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Imperfect Used Parts: Keep or Discard?

zenparticlezenparticle Member Posts: 38
edited March 2012 in Collecting
Fishing for input...

I just received a large bin of used LEGO for free (we all love free LEGO). A neighborhood kid decided that at 14 years old, he doesn't need them anymore. Anyway, aside from being quite dusty (nothing a little cleaning can't fix), some of the pieces are nicked up a bit on the edges. Some might even be cracked. I don't know where everyone else draws the line, but for your personal collections and for MOC building, do you keep pieces that have been roughed up a bit? I won't keep obviously broken parts. What say ye?


  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    I had a similar dilemma.
    I decided to donate any pieces that have been 'roughed up a bit' to a local child care centre. In all honesty I know if I used anything that was beat up I would notice it all the time and pretty much every part can be replaced for pennies on BL, so why bother keeping.
    Also gives a nice feeling knowing the local kids get to play with them, and let's be honest they will not care about minor nicks (and are likely to add more anyway!).
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    Its best to separate now before they mingle with your new bricks. I made that mistake this week when accidentally putting away my White bricks and mixed my newer PAB pieces with those from a bulk lot I picked up a couple weeks ago. Its just so time consuming to spot-check for the beat up or yellowing parts now.
  • RainingBoroSi02RainingBoroSi02 NCMember Posts: 59
    I just use off-color and beat up pieces on the interior of my MOCs. Don't give up on them, but I would recommend keeping them separate.
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    ^ Ouch, I find sorting parts painful as it is without having a seperate section/sections for beat up pieces.
  • aimlesspursuitsaimlesspursuits USMember Posts: 207
    I've been separating them out then taking them to work where I've started a bin of LEGO so people visiting my cube can play with them. Though I think I play with them more than anyone else. :)
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