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The one that got away thread
So we already have a "brag" thread.
How about somewhere to release that frustration for the Lego deals and bargains you've missed out on.
im so annoyed right now as I was the second person to reply to an ad on gumtree this evening:
the guy wanted just £20 for a huge box of superhero Lego. I could see in the photo the two face minifigure, joker goon minifigure, two face car, bat mobile, batwing, joker helicopter, riddler chase batmobile, Kilian Aldridge minifigure sitting in his boat. And that was on the surface of this massive box.
To rub salt in...the seller was 5 minutes up the road from me.
im gutted. I never find Lego bargains despite going to loads of car boot sales and checking out gumtree at least twice a day.
i really wanted that two face figure too.
it does feel better now I've shared my frustration. Thanks forum.
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So I thought if that is how things are, I might as well do it myself. So if I see something I would like, I jump queues by offering to take all the Lego they have or for a little more than asking price. Once I got 2 9Vs trains listed at £35 each by paying £45 each. I also got a massive box of 90s lego with manuals that did not cost much.
Some tips for getting cheap Lego that I use.
Ask if seller has more Lego not listed. Often they do. Offer to buy it all. (For an extremly low price.)
Ofter to pick up Lego same day if it sold to somebody else.
Look out for ads with no photos or poor photos. I have yet to be dissappointed when bought Lego unseen. Often a quick phonecall tells me more than a few photos anyway.
Cheap old ads. Sometimes people price things far to high, but if unsold will sell cheaply 3 later.
Dont turn up sometime after midday. Only dealers sell Lego then.
Turn up as a seller at opening time. Wonder around asking everybody if they have Lego. Often people do not bring Lego to sell, but happy to sell it later on. I have got Classic space, 80s Castle and Potter sets cheaply from doing this. Bit of a hassle, but it is cheap...
Sell Lego from your stall and put up a sign you buy Lego. You will be surprised what might come your way.
The best things with a carboot is that it takes so little time. Throw unwanted things into a banana boxes. Load up the car half full on Saturday afternoon. (To have room for Lego you buy.) Then buy Lego before the carboot opens to the public.
Before that, I always lamented from childhood choosing the Sea Sprint 9 Aquazone set in 1995 over a Gas Transit. In 2009, I finally remedied that with one I found NISB for a little less than $50. Not a deal, but a long-desired correction to one of rare, childhood Lego follies!
Needless to say I paid a lot more in aftermarket prices a couple of years later (though a lot less than I would pay now!)....
It also included these
1. Taj Mahal (my all-time favorite set)
2. Green Grocer (a close second)
3. Grand Carousel
Maybe one day I'll be rich enough to buy them. But they'll probably cost tens of thousands of dollars by then.
I also really regret passing on the Grand Carousel -- twice. I regret passing on it when it first came out - at the time I was just coming out of my Dark Ages and was either still single or just married, and thought it was way too much for what it was. More recently, about two years ago after my daughter was born I realized how amazing it would be for her room, but I passed because at $800 it seemed to steep. Now my daughter is two and loves carousels and I look at the current prices and just shake my head.
However, I did get mostly complete UCS Falcon off Craigslist for $150 in 2012, so you know, I can't complain :).
And the PotC sets. They were available right as I was coming out of my dark ages. The Black Pearl even went to $79 on Black Friday and I still didn't pull the trigger. I still can't say why. But it didn't get away. I did buy it on the aftermarket. Only set I've ever paid more than retail for. Quite a bit more. Still kicking myself.
Now after coming out of my second dark age, blah...
At least there is an option to bricklink :)
Not being able to buy #10179 at retail will always bother me though.
I also saw #10185 Green Grocer at a discount at Amazon but again, was not interested enough at the time to actually buy it.
I think both of those go for a small fortune now, especially Carousel, but I just can't bring myself to pay that much.
1. The Haunted House this was discontinued about a month before I got into modulars
2. UCS Tantive this one I just completely missed
3. Palapatines arrest because it would have fit as a bookend with the final duel
4. Lego Classic Space 918 space cruiser, was an object of a young boys dreams and everyone else had one.
lets hear your tales of the sets you missed and even some happy tales of when you got them for a bargain years later.
More recently, just before I came out of my dark ages, I was wandering around aimlessly in my local Lego Store. Didn't really want anything yet, but I recall seeing the Super Star Destroyer and R2D2. A few weeks (and some online orders) later I returned to the store as a newly converted AFOL- only to find both of those sets were gone and retired. Womp womp.
I take those two stories as a sign that I shouldn't collect UCS Star Wars ships- I don't have the room anyway!
It's a fun topic and one that was discussed recently here http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/20863/the-one-that-got-away-thread/p1
I appreciate there is a vast amount of content for a new member to digest but it might be worth having a search first before posting a new thread.
Sure, early Modulars are neat, and I've bricklinked them, but they won't be the same. I figure I can improve upon the original design. Looking back at most sets I'm not that impressed. Maybe I'm difficult to please or too critical. I can always find something better to improve, even if I decide to bricklink past sets. But I only do so, if I can do it under a certain threshold AND I have a good chunk of the pieces in my collection already. So far I've done Cafe Corner and Green Grocer and currently working on Grand Carousel (which I had no interest in whatsoever looking back at it, but since my daughter is getting the Ferris Wheel for her birthday this year from her grandma..)
: still angry :
Just think of all the potential sets you can now buy with the money you didn't spend.
our thoughts are with you in this difficult time and you have our deepest sympathy.
#70749 enter the serpent
-50% at my local toys shop
i checked on friday and they had still 3 each left.
when i came back on monday with my money all of them where gone!
WHY DIDNT I BUY THEM ON FRIDAY? life sucks!
When I first saw it, I was in love with it. I was planning on getting it for my birthday, but I went with Worriz' Combat Lair and the other set for whatever reason. Can't believe I didn't get it.
On the subject of classified adds (Gumtree & Craigslist etc.) you should always go in with the mindset that nothing is sold until the money has changed hands.
Anyone who thinks they can call and expect some ludicrously cheap deal to be held for days unitll you can find the time to pick it up is dreaming.
Good sellers will tell you this though "yep it's yours for X price, BUT if someone else turns up before you then it's theirs". Too many time wasters on classified adds to do it any different IMO. (This is my experiance as a buyer, I have never sold Lego on a classified site)
have a sod load of model train stuff that i not used in over 5 years, and all the 2nd hand selling shop have closed down. i don't feel i am up to doing a e-bay as i dont think i can manage the shiping of said item, but Gumtree may work. as you dont send stuff out they come to you.
still going to be a lot of work. but i could use the room it all taking up and the cash.
so thanks :)