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This set is going to do REALLY well... Even when Amazon didn't stock it, it was priced at $65+ and selling multiple copies a day.
The trick will be to bring those fans into the Lego fold...
Have yet to get this set. But I can't justify paying $40 for 1x1 plates.
It does sell fast. Back at the height of the 'Minecraft EOL Scare of 2012', I sold my 5 for $150 each there within 2 days. I've watched the movement since, and yeah it still really moves, albeit not at $150 anymore. :)
At $75, it'll net about $58 for the seller after fees, and that does't count the cost to ship it in, nor the risk that the customer returns it opened once they figure out they overpaid.
That is one of the risks of selling on Amazon, the customer can return it for any reason or no reason.
So there is money to be made, if you are ok with that risk.
That is always sad to see.
Multiple shipping addresses would get around that, to a point, but to buy 1 at a time?
And you can't just make order after order, like TRU lets you do, Amazon lets you order about once a week on restricted items like Lego.
As they check in each shipment, they add them to inventory, each box probably has 20 or 30 sets per box, so they get checked in that way.
It isn't to foil resellers, Amazon only allows 1 set per shipping address anyway.
This is not a complex set with fancy custom parts, I'd think they could be cranking these out by now, if they aren't producing at least 100,000 for Christmas, they are nuts, in my personal opinion. A quarter of a million is not out of the question either.
However, if they rushed over a few hundred sets via DHL, then they would show up in spurts as each shipping box is checked in to the system.
Keep in mind that thousands and thousands of boxes show up to Amazon's warehouses every day, and they do have multiple warehouses. Another issue is Amazon may be getting these shipped to multiple warehouses, so shipments will be checked in at different times of day, so when you see 30 show up in inventory, that might be the Tennessee warehouse checking in a box. Then a few hours later, another 30 show up in Arizona, so those show up. Normally you'd never notice, but Amazon is selling out of these so fast, you see them go in and out of stock in a single day.
You all think this is crazy? Wait until the Portal sets arrive... I would put money on that one outselling this one 10 to 1...
Watch that for fun... That is the Amazon.co.uk warehouse, or *one* of them anyway, it alone is 500,000 square feet and at peak load last year, a delivery truck was leaving the warehouse full of shipments once every 3 minutes.
Another one, from a few years ago, the quality isn't as good, but it shows better just how much *stuff* is in the Amazon warehouses.
Fun fact... Everything, and they do mean EVERYTHING is stored at complete random within the warehouse. DVDs are not all together, Lego is not all together, everything is just put *somewhere*. The computer is supposed to know where it all is, and when orders are placed, a route is given the guy with the handheld scanner to pickup items in a logical order for multiple orders to reduce walking time for the order pickers.
At any one time, over 1.5 BILLION items are stored in Amazon's warehouses, all stored randomly...
Yea, nuts huh? :) But it seems to work...
One more video, this one interesting because it shows the items next to each other on the shelf and a bit more detail on the actual picking and ordering process.
Either that, or they run into licencing problems... But given that Valve seems to be a reasonably run company and that they don't currently have a ton of Portal licence deals, you'd think they would be happy to have a deal. It is free money and free advertising after all...
Portal actually is given free to teachers for use in the classroom, Valve has turned it into a teaching tool for problem solving and physics. Add to that the millions and millions of copies sold (I've read as many as 50 million copies sold), and you have an audience much larger than Minecraft.
Plus, one more thing... Portal reached 10,000 supporters in 2 weeks. That is crazy, far, far faster than anything else on Cuusoo, it went so fast that Lego never even posted a 1,000 comment "reply", by the time they had a chance, it hit 5,000 supporters.
That SCREAMS "make me into Lego", if anything ever did...
This is a trailer for Portal 2
This is an amazing live action short based on Portal:
Yea, this should probably be split into "Lego Portal Cuusoo Information". :)
That is a series of official videos on Portal 2, funny as heck... :)
The Portal short clip movie was great. A full length Portal movie? Hummm...
Also, snagged a Minecraft on amazon late last night. Thanks for posting that they were available. Getting one for retail and tax free is great!