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How to Package Used Sets for Shipping

redheaded_jokerredheaded_joker Member Posts: 18
edited August 2012 in Buying & Selling Topics
Hi,

I'm gathering all my Legos and separating them into sets. On some I have the instruction manuals, I don't have the boxes for any of them, and I'm wondering what the common way to sell them is.

Should I ship them/sell them completely built, or should I break everything down and put it in a plastic bag?
And are the instruction manuals necessary for the sale of Lego sets? I know that they can pretty much all be downloaded for free from the internet.

Comments

  • CoolsplashCoolsplash Member Posts: 935
    Depends on which sets you have with you to resell :P so let me know and I might buy some from you :)
  • redheaded_jokerredheaded_joker Member Posts: 18
    Ok. I can give you the set numbers. Is there a general rule of thumb though for selling them?
    Here's the sets I have:
    http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/4707-1
    http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/1492-1
    http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/5936-1
    http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/5988-1
    http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/6273-1
    http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/6575-1
    http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/6086-1
    http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/3431-1
    http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/3428-1
    http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/3427-1
    http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/3430-1
    http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/6094-1

    Plus many more. Those are just the ones that I have the booklets with. I have a lot of built sets but no way to identify them precisely, any idea how to figure out what the name of a set it without having any booklet with it?
  • hoyatableshoyatables Northern Virginia, USAMember Posts: 873
    Most buyers will want the instructions. I know I would. You should be clear in your listing whether or not instructions are included.
  • redheaded_jokerredheaded_joker Member Posts: 18
    What about selling them built vs. broken down?
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 7,001
    edited August 2012
    Break them down and put in zip-lock bags. For big sets separate the parts into sizes or types. Buyers will want to rebuild them themselves to check they are complete and clean etc. Instructions are essential otherwise the set is virtually worthless.
  • Renegade007cjhRenegade007cjh Essex, UKMember Posts: 694
    edited August 2012
    ^^^ If you have built the set, take some photos of it; this is especially useful for eBay (and here on Brickset) for illustrative purposes. You could offer the buyer the option of shipping built or disassembled (postage may be more expensive if assembled, as would probably need a bigger box)... I know I prefer sets to be sent dismantled, so I can enjoy building them myself...

    Don't forget to state condition, whether box / instructions are included (and their condition) and whether the set is complete, or not... this last point is very important - there is another thread in the forums which covers this in more detail and is worth checking out

    Good luck with your sales! Which country are you based in?
  • pvancil27pvancil27 Member Posts: 588
    Huw said:

    Break them down and put in zip-lock bags. For big sets separate the parts into sizes or types. Buyers will want to rebuild them themselves to check they are complete and clean etc. Instructions are essential otherwise the set is virtually worthless.

    I wouldnt say worthless since you can get the directions for pretty much any set online, but it is a huge ding to the price. When I buy used sets on BL only way I would consider a set without directions is if it runs 25-30% lower then a same condition set with the directions. (not counting Sets like the UCS Falcon, those are another category)

  • redheaded_jokerredheaded_joker Member Posts: 18
    I am in the United States (California).
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    @redheadedjoker If you don't identify the sets before trying to sell them you'll do just as well dismantling and selling it as bulk. If you need to learn how to identify the sets it's really not that hard, and you need only ask. Photos are an absolute necessity for most buyers, as is accurate description of condition.
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