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Not sure how much detail people want, but since I advised that I'll take up the challenge I have already spent most of the $185AUD.
First purchase was a Dino HQ #5887 for $110AUD at a "Big W" (Department store). Box isn't perfect but still pretty good and sealed. I assume it was a return or found out the back.
On my Christmas holiday travels visiting family I managed to pick up 5 #5001709 Clone Trooper Lieutenants at a small rural toy store for $2 each. Wasn't expecting to find those and not at $2.
Lastly I bought 2 boxes of series 1 Friends Animals from Coles supermarket, these were on clearance for $1.25 a bag, normal retail is $5.99.
So total spent was $180AUD, I'll be flipping these on eBay. Going forward I hope to buy and sell at least something once a month thought out the year, but this will all depend on the time I have available and if I find any good deals.
Good luck every one.
I hope the competitors will keep us informed of their activities in some way or other (enough to follow their ups and down, without giving away trade secrets of course).
It'll be great to see how totals are arrived at, strategies each adopts, etc... like watching a wacky race.
As with @Basta I managed to find some older gems lurking around in the dark recesses of the local toy chains.
So far I have:
2 x 4867: Hogwarts @ R 449 each (~ £26)
2 x 4866: The Knight Bus @ R 299 each (~£18)
For a total of R 1496 leaving a balance of R 204. This will be used to fund postage for these sets, as I will most likely be selling them into the UK market given the high level of Potter love over there :)
If I can flip these in the next few months, I have my eye on some retired WV stock, which ultimately may lead to a deal on a very tatty, but sealed, mystery set, that perhaps has the word Imperial in the title :)
I like the 'at least one deal a month' cadence - hopefully I can also link some trading to business travel to cut out those pesky shipping charges (although that might be cheating slightly).
Looks like the Southern Hemisphere has come out swinging !
Out of interest, and if it doesn't give away too much with regards to strategy - what's everyone's preferred plan for selling? Off to the ebay, or bricklink, or the marketplace on here? I'd guess that higher viewings and a higher sale price would come from the former. but will that be negated by the fees? Would bricksetters be happy to pay a little more, knowing it's all for a good cause? (I'm asking partly because I'm curious, but also @simon_ratcliffe_101 - I'd potentially be interested in taking some HP off your hands... ;) )
Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing this unfold! Good luck everyone.
I'd like to think I'm not the only one here with that sentiment, so c'mon competitors - get your Marketplace threads up! :)
Generally I'll just go my usual selling route which is eBay.
Perhaps we can use a tag to identify listings related to the challenge. Maybe [RC2014] as a preface for the listings ?
Shipping can be a little costly, but I generally adjust pricing to compensate for this. It also helps when your currency is performing rather poorly :)
Example, link to this thread, with 'Charity' as the keyword. e.g.
For Charity Millennium Falcon $100 #10179
Or something like that, anyway. Just an idea.
1x#75104 (Hoth), 1x#6857 (Funhouse), 1x#9490 (Droid Escape), 1x#79108 (LR Stage coach), 1x#9466 (MF Scientist), 1x#9463 (MF Werewolf), and 1x#9462 (Mummy). I paid $162.00 USD for all of them. Currently, all are listed in my Bricklink store (Brick Bazaar) but I'll be putting the MF's on Ebay as a bundle soon.
I currently have:
1 #31010 creator treehouse
7 #7688 sports plane
I've sold things on eBay before so I'll use that but will also try selling on Brickset Marketplace. My plan is to buy/sell lower price items to minimize the effect of my inevitable mistakes but mostly I'll be making it up as I go along with my fingers crossed.
For Sale (Charity): 10179 UCS Falcon NISB
10x Kraang's Poly's $12
1x WV Bakery $80
2x VW T1Polys $8
1x 8018 ATT $15
1X Black Gate $29
3x Laketown Guard $15
I've already sold the Kraang's for $30 and that is reflected in the spreadsheet. Good luck everyone!
^like the spreadsheet idea, although it is more interesting with 18 sets to show.
Sadly polybags are pretty much completely absent from the South African scene.
For the record I have no issue with it because it's only a week or so into things.
just kidding, I'll watch from the stands :o)
Aah... i just 'quoted' and saw the computery stuff underneath it. Clever...
tiny writing weeeeeeeee!
I've priced them pretty competitive compared to other eBay AU prices. I was going to post the Clone Trooper Lieutenants #5001709 in the market place, but as these are selling for about $11 AUD on bricklink I don't think that it worth it as AU eBay seems to be a fair bit higher, plus postage to OS would be more.
The friends polys may be a tough sell as there has been a flood of these since a lot of people obviously got the same deal I did :) I'm selling as complete boxes (saves sending out potentially 48 individual $5 items as well) hopefully that will be a point of difference. not to worry though I have time :)
Dino Defence HQ #5887 should do ok. Only 4 Australian Listings and they are all for more than mine.
For any one interested in seeing how they go, you can view the listings here:
Lego Clone Trooper Lieutenant polybag
Full box of Series 1 Friends Animals
Lego Dino Defence HQ
Stepping in from the idealistic academic halls to the nasty world of profit and loss, arriving with a large grin on his face, please everyone welcome @cheshirecat to the reseller challenge!
I've moved the current listings there. It should be a little easier to direct people to this category. Let me know if anyone sees any issues.
startwin the game?
Now obviously some people could have made sales and already re invested the profit so they could have zero cash but more stock etc.
Not really. ;-)
But I am indeed waiting for the arrival of my material. I won't be able to disclose it until I get everything set up, by it will be fun!