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  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 14,899
    If you don’t check the small print shipping cost you may get a nasty surprise...

    The seller is in Japan, so maybe they fly you First Class round trip to Tokyo to pick up the set? 🙂

    Shipping includes personal delivery to Disneyland at Space Mountain.
    KungFuKennyandheVorpalRyu
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,649
    ^ Where is the Buy It Now button?
    VorpalRyu
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 14,899
    ^ Even eBay knows that's a bad idea...
    Switchfoot55VorpalRyu
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,201
    Some buyers on ebay are ridiculous too.

    I stuck some non-LEGO stuff on ebay, worth I thought about £60. I started it at £30 inc free shipping (which would be ~£3), but left the "offer" on so if an early buyer made a good offer, I'd accept it. When doing that I normally automatically reject low offers, but last time forgot to. Six different users placed offers of under £10 on one or more occasions. One person offered £1.00, then £1.50, then £2.00 over the space of three days. The final one had a message "last offer if you dont except I dont buy it" (their spelling, not mine). I don't reject them, I just leave them, so these (non-)buyers are placing new offers separated by at least 24 hours.  What do these buyers expect? Surely they are just wasting their own time. PS. It finally sold for £72.

    560HeliportPJ76ukandheMr_CrossFizyx
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk EnglandMember Posts: 726
    @CCC I have had similar experiences on ebay. Often get messages asking why I won't accept their offers, have to keep explaining that since all my items include free postage I would essentially be paying for them to have the item! I've been tempted to ignore them but the voice in the back of my head warns me not to alienate potential customers as I usually do have many more items to sell!
    560HeliportMr_Cross
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,201
    I would always entertain sensible offers, but when they are under 10% of the likely price I feel justified in ignoring them completely.
    560HeliportMr_CrossFizyxsid3windr
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 541
    CCC said:
    I would always entertain sensible offers, but when they are under 10% of the likely price I feel justified in ignoring them completely.
    Hey, sir, can I have that Lambo for like $50? What? No? Aw come on man...last offer. I'm leaving...waaaah...
    560Heliport
  • MarshallmarioMarshallmario Madison WIMember Posts: 265
    I might be wrong on this but...if the seller lists with best offer I assume he will take less for the item. 10% less doesn’t seem like an offensive offer to me. People buying Lego in stores or online are looking for 20-30% off minimum. I’m fine if a seller doesn’t want offers, just don’t list it that way. If I don’t get a response on an offer then I take it off my watch list and move on to the next seller.
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 541
    I might be wrong on this but...if the seller lists with best offer I assume he will take less for the item. 10% less doesn’t seem like an offensive offer to me. People buying Lego in stores or online are looking for 20-30% off minimum. I’m fine if a seller doesn’t want offers, just don’t list it that way. If I don’t get a response on an offer then I take it off my watch list and move on to the next seller.
    Less then 10% OF the price not OFF the price.
    560HeliportNickF22gmonkey76andheFizyxsid3windr
  • MarshallmarioMarshallmario Madison WIMember Posts: 265
    Ahh, sorry, my bad!
    KungFuKenny
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk EnglandMember Posts: 726
    I might be wrong on this but...if the seller lists with best offer I assume he will take less for the item. 10% less doesn’t seem like an offensive offer to me. People buying Lego in stores or online are looking for 20-30% off minimum. I’m fine if a seller doesn’t want offers, just don’t list it that way. If I don’t get a response on an offer then I take it off my watch list and move on to the next seller.
    When listing you can select "no offers" but when ebay automatically relists an item if it doesn't sell they change it to allow offers. When your selling hundreds of items its time consuming changing the items one by one back to "no offers" and very easy for one or two to get missed. Personally I don't bother changing it if it doesn't sell as you do get sensible offers, I had a £450 offer for a £500 item once that didn't sell and was glad to accept it as I wanted the sale after it had been listed for months with only a previous offer of £250 which naturally I rejected out of hand!
    legomental
  • w513mfsw513mfs ukMember Posts: 2
    Just saw this and it had bids as well. i'm not  a technic fan but I've been following some of the conversation around #42113. If its a genuine auction makes me very sad. 


  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 2,266
    Preeeety sure it’s not worth £900
    andheMinifigInSpace
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 14,899
    It's worth One Meeeeeellion Dollars!
    gmonkey76KungFuKennyFizyxandheVorpalRyu
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,086
    There are now several on the US site ranging from $560 to $1725 🙄. 
    FizyxandheMinifigInSpace
  • ShropshireShropshire UKMember Posts: 615
    I get ridiculous offers from buyers on Ebay daily, it's as if some of them (not all clearly) think you're desperate to get rid of stuff and can't comprehend the more mature seller who will sell at the right price and if not will just wait it out. Like above i've had many offers regularly between 10% and 50% of (not off) the starting or BIN price, some so low I think they think there's a chance you'll press the wrong button. 

    Just this month I listed a sealed retired set for £315 and I had more than 5 offers each under £100 worded as if they were doing me a favour, one in particular used their 3rd offer to increase their offer to £100 !!! it sold in 2 days at asking price as it was fairly priced to start with.
    560Heliport
  • daewoodaewoo DFWMember Posts: 709
    Preeeety sure it’s not worth £900
    It's worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it.
    560HeliportWesterBricks
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,201
    It's amazing to think that eBay will make more money from the Osprey than LEGO will.
    panchox1w513mfsmustang69MCNwakeboardJackad7
  • mustang69mustang69 North CarolinaMember Posts: 544
    CCC said:
    It's amazing to think that eBay will make more money from the Osprey than LEGO will.
    This brings up an interesting question. It's my understanding (and I could be completely wrong) that retailers purchase their inventory from TLG. I would think in this case with the set being cancelled the retailer would have to send the sets back in order to get reimbursed. If they dont send them back then LEGO gets to keep the money, so technically they are profiting off of the sale of the set, arent they?
    panchox1
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,201
    They are, but the cost of production will be high compared to the amount sold.
    mustang69
  • mustang69mustang69 North CarolinaMember Posts: 544
    edited July 2020
    ^ True, they certainly will not be turning a profit on the set. Should have said they are earning money on them instead, however small that amount is.
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 541
    I have that set...and with the amount of scattered and dismantled minfigs I have (mostly from HP) I could probably do that.
  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,923
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,201
    They make ideal display items, and they will be worth millions in the future as everyone throws them away. PS. I have some for sale.
     
    KungFuKenny560HeliportFizyxSumoLego
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,313
    edited November 2020
    $14.99 shipping??  WTH??  You could put the empty sticker sheets into a Christmas card + envelop and send it of for less than $1.  (Assuming anyone is dumb enough to spend the $34.99)
    560Heliportgmonkey76
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,532
    I honestly wonder what goes through some people's minds sometimes...
    560Heliport
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,026
    If they were the full sticker sheets, I'd consider $35 not outrageous, but the shipping is absurd.
    Fizyxgmonkey76
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 14,899
    It's probably an in-person delivery so they can meet the person willing to pay $35.00 for a blank/used sticker sheet.
    KungFuKenny560HeliportJackad7VorpalRyu
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,205
    Is it bad that my mind immediately went to that sticker listing being some sort of money laundering scheme?
    KungFuKennySumoLegogmonkey76
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 14,899
    Well, that really doesn't work as a money laundering scheme because the source is readily traceable.

    A good money laundering scheme obscures the source.  Casinos and cash businesses work best.  Or China.
    GothamConstructionCo
  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 712
    I heard somewhere that car washes work well, too 😉 
    SumoLegoKungFuKennyjmeninnoveyniacGothamConstructionCoPDelahanty
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,532
    Also, perhaps if he was selling 1000 #75978 used sticker sets at $34.99 + $14.99 shipping, it might be a worthwhile laundering method. One? :-D ;-)
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,205
    edited November 2020
    SumoLego said:
    Well, that really doesn't work as a money laundering scheme because the source is readily traceable.

    A good money laundering scheme obscures the source.  Casinos and cash businesses work best.  Or China.
    Easy enough to set up bogus eBay accounts to buy the stickers and then and use prepaid cards as payment.

    edit: It was a very quickly passing thought. I’ve seen some pretty ridiculous examples of overpayment scheme money laundering from people I’ve worked with—they caught the bad guys, they weren’t the bad guys.
    SumoLego
  • Tom79Tom79 Member Posts: 42
    I heard somewhere that car washes work well, too 😉 

    Depends on 'how much' you need to launder ;)
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 1,227
    I heard somewhere that car washes work well, too 😉 

    I mean, I feel like you would need to have quite a bit, otherwise your bags would just be too small and get blown around.  And then all the force and brushes and all probably wouldn't be good for the money, aside from the fact that I feel like any interior bills would probably all just remain undisturbed.  Probably wouldn't even get wet.  I can't imagine the waxing pass would be any good for any of the cash either.
    KungFuKenny560Heliportgmonkey76
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 14,899
    edited November 2020
    ^^ You still have to wash the source of the purchase of the pre-paid cards.  (Probably why those bad guys got caught!)
    KungFuKenny
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,201
    Fizyx said:
    I heard somewhere that car washes work well, too 😉 

    I mean, I feel like you would need to have quite a bit, otherwise your bags would just be too small and get blown around.  And then all the force and brushes and all probably wouldn't be good for the money, aside from the fact that I feel like any interior bills would probably all just remain undisturbed.  Probably wouldn't even get wet.  I can't imagine the waxing pass would be any good for any of the cash either.
    You have to convert to nickels and dimes first.

    560HeliportFizyxAstrobricksgmonkey76KungFuKenny
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,340
    I thought I would list it here first... a mint condition empty sticker sheet from #70839 (a Rexcelsior compliments of @SumoLego )... I’ll let it go for $19.99 plus shipping... 🙂

    SumoLegoandheBumblepantspxchrisFizyxSwitchfoot55MynattMr_Cross
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,205
    Come on, that’s terrible value. I can get 4 whole sheets for just $34.99!!
    KungFuKennyandheBumblepantsgmonkey76
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,532
    edited December 2020
    Not a specific auction, but I thought I'd check to see how much people were trying to sell the current GWP #40416 Ice Skating Rink for:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313&_nkw=lego+40416&_sacat=0

    £60!!!

    It's nice, but not that nice!
    gmonkey76
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,205
    Not a specific auction, but I thought I'd check to see how much people were trying to sell the current GWP #40416 Ice Skating Rink for:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313&_nkw=lego+40416&_sacat=0

    £60!!!

    It's nice, but not that nice!
    It's really weird seeing prices like that while the GWP is still available. You're better off just buying the threshold worth of Lego to get the gift than you are spending 60 quid on it! I understand once the gift is out of stock from Lego, but before then?!
    gmonkey76
  • arathemisarathemis RomaniaMember Posts: 458
    i guess they put the Rink on ebay in case someone bites right now(and maybe with the money they get some more lego + another Rink). If noone bites yet, it will still be there when the promo is over. Nothing to gain from just waiting the promo to go away.
  • EGRobertsEGRoberts OntarioMember Posts: 250
    SumoLego said:
    ^ So everyone can enjoy the fun, but not give this clearly delusional huckster false hope...


    Finally I can afford my very own piece of Diagon Alley!!! I hope it is still on sale!  Seriously made me laugh seeing that people try this... lol good find!
  • bpk2300bpk2300 Florida Member Posts: 190
    Anyone want to speculate how one Ebay seller scored this many of #77904 ?? I saw someone guess that the seller is actually TLG themselves 😂


    MinifigInSpace
  • MynattMynatt OH/NYMember Posts: 623
    So glad I have eBay email notifications turned on for #21010. I love being first in line to scoop up deals like this before others search for them.



     Do seven 7s mean extra luck is included?

    MinifigInSpaceFizyxKungFuKennyCyberdragonAstrobricks
  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 366
    This minifig must be from the summer that Harry bleached his hair.
    KungFuKennyprevere
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 14,899
    ^ Yes, the much maligned Bieber Years.
    560Heliportgmonkey76khmellymel
  • PapaBearPapaBear East CoastMember Posts: 499
    bpk2300 said:
    Anyone want to speculate how one Ebay seller scored this many of #77904 ?? I saw someone guess that the seller is actually TLG themselves 😂
    The seller seems to be a toy store in San Marcos, CA, which is right above San Diego.  My guess is LEGO had already shipped a box of exclusives for the San Diego Comic Con event, but amid the cancellation it wound up at that toy store.  I'm not sure how exclusives at this event are handled.  Are there vendors that sell the exclusive LEGO there?  If so, they were probably just an authorized vendor for the event and they've now decided to flip them for $90 a piece.
    KungFuKennyWesterBricksbpk2300andhe
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