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  • lluisgiblluisgib Barcelona (Spain)Member Posts: 221
    This weekend I've bought the Helm's Deep MISB for €51. 1/3 of the retail price :)
    Bumblepants
  • quir0zquir0z Member Posts: 17
    Finally got a UCS Millennium Falcon, brand new in sealed box INSIDE a sealed plain Lego box, all inside the original shipping box... way less than the average price on Ebay, and from a guy who lives 5 minutes away from the office. I'll keep it and build it, as soon as I can sell enough sets to pay for it.
    FollowsCloselymdellemanBumblepantswagnerml2margotkekekeFrothyCoffeeMan
  • AFFOL_Shellz_BellzAFFOL_Shellz_Bellz Member Posts: 1,263
    Bulk lot has #8169, #5767, #60027, helicopter from #60009, #31011, and two partial Star Wars ships for $50.00
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,416
    ^ Congrats on the find. I did the same thing a few years ago, with a first issue Jango like that too. Five pounds of figs should be right about 500 complete minifigures, from my experience.
    samiam391
  • motor_ace123motor_ace123 Member Posts: 10
    I got a 10937 Arkham Asylum Breakout at Target today for $120 ( Australian retail is $250) was a return and mssing bag 2 which is the gate and batman mini fig. Overall pretty happy :-)
  • 111ins111ins Member Posts: 265
    Went to the US the other day to pick up all my BF buys..... darn Brickset :)
    Just under $2000 declared at the border, added it all up later and it was just over $4000 worth of set at Canadian LEGO.com prices.
    Also replied to a Kijiji ad for some 70's sets for sale. They were all a little too dirty and semi-chewed for my liking but they were nice enough to let me have the #6803 set for $10. It had been opened but looks like never built as the two red round plates are still on the sprue.
    Merry Christmas, Brian
    mdelleman
  • ShpadoinkleShpadoinkle 13 hours West of BillundMember Posts: 418
    After two years of waiting I finally got a 10030 star destroyer. $425 shipped on eBay. Not a screaming deal but a great price for the #1 UCS set on my list!
    FollowsCloselysamiam391
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,258
    edited December 2013
    Several backbreaking hours later, and I have exactly 400 mostly complete vintage LEGO minifigures.

    With still lots more torsos, legs, heads, and accessories to be put together.

    Exhausting (fun) work, but this is what LEGO is all about. :o)
    margotFrictionPinEKSamHarryPotterLoverkhmellymelMasterBeefyandhe
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,258
    edited December 2013
    oldtodd33 said:

    ^ Congrats on the find. I did the same thing a few years ago, with a first issue Jango like that too. Five pounds of figs should be right about 500 complete minifigures, from my experience.

    @oldtodd33- I'm impressed. I have 400 built right now with about 100 remaining torsos.

    Your prediction was spot on.
  • CupIsHalfEmptyCupIsHalfEmpty CanadaMember Posts: 547
    Picked up a small bulk bin of used Lego and found a nearly complete #4957 Considering I wanted to buy this set for a Lego display I'm working on, I couldn't be happier getting it for a fraction of the online price. It even had working batteries in the power functions box.

    lego ferris wheel 4957
    khmellymelmargotrancorbait
  • 111ins111ins Member Posts: 265
    are there any really rare parts in the #4957 if you were to BL it? looks pretty good for a bulk bin find!
    CupIsHalfEmpty
  • CupIsHalfEmptyCupIsHalfEmpty CanadaMember Posts: 547
    Looking at bricklink I don't see anything to rare or expensive. Part out value is in the $100-120 range. Its definitely one of those sets with the wow factor once its set up and rotating. Its just to bad its not mini figure scale. I'll have to work on making it bigger.
    111ins said:

    are there any really rare parts in the #4957 if you were to BL it? looks pretty good for a bulk bin find!

  • beasty23beasty23 Member Posts: 62
    It's seem's you building Helms Deep setup in the backround with Deeping wall :)
  • CupIsHalfEmptyCupIsHalfEmpty CanadaMember Posts: 547
    beasty23 said:

    It's seem's you building Helms Deep setup in the backround with Deeping wall :)

    I actually just finished helms deep and its time to start taking it apart. I'm glad you recognized it from that small section. It means I must have been building it right...

    Untitled
    khmellymelaimlesspursuitsBrickarmorrancorbaitPepperLegoManiacc
  • CntryislandboyCntryislandboy Member Posts: 28
    Not sure how great of a find it is, but I found a series 9 mini figure at kmart today for $1.25 I figured it was pretty good, haven't opened it yet, waiting until I get a few more things to do a video
  • beasty23beasty23 Member Posts: 62

    beasty23 said:

    It's seem's you building Helms Deep setup in the backround with Deeping wall :)

    I actually just finished helms deep and its time to start taking it apart. I'm glad you recognized it from that small section. It means I must have been building it right...

    Untitled
    Yes I'm trying but not at that size. That's just huge.
    CupIsHalfEmpty
  • henrysunsethenrysunset Member Posts: 231
    I bought 6211 Imperial star destroyer used on craigslist with torn instructions and "a few other sets" included without instructions for 150$.

    "a few other sets" included ~60lbs of good condition Lego from sets such as power miners, hobbit, lots of Star Wars, castle and a little bionicle. About 100 minifigures. ~2$/lb is unbelievable.

    The hard part will be 1) getting it home since I bought this massive lot on vacation, and 2) sorting through all of this to try and make sets.

    Any good guides on how to sort through such a massive collection of loose bricks? I had planned to sort by rough type first: (ex: technics, bionicle, minifigures, minifig accessories, plates 4 studs wide or more) then sort by color and into more specific categories.

    I could easily spend more on plastic bins for sorting than the 60lb lot of legos themselves!
    BrickDancerFollowsCloselyFrictionPin
  • bricktuarybricktuary EuropeMember Posts: 470
    Brand new #10224 Town Hall in John Lewis (UK). Was £150 but marked down to £90 because the box is (pretty badly) bashed.

    Sooooo happy! I more or less skipped home!
    BumblepantsTheBrickLaddLostInTranslationandhe
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,702

    Sooooo happy! I more or less skipped home!

    Hopefully you didn't lose too many pieces in the process. ;o)
    indigoboxandhe
  • bricktuarybricktuary EuropeMember Posts: 470
    I checked the bags... all there.
    I might start making it tomorrow. Nothing else to do, right?
  • KiwiLegoMeisterKiwiLegoMeister New ZealandMember Posts: 212
    Just picked up about 4kilos of loose Lego from a junk shop. Looks to be mainly 1998ish Aquazone pieces (no instructions) perhaps from the biggie 6199. No large base (but I've got spares). Certainly got the large green windows (intact, but a little worn) and many of the unusual octagonal shaped yellow blocks. Cost to me? $30NZ, which is about $24USD, or $6US / kilo.
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM Cork, IrelandMember Posts: 942
    21103: The DeLorean Time Machine - €20 in Tesco. Tesco know how to do clearances!
  • jediami65jediami65 United StatesMember Posts: 474
    edited January 2014
    @ Target this morning picked up Palace Cinema #10232 for $104 and 2 x Crater Creeper #70706 50% off so $9.48. The PC was probably a return, I looked to make sure it was not tampered with and as far as I can tell it did not look like it.
    FollowsCloselyBumblepantsEKSamsamiam391
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,096
    Found a returned Architecture Studio at the local Lego store this morning.
    Bumblepantssamiam391
  • chuckpchuckp NYMember Posts: 684
    Found a lonely #6868 Hulk's Helicarrier Breakout at TRU today and with their $15 of $60 LEGO sale, it was actually *gasp* RRP!
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,837
    A bit of an anti-brag.

    There's been a lot of news coverage lately that charity shops are charging daft money for stuff and it is only the well heeled bargain hunter that can afford to shop there etc - it is no longer the place for the less well off to buy clothes cheaply as they're clued up as to the value of everything and price accordingly.

    Anyway, walking through Whitley Bay yesterday, I saw in the window of a charity shop, the box of a set that had escaped me in the past - #6211 Star Destroyer.

    I went in and asked how much they wanted. "£150, these go on ebay for between £180 and £400 you know". I replied "£150? These are a steady £80-100, if complete. Can I have a look inside and see if this looks complete?".

    A good 1/3 of the parts were missing, including 2/3 of the minifigs, and a few parts had teeth marks (not many).

    I let them know that the set was incomplete and it was worth no more than £50 of anyone's money. I also let them know that a new version was coming out in 2014 and this will be worth a lot less as a result.

    After all that the lass in the shop still wanted £100 for it. I feel sorry for anyone who falls for her patter and buys it.
    andhe
  • GentlyBenevolentGentlyBenevolent Member Posts: 328
    Sorry I'm a bit late in posting this "brag", just before Christmas I managed to get #8070-1 & #42000-1. Both were built with stickers applied, (replacement sticker sheets are dirt cheap for these sets on ebay), and both are 100% complete, (with spare parts as well), both have very good condition box's & instructions. The #8070-1 power functions work fine, (doors, spoiler & bonnet), only paid £80 for both. :)
  • OdinduskOdindusk Member Posts: 763
    Just a tiny brag here, considering some of the previous finds reported here. But it was fun for me. Found this #70806 (Castle Calvary) at TRU in a resealed/damaged box, for just under $10. Inside I was fully expecting a bunch of Chima speedorz or something, but it appears that everything is in order.

    /fistpump

    margotMasterBeefy
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,241
    Grabbed a #7662 MTT off craigslist for $80. Appears to be complete. Instructions are a bit raggy but having them at all seems to be a bonus since BL only has 4 copies of the instructions for sale with the lowest over $40.
  • FrothyCoffeeManFrothyCoffeeMan Member Posts: 46
    I was lucky to be offered
    4002
    4970
    6336
    6340
    6351
    6424
    6442
    6544
    6558
    6561
    6562
    6761
    6915
    6939
    6958
    8207
    8210
    8223
    8232
    8408
    8437
    By a customer who has long been promising me his childhood Lego.
    Sort of a steal as it's all boxed with instructions and time relevant promo material.
    Even though there were a few missing bits I gave him market value in products and services.
    (Basically turned into 4/5 months of free coffee and sarnies).
    He was expecting £20 for the lot :-\
    We both won, he knows I love and enjoy the Lego his now deceased father lavished on him.
    And thanks to this forum it is all shiny and dust free again.

    Can't seem to find the salad spinner thread :-(
    Basically clean old dusty lego with washing up liquid in a colander and dry it with a salad spinner.
    Apologies for the egg sucking where due.

    Andrew

  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,237
    @GentlyBenevolent - that's a fine username you've got there.
  • bsiu922bsiu922 SF Bay Area, CAMember Posts: 439
    Picked up an used #8781 for US$12, seems most of the mini figures and horses are there! will check the castle later
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,258
    Purchased a large bulk lot for $650 off of eBay. Hidden in the description was a few words indicating that there was a Cafe Corner hidden in the lot.

    Well, it has arrived and sure enough there is! Tally so far:
    Grand Emporium
    Pet Shop
    Cafe Corner
    ~30 minifigures
    Several more pounds of nice bricks, plates, etc..

    Not the best of deals, but I'm happy none the less to be able to add to my now quite size-able modular collection.
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,258
    Also, was lucky enough to purchase a #10173 Holiday Train for $34 on eBay, which has to be one of my better finds.

    Comes 100% complete with an excellent condition box and instructions. Excited to potentially put it around the Christmas tree next year... hopefully this doesn't lead to me being tempted to purchase the rest of the Winter Village theme...
    BrickDancerCapnRex101LostInTranslationEKSam
  • FrothyCoffeeManFrothyCoffeeMan Member Posts: 46

    I was lucky to be offered
    #4002
    #4970
    #6336
    #6340
    #6351
    #6424
    #6442
    #6544
    #6558
    #6561
    #6562
    #6761
    #6915
    #6939
    #6958
    #8207
    #8210
    #8223
    #8232
    #8408
    #8437
    By a customer who has long been promising me his childhood Lego.
    Sort of a steal as it's all boxed with instructions and time relevant promo material.
    Even though there were a few missing bits I gave him market value in products and services.
    (Basically turned into 4/5 months of free coffee and sarnies).
    He was expecting £20 for the lot :-\
    We both won, he knows I love and enjoy the Lego his now deceased father lavished on him.
    And thanks to this forum it is all shiny and dust free again.

    Can't seem to find the salad spinner thread :-(
    Basically clean old dusty lego with washing up liquid in a colander and dry it with a salad spinner.
    Apologies for the egg sucking where due.

    Andrew

    Sorry to quote myself, added hashiness for a better user experience
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,909
    16 Series 11 CMF's for $0.98 at the LEGO store. Did not manage to get a full set though. :(
  • GentlyBenevolentGentlyBenevolent Member Posts: 328

    @GentlyBenevolent - that's a fine username you've got there.

    Why thank you @mountebank :)
    Mr Gently Lovely Kissy Nice-Nice Benevolent is the name of the Evil guardian & nemesis of Sir Phillip "Pip" Put-That-In-The Bin from the BBC Radio 4 comedy series "Bleak Expectations" by Mark Evans. If you get a chance to listen to it, it will have you in stitches as it is so funny.....
  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,237
    Yes, it's an absolute hoot. One of the best comedies that's been on the radio in ages.

    Sadly though, my bragging is restricted to finding gems on the radio and almost never about LEGO.
  • FrothyCoffeeManFrothyCoffeeMan Member Posts: 46
    edited January 2014
    Another customer donation today

    #7709 which I am very excited about 'cos I like the whole mech thing

    &

    #8894 not so keen about this one but maybe I'll lose my brick link seller cherry moving it on.

    And a random bucket of bits, which look very interesting.
    Mini figure knights with no faces and oddly textured/painted helmets and breastplates....

    Total cost, a coffee, a sarnie, a bag of crisps and a promise not to kick puppies.

  • FrothyCoffeeManFrothyCoffeeMan Member Posts: 46
    Random bucket looks like being #7019
    Which is nice........
    aka
    Omg! Wtf! Lol! Yay!
    Dust removal kit on stand by!
    Deep joy in the coffee house tonight, quick send me a puppy to not kick!
    Buzzsaw
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    ^Do you have a sign up in your shop that says "will trade coffee for Lego sets" or something?
    FrothyCoffeeMan
  • FrothyCoffeeManFrothyCoffeeMan Member Posts: 46
    @margot The coffee shop is a small van covered in Lego already.
    Regular customers have been known to bring their kids to the van on holidays and in 2012 I gave away Olympic minifigs to loyalty card holders, which led to a whole hilarious swapsies couple of weeks.
    So my addiction is pretty much out there.
    People like to enable ;-)
    I think they also appreciate how much I enjoy Lego for the simple pleasure it gives me.
    They remember how much they spent and now the kids have moved on and can't be bothered to research and sell the kits they were given.
    So I end up being offered it.
    I mention value and offer cash or commodity.
    Some people just really want that attic space back.

    Btw bucket of Viking Lego seems to be more.
    Soooooo many interesting big pieces.
    LostInTranslationLegobutterfly
  • BastaBasta Australia Member Posts: 1,259
    edited January 2014
    I don't normally buy much Lego from eBay, but happened to be looking at the right time and won these two items, #8129 & #6098

    Lego AT-AT 8129 & King Leo's Castle 6098

    I was looking at "Newly Listed Items" and saw the AT-AT pop up, it was listed BIN for $175 + $11.96 postage, its all new sealed bags, Instructions and stickers, just no box. As good as brand new to me, and saved myself at least $100. Obviously 2 days later the details of the new version was leaked, still happy with the purchase.

    The Castle ended on Christmas Eve, I just happened to see it with about 12 minutes left and it was only at $109, I got it for $122 + $30 postage. It has the original price sticker on it of $199.99 AUD so happy with what I paid even if it isn't the most popular castle, especially with the bigger re-release. This was definitely an impulse buy, but it's brand new and sealed plus the box is in almost perfect condition. Such a beautiful box with the flip top and windows, nearly too nice to open and build :)
    FrothyCoffeeManBumblepants
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 5,832
    ^I love those old flip-top boxes. Nothing better than tilting and shaking them as a kid to try and see all the different parts held within. But that could also be part of the reason they stopped making them.
  • BlueMoonUSABlueMoonUSA Member Posts: 116
    samiam391 said:

    Also, was lucky enough to purchase a #10173 Holiday Train for $34 on eBay, which has to be one of my better finds.

    Comes 100% complete with an excellent condition box and instructions. Excited to potentially put it around the Christmas tree next year... hopefully this doesn't lead to me being tempted to purchase the rest of the Winter Village theme...

    Ok...how on earth did you acquire this??? I've been looking for a reasonably priced one for many months....scouring Ebay constantly. I don't recall ever seeing a used set coming even remotely close to $34. Heck, you can barely even get just the instruction manuals for that price!

    Links or I don't believe you :)
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    wow, that hurts inside. I gave up looking for a decent deal on #10173 many months ago.

    But In fairness to those of us who never find these great deals, a fact I find unfair and offensive, I think the forum should no longer allow bragging posts. No community value is served in having people rub the rest of our noses in their great finds. Sure, I could just choose not to click into the brag thread, but that isn't really fair to me, is it? I deserve the right never to be made to feel uncomfortable by being forced to read about the great finds of others, while I go in want of such great deals.

    Thanks in advance
    FrothyCoffeeMan
  • joel4motionjoel4motion United KingdomMember Posts: 959
    edited January 2014
    I do hope the above is an attempt at sarcasm? A Sheldon Cooper attempt at sarcasm if so...

    I am all for a resellers bragging thread myself, to be read and commented on by those interested without fear of uproar from those who aren't too happy with what antics resellers get up to. In the same light I can see how it would rub people up the wrong way but this thread should not cause such issue to anyone reading it. You don't have to send someone a congrats card for such a great eBay win but there should be no ill feeling towards those who get lucky.

    Finding a cheap retired set on eBay and finding and buying shelves full of massively discounted stock cannot be be compared really, even more so when most on this thread intend to build their bargain finds.

    In an attempt at keeping my post thread related I purchased a Palace Cinema for £65 in a damaged box over the weekend.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129

    I do hope the above is an attempt at sarcasm? .

    Yes
  • joel4motionjoel4motion United KingdomMember Posts: 959
    dougts said:

    I do hope the above is an attempt at sarcasm? .

    Yes
    Fair do's, I hope my comments didn't offend, and if they did then I apologise.

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