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Interestingly enough, I ordered a Technic helicopter #9396 from Amazon in GB, and it arrived in perfect condition. So on the whole, my experience ordering from overseas has been pretty good.
Might be £700 in the next year but it's dependant on how many people are holding.
It's been a pretty amazing last quarter with all the exclusive retirements if you've managed to get them and then there's also been some good profit to be had from some sets this Christmas such as BTTF DeLorean, Destiny's Bounty, Winter Cottage, and Technic Helicopter all dependent on what price you paid on them obviously.
With the amount of great sets retiring it will be interesting to see what happens to the aftermarket prices of them all in the next 18 months, I'm sure SSD will keep climbing, just not sure at what rate. It's a tough call.
$225 is a good price, even better it's only $188USD, (Due to our bad exchange rate.)
The GE being listed as "new" gave me a bit of a chuckle. I wouldn't read anything into it as It is new to Myer (David Jones has had the exclusive on Modulars for a few years until now.) and they like to list stuff like that as "new".
GE and TH showing up at Myer is just a latest in a few "exclusive" type sets that seem to hit our stores once they have gone from over seas retail. Diagon Alley, Winter Village Bakery & Cottage plus the Mars rover were all available here for a time after the US and UK seemed to have sold out.
Here's the most important point to remember - during other bubbles (baseball cards, gold, tech stocks, comic books, whatever!) the media went FULL BLAST reporting on the surge in popularity of the endeavor. What are you hearing in the news on Lego investing? A Big FAT ZERO is what you're hearing. Remember that, and watch for a change. When Lego investing hits critical mass, you'll know it, and it ain't yet.
I'd be interested in how others view the current secondary market
Also I'm guessing it will still be found for 20% off (or more) if it is still around next year
Just my 2 cents
The worrisome thing for me is that so far this holiday season they have not been discounted much. Yoyo did something close (Freight train got down to 157 USD) but then started to pull a TRU and up their RRP throughout the day cancelling out much of the discount.
At the end of the day though, there is at least one thing I have learned from collecting LEGO: At least buy every Mod, and every train set. Even if I do not want a specific set now. I may change my mind and I would rather not have to overpay for a set long gone. For me it it is easier to sell a set you do not want Vs having to pay dear for it later. Should be interesting to see what the price does now for #10235
I'm not a reseller but thought about putting a couple of these away as trade fodder a couple years down the road. And if they end up worth less than what I bought them for, I can open them and have a bunch of interesting pieces.
However, long term the set will be a solid winner solely because of the standard Unikitty. Because ironically the more variants of Unikitty's there are, the more the original non-variant will be coveted and valued. I will not underestimate the fervor that is the Kitty fandom and would be bullish on it long-term (3+ years post-EOL).