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So I arranged for my partner to be around, and in the end it worked fine - guy brought the cash, packed the van himself (you haven't winced until you've watched a man lift 500 slates) and we both came away happy. Admittedly, I don't know how typical my experience is, but I thought I'd mention it in case it's useful...
(I missed the Carousel and the CC as well, but those don't bother me much.)
And I vividly remember wanting to buy the catalogue-only custom trains from 10 years ago and then I didn't.
Who knows what the future holds for it, but I would sit there so many times looking at the Ebay listings and prices and every few months, I'd think, "Damn. If only I had bought it at X price". At the time it seemed insane, but a year later seemed like a bargain. One day while staring at the listings again I imagined what I would think at age 50 or 60 (in my 30s now) and the price was Lord only knows what. That's when I decided I needed to do whatever it took. It might not ever pay off, but at least it won't drive me crazy anymore.
The DeLorean (#21103) set is on clearance at $25/each.
There were over a dozen still remaining.
Neither of us had the cash/credit to spare on a few.
Now they're up to 80+ on ebay and Amazon.
EDIT: I plan on buying both sets, but I have to plan my money carefully and so the current sets have priority.
Oh an my parents giving away my Duplo bricks. I still have vivid memory of everything and in all honesty I could cry because I don't have it any more. I had no idea when they did that (they did it secretly because I wouldn't have allowed them to do it). I miss my figures and the white walls with the doors that move to the side. *sigh* I was so angry when I found out about it and I think some of my adult love for Duplo is because of that. Trying to ease the feeling of loosing my Duplo.
This morning dude emails me back with some pics and said to make an offer. I couldn't make much out in the pics, but I saw what looked like modulars on the table. I'm not that into modulars, so didn't recognize any of them. Off the top of my head I offered $200. He countered with $250. I accepted. Went to pick it up and when I got there he said he wouldn't sell. Turns out one of the modulars was Green Grocer and his wife found out what it was worth right before I got there.
Looks like I almost stumbled into a bargain. I wasn't looking to take advantage and would have hate to have been responsible for dude getting a divorce, so alls well that ends well. His wife is seeing $$$$$ and thinks she's going to make a $1,000 off an incomplete set with no box. She doesn't realize those are for sealed sets and that she will have to catalog every single tiny piece to sell on Ebay. I told the guy good luck shook his hand and was on my way. Had I driven further than 10 minutes I would have been much more upset about the whole ordeal.
I was among the first to happen across the thread, because there were no replies. I was out when I saw it, so I was looking at this spreadsheet on my phone with unbelieving eyes. It felt like one of those 'if it looks too good to be true...' situations, so I sent him a PM asking him some questions - I can't remember what at this stage - but while I was doing so there must have been dozens of others just saying 'ME PLEASE' and of course I lost out. The thread exploded, and it turned out that the guy was known to @Huw and completely legit.
I think my girlfriend was forced to ask me multiple times if everything was okay with me for the rest of that afternoon.
Wegmans (local supermarket chain) had a ton of 2015 LEGO at 50% off this January. I could've been quicker to buy more of it (although I did end up with a lot)
as many of you know i am after 3x #31050 Corner Deli to turn in to a MOC.
in 3 week's time from now i will have set aside the money for this.
however right now. i dont have it set to one side.
so when Tesco did the 3 for 2, offer the offer i plan to buy this set with. i was not a happy Bunny.
i just dont have the cash right now.
it is now also out of stock.
it sucks. Tesco could not have waited 3 weeks or done it last week?
in the end i have decided that i need to keep a bigger cash buffer for out of the blue offers.
Also, I do remember many years ago seeing Death Star II on clearance at Target and thinking it was ridiculous that someone would pay $90 for any LEGO set...
Just be grateful you are that side of the water, they are a comfortable 2x rrp over here already! And they seem to be pretty rare, not a single one came up from my wanted thread. Damnit.
if it get a remake that be cool. but until that time. it will be on my one day i like that list.
and what sucks more is i got back in to lego at the same time this set retired.
so when i 1st spotter the ghost set, it was 3 weeks before Christmas and it was already hard to find, and 1.5x RRP and i was not playing over the RRP,
just couldnt find something i really want. wanted to talk myself into buying #10247 #10244, but was debating too much in the end . ended up saying to myself:"atleast you got the ninjas and the cool houses!"
*face in palm*
For me, it was 9V trains. I could have purchased the World City, Santa Fe/BNSF/TTX specials back in Lego's official store in the Bullring in Birmingham (UK).
Over-ruled by parents... -.-
I've missed a few sets but really regret my childhood lego collection being given away. And then later my uni lego collection being given away because it was at my parents house and I had moved away. Less about the monetary value and more about the nostalgia.
Saying that- why on earth did i not buy the original star wars sets at the time? Because my friend had them so all i needed to do was wait til he did to have a look...
This particular KATY Perry video makes me sad. So does Inside/Out. Never realized I was so damn sensitive...
My wanted list is literally full of "Why did I not buy that?!" moments for me. The most agonizing thing is that at the time, I didn't give them a second's thought, except possibly 7181: TIE Interceptor and 6869: Quinjet Aerial Battle. Anyway, their time will come. Probably. Or I'll just live with it.
@Legopassion8 - you might want to give The Good Dinosaur a miss... that movie had me in tears (it's a good film, just... emotional).