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Are buyouts a thing?

So I've been in the market for an Ayala secura for two months now and within the last week it went from easily had at 30 to 50 for a legitimate clone turbo tank version. This made me wonder, are buyouts a thing? I used to play a trading card game and very frequently someone or a store would buy out specific cards that you need to play specific decks shooting the price to the moon. Just wondering if this thing happens in the Lego community with figures. Thanks


  • brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
    Hadn't heard of this, but perhaps I should try to corner the market on Construct-a-Zurg. Be prepared to pay big money if anyone wants their own! Bwah-hah-hah-hah-haaaaaaaaah!!!!!!
  • willobee498willobee498 Member Posts: 349
    edited February 2016
    It is. The Christmas that Minecraft sets came out, I believe in many cities scalpers would buy all the sets, then sell them for profit to parents desperate to give their kids what they want. Then after Christmas, they can just return the sets that didn't sell back to the store.

    I am sure there other instances, especially on sets like Bricklink where someone trouble buy up all of a piece.
  • goshe7goshe7 Member Posts: 515
    ^Absolutely on bricklink, although it is difficult to separate a massive collector from someone cornering the market.  It is also very difficult for one to corner a market when so many others can pull parts out of the closet when the price is high. 

    Bionicle bat pod thingee, 6x6 radar for alternate ferris wheel colors, parts for that popular motorcycle moc are a few that jump to mind.   

  • BuriedinBricksBuriedinBricks Member Posts: 1,367
    @Jackad7  - former MTG player? ;)

    I think buyouts in that capacity are more difficult with LEGO, at least when it comes to sets. People can cite a few cases, but I think most of those are with newer releases where initial production runs that were too small. Minecraft, the Dynamic Duo Funhouse, and the first Frozen castle set are some more recent examples that jump to mind. Oh, and can I forget that one?

    A better comparison would be what @goshe7  mentioned - specific rare parts needed to source or customize popular sets. Things like the arches, doors, and panels from Cafe Corner and Market Street...printed parts or bley levers from the USC Falcon...those are things that are easier to identify and WAY easier to store. 
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Member Posts: 2,335
    goshe7 said:
    It is also very difficult for one to corner a market when so many others can pull parts out of the closet when the price is high.
    Like when the Hunt brothers tried to corner the silver market - people sold off silver coins and such.

    I used to play MTG, and yes, some weird things happen in its marketplace.
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,540

     Oh, and can I forget that one?

    Pretty sure cornering that market backfired on at least one guy.
  • Kevin_HyattKevin_Hyatt Member Posts: 778
    edited February 2016
    Think ive got an aayla secura somewhere. Sounds like time to dig it out!
  • CupIsHalfEmptyCupIsHalfEmpty Member Posts: 545

     Oh, and can I forget that one?

    Pretty sure cornering that market backfired on at least one guy.
    That was unreal, I wonder what ever happened to that guy. Was his name Mark? Rumors were flying that he had 2000 of the 20000 made. 
  • tallblocktootallblocktoo Member Posts: 497
    Lego only made 20, 000 of #41999?  Isn't that a ridiculously low number?  I really know nothing about production but seems for a worldwide market that seems very little.  What was the reasoning?  
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    Read the first few words of the brickset review of it ... 4x4 Crawler Exclusive Edition.

  • prevereprevere Member Posts: 2,923
    As soon as I saw this thread, I immediately thought of the Crawler guy.
  • willobee498willobee498 Member Posts: 349
    Yeah, the set exclusive crawler featured a fan designed body, limited run, each set had its number as a printed license plate for the vehicle. Hence a lot of people were buying one to build, one as an investment. But I've never heard of this guy who bought 2000. Is there more to the story?
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Member Posts: 3,639
    It was @billy brown and he drove all around the UK to score this haul. I'm not sure which thread it was in, probably in 'the thread'. But I do believe that whole discussion was the spark for the last major reseller debate of yore 'Skirmish at Skirting Limits'.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    He bought from stores though. The other person was buying as many as he could on the secondary market paying crazy prizes too.
  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    CCC said:
    He bought from stores though.
    He was also trying to trade Imperial Shuttles for them. If he succeeded, that may not have worked in his favour.
  • piratemania7piratemania7 Member Posts: 2,146
    edited February 2016
    On a small scale maybe - perhaps local to your area.  But overall I don't think it's possible.  It is rather difficult to corner the market since LEGO is found in many countries.  Again, it also depends on your selling forum.  But everything in your area and sell it on Craigslist; but it's a different story if you are talking eBay.
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