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The Community Perspective on Reselling

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  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    wagnerml2 said:

    Actually, I think @LFT was encouraging you to punch him in the nose. :^)

    JOKE...IT'S A JOKE! (No AFOLs were harmed in during the writing of this thread).

    Ha! :) Now that was funny... :)
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    rocao said:

    Reading through this thread, I find most of the arguments against reselling are rooted in emotion. mressin's collection of posts highlights this.

    It has been hinted upon, but let me ask more directly: Is the main objection to the act of reselling LEGO based upon a feeling that it commodifies it? In other words, do people disapprove because they think it transforms LEGO, a product to which they attach emotion, into just a widget -- a vehicle simply to make money?

    I would ask a further question...

    Walmart and Amazon are resellers, they buy in bulk at a discount, and resell for profits. Neither company is movidated by the love of LEGO, just profits.

    Are they to be hated and scorned? If so, then why buy from them?

    I guess perhaps one reason is they don't come on here and say, "guess what, we just bought all the remaining stock of Minecraft, we'll double our money, whee!" or something like that.

    Amazon could easily raise their price to $69.99 on Minecraft and still sell them all out. Would they be hated for doing so?

    Just food for thought...
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,417
    The world isn't fair but I believe Brickset was created for the Lego community but is it a community for Lego or a community for money making. This community is what we make it. WE can make it fair. Profits aren't everything. Without Lego, there is no community. For those resellers who share some of your deals, good for you... that's what this community is about. For those that don't, well, maybe we just wait for the crash... then you'll leave and find something else to exploit. Not all resellers are bad. Some are great resources around here. Some resellers only care about the profits. There's a difference.
    SirKevbagsLegoFanTexas1265
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409

    Some resellers only care about the profits. There's a difference.

    Yes, resellers who only care about profits probably don't belong here, there are other forums for people looking only for money. :)

    I resell for profit, I'm perfectly ok with this, it is the primary reason I do it.

    I also happen to love LEGO, I build a ton of it, we have it all over the house, the kids play with it, I think it is a wonderful toy.

    I feel very comfortable wearing both hats, profit driven reseller and lover of all that is LEGO.
    timinchicagoTyoSolo
  • seonadancingseonadancing Member Posts: 92
    I'm one of the few members here that are not from the US or UK, or anywhere where Lego goes on a huge sale. When Lego is sold at 50% off here, it's still twice the price of that in US stores. What I want to say is, at least you people have a chance of going to these big sales, and even when the sets are not on sale, you guys in the US still have the cheapest Lego anywhere in the world. Profit from reselling is fair game, I don't understand why people don't like resellers, you can still buy your children sets at regular price and it will still be cheap. If you can't afford retail price and somebody cleared the shelves, you can go to the M***B*** section, or maybe get the china-made knock-offs that have amazingly improved quality. Why does your kid have to have Lego when you cannot afford it? And why make the person who worked hard, or inherited money, and can afford it a bad person? Life is not fair. If I had the means, I would do the same but not sell the sets for higher than retail price. Maybe if it was a 50% off item, i'd sell it for 30% off.
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,835
    In answer to your question @rocao I think in all honesty most people are anti resellers its because it turns something they love into a money making thing. No one like to see their hobby become a way to make a cheap buck. Those people dont care about lego and once this stops making money will only move on to the next big thing. I remember during the pokemon crazy in early 2000 adults who only wanted to sell the cards for money not because they liked it clearing out stores. Which I feel it distracts from the real re sellers who do it because they love lego like @LegoFanTexas and many others on here.

    But at the same time I think resellers are essential to the community. But also some of the bigger one like LFT and many more also help the local community. They employ people and give them a wage because people buy from them. One post in another thread had two people working for them (sorry I can't remember the name). Well thats two people given a living wage and a job. That has to be a good thing. Where would these people go and what would they do if they weren't for resellers employing them?

    And more importantly where would i get my EOL lego once it had stopped being made?
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,460
    Someone not being sold reduced lego at cost because a reseller wants a profit on the cheap items he bought. That is an action.
    rocao said:

    CCC said:

    ^ So one guy gets up at 5am and works a 16 hour day, and another does nothing. They should both get the same food, housing, etc, as that is fair? To me, that is not fair on the guy that works. If everyone gets the same no matter what, no-one would do anything.

    I don't think that's the same as what pvancil27 was saying. pvancil27 was saying that "Life isn't fair" should not be used as justification to perpetuate unfairness.

    I think what is not agreed upon is whether the reseller actions mentioned are fair or unfair.
    Thanks. I misunderstood what was written and was combining answers to more than one post and screwed up.

    No, "Life is not fair" should never be the answer. In most cases "Get off your lazy **** / put some effort in / learn from it" should be the answer.
  • TyoSoloTyoSolo Member Posts: 539
    This thread has been very interesting.

    I'm with LFT on this one, I'm happy to wear both hats. I resell (a very small amount) for a profit, but it's not the profit that drives me, it's being able to buy MORE Lego, which in itself drives the community, because the more Lego sells = the more Lego makes.

  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    We are a Lego community. 90% of the threads in this forum are NOT about making people money. There is one dedicated thread for that and if you don't like resellers I implore you to stay away from it.

    I resell Lego, but most of it if from my own collection and from garage sales. I also own 2 businesses and one of them sell retail items. We buy from a distributor (a reseller) and then we sell that product in our shop. I am NOT lazy or fat, I am a personal fitness trainer. I don't understand the animosity toward us. I really don't understand some of the violent comments either. They are uncalled for. Most every major retail store is a reseller, so are internet stores. A used car dealership is a reseller. The Salvation Army is a reseller, so I guess you hate them all. There may be islands that you can inhabit, so you can avoid these establishments altogether.

    In my opinion, there is no room for hate in this forum. I enjoy the sarcasm and the tongue n cheek comments, but the hate and violent comments need to stop.
    LegoFanTexasleemcg
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Pitfall69 said:

    In my opinion, there is no room for hate in this forum. I enjoy the sarcasm and the tongue n cheek comments, but the hate and violent comments need to stop.

    Amen!
  • cbaker1974cbaker1974 Member Posts: 150
    My mom has recently been in declining health and I've had to move her into my house, as there are no other relatives to care for her. She is not able to work and has no insurance. I use the "greedy profits" that I get from Lego to buy medication and pay other bills that she needs to survive to the tune of about $1100 per month. Without reselling Lego this would be an incredible burden for me, and she's to the point where she can't take care of herself.

    The notion that resellers sit around like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons and are doing this "just for profit's sake" and are burning piles of money for fun is a bit absurd to me. Everyone who is reselling has some motivation to do so, whether it is to use the money to help their children go to college, pay bills, or as a temporary job with the current economy in the toilet. There are tons of possibilities, and to assume people are using their gains for ill-will says something to me about the people making those statements.

    Those who would call me parasitic, uncaring, selfish, greedy, and morally bankrupt for reselling Lego should take some time to think before making such judgements. You don't know peoples' situations and to make such blanket statements is offensive.
    LegoFanTexasPitfall69TyoSolomomof2boys99jonboy2000jarom_moroniUKtsumi
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    Exactly. I also know some people who do buy up all the clearance toys to sell at the thrift shop. There is also a local charity that sends people to this, so they can include Lego in their care boxes for families in need.
  • PhoneboothPhonebooth USMember Posts: 1,430


    I just want to say that I've enjoyed this thread, with arguments well-presented on both sides and applaud all for being honest. It's a fair question and as expected, there's a good amount of dissent from both sides.

    In my opinion, there is no room for hate in this forum. I enjoy the sarcasm and the tongue n cheek comments, but the hate and violent comments need to stop.
    Maybe I'm misreading this, but I haven't read any hateful/harmful/violent comments on this thread. Everyone is entitled to their opinion in the same fashion as every is entitled to reselling (or not). Take a step back from the ledge...
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    ^You obviously haven't been reading

    "I spinkick the life out of every LEGO reseller I come across. Just yesterday, walking out to my car... I look up and see a snide-looking LEGO reseller walking about with an armful of misb UCS Falcons with this sh*teating grin on their face. I threw my sack lunch to the concrete and made a bee dragonline right for them. They opened their mouth (presumably to offer me one of his sets after a 600% markup) but before a word escaped, my leg triggered a sonic boom and took him out of commission.

    Haaaaate them."

    That just about covers it.
    LegoFanTexas
  • PhoneboothPhonebooth USMember Posts: 1,430
    ^ sorry man, disagree. No one person can carry an "armful" of UCS Falcons. Those boxes are huge and heavy. It was a joke, and as such, I laughed heartily when I read it the first time.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    Just like the other thread about Walmart Shipping and Grading Legos. I'm not going to get sucked into all the name calling. Yes I understand it was sarcastic, but there was an underlying meaning behind the comment.
    LegoFanTexas
  • Brick_ObsessionBrick_Obsession in a "Brick" house - Calgary, AlbertaMember Posts: 654
    Love me a reseller, able to avoid the teeth marks and deformed mini-figs :D
  • PhoneboothPhonebooth USMember Posts: 1,430
    edited October 2012
    Pitfall69 said:

    Yes I understand it was sarcastic, but there was an underlying meaning behind the comment.

    You perceived it that way. I perceived it quite differently.

    I would consider myself a novice reseller.
    Do I hate resellers that maliciously take advantage of others? Yes.
    Do I hate buyers that maliciously try to take advantage of sellers? Yes.
    Do I think that happens often on this forum, no.
    Do I think that everyone has a right to buy/sell/build/resell? Absolutely.

    If you read through this discussion carefully, it's not a simple "are resellers bad" discussion. Rather, it's more of an evaluation of extremes (buying 50 copies, selling at 5x RRP, taking advantage of uneducated buyers) that sheds light into any unsavory business practices that hurt the community as a whole.
  • pvancil27pvancil27 Member Posts: 588
    edited October 2012
    Pitfall69 said:

    We are a Lego community. 90% of the threads in this forum are NOT about making people money. There is one dedicated thread for that and if you don't like resellers I implore you to stay away from it.

    I resell Lego, but most of it if from my own collection and from garage sales. I also own 2 businesses and one of them sell retail items. We buy from a distributor (a reseller) and then we sell that product in our shop. I am NOT lazy or fat, I am a personal fitness trainer. I don't understand the animosity toward us. I really don't understand some of the violent comments either. They are uncalled for. Most every major retail store is a reseller, so are internet stores. A used car dealership is a reseller. The Salvation Army is a reseller, so I guess you hate them all. There may be islands that you can inhabit, so you can avoid these establishments altogether.

    In my opinion, there is no room for hate in this forum. I enjoy the sarcasm and the tongue n cheek comments, but the hate and violent comments need to stop.

    One of the problems several of us brought up is the fact that stuff is spilling out into many other threads. That makes it much harder too avoid.

    And yes I actually have moral and ethical issues with places like Wal-Mart, Amazon and TRU, they place profit levels above people and thats why they tend to employ more part time workers then full time so they can not pay benefits, pay a poor hourly wage ect (not sure on Amazon there, thats more a general retail issue.)

    I agree there shouldnt be hate towards people. If anyone feels that I hate them, then I am sorry, thats not my intention. That said I think its fine for people to strongly dislike the actions some people partake in. I will also say after the way the other thread turned and went I have no sympathy at all for the group of people decrying "we are being picked on, its a mob mentality" when they were happy to be a part of it last time.

    rocao said:

    Reading through this thread, I find most of the arguments against reselling are rooted in emotion. mressin's collection of posts highlights this.

    It has been hinted upon, but let me ask more directly: Is the main objection to the act of reselling LEGO based upon a feeling that it commodifies it? In other words, do people disapprove because they think it transforms LEGO, a product to which they attach emotion, into just a widget -- a vehicle simply to make money?

    I would ask a further question...

    Walmart and Amazon are resellers, they buy in bulk at a discount, and resell for profits. Neither company is movidated by the love of LEGO, just profits.

    Are they to be hated and scorned? If so, then why buy from them?

    I guess perhaps one reason is they don't come on here and say, "guess what, we just bought all the remaining stock of Minecraft, we'll double our money, whee!" or something like that.

    Amazon could easily raise their price to $69.99 on Minecraft and still sell them all out. Would they be hated for doing so?

    Just food for thought...
    Yes, they would get called on it LFT. Dont believe me, just look at almost every post about TRU and their well over rrp rates.

  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    ^While my comments were in this thread. I have said similar things in other threads about "hateful" comments. They don't belong here, whether it is toward a reseller or any individual. I know I sound like a pacifist, but that is how I feel. You can call me anything you want. Nothing hurts my feelings :)
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    pvancil27 said:

    And yes I actually have moral and ethical issues with places like Wal-Mart, Amazon and TRU, they place profit levels above people and thats why they tend to employ more part time workers then full time so they can not pay benefits, pay a poor hourly wage ect (not sure on Amazon there, thats more a general retail issue.)

    Are you aware that Walmart, Amazon, and TRU are corporations who are chartered to make as much money as possible?

    It is not their job to put their people first, it is their job to put profits first.

    Now you might not agree with that, but that is what they are meant to do. If they don't, they can be sued by the shareholders, who did not buy the stock to do anything else but make profits.
    pvancil27 said:

    I agree there shouldnt be hate towards people. If anyone feels that I hate them, then I am sorry, thats not my intention. That said I think its fine for people to strongly dislike the actions some people partake in.

    Quite frankly, I do think you hate me.

    Now do I care? Not really, if I worried about what everyone in the world thought about me, I'd drive myself crazy.

    But at the very least, I don't think you like me very much. :)
    pvancil27 said:

    Yes, they would get called on it LFT. Dont believe me, just look at almost every post about TRU and their well over rrp rates.

    Fair enough, and that is everyone's right. The complaints about TRU are fair, as is TRU's right to charge whatever they want to charge. Let the free market work itself out. If TRU charges too much, they'll go out of business and Amazon and Walmart will take over, or people won't care and pay TRU priecs.

    The great fear people like myself have is that people like yourself would like to see the government come in and mandate how much "profit" is acceptable and the rest must be given to the government to play Robin Hood with.

    To me, in my opinion, that is a very evil concept.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    It means that some people work really hard to try to make money and some people feel that they are owed some of that money from that hard work. There are resellers that live off of reselling Lego and they do buy a lot of Lego and it's not out of greed, but out of necessity. It has been said throughout this thread that people hate resellers because they buy up all the Lego and they deserve a fair shot at acquiring the Lego for themselves. It has also been agreed upon countless times that resellers make up a very small portion of Lego sales. So how can every reseller buy up all the Lego in the world if they make up such a small demographic? The children are not suffering because they can't get their hands on Lego. Legos are not a necessity unless you depend on them for a living or as someone stated previously, to help take care of his ailing mother.
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,288
    edited October 2012
    ^ While pvancil27 says that he has personal issues with the retailers, he doesn't mention the desire or the method by which to change it.

    This projection and the subsequent opinions on tax systems were off topic; the latter have been removed by me.

    I also removed the political, current event references, which were also off-topic.
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,288
    Pitfall69 said:

    ^You obviously haven't been reading

    "I spinkick the life out of every LEGO reseller I come across. Just yesterday, walking out to my car... I look up and see a snide-looking LEGO reseller walking about with an armful of misb UCS Falcons with this sh*teating grin on their face. I threw my sack lunch to the concrete and made a bee dragonline right for them. They opened their mouth (presumably to offer me one of his sets after a 600% markup) but before a word escaped, my leg triggered a sonic boom and took him out of commission.

    Haaaaate them."

    That just about covers it.

    This was tongue-in-cheek by @Odindusk and that's why it was not moderated.

  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    ^That is fine. I got dragged in like I said I didn't want to.
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,288
    No worries, it could be misinterpreted. I left it because I thought a bit of levity was welcome.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    rocao said:

    This projection and the subsequent opinions on tax systems were off topic; the latter have been removed by me.

    I also removed the political, current event references, which were also off-topic.

    I respectfully disagree, but it is your forum and your choice to make, so I'll respect that decision of course.

    The reason I disagree in this case is simply because it is a defense against the anti-resellers. They attack us for being "profit driven, greedy, selfish, evil business people", but in return they don't consider what the world would actually be like without us.

    Another poster commented that he felt Walmart, Amazon, TRU, etc are evil companies... He is entitled to his opinion, but he is missing the good that they do, the jobs they create, the economic activity they produce.

    Small companies are the engine of job creation in the United States, but large corporations are the engine of economic activity. Walmart alone is over 2% of the entire Gross Domestic Product of the entire United States.

    I know you don't want politics on the forum, but any real debate about the role of resellers has to have a little bit of it, or it becomes a one-sided debate. It is a very political debate between capitalists and socialists, between people who want to live in a commune and people who want to live in a profit-driven world.

    If we can't have that conversation, why bother discussing resellers at all? Because that is very much a part of it.

    I would like to suggest a middle ground, lets keep anything current political out of it, no conversations about current political parties, no current elections, nothing in the news. Just general concepts, theories, history, that sort of thing, but the current issues and events can stay out of it.

    Why? Because otherwise, no conversation about resellers is balanced because the entire role of resellers is economic, and economics is politics.

    The other option is to ban all conversations about resellers, or ban the resellers from those conversations, but neither option seems reasonable to me either.

    For what it is worth, I get what you're trying to do, keep the forum about the love of LEGO and not make it a current events forum. I really do get that.

    ---------

    Last suggestion... Another option is to create another category to the forum, right under marketplace, where people can go to discuss this if they want and it gives you a dumping ground to put any thread that gets out of hand. Everyone who doesn't want to read all this, can easily ignore that section. This is what I'd do if it was my web site (but it isn't, so it is only a suggestion :)

    You of course could just close this thread and post "everyone stop discussing resellers period", but I think that is ignoring the 800lb elephant in the living room, since so many people are interested in reselling in general, if only to support their hobby.
    wagnerml2Pitfall69momof2boys991265
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    If anything, you have to admire LegoFanTexas conviction. Like I said before honesty is the best policy. We love this forum just as much as anyone.
    LegoFanTexasPhonebooth
  • AmberylAmberyl Member Posts: 193
    I think you may be oversimplifying other people's points of view, LFT. I think in the end, most people have some kind of internal conceptual balance between the idea of the creation of an amount of economic good, and the creation of an amount of social good -- or the destruction of social good, for that matter.

    For instance, from one standpoint, stores like Walmart are both an economic good and a social good. They keep prices low, they make more items affordable for ordinary people, they bring broad product selection into many communities that would otherwise not have such broad selection, they drive supplier efficiency forcing them to run their businesses better, and they provide employment for many people. On the other hand, the very efficiency of Walmart also means that they are ruthless in cutting costs -- which means paying people poorly and not providing benefits such as health insurance, squeezing their suppliers sometimes beyond the point of endurance, and so forth. This results in the destruction of some social good.

    Most people, I think, believe that those who work hard -- whether they are individuals or efficiently-run corporations -- are entitled to earn a profit. Where there are shades of gray are how much it is acceptable to destroy social good in the quest to be more profitable.

    Most people in the US can broadly agree that it is unacceptable to use child labor in US factories, for instance... but fewer would agree that it is unacceptable to use child labor in factories in China... and even fewer would decide that they will not buy goods that might be made by people whose labor is exploited. (And of course then you get into the question of what constitutes "exploitation".) It is not as black-and-white as "let people make all the money they can" vs "let's all live in a commune".

    Reselling Lego certainly creates an economic good and to some extent a social good -- benefiting retailers by quickly moving discounted merchandise, benefiting buyers by ensuring supply after EOL, creating profits for the resellers who may employ people or spend the money (buying more Lego or otherwise recirculating the money back into the economy), and so forth.

    Some people believe that certain resellers destroy social good in their quest for profit, though -- for instance, potentially placing fewer Lego sets in the hands of the children of less wealthy parents. Some of them believe that "social good" means "more sales that I have a shot at", which probably translates to "fewer Lego sets in the hands of less-wealthy builders and collectors".

    Some people may believe that the big-box and online retailers in general may generate more social harm than good... and so on.
    aimlesspursuitsLegoFanTexasmomof2boys99pvancil271265jarom_moroni
  • momof2boys99momof2boys99 Member Posts: 322
    ^^I also think it would be nice if resellers could have a thread to talk under marketplace or somewhere.

    I finally got caught up reading this thread. Some people sure see reselling as black and white and have trouble finding the gray area. I started this thread hoping that we could all understand different reasons people do what they do. I think it is easy to see that almost everyone here does love Lego. I also believe they are all nice people. I think most of them have helped others at one time or another.

    I still don't understand some of the negativity towards resellers...but that is o.k.
    I will still sell to you, share a brick, see you at Chicago Brickworld, and always be respectful and nice to you.

    .....Just so you know how to find me at Brickworld.......I am the mom that is shedding a tear because I am proud of what my son can do with Lego :) Yes....this Lego reseller loves Lego that much.....as do many others.
  • jdylakjdylak Member Posts: 281
    Someone said they love resellers because they are able to buy sets at RRP after the set is gone. Really? Always seem after a set is discontinued, the price gets jacked up. I'm not expecting a seller to sell a set at RRP after it's discontinued. If Medieval Market Village gets discontinued tomorrow, I would expect in a weeks time the price for the set could go up $50. I don't hate resellers for that. The big Walmart sale, things sold out and some were not able to buy. Blame resellers? I would not even think of it. Maybe because I was able to buy during it, I don't know. For some reason, I view things differently online as I do a store. I guess it's because I don't physically see the items on a real shlef. If Walmart sold out, maybe they only had a handful of something. I never seen the inventory so I don't know and it doesn't bother me. My biggest gripe comes from the "love" the resellers here seem to exude.

    Again, maybe if I didn't have my own experience with wanting a set, I would view things differently. It was just I wanted a set from the Christmas clearnce, told my story of the one guy filling two shoping carts of everything, and me not getting there at 2am to be able to get it. My story brought out the "love". I got messages saying they'd sell the set to me at a higher price than retail. Not higher than the clearance price but higher then retail. Plu the one who wanted retail plus extra so and so dollars because HE found the sets and had them all from his store. I didn't get the helping another one out on here, I got the "I got all these sets and you can have one for resellers price". THEN after that, they go and post all of these pictures of "look at my haul from Walmart". So, to rub it in your face, I got the set so here look AT HOW MANY I HAVE. Yea, nice to see pictures of stacks and stacks of the same sets that you want to "share".

    Bad experience I guess is all. If I ever miss a set, I'll just move on. At least I can build sets from 30 years ago easy enough and be happy with the awesome sets that were classic town.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    Very interesting and well thought out reply... I will try to return the favor.
    Amberyl said:

    I think you may be oversimplifying other people's points of view, LFT. I think in the end, most people have some kind of internal conceptual balance between the idea of the creation of an amount of economic good, and the creation of an amount of social good -- or the destruction of social good, for that matter.

    I agree with you when it comes to the balance. To expand...

    It it is the job of a private for-profit corporation to create as much economic good as possible.

    It is the job of private not-for-profit corportations to create as much social good as posisble.

    It is the job of government to provide regulations and a fair playing field to allow everyone to particpiate in the sytem, while cracking down on cheaters and abusers of the system.

    I would agree that unlimited economic good at the expense of social good, is a bad thing, just like trying to have unlimited social good at the expense of economic good also is a bad thing.

    There has to be a balance, like you said. Where the disagreement comes into play is where that balance is. :)
    Amberyl said:

    For instance, from one standpoint, stores like Walmart are both an economic good and a social good. They keep prices low, they make more items affordable for ordinary people, they bring broad product selection into many communities that would otherwise not have such broad selection, they drive supplier efficiency forcing them to run their businesses better, and they provide employment for many people. On the other hand, the very efficiency of Walmart also means that they are ruthless in cutting costs -- which means paying people poorly and not providing benefits such as health insurance, squeezing their suppliers sometimes beyond the point of endurance, and so forth. This results in the destruction of some social good.

    That is a great summary of Walmart. :)
    Amberyl said:

    Most people in the US can broadly agree that it is unacceptable to use child labor in US factories

    This is actually a very new concept in the history of the world. Child labor has been used since the dawn of time in one form or another. For most of history, having children was seen as an economic gain for a family, they provided a labor force for the production of crops, gathering of food, building of towns, etc.

    It has only been in the past 100 years or so that children have gone from being a net economic gain to a family to becoming an economic burden, which is one reason why family sizes have shrunk a lot over the past 100 years. Infant mortaility rates also have a lot to do with it as well of course.

    Allow me to toss out two points:

    1. Making children work for the benefit of their imediate family, to make the family, parents, and sibilings wealther and more secure in life.
    2. Making children work for the benefit of a stranger, to make him wealther and more secure to little benefit of the child or child's family.

    I think most people understand #1, and don't like #2 very much. I'm one of them.

    Which is why it isn't illegal for me to put my own children to work in my own business in the United States, but it is illegal to send them to work in someone else's.
    Amberyl said:

    It is not as black-and-white as "let people make all the money they can" vs "let's all live in a commune".

    No, it isn't of course... But communes don't work beyond a very small scale and trying to limit how much people can earn becomes a very slipery slope. Who gets to make that decision? What happens when you start taking away people's success?

    It is a complex subject, that is for sure.
    Amberyl said:

    Some people may believe that the big-box and online retailers in general may generate more social harm than good... and so on.

    I'm one of them, believe it or not. :)

    The trick is figuring out what to do about it, which is really beyond the scope of this forum.

    We need an off-topic section! :)
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    jdylak said:

    Someone said they love resellers because they are able to buy sets at RRP after the set is gone. Really? Always seem after a set is discontinued, the price gets jacked up. I'm not expecting a seller to sell a set at RRP after it's discontinued.

    There are actually quite a few sets that struggle to get back above RRP after they retire.

    Alien Conquest - Earth Defense HQ was retired last Christmas with a RRP of $90
    http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?pg=1&q=7066&sz=10&searchSort=P

    Mutliple copies selling for under $70 on Bricklink.

    Ditto for the following:

    Alien Conquest - Space Tripod Invader - 7051
    http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?pg=1&q=7051&sz=10&searchSort=P

    Atlantis - Portal of Atlantis - 8078
    http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?pg=1&q=8078&sz=10&searchSort=P

    Atlantis - Undersea Explorer - 8080
    http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?pg=1&q=8080&sz=10&searchSort=P

    Ninjago - Skull Truck - 2506
    http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?pg=1&q=2506&sz=10&searchSort=P

    Star Wars - Clone Turbo Tank - 8098
    http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?pg=1&q=8098&sz=10&searchSort=P

    Star Wars - Freeco Speeder - 8085
    http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?pg=1&q=8085&sz=10&searchSort=P

    I'll grant you, many sets do go up, but from what I'm seeing, not as many as it might seem. I'm still holding a lot of inventory past 6 months that still isn't in the black, I'm rather surprised at it, but I suppose I shouldn't be.

    Perhaps we need a thread on "best value post-EOL set" in past few years. :)
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    edited October 2012
    ^ A couple of observations: Something like the Clone Turbo Tank to me would be better as a Hasbro molded plastic toy. Something that a four year old can play with without it falling apart. Same goes for Earth Defense, which I personally think is a cool set, but at $90 it was overpriced for the target demographic of eight year old boys.

    Atlantis was a dud theme. A couple of cool sets, but way too much technic.
    The other Star Wars sets are kind of nondescript.

    Anyway, back on topic: I just want to make it clear that I don't hate resellers. I'm personally neutral on them as a whole. They can serve a purpose down the road if you're willing to pay a premium for an OOP item. To be fair, the hard core collectors are actually more frustrating. Buying up clearance sets and then hoarding them away just because they can. It really shouldn't be a competition. Buy a set because you like it. Buy a set to trade. Then that's it. Leave a few for the kids or other people. Don't worry about some other AFOL beating you to the punch.

    Some of you just take random observations and comments way too personally.

    I think we all have a bit of Al in us. Some of us more than others....
    LegoFanTexas
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,288
    edited October 2012
    All: The comments that I removed weren't a direct defense of reselling as much as they were about general tax policy and politics.

    Amberyl points out the oversimplification of people's points of view, but even worse was the generalization. As an example, I defend many of the reselling activities that are being condemned, but I couldn't disagree more with the views on tax policy. Likewise, I am sure that there are many people criticizing resellers that do not aspire to live on a commune in a world completely free of capitalism.

    Removing the comments was probably heavy-handed, but had I left them, the posting of a counter-argument would have been likely and warranted, and the course the thread was going would have imperiled it to being closed.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    The 9 men beating up the 10th man, is what was happening here, 9 anti-resellers beating up each reseller. Just like in the story, if all resellers were beaten up and driven off, the price of after-market LEGO would rise, then the 9 anti-resellers would go, "whoa, what happened, why is retired LEGO now so expensive?".

    That is why it directly relates to the thread and was the point @Pitfall69 was trying to make.
    Brick_Obsession
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    Yes, but @roaco I totally understand why you removed it.
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    1 thing. Friends advent calendars. Not collectable, clearly not for afols. Not about anything other than little girls and Christmas. The reaction of some to finding out they might be in limited supply was, to be frank, dispicable. Im not saying you dont have the right to do it, but that doesnt make it right. And I can't think of anything that shows the level of a reseller more than a grown man buying multiple friends sets with the sole intention of taking money out of peoples pockets.

    You're not amazon or Wal-Mart. They add value by taking items to the market, whether directly from manufacturers or distributors. Resellers add nothing, they take products at the market and keep them there withstand modification or improvement. They have zero impact on the economy at the macro level because they fundamentally add no value.
    y2josh
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    That is your opinon, we disagree, I don't think much more can be said...
  • GothamConstructionCoGothamConstructionCo Colchester UKMember Posts: 741
    @LegoFanTexas if more resellers conducted themselves in a manor such as yourself this thread may not have exsisted in the first place

    There are a few that I think view Lego as a golden goose and nothing more @cheshirecat cited a good example of this.

    Resellers do have a place in the community and provide a valuable service.
    Can you imagine if all the sets produced fell into the hands of children and parts are lost forever and are covered in pen? that would mean no preserved sets left in the wild.

    I would like to see a thread in the marketplace listing Brickset endorsed resellers. That's not to say they are a charity and cant turn a profit but conduct themselves as a respectable business and refrain from posting brags about clearing shelves because that will always leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth.

    Small print>
    This is just the opinion of an AFOL on what is clearly a very divided subject.


  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,938
    Is reselling bad, or is reselling Lego bad? A mate of mine was buying some ridiculously cheap maisto car die cast models from Costco last year and doubling his money, whilst still managing to be cheaper than RRP. The main reason most people on here you're actually aware of resell is to fund their personal purchases of Lego, so in a roundabout way they're having the same overall effect as someone who gets a bargain they have no interest in purely to trade for something they actually want.

    If someone capitalises on a bargain though good fortune or motivation to jump in the car and visit a Tesco branch or two, I think they've earnt the right to resell them, and good on them if it funds their next big Lego purchase. People actively posting on here are Lego enthusiasts, i'm sure there are moochers here who don't contribute to posting on here that just jump in and get bargains, those are the ones who maybe deserve a bit of scorn, but of course they remain anonymous.

    There is the other side of the reselling coin - Parting out. Say you can buy a £20 set with a good selection of minifigs that may go for
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,938
    ......£30 collectively, are you ripping the buyer off or just providing a service they want e.g. I want character x in Lego form without having to buy the whole set.
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,938
    For those looking to jump on potential low availability (speculated) Friends advent calendars in the US, the giste I got from the thread was that US resellers were potentially able to acquire Euro sourced calendars to sell in the US where availability was low. For me the contributors to that thread were looking to take a product from a region with no speculated shortages (Europe) and supply an undersupplied market ( speculated US). I didn't read that grinch-like greedy resellers were running out to strip the US supply like locusts at a crop field, they were looking to provide a supply and cost of Euro sourced calendars would facilitate enough profit to potentially make the plan worthwhile. Nothi g despicable there IMO.
  • DadDad UKMember Posts: 815

    1 thing. Friends advent calendars. Not collectable, clearly not for afols. Not about anything other than little girls and Christmas. The reaction of some to finding out they might be in limited supply was, to be frank, dispicable. Im not saying you dont have the right to do it, but that doesnt make it right. And I can't think of anything that shows the level of a reseller more than a grown man buying multiple friends sets with the sole intention of taking money out of peoples pockets.

    Whilst I respect your point of perhaps his sole intention was to ensure that ' his little girl' had a great Christmas. You are making quite an assumption here.

    Perhaps the members in the US haven't spent time reading the Tesco thread where you mentioned 'nasty greedy resellers' but when the crazy prices glitch went off in June i do believe that you were ordering multiples but blamed people who orderd 20+ sets as the reason for most of everbody's orders being cancelled. I honestly fail to see the difference. Where is the line, where you choose to draw it?

    And hand on heart, when you were half way up the escalator last night searching the £20 #4841 out how many would you have bought had you been faced with a shelf full. I'll answer hand on heart that I would have cleared the lot. But what about yourself?

  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    edited October 2012
    Simple to answer, ive never bought more than 3 of anything, and never to make money. Im fairly sure thats totally consistent with what i said earlier about it being a balanced equation. And in terms of the hogwarts express, three. One for me, one for matthew and one for lucy. Also bare in mind with those tesco orders we ordered more than we wanted because we knew of the likelyhood of orders being cancelled.
  • DadDad UKMember Posts: 815
    ^ Fair comment regarding the Hogwarts Express. I can only respect your stance on that. With hindsight I perhaps shouldn't have commented as it is only this time of the week that I have the time to do so and I don't think it is appropriate to just hop in and then back out of such a thread.
  • tk79tk79 Member Posts: 329
    ^^ah, so the dislike of resellers is also partially because they didn't let you milk a retailer for a pricing glitch...aww, so sad, my heart aches.
    Pitfall69
  • pvancil27pvancil27 Member Posts: 588

    The 9 men beating up the 10th man, is what was happening here, 9 anti-resellers beating up each reseller. Just like in the story, if all resellers were beaten up and driven off, the price of after-market LEGO would rise, then the 9 anti-resellers would go, "whoa, what happened, why is retired LEGO now so expensive?".

    That is why it directly relates to the thread and was the point @Pitfall69 was trying to make.

    Are you #$#@ing kidding me....

    Go re-read the other thread and tell me where you where then when you were in the group of nine instead of the one....
  • AmberylAmberyl Member Posts: 193
    Back on the topic of Lego for a moment...

    On EOL RRP sets... I actually think Earth Defense HQ is a far better set than it looks like. I bought mine because of the reviews here and its currently discounted price, and it turned out to be an awesome, detailed build. If you like Alien Conquest at all, or just big heavy trucks filled with details and a pretty cool little jet, I'd encourage you to grab it.

    If you're looking for gifts for kids, the Pixar Cars sets are a good bet below RRP. I just bought Ultimate Building Lightning McQueen and Mater as a pair from a Bricklink seller, well below RRP even after shipping was factored in. Had a blast teaching my 3-year-old godson how to put together a set for the very first time today. (Completely astonished that he had no trouble building Guido from the instruction -- once I explained to him how to sort, count out the pieces in each step, and match what he saw in the picture -- and started in on McQueen, Technic bits and all.)
    momof2boys99
  • cbaker1974cbaker1974 Member Posts: 150
    Amberyl said:

    Back on the topic of Lego for a moment...

    On EOL RRP sets... I actually think Earth Defense HQ is a far better set than it looks like. I bought mine because of the reviews here and its currently discounted price, and it turned out to be an awesome, detailed build. If you like Alien Conquest at all, or just big heavy trucks filled with details and a pretty cool little jet, I'd encourage you to grab it.

    I absolutely LOVE this set. As a kid I had several classic space sets and always wanted to build something better than the small 1-man rovers that came with the classic sets. When I came out of my dark ages, another one of my adult friends was asking me why I was "playing with toys again", and I wanted to show him some of the nicer adult-geared models that are out now. We started walking into the Lego shop and the first thing he saw was the Earth Defense HQ, and he said "ok, well this thing looks pretty fun!".

    A similar set is the Agents mobile command base...tons of playability in both those sets.

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