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Dino is starting to look more and more appealing each time I look at it though.. If only it carried the Jurassic Park label.. they would be huge
And (if I may stray slightly off topic) isn't the depersonalization of the aliens in Mars Mission a gruesome follow-up to "LIFE" on Mars? Doesn't the whole Mars Mission theme seem like a macabre commentary on our dependence on finite fossil fuels (ala the astronauts' harvesting of Martians)? The Martians aren't even attacking, we're just literally sucking the life right out of them!!! Kinda complicates who the Good guys are...
But the later series is doing far better in the aftermarket than its hippie-go-lucky let's all work together precursor.
So lets say AC sets become worth:
1.5x RRP in 1 year
2x RRP in 2 years
2.5x RRP in 3 years
At 4 years, they might actually drop back to 2x RRP, then at 5 years drop to 1.5 RRP, then actually fall below RRP after that.
Everyone who ever cared has the set, they are now old enough to be "out of date", and too many newer, cooler, sets have been released.
Look at sets from the 90s, how many of those are really worth all that much? More than RRP? Sure, but given the time that has past, the "investable" period is over. Inflation is holding up their value more than anything else now.
That is my thought on the matter anyway,
Obviously, it's a bit different with licenses and the high-end AFOL sets.
Does anyone know of any more of these anywhere else? They seem to be pretty much gone everywhere that I can see.
They don't seem to be selling very fast, perhaps this one will be slow in the after market?
Personally, I think it will do quite well. Maybe not an incredible exponential rate like some sets, but a steady builder. It's a nice set, anniversary addition, Captain Antilles is exclusive in it [I think], nice figure.
* yes, I know it was $200 vs. $150, but the UCS was released 8 years earlier. that thing in 2009 would have been a $300 set
Now they are "bigger" parts, to be sure, but there aren't that many more, and the UCS set is missing the interior (what of it there is) on 10198, probably where many of those 1408 parts go on 10198.
More than anything else, what 10198 is missing is landing gear or a display stand. It is too fragile to play with, and it looks silly sitting on the bottom guns.
somewhere that isnt 'typical' for a shipping location?
Ok, so not everyone value's Amazon's service the same way... but do consider that Amazon completely stands behind every deal, far more than PayPal does. You simply have zero risk buying Lego from Amazon, 3rd party or otherwise. Buying from Bricklink is going to have risk, buying from eBay is better, but not completely risk free, with Amazon, you never, ever have to worry about it...
That has to be worth *something*...
From the seller's point of view, Amazon charges more than eBay or Bricklink do, 15% plus there are some extra fees, either variable closing fees based on weight of the item, or fulfillment fees if Amazon is shipping the item, which can be as much as $6 per item plus 37 cents per lb shipping charge to the seller.
But, Amazon will only have 10220 in stock for a few hours and sell out. Extremely interesting. (This happened yesterday evening.) Then, it is sold by a reseller for $150+. Which still isn't a terrible price if you compare it to buying it from [email protected] and have to pay sales tax and shipping. But, of course, $150+ is a lot more than $99. :-)
Also, it seems that people buy the set at the $150 price. I guess most of those buyers don't know they can get the set from [email protected] for $119 or for $99 from Amazon if they check Amazon regularly (which isn't easy for everyone).
Also, for several reasons (some stated above) it looks like set 10220 will do extremely well when EOL'd.
You do have to have a valid credit card on file, if someone files a claim against you, Amazon will get their money back from you, it isn't like PayPal where you can ignore them.
Amazon is honestly not the site for a casual seller, the rules there are quite strict, for example, you must take returns for any reason in 30 days, you are not allowed to say "no returns" like on eBay.
If someone buys a Lego set, opens it up, then wants to return it, you may charge a 20% restocking fee, but you must take it back. If the customer claims it is defective or missing parts, you must refund 100%.
If you as a seller say "no", and the item is under $300, and the buyer files an AtoZ claim, Amazon will refund the customer (usually out of your pocket) and not require them to return the item.
Anyone thinking of selling on Amazon needs to go read the Amazon Seller Forums first:
How does everyone feel about the current train lineup for aftermarket potential?
I feel like unless it's a BOGO situation, it's not worth it. EN was the kingpin for aftermarket, but the regular city trains (cargo and company) may not be worth the risks.
I personally think the Maersk train will do nicely in the aftermarket. Something about the combination of the modern look and the nice blue really make it stand out to me.
I also think the Maersk will do very well in the aftermarket. Have any of you found any good deals on it? It seems buying direct from lego is about the cheapest you can find it. Amazon always seems to be high for it. TRU & target have it marked up a bunch. I've got 5 or so EN and I never paid more than $87 each with tax & shipping. Haven't been able to catch a break with the Maersk though.
Maersk train will do just as well as EN in my opinion...
Side note, 10198 is finally gone from Amazon.