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Additionally, for a particular set I'm selling currently, I like to peruse listings every so often to ensure my listing is the among the lowest price. When I search for this particular set, (Lego #####), a few totally unrelated sets also show up in the search results.
Something is definitely up with ebay; it's not clear if they're intentionally screwing up the search results in an attempt to bolster sales, or if their search engine is somehow malfunctioning. Maybe their programming team is just incompetent.
If you are a top rated seller your listings will get hit by the rolling blackouts more often and will also become invisible as you get a discount on final value fees. If your buyer is on the other side of the country they will see your listing more often as ebay makes more money off the final value fee on shipping. You will want to play around with searches by clearing cookies, spoofing IP addresses for different locatrions etc to figure it out.
Due to looming lawsuits on October 1st once you log into ebay you will by default accept their new terms of service stating explicitly your listings may not be visible to buyers. Basically if you take up server space, sell used items, selling using the auction format, and do not make them enough money your listings will not be visible.
JD's vision was to transform ebay from a "flea market" to a go to retail shopping site. Sellers of used items and those using the auction format will be hidden. Small sellers selling new items that use the buy it now format will last a little longer. They will keep ratcheting up the fees for these small sellers until there is no reason to list and take up server space anymore. The diamond sellers (big box and the chinese) get huge discounts on final value fees and they are the only sellers JD wants on the site.
If you want to appear on searches better, and have the best overall perks ebay has to offer, you should attain and maintain Top Rated Plus status.
This all said, it would not surprise me in the least if, given the new world order of Lego price-fixing, that retailers adopt the TRU model of "list prices" (which are above msrp) so that they can have specials that bring the "sale price" down to msrp. If the Lego regime is truly cracking down, then that will be the only way retailers can appear to be offering great deals, when they really are not.
I guess that's bad news for people like me, assuming all of what you noted will come true. I'm pretty much a hobby seller (very low 5 figures in new inventory), so I may see my fees rise. To add insult to injury, when I sell my used Lego once EOL, it may not be seen by everyone searching for those sets? Bummer. Sounds like a great time for a worthy competitor to ebay to start up.
I guess I'll really need to look into it. I am listed as a power seller, but have not gone to "free shipping" or "hassle free" returns as I think that is not in MY best interest.
If all this is true, we will more than likely see an new site pop up that caters to us smaller sellers. Ebay will become like Mtv. Remember when they used to play music? Ebay, remember when people used to sell stuff on there?
Oh and per the new TOS ebay will automatically enroll you in the managed returns process. Make sure to opt out. Same goes for the disasterous GSP. Enjoy :)
Not a chance. WalMart and Target couldn't do this even if they wanted. They lack the expertise and inclination. They sell commodities. They move products, not age them. They wouldn't know which sets to store. It's evidenced by them not knowing which sets to carry/not carry, discount or clearance. Every clearance sale they have shows they have not purchased wisely. You and I and most people reading this know a lot more about Lego, its aftermarket potential for themes and sets, than does your average WalMart toy department manager, much less the suits with deep pockets who could "store massive amounts of sets."
It will however... be awhile before there is one. Back in the day, it was all about Yahoo, then Google over-ran them. 10 years ago no one saw anyone taking on Microsoft, but today Microsoft is less and less important to the future.
Does anyone know what the status is on Unimog? Is that going to stick around for another year, or is it done this year?
I only own Pet Shop #10218 and Mini Modulars #10230, and have a £500 approx budget a year so how many Modulars are worth buying each year with some money left over for other sets.
There is no way you are in the dark about the retiring habits of modulars. What's your angle?
Of course, that has been said for the past three winters, but it sounds like it is really going this winter (based on a few sources that are in this thread)
Perhaps GE as well, but that is just the normal rampant speculation.
I guess we will know once it says either retiring soon, or sold out and stays that way for 30 days on LEGO shop at home
As much as I want to scale back on reselling, every year many sets still continue to do well once they're retired. Each year I try to talk myself out of reselling, yet every January and February retired sets still seem to rise in value nicely. This past year it was DA, Hogwarts Castle, Maersk Train, the 2 POTC ships, IS, and a few others. When I saw how good they did I became optimistic again and here I am still in the game. However these sets have not done quite as well as retired sets from 2011 did (ex: Emerald Night and Imperial Flagship), so I do believe Lego reselling is becoming less and less profitable each year due to new resellers, etc. However it still seems to be fairly strong IMO. I just hope this January the market still holds strong and we see some nice gains from whatever sets end up retiring this holiday season.