
    if you place a # before a set number it hyperlinks to the set page. example #10937
    bor2112Astrobricksbpk2300Marshallmario
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