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Wanted: cheap fire brigade

jpczjpcz Member Posts: 95
edited January 2013 in Marketplace
Looking to pick up a cheap fire brigade. No box necessary, just need instructions and all pieces, figs, etc. new ones on amazon right now at 120 so I'd obviously look to be under that price. I will go the brand new route if I can't find anything here, but because I want to build it, I'd like to save a few bucks on an open box (again dont need the box shipped), or slightly used set.


  • AquapolisAquapolis Member Posts: 32
    Isn't MSRP for fire brigade $150? so the one at amazon (i assume you are talking about the modular building 10197) is cheap/decent
  • DeckerDecker Member Posts: 65
    Aquapolis said:

    Isn't MSRP for fire brigade $150? so the one at amazon (i assume you are talking about the modular building 10197) is cheap/decent

    Agreed... $120 is a great price for this set. $30 discount if you buy via Amazon instead of direct from Lego. I bought 3 of them myself at that price. Coupled with free shipping from Amazon Prime its a great buy.

  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404
    Yea, I've got to pipe in and say that trying to get this from a private seller for less is unlikely, but anything is possible.

    Shipping will cost the average person $10-20, after fees and shipping, they'll net less than $100 for the set.

    I don't see such a number as being likely from a legit seller who actually paid for their set, but again, anything is possible! :)
  • PhoneboothPhonebooth Member Posts: 1,430
    In case you have forgotten, there is a rule here not to comment on price on marketplace threads.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,633
    ^looking for and selling thread are different animals entirely. In this case, suggesting that the amazon price is probably going to be the best available is helpful. The only chance at getting a FB cheaper than that is someone willing and able to do it charitably which would happen with or without comments.

    If he was listing his FB for sale then commenting on his listing price is inappropriate as it would potentially hinder his transaction.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    Maybe it will just be simpler not to post helpful information and let someone sit with no replies and wonder why, or do it by PM.
  • PhoneboothPhonebooth Member Posts: 1,430
    ^ sellers that subtly influence potential consumers to RAISE price expectations are equally deleterious as consumers trying to LOWER a sellers selling price.

    If you can't do one, you shouldn't be able to do the other.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,633
    ^ fair enough. I think pointing someone to a good deal such as the amazon is still worthwhile, perhaps less commentary would be better alongside it though.
  • jpczjpcz Member Posts: 95
    Wow...ok well thank you everyone. I was asking because this site has, in the recent past, led me to a seller or two who had a set that they sold either lightly used, or without a box for cheaper than retail price. One of which was a modular without a box for less than the 120 that the FB is selling for this moment. Figured I would ask before going the new route, since another used one would do the trick for me right now. Made sense to ask last night!!
  • PhoneboothPhonebooth Member Posts: 1,430
    ^No, you are completely in your right to submit a request for a given set with a specific price range desired.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    edited January 2013
    You have to remember that amazon prices fluctuate. It has been $120 on and off for a month.


    It could go up in the future, it could go down. It might stay the same.

    But while waiting for an offer you might miss the current decent amazon price.

    Part out value is about $250 for this on bricklink, so even if a seller does a 50% off average prices, they would still get a better price. You might find someone that got one cheap, has built it and wants to pass it on. But I doubt many people that have built it actually want to get rid of it. It's too good a model to give away for that price.
  • PhoneboothPhonebooth Member Posts: 1,430
    ^seriously. Let the guy try to buy a set at the price he wants to pay...
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    edited January 2013
    ^ How is it any different to you posting on this thread...

    There is no negative impact here. If someone is willing to let their set go for that price, they will let it go. If not, then there will not be a sale. In fact, sellers will realise that the ceiling price they can get is $120 for a brand new set, so a buyer will not pay more than probably $100 used inc delivery. No-one on bricklink or ebay is selling at that price though, so it is unlikely that anyone will sell one at that price. If they do want to, there is nothing stopping them.

    However, the OP can also realise that the new price at amazon is decent, and might realise it is too good to miss. Or he could have waited with no responses and miss out.
  • PhoneboothPhonebooth Member Posts: 1,430
    ^the point here is about marketplace interference.

    There is potential negative impact here to the buyer if a seller was considering selling at 100, but after reading all the commentary then decides to sell at 120.

    I am trying to point out that the most potential harm here is done to the buyer.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    There is no harm done to the buyer. If a seller was thinking about selling at $100 and now decides to sell at $120 then it won't sell. As amazon do them for $120 including shipping and including a decent returns policy. The amazon price is likely to be the best price available, and they get the set in new condition. If they wait too long, they will miss out.

    Whereas on the other thread, if a seller wants $800 for something and someone else says the going rate is $600-650 but provides no justification for that price (or even if they do provide justification for that price) then the seller's price is damaged. That is marketplace interference. Of course, a buyer could look around and realise that $600-650 is unrealistic. You might get lucky in an auction, but very few are for sale at that price.
  • PhoneboothPhonebooth Member Posts: 1,430
    @CCC - Ok, just to end this mess I will say that you are right. You.Are.RIGHT. I appreciate your vast guidance and insight to all things Lego and I am sure that LFT will gladly reward you in this life and the next for valiantly defending his (honor) marketplace post. @jpcz should understand the privilege to purchase a set at a price that you feel is best for him.

    Now, can you please let this guy spend his own money and (attempt to) buy the set that HE wants at a price that HE is wanting to pay?
  • emilewskiemilewski Member Posts: 482
    OK, enough of all that! On another note, does anyone have a cheap GE they want to sell me?
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  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404

    Breaking news: Archduke Ferdinand shot again.

    Ah! :) Now that is funny... :)
  • CrownieCrownie Member Posts: 228
    My first thought after reading the title was. "Isn't that like asking for free money?"

    I'm not sure 'cheap' and 'Fire Brigade' are 2 words I would normally use in the same sentence. Especially a request. But I suppose it's all relative. Good luck with your search!
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,830
    seriously, this thread needs closing and starting again.
  • jpczjpcz Member Posts: 95
    Certainly didnt mean for this. Doesnt appear anyone will have a gently used FB and i will move on to a new one. Was simply looking to save a few bucks and get one that was damaged box or used. I will consider a new one on amazon as suggested, thank you everyone for your insight.
  • PoochyPoochy Member Posts: 479
    ^ FYI, not that I have personally seen it, but people have reported on TnB that FB is going for $105-ish on Amazon Warehouse. Last report was this morning.
  • AquapolisAquapolis Member Posts: 32
    Did I accidentally started the flame war... :O
  • momof2boys99momof2boys99 Member Posts: 322
    I just wanted to jump on and say that I sold @jpcz a modular below $120. When the Walmart sales were going on, he mentioned that he missed the PS and wished he had got 1. I offered him one that I got at the price I paid. So, that is why he asked on here, because he did get a new one at a lower price. I am not one to mention what I do behind the scenes...but in this case I wanted to as I felt it would help justify his post. I really like this community. There are legit people on these boards that want to help a fellow member. Good luck @jpcz finding your FB.
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