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My only ever % over retail (I'm happy for them just to be missed - otherwise it's not collecting, it's just shopping) was for Research Institute. Managed to miss out and had to pay about 175% retail because I just had to have it. It didn't fill me with pleasure though it has to be said, so I won't be repeating.
Please ignore my controversial slant on collecting, it's just the way I do things.
I did have to replace a single 2x6 grey plate, which was a bit worse for wear and two blue bricks, which were a little yellowed, but that was it, apart from carefully washing all the pieces.
I'm honestly not sure how far I'd go for a set I *really* want but, given that I would love the old modulars, but will not even think about paying what is being asked for them, I think that's my answer! :-)
125€ for vampire castle as prices seemed to be going up quite a bit. some months later it went down again :/
Hard to get an exact % as it was a three-set lot, but paid $750 for 4842 Hogwarts Castle, 10217 Diagon Alley, and 4841 Hogwarts Express. The only Harry Potter sets I ever really wanted. The sad thing is that I was out of my dark ages at the time they were available through retail. The same can be said for the other two retired sets I paid above RRP - 6866 Wolverine's Chopper Showdown and 4184 The Black Pearl.
I don't mind paying a premium for a set I want -- after all, LEGO is the only thing I collect -- but the fact that all 5 times I've done so was for 5 sets that I could've bought when they were readily available does eat at me a little.
I did pay about £350 for a Greengrocer, but that was Bricklinked, so I don't think it really counts.
For regular sets I've never really paid too much over RRP for any discontinued sets though I did pay 84% over RRP for a used Zombies set #9465
The highest price that I've paid for a post 1978 set is around $200 for 6075, the Yellow Castle. The was 100% complete with the box, stickers, introductions and extra pieces. It was an eBay auction that I lost. The winner backed out and seller offered it to the number two and three bidders, both of whom were no longer interested. The seller than contacted me and offered it at my max bid.
In terms of percent over MRSP, I'm thinking some of Kabaya sets would win that contest. I'm think a couple of the Ninja or KK I would be around 500% of MRSP.
I agreed to pay him $1,200 for the 10179, and for $50 more he threw in a 6211 Star Destroyer, a 10178 Motorized AT-AT, and a 6212 X-Wing. The night before I could barely sleep, and was a little crestfallen when the morning of he emailed me and must have checked the online prices for the bonus sets because he wanted to re-negotiate those. I convinced him that it wouldn't be right and we had agreed on a price and he relented. I went ahead and put an extra $50 in a Christmas card for him as a "gift", however, because that seemed okay.
We met in a gas station parking lot on a dark, cold night. They had obviously been on the road for awhile and were tired, but I was pumped. I checked the tote the 10179 was in, blue-gray ship masts, printed radar dish, everything was there. Gave him a fat wad of cash, shook hands, and we all left happy. I kid you not I still smile when I see that gas station!
Ended up giving the 6211 to a good friend of mine for Christmas that year. The rest I built. (X-wing I built that week, AT-AT two months later, and the 10179 it was 8 months before I got up the nerve to tackle it.)
Still, that was A LOT of money for me, especially for bits of plastic! ;-)
And it was money well spent ;)
overall i paid 28USD including shipping + lots of bley slopes (rock foliage).
if u dont count the slopes and just shipping. this fucker cost me 19.50 USD which is way more if i had just purchased the assembled minifigure for 8USD + 4USD shipping...
i dont care. everyone makes mistakes!
also paid $125 for the Cube Dudes bounty hunters at 150% markup
I did spend a whole £2 more than rrp on #4483 but I justified this to myself as it included postage. The most I've spent on a poly bag is £20, I have bid relatively high for exclusives on ebay but always get out bid as I'm just too much of a skinflint!
Fortunately for my wallet, I mostly buy current sets, but I'm also helpless about the 1980's and 1990's... and I don't buy used bricks at all. Go figure ;)
Got a second NIsB #10210 IF about a year ago for 250€ so this could actually be put in the brag thread, me thinks.
Minifigurewise i splashed 100€ on a sealed SDCC Unikitty...
Someday i will have to come back here writing about my NISB #6399. Someday...