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The One That Got Away: Biggest Non-Purchase Regret

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  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    Emerald night, missed it by about two weeks due to slowly exiting my dark ages.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,702
    flecski said:

    I saw #852293 at LLW on a pre Christmas sale for £100, but didnt bother as I hadnt played chess in years and didnt think I could put it anywhere. Im sure it would have been a great way to get our kids into games.

    I remember that very well. I felt 'had' when I'd paid £125 for mine the week before the £99 promo started.
  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,237
    edited August 2013
    #10179. In my Dark Ages, stumbled across it on the Internet, thought very carefully about buying it (I had the money to hand), and the thing that tipped the balance into NO was that it didn't have a useable interior.

    To add insult to injury, if I'd bought it, it's pretty likely that it would still be sitting unopened at the back of a wardrobe because of space* issues.

    I've made better decisions and I've made worse but it's one I wince at whenever I think about it.

    * no, not that kind
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,232
    oldtodd33 said:

    My latest regret would be not buying set #4440 at an out of town Target store for $23.99. I said to myself " I'm not buying Lego on vacation".

    I said the same thing, been overseas for a year! I managed 10 months where I didn't buy any (well, one, but it was special) while I was in China... but in Philly, woooooo boy have I broken that rule! So close :( Now I have to hope that BA will do the student/abroad baggage thing, because otherwise I will definitely have to buy a bag for the way home!

    And it all started with that sort of thinking... ie, "I am going to regret not buying this here while it's cheaper". Now I'm regretting buying too much! (But at least this way I have gotten cheaper Lego, so, could be worse :))

  • trickydicky0880trickydicky0880 Member Posts: 134
    I missed my "one that got away" when I was on a religious affiliated vacation for two years. It was #7199. I just recently purchased it because it was a must for my collection but the price was ridiculously steep for how much I pay for LEGO.
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,288
    @oldtodd33: surely that mantra should be modified to "I'm not buying LEGO above 50% MSRP on vacation"
    sidersdd
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,416
    Ya, how many people would pass up a deal like that? In all honesty, with my collection over the 400M piece mark you kind of start to wonder where the breaking point is for ridiculous collecting/hoarding is. There has to be a line drawn somewhere and I figured this is it. Besides, when my wife sent me to get some milk for the kids breakfast I know I would get her "you've got to be kidding" look when I came back with a Lego set.
  • deadcuttlass3deadcuttlass3 Member Posts: 6
    i always wanted to get the UCS millennium falcon but i don't have $3.500.

    set numer10179-1
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    oldtodd33 said:

    In all honesty, with my collection over the 400M piece mark you kind of start to wonder where the breaking point is for ridiculous collecting/hoarding is.

    If that's not a typo, I think you're well past the breaking point...

    YellowcastlepillpodACWWGal2011icey117EricCam_n_Stu
  • AmikoAmiko Member Posts: 97
    I deeply regret not grabbing Jabba's Sail Barge first time around. At least there's another, albeit inferior, version currently out that will fit with the new stuff!
  • mressinmressin Lego City... erm LondonMember Posts: 843
    a) Not sacrificing more of my allowance on Classic Lego Space when I was a child.

    b) During my dark ages, one of the few Lego products I noticed were the X-Pods. I'm now trying to get hold of all of them, but it would have been so much easier had I bought them back then.
  • Cam_n_StuCam_n_Stu UKMember Posts: 368
    Beach House brought me out of my dark ages. That same year I didn't even see The Tumbler but I know I would have bought it if I had, and I looked at Town Plan but hadn't got to grips with spending that much on LEGO then! Oops.
  • icey117icey117 DenmarkMember Posts: 506
    Change the thread title to: "The one that I got anyway!" ... And I can mention quite some of the, "why on earth did I waste my money one this one?"
    Tomo776
  • ACWWGal2011ACWWGal2011 Member Posts: 534
    icey117 said:

    Change the thread title to: "The one that I got anyway!" ... And I can mention quite some of the, "why on earth did I waste my money one this one?"

    that would make for a great spin-off topic
    icey117
  • SupersympaSupersympa SwedenMember Posts: 534
    #10189 Taj Mahal....
    i was offered one for EUR 280 in a sealed box a couple of months after retirement...Can't remember why I did not buy it, probably money issue...2 days later i changed my mind and contacted the seller, but of course was sold...I then told myself that I will never buy it...
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    #10144 Sandcrawler for me. Missed an ebay auction that ended at £100 for a BNIB example around October 2011. I had my arm twisted to do some drinking in a basement bar with no mobile reception. Lost in a haze of cocktails I forgot to pop back above ground to place a bid.
    LostInTranslation
  • icey117icey117 DenmarkMember Posts: 506
    edited August 2013
    The Orient Expedition theme was way into my darkest dark age, but I think I would have loved it, had I been awake then. :-)
  • CoyotelilyCoyotelily God's Own County, UKMember Posts: 656
    Upto two weeks ago I would have said the Taj Mahal but I managed to buy one at the bargain price of £350 just when I had given up all hope. I do however regret not buying it new and waiting for the sale when it was discounted down to £99 but sold out before I managed to get one.
    For the record I am so impressed with the build mainly because I don 't believe it has any specialist pieces but is absolutely spectacular - if you don't have one this is well worth brick linking as it's fab!
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 949
    ^ Each his own. I thought the build was boring and way to repetitive. The finished model looks nice, it's a great looking set. However, itt lacks in the build category.
  • mr_bennmr_benn United KingdomMember Posts: 834
    edited August 2013
    In my poor, post-grad studenty days I saw #3739 in a TK Maxx for about £30 or so - passed due to a general lack of expendable funds, but now wish I'd picked this one up, it's a nice little house and now costs quite a bit!
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Member Posts: 4,401

    icey117 said:

    Change the thread title to: "The one that I got anyway!" ... And I can mention quite some of the, "why on earth did I waste my money one this one?"

    that would make for a great spin-off topic
    Actually, it already exists. Cough..cough @joseph
  • JosephJoseph Member Posts: 651

    icey117 said:

    Change the thread title to: "The one that I got anyway!" ... And I can mention quite some of the, "why on earth did I waste my money one this one?"

    that would make for a great spin-off topic
    Actually, it already exists. Cough..cough @joseph
    I take it you're referring to http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/4464/which-lego-sets-do-you-now-regret-having-bought/p1 ?
  • ACWWGal2011ACWWGal2011 Member Posts: 534
    Joseph said:

    icey117 said:

    Change the thread title to: "The one that I got anyway!" ... And I can mention quite some of the, "why on earth did I waste my money one this one?"

    that would make for a great spin-off topic
    Actually, it already exists. Cough..cough @joseph
    I take it you're referring to http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/4464/which-lego-sets-do-you-now-regret-having-bought/p1 ?
    Thank you!
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 5,835
    Every time I see this LBR image I die a little inside looking at all the things on the left side of the store I missed out on.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,702
    edited August 2013
    That is one legendary photo. In years to come, somebody is going to discover that photo and question whether it is real or not.
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM Cork, IrelandMember Posts: 942
    Is there a larger version of that? Can't see much from that photo, apart from the Taj Mahal on display.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,702
    edited August 2013
    #10143, #10174, #10175, #10179, #10186 and #10188 to name but a few. :-)
  • vitreolumvitreolum RomaniaMember Posts: 1,406
    Was #10188 priced the same when it came out as it is now? Or have the prices increased?
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,702
    It is indeed priced the same. Makes it an extremely worthwhile set as far as today's SWs prices go.
  • SteakyBoySteakyBoy Member Posts: 16
    I saw (2) Police Boats 7287 on the shelf at Target and didn't pull the trigger. Not a huge loss, but they were only $40 on the shelf, fetching close to $120 in some auctions.
  • BrewBrew New Mexico (It's an actual state in the US)Member Posts: 182
    ^^I even see a #10030 in the picture. Not sure if I'm a believer...
    Legoboy
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,702
    edited August 2013
    You're right.

    It's like all of the planets aligned on that day to allow us to capture and share that perfect image for all of our decendants to marvel at.
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,272
    I just want one of those big red bricks... :o)
    cardgeniusberniebond
  • BulkheadXBulkheadX Member Posts: 74
    I was looking at a UCS Mill Falcon at Mall of America a few years ago thinking it was one of the coolest things I had ever seen... BUT I had flown up there making it more difficult to get back home with the size it was, AND it was the price it was, AND I had not started collecting really. but I was still greatly tempted to pick it up and did not (much to my chagrin now that I am collecting lol)
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    Every exclusive and hard to find Lego set on sale prior to September 1st 2013.
    CircleKvitreolummargotcanon03Johnnyfinlandia
  • Peter1975Peter1975 DeventerMember Posts: 165
    I regret not starting to collect the Modular Houses. Now I have to sell my car, if I want all these houses. But I'm still happy with all the other sets I collect in the past. You can't always get what you want, isn't it?
  • CurvedRoadPlateCurvedRoadPlate Member Posts: 256
    But if you try sometimes
    You get what you need
    hleonffu
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,952
    Ooooh-oooh ooooh
  • HardradaHardrada Member Posts: 439
    edited September 2013
    vitreolum said:

    Was #10188 priced the same when it came out as it is now? Or have the prices increased?

    Depends on the region. For the Hungarian [email protected] they increased prices this January by 5-10% and probably the year before that, too. (Can't remember exactly.)
    Legoboy said:

    It is indeed priced the same. Makes it an extremely worthwhile set as far as today's SWs prices go.

    Well, it doesn't have such a great part out value. Then again most SW sets fare quite poorly in that regard.

  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,702
    I think anybody wanting to part out a #10188 other than to separate the figs would be mad.
  • mressinmressin Lego City... erm LondonMember Posts: 843
    edited September 2013
    #10188 was a great set to build, but I seem to remember that it was utterly boring part-wise. Almost nothing special at all. About as exciting as the 1982 Basic sets.
  • HardradaHardrada Member Posts: 439
    Legoboy said:

    I think anybody wanting to part out a #10188 other than to separate the figs would be mad.

    Just brought up part out value to prove that if one is more of a moccer than it might not be too interesting / worthwhile. It's undoubtedly a very nice and substantial playset though.
  • luckyrussluckyruss UKMember Posts: 872
    Does the converse apply, does anyone foresee people trying to Bricklink a DS after (if ever) it is discontinued? Whilst some of the minifigs are exclusive, the component parts aren't.

    There are a few bley 8x8 plates!
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Member Posts: 4,401
    edited January 2014
    I need to now amend my list to include the Thanksgiving Feast and Iron Patriot polybags and Series 4 Planet sets, but I'm holding LEGO accountable for the latter.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    ^I can erase all of those from your list. I've actually been contemplating what I want for my Iron Patriot this morning, but I haven't figured it out yet. Maybe we can do a trade.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Member Posts: 4,401
    PM to be sent :o)
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,702
    Must be love. :-)
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Member Posts: 4,401
    ^ Can you get me a used copy of the PotC Flying Dutchman? Ouch, too soon?
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,702
    edited January 2014
    You don't have one? Should you not be adding it to your list above? The one that got away?
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Member Posts: 4,401
    It seemed redundant since it would be on everyone's list here, except for Flump's. :o)
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