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Ok, I won and received a lot of 16lbs of Lego. I will start off by saying I have gotten cleaner Lego from my aunt's barn. I have spent almost a month now trying to get them clean and aired out as they smelt very dirty. I also had to sift thru and pick out the batteries, tacks, screws, pen caps, clumps of lint, and all that other stuff. I'm at the point now where it's like is this as described? The description never said anything about being massively dirty and such. Thing is I did mix in some parts and have built some things and all. But I put in almost a months worth of time (well some time each day) picking and cleaning this. I can't send it back as the auction states "no returns", plus like I said, I threw away all the junk and super bad pieces.
I have 7 days left to go thru ebay's buyer protection yet. Do I do that? I feel had I known they were this dirty I prob would not have bid. Or do I go thru Paypal?
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Did you take any pictures of the stuff (before / during your sorts), as that can help your case.
Did they say it was clean or excellent condition? If described as "used" Lego without a condition, then that is what you have. Did they say roughly how much non-Lego there was in there or include photos? Did you ask any questions about condition before bidding?
So if the description says just "used", you never know what you may expect? I didn't think I had to ask questions about how dirty/smelly something was or if it would come with corrosive batteries. But it said "used" so I got what I paid for, is that what you are saying?
Maybe I should call ebay. My wife had a similar situation with books. She bought a lot of used books but the came all smelly of smoke and some were like stained. She called and the person said to send them back to the seller. My wife said if she does that, the person would just sell them to someone else and the books were too gross. The ebay person said she was right and just refunded her. Granted that was 3 years ago but I always find it easier to talk to someone on the phone rather than filing complaints. Seems like I am also on the end of bad luck with Lego since coming back into the fold.
As for future purchases, I advise against buying used Lego. Sure, some people get deals but some also end up like you. I've been where you are and quite frankly it sucks (I've had the same experience with books as well). If you can't personally inspect it, don't buy it used.
There is a thread somewhere about cleaning LEGO bricks, and also about sorting large batches, and it seems that almost everyone experiences that there are dirt, dust, lint, pieces of paper and plastic from other toys - and atleast one Hotwheels car - amongst all the LEGO.
I recommend washing everything, and then sorting through the collection to see if you can find some valuable sets - that usually cheers me up, that I (potentially) have earned money, eventhough I felt a bit let down!