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The "brag" thread: Post your recent great finds!

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  • DadDad UKMember Posts: 813
    edited June 2014
    texaspete said:

    Alarms about 'low feedback = crook' completely unjustified. Seller was lovely grandmother; presumably low feedback because 'new to all this internet malarky'.blockquote>

    You didn't fall for that one did you? Don't you remember Little Red Riding Hood ?

    jamiew
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 444
    I seem to have problems with buyers with high feedback. The last one had 1300 positive feedback.
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,909
    Some guy on local Craigslist is selling #10210 imperial flagship for $225 CDN. I just don't have the funds right now... :-(
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,374

    texaspete said:

    Alarms about 'low feedback = crook' completely unjustified. Seller was lovely grandmother; presumably low feedback because 'new to all this internet malarky'.

    It's not that low feedback instantly makes someone a crook, it's just about risk. Low feedback simply means there's more risk. To help mitigate that risk, I start up communication, asking them more-than-boilerplate questions, asking if they need help since they are obviously new, etc.
    I feel it is justified to be leary of a low feedback score. When buying a car or a house, the first thing they look at is your credit score. If it isn't good enough, they will usually not give you a loan or charge you an insane amount of interest. We all started at 0 feedback and I'm sure most of us are trustworthy; it is just the way things are. You have to protect yourself.

  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    But there is a big difference between low feedback because you are a newbie and low feedback because of negative scores. I would trust someone with low feedback but I wouldn't trust someone who have quite a few negatives. We all have to start somewhere.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,374
    ^ True, but no credit isn't good either in their eyes :)
  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    Also true, but some people live with cash only buys. They believe that if you can't afford to pay cash you can't afford to own it. I agree having no credit at all in this day and age can be a bad thing.
  • monkeymonkey Member Posts: 234
    edited June 2014
    As they say, respect is earned. I've just bid and bought a Toy Story minifig from a 1 feedback seller, realising the need to give new participants a chance and at the same time knowing it won't be a big deal if something goes wrong. But I would never buy a more expensive item from such a seller, buyer protection or not.

    So yes we all have to start somewhere, buyers and sellers, but it is natural that you start small and gradually gain trust, rather than jump into big auctions straight away and expect a warm welcome.
    Pitfall69
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 444
    You can get very good buys from newbies. It is a chance that i am willing to take.
    I dont look at feedback score anymore it is getting pointless. People complain over silly things.
    I do look at feedback left for others.
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,086
    uhhh.....I answered a Craiglist ad and ended up with a #10188 (in the shipping box so it's in perfect condition), 2x#10232 (Palace Cinema) and a 10228 (Haunted House) for $575. When asked, the guy said he loaned some money to a friend to start a toy store but it never got off the ground so the friend gave him 20+ Lego sets in lieu of his investment.
    RonyarPitfall69
  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    ecmo47 said:

    uhhh.....I answered a Craiglist ad and ended up with a #10188 (in the shipping box so it's in perfect condition), 2x#10232 (Palace Cinema) and a 10228 (Haunted House) for $575. When asked, the guy said he loaned some money to a friend to start a toy store but it never got off the ground so the friend gave him 20+ Lego sets in lieu of his investment.

    I wish I could find bargains like that. Well done.
    Pitfall69
  • jadeirenejadeirene US, CaliforniaMember Posts: 475
    ^^ Are you in the US? I don't think ITDs in the US are able to order direct to consumer sets, so unless the friend was starting up a TRU, those sets weren't procured in the manner he said.
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,086
    Yes, I’m in the USA. The only additional detail I’ve got was that the seller said the actual store (physical retail space) never occurred. I have no reason to not believe the story he told but it does make you wonder about the rest of the details. Like: ever heard of an on-line store vice Brick and Mortar? You would be surprised at the amount of people that are quick to spend the money on such endeavors with no planning or research. (My dad once loaned $10,000 to a friend to build wind farms in Guam). By the fact that the #10188 was in a shipping box that you commonly see at TRU, I suspect that he ordered his "stock" at full retail price.
  • Davian07Davian07 Member Posts: 19
    Just Friday found a 10188 in the box priced at $240US. And a 31313 for $210.

    My best find ever was in 2009; a #10196 Creator Carousel, #10189 Taj Mahal, and #7784 The Batmobile UCE. I paid $370 for all three. Sold Taj Mahal for $500 a few weeks later to repay wife who had purchased lot on her credit card. Sold Batmobile a few years ago for nice profit. Haven't assembled or even opened box yet but never parting with carousel...lol.
    FollowsClosely
  • Thanos75Thanos75 Member Posts: 1,117
    Got a call from my buddy that works at Wal-Mart. He said they were getting ready for the clearance and opened up the trailer with all of the LEGO in it and apparently the trailer wasn't water tight. Needless to say a bunch of the sets got wet and he asked if I would be interested. When I checked it out there was a bunch of big sets. Ended up getting several Dino HQ , Vampire Castles, Helms Deep, and TLR constitution sets. The boxes are roached but everything minus the instructions are good.
    aimlesspursuitsbobabrickschuckpRonyarpharmjod
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,253
    Got a #21103 Delorean Time Machine today off eBay for free! Did a random scroll through on eBay newly listed and saw one posted for $15 free shipping (someone clearing out their one random LEGO set). Purchased it immediately and then used a $20 gift card given to me by eBay Toys R Us for recently shopping with them. So I ended up with a free #21103 and $5 left on my gift card.
  • bobabricksbobabricks Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 1,836
    @ Thanos75 Looks great for parting out... if you are a Bricklinker
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,410
    edited June 2014
    Trolling around Ebay looking for the right and left light bluish grey doors for a #10190 Market Street that I found on Ebay for $25 incomplete. I stumbled upon an auction with 3 pairs of the doors and won it for $34 with free shipping. The cheapest combo for the pair on BL in the U.S. is $38 plus shipping.
  • P3_Super_BeeP3_Super_Bee Member Posts: 6
    Technic 42000 at the local Lego store. 40% off due to box damage. Not a buy it up and sell to rip off others" later, so don't care what the box looks like, I'm here to open it and build what's in it....
    NickF22
  • RonyarRonyar Member Posts: 357
    edited June 2014
    Picked up 6 used Friends sets off Craigslist today to give to my daughter for $80 (5 are retired). They appear to be complete, but I'll need to tear them down and inventory them to be sure. #3061 City Park Cafe, #3184 Adventure Camper, #3187 Butterfly Beauty Shop, #3188 Heartlake Vet, #41002 Emma's Karate Class, and #41008 Heartlake City Pool. I know she's going to be excited every time I pull one these out for her to build. She has been really disappointed that she missed the Vet when it was out, so that one was the kicker for me to pick the lot up.
  • KiwiLegoMeisterKiwiLegoMeister New ZealandMember Posts: 212
    Just scored a #70404 castle set for 47% off. In New Zealand $$$, down from $190 to $100.
  • KiwiLegoMeisterKiwiLegoMeister New ZealandMember Posts: 212
    edited June 2014
  • NickF22NickF22 United KingdomMember Posts: 408
    A few reasonable finds yesterday:
    #42000 Grand Prix car, 25% off in John Lewis clearance, worn box.

    30% off all of these in a clearance sale in the Watford Lego store:
    #21009 Farnsworth House
    #40086 Easter Bunny (!)
    #40085 Valentines Bear (!!)
  • P3_Super_BeeP3_Super_Bee Member Posts: 6
    Have a store here in the local area called "Bargain Hunt" along the lines of an Odd Lots, but 100x better. Picked up 9397 Technic Logging Truck for $85.00, think lego.com had it for $115.00??

    Local Lego Store.

    Picked up 42000 Technic Grand Prix Racer for 30% off, because the box had a 1.5 inch slice in it. < Not into the "collecting" for money thing here, You can give me a lego set in a trash bag, as long as all the pieces are there, I don't care...
  • Mandalorian_BuilderMandalorian_Builder Member Posts: 197
    edited June 2014
    I got everything in the picture for $55! Highlights include 7879 for $30 and 6866 for $5!!!

    Also got:
    76004
    75002
    75012
    75001
    75000
    PepperRonyarTheBrickLadd
  • ArtfulDodgerArtfulDodger Member Posts: 105
    Got NIB 76021 for $40 from showgoodwill.com
    Just a few scuff-marks on the box, and the price dropped $35
  • ccjwprongsccjwprongs UKMember Posts: 83
    Found #75022 at Tesco marked at £12 (regular price, not on sale, oddly). Took it to the till and it scanned through at £6, so back I went for a couple more :)

    Came away with £75 worth of LEGO for £18. Best deal I've had in years, even if it's not for a set I was particularly anxious to get!
  • MrMaracaManMrMaracaMan Member Posts: 5
    I found set #70724 Ninjacopter at my local Target, new in box . . .

    For $30. I could not believe it! All I could think was that it had to be some sort of mistake, as I built the set, and there was absolutely nothing wrong with it in any way.
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    ^ It could have been an unmarked clearance. It's that time of year.
  • LosimagicLosimagic UKMember Posts: 397
    edited July 2014
    #70010 for £40, Debenhams Outlet
    #42024 for £30, Debenhams Outlet
  • KiwiLegoMeisterKiwiLegoMeister New ZealandMember Posts: 212
    25% off all Lego at a local toy chain here in NZ tomorrow. I need a dozen XL plates (48x48 grey), so I'll be there.
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,086
    Answered a Craigslist ad for a Cafe Corner. In the pictures, I could see the edges of GG and FB so I asked if he was interested in selling those as well. He responded that he also had a GE. Missing a few of the minifigs and the boxes but had all the instructions. Paid $1350.00 for all 4! Also grab a used 10188 for 300 on the same trip.
    BumblepantsRonyar
  • GuroooGurooo Member Posts: 268
    It's been a while since I had anything to post here... but today I got the following for £50:

    1x #7498 police station
    2x #70010 lion chi temple
    2x #5891 apple tree house

    That's almost 90% discount off rrp here... Water damaged boxes, but all bags are there. Yayyy!
    BumblepantsRonyar
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Sofia BG/Dallas TXMember Posts: 5,779
    ^that is awesome!
  • GuroooGurooo Member Posts: 268
    ^ @Bumblepants‌ I know! I tried my best to look like a normal grown up woman walking over to the register with them... Not sure if I succeeded, I was pretty excited ;)
    scrumperLegoboyBumblepants
  • DiggydoesDiggydoes Cologne/GermanyMember Posts: 1,076
    Bought a sealed UCS AT-ST via a german Lego-blog for 120€ shipped! The box has some shelfware but otherwise i´m more than happy,this set brought me out of my dark ages and i sold it when dark ages creeped in again, from the moment i´ve sold it i regreted it, and now i have it back :)
    Gurooo
  • renzo_prenzo_p Member Posts: 15
    Just got out of a two year dark ages and manage to pick up

    #3367 Modular Space Shuttle
    #70805 Lego Movie Trash Chomper
    #4432 Garbage truck
    #75002 At-Rt
    #7656 (2007 Gen Greivous starfighter)

    the General Greivous starfighter was probably my favorite find. The best thing is, I got them all for free! thank goodness for having a brother that couldnt really care much about lego. Original boxes and all!
    Was also digging around the attic and I found a tin filed with instructions from the old Mars Missions, Exo Force and castle sets. very excited to find the rest!

    also word on the street is, my friend down the street has set #10179 (Ultimate Collectors Millennium Falcon) unopened and MISB wish me luck as I try to convince him to give it to me (he doesnt even like legos )
    P.S. glad to be back!
  • NorlegoNorlego ScotlandMember Posts: 444
    ^ you posted in the wrong section. Stuff you are given for free by a family member is not really something to brag about.... It should be about buying something cheap.
  • scrumperscrumper UKMember Posts: 323
    ^I think not. Free LEGO is definitely worth bragging about. :o)
    bobabricksSuperTrampsamiam391TrenthchuckpPitfall69pharmjod
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,950
    I was crewing an ambulance at a local village hall's 100th anniversary today, but had a few chances to wander around and see all of the exhibitions and market stalls. I didn't win anything on the raffle (typical!), but I did notice a big bag of Duplo on the end of one of the stalls. I asked how much they wanted for the whole bag, and the ambulance ended up with some extra baggage to take home.

    4.5kg of Duplo and a couple of baseplates for £1!
    SirKevbagsalexwiliamterryStormKittybobabricksasksol
  • asksolasksol Member Posts: 101
    ^^^ More Duplo baseplates, Paul? Aren't your floors already covered by them? :)
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,950
    The ceiling's the limit! :)
    StormKittyasksolbobabricks
  • lordzaraklordzarak OH, United StatesMember Posts: 329
    Picked up a #10194 Emerald Night set yesterday, along with 32 pieces of curved and straight track. Train set looks complete only missing box and instructions. Total damage: $35 :)
    RonyarGuroooalexwilBumblepantsprevereecmo47SirBenSarahIsabella
  • MojoestMojoest UKMember Posts: 474
    Picked up my click and collect #6869 Quinjet Ariel battle from Debehams in their summer sale. On sale for £30 then with an additional 10% off to bring it down to £27! Over 60% off RRP for a MISB set which retired over 6 months ago and I've been looking for for ages! pretty good in my books!
  • Kevin_HyattKevin_Hyatt UKMember Posts: 778
    Picked up a couple of sw battle packs, old republic vs sith troopers for £5 each at asda.
    8 lovely looking minifigs and built a natty micro ship out of the parts. Bargain!
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,086
    lordzarak said:

    Picked up a #10194 Emerald Night set yesterday, along with 32 pieces of curved and straight track. Train set looks complete only missing box and instructions. Total damage: $35 :)

    What a steal! There is a passenger car on ebay right now that has 57 bids and is up to 184.86 before the last second sniping.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=231273154687&ssPageName=ADME:B:WNA:US:1653

    Where do you find it? Craiglist?
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,410
    ^ And that car doesn't have the instructions OR sticker sheet, which probably means it was BL'd. None the less, those cars are getting expensive.
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,086
    ^Winning bid: $222.50! Guess I better snap up the one on BL for $140.00 and tell ya'll what a great deal I got!
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,410
    Who ever won it must have really wanted that one since you can buy an entire used #10194 for about $225.00. Obviously didn't do their homework.
  • lordzaraklordzarak OH, United StatesMember Posts: 329
    Yes, this was a Craigslist find. I was nervous that it was a scam or something would go wrong, but that was not the case. Just some young guy unloading old toys that must not be aware of the collector market. That eBay auction is crazy.
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