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Sydney Opera house $100 (with box and instructions)
UCS Snowspeeder $100 (with box and instructions)
UCS Tantavine IV $100 (with box and instructions)
USC Star Destroyer $100 (with box and instructions)
Simpson House $100 (with box and instructions)
When he shows up, he is able to get UCS X-Wing and UCS Tie Fighter for $50 each (no box, no instructions) and also the UCS Imperical Shuttle for $200 (with box and instructions)
I told him I was convinced it was a "Divorce Sale" of which the husband would know nothing about. But he was the one selling. Just crazy!
Lucky find. Right place at the right time.
After some solid bricklinking and searching through my own overflow of loose bricks, I was able to complete the construction of the Death Star tonight! Final cost for the Death Star (after bricklink and shipping) = $125.00
My girlfriend is actually enjoying this playset more than I am... and Princess Leah is now in charge of everything ;)
My purchase was a strange one. I was second in line with my response to the ad, so of course it was already "Tentatively Sold". Perhaps it was in a moment of poor judgement, but instead of moving on, I enlightened the seller that those older UCS sets were very collectable and the 5 sets that he was selling clearly had a value of over $1500. I offered him $1000 to sell them to me instead.
I just couldn't let it go - those three UCS sets were 3 of the 4 that I needed to complete my UCS collection (If anyone offers a 10143 at an unbeatable price, pick me, pick me!!!). In the end, I had all 8 of the sets mentioned above for $1300. Even that price is roughly half the value, I'd guess.
It turned out that I sat and visited with the happily married couple for almost an hour (My ATM cash withdrawal limit was reached at $1000, and the $300 email transfer took a long time). The wife was happy to get these behemoth sets off her dresser and out of her bedroom. The husband was happy to sell them because he "appreciates the building experience and not the display or collectible value ". Husband was educating Wife on the ever increasing value of collector Star Wars Lego. Wife was making fun of us "Lego Fanboys" as I didn't hide my excitement for the purchase.
It was a strange buying experience indeed. Needless to say, I left all my contact information for the next time Husband wishes to buy, build, and dump a massive set. Maybe I'll get another great find someday ...
I love ebay lol
not the best set and with awful reviews but its old, cheap, and BNIB
#41008 Friends Pool X 2
#60007 City Police Chase X 2
Mixels X 2
#3315 Olivias House
#41015 Dolphin Cruiser X 2
Vouchers worth £100 issued
Makes for a good Fairy day with stock of 10+ of each set on the shelves.
My first purchase of this type was for $50 and the seller indicated that #7697, #7692 and #8289 were included. After sorting it all, I found as well #8671, #7694, #7695, #8354 and 2 copies of #5616. 99% of the parts were there along with some boxes and instruction manuals. I was quite happy.
My next purchase was for $200 and was simply a big bin with very little indication of what was there. When I went to meet up, I could tell this was about 40 lbs of Lego and included Star Wars, Mars Mission and Exo Force sets, but no boxes or instruction manuals. After two months of sorting, I determined that I had the following sets: #6205, #7659, #7649, #7697, #7646, #7591, #8769, #8893, #8892, #8926, #8118, #8111, #8103, #8101, #8102, #8100, #8113, #8962, #8956, #8960, #8957, #8958, #7694, #8115, #8632, #8631, #8630, #8967, #8058, #7772, #7770, #5969, #7884, #7657, #7655 and #7663. The sets were all between 80% - 100% complete with almost all of the missing parts being Technic pins, bushes, axles, etc. Although I haven't finished pricing out completing every set, I was still very happy.
My third purchase was also $200 and the listing had no sets listed and stated 30 lbs of Lego, but from the photos I could tell it was some Bionicle but I could also identify #6209 and other parts which looked like mid-2000's Star Wars. It was listed for much higher but when I viewed the Legos in person, I was able to negotiate a better price since there were more Bionicles than I had anticpated (although it was way over 30 lbs, more like 40-50 lbs). I am still sorting through it (I haven't even touched the roughly 40 Bionicle sets, which at the very least will provide me with many of the Technic parts I am missing from my second bulk purchase), but I have so far been able to identify: #6209, #7258, #7283, #8757, #8168, #8705, #8822, #8105, #7700, #7701 a whole bunch of pull-back racers and to my incredible surprise #4894, a set I've always wanted. This also meant 3 light bricks (all working!).
My most recent purchase (which prompted this post) is going to take me forever to sort as every single part has been separated and dumped into a bin and will include both the old and new grey parts. Although the seller had instruction manuals for some of the sets, he was sure there were others in there and just from quickly poking around I have already located minifigures and parts that are not from the sets with manuals. Although this lot cost me $750, it is about 80 lbs and the sets with manuals total 11,000 parts ranging in years from 1979 to 2012! I won't list all of the sets, but some of the highlights include #857, #6919, #6278, #6617, #8125, #7625, #8779, #8780, #7661, #7784 and #10226.
#226 8 Named Beams (1958) -incomplete
#1688 Large Play Bucket, 3+
#4755 Knight Bus
#4894 Mythical Creatures
#5599 Radio Control Racer
#6210 Jabba's Sail Barge
#7040 Dwarves' Mine Defender
#7199 The Temple of Doom
#7261 Clone Turbo Tank
#7347 Highway Pickup
#7621 Indiana Jones and the Lost Tomb
#7667 Imperial Dropship
#7694 MT-31 Trike
#7714 Golden Guardian
#7775 Aquabase Invasion
#8058 Guardian of the Deep
#8156 Ferrari FXX 1:17
#8270 Rough Terrain Crane
#8764 Vezon & Fenrakk
#4559 Cargo Railway
#6208 B-wing Fighter
#6243 Brickbeard's Bounty
#7249 XXL Mobile Crane
#7627 Temple of the Crystal Skull
#7656 General Grievous Starfighter
#7661 Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Booster Ring
#7663 Sith Infiltrator
#7672 Rogue Shadow
#7675 AT-TE Walker
#7778 Midi-scale Millennium Falcon
#10174 Imperial AT-ST
There may be more, the ad only list the last 12 items, the rest are based on the instructions I got and some of the rarer parts I found on first sort.
Then today I found #2505 in mint condition in a local shop for €48.99, the only Ninjago set that I actually like!
#6990 + #6921. Mint in sealed box for just 300 euro they bought the lego for their son back in 1988 but he never bothered to look at it .... Lucky me ;-)
With a bit of knowledge you can buy anything and turn a profit. For some they want rid of things rather than getting the most for their money.
So "laugh" at people whom sell things cheaply, but think about what you are throwing away that is worth a lot of money. (I sold a well used t-shirt on ebay for £40...)
It is more about sharing your good fortune for great finds at a good price.
I don't think people are silly, I just find it surprising sometimes. I sold 1kg of no name bricks on eBay, I clearly mentioned in the title and in the description that they were not Lego. But someone paid $38 for it. Not silly either, just surprising.
includes a donation to the shop's charity
Apologies for the potato photo quality, at the fermented vegetable juice shop celebrating and playing David Bailey with my iPad.
I'm currently getting odd looks from my customers and friends when they discover that I am blessed with a wife who has relinquished the dining room to contain the majority of my Lego obsession...... The problem is that wifey likes Star Wars Lego, so it's allowed in the lounge.....
Er.... Technically this is Star Wars lego........
Best not push the envelope on this one, it will be her decision where it lives.
The thing with my Lego and probably the only way it is accepted by my Lovely wife is.....
It requires a lot of back burner, not happening 'cos a wheel fell of the van, roof did what!...etc etc.
It's no biggy, so you miss out on this years goodies, you'll have your own lucky finds when the time is right and they will be oh, so much more precious because you haven't done stoooopid things to acquire....
So don't feel bad, it'll all come good, it's all about timing and luck.
That's kind of a karma thing ( massive arrows heading my way with that ).
Go team Shib house buying!
Best advice on that is, least space that you can live with, in the best area you can afford ;-)
The four year old is very happy, Friends is very popular right now :)
@pharmjod - I missed a 30-40 lb craigslist listing for $100 a couple of weeks ago and have been kicking myself since, but I feel much better now. Hopefully you'll find something to help take your mind off it!
I wondered who got that gold mine! I replied to the ad but never got a response. That stuff is worth $1000.00 easy! Congrats!