05/12/2019 at 10:25 pm #61765Mighty BrilliantParticipant
- Location: SC
I hate to be a serial questioner, but you guys have been awesome help so far.
On Saturday I bought a large collection of Legos. Three full Rubbermaid totes and nearly 60 pounds of pieces (not including the instruction manuals) for $70.
I know I made some good money here, but I’m wondering if you guys have any experience with Legos. I’d probably make the most trying to part out sets, but damn, that will be a TON of work. I’m not opposed to work, but I’m not sure if it’s the best use of my time. I also don’t know how many pieces are possibly missing. My other option would just be to put the entire lot for sale on local sites for local customers in an “as is” cash sale.
Anyone have any experience with a huge Lego haul? What was your strategy and do you think it was the best move in hindsight?
05/13/2019 at 1:33 am #61771So Cal JoeParticipant
If you want to make the most cash for the lot, you should break it up into multiple listings.
You’ll need to identify the specialty pieces, figures etc.
It’s a lot of work, but worth the effort in my opinion.
05/13/2019 at 7:39 am #61782MDC GalleriesParticipant
- Location: Atlanta
There have been several members here on SL that have created posts-threads on how they handle Legos. If I remember correctly the thread contained discussions on the best way to handle all the pieces, identifying the ID numbers on each piece, how one member collected thousands of pieces and how he handled listing them for what he thought was the best and most profitable way.
I suggest you use the “Search” function here on SL and put in key words and see what you get.
Here is a searching tip also. After you input a key word like Legos and you get the SL results, then on a PC, hold the “Control” key down and click the letter “F” [stands for find]. Then type in the same keyword “Legos” into the PC search box and make sure you click the “Highlight” box. This will scan the SL results and highlight the keywords. That makes it easy for you to scroll down the SL results, which will be just a long list of results that contain the keyword Lego but not show you where the key word is. So, by using the PC “control” and highlight it is very easy to scroll down the SL results and see those words “HighLighted” to catch the discussion.
The PC search box will also tell you how many times the key word has been found. Like 17 “finds” so you know how many to look for.
It is much easier than it sounds in writing.
OR, maybe Jay remembers those discussions or the member and can post a link to the thread for you.
Mike at MDC Galleries and Fine Art1+
05/13/2019 at 2:06 pm #61819InglewoodParticipant
I’ve only had one big bin of Lego I’ve found – all I did was separate the figures (sold them as one lot) and then the rest into 5lb lots. Just spread the lot of lego on the floor and took a bunch of pictures.0
05/14/2019 at 11:59 am #61897Retro Treasures WVParticipant
Oooohh, Legos is a rabbit hole that you really have to explore to see how far down you want to go.
A couple pointers:
– Complete minifigures can sell GREAT separately, especially if you can identify the set they went to.
– custom parts have part numbers on them. Research the part numbers and sell separately for good cash. Boat hulls, things like that do great.
– Look through the bins for a weird bottle opener shaped orange handle thing. That is the tool that easily lets you separate bricks. I learned what these are AFTER I had separated alot of bricks by hand. Doh!
– Lot up Star wars pieces. These are the gray and black pieces.
– Sort your pieces to remove Megabloks and other generic bricks. Customers DO NOT like getting the off-brand bricks. At. All. If you do sort out the off-brand, mention that in your listing. If you don’t, also mention that they may be there.
How to lot:
EASY: Create 1 lb ( or whatever weight you want) random lots and list individually. Photograph each lot so buyers know exactly what is in them. No sorting necessary.
HARD: Sort bricks by type: Flat pieces, 2×2’s, 4×4’s, 4×6’s, 1×2’s, technic pieces, smooth top pieces, graphic pieces. Bonus points for separating by color. Then sell by the pound or as a large lot for each sorted type.
Like I said, you can go down this rabbit hole as far as you want – even so far as selling it brick by brick.2+
05/15/2019 at 2:33 pm #61957Mighty BrilliantParticipant
- Location: SC
Thanks all. I did do a quick search before posting and saw some posts mentioning legos, but nothing really in detail. I’ll dig a little deeper now having been told there is a more in depth thread somewhere.
I guess there are options depending on the work I want to put in. I was curious if anyone had done the deed of parting out sets and whether in hindsight it was worth the trouble. Thanks for the pointer about the part numbers on the pieces..that will definitely help.
There is one mega bloc set in this mess, which should be easy enough to distinguish and separate. I think the play mats can also easily be sold separately and can probably get me up to half my investment back.
Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend? LOL.0
05/15/2019 at 5:42 pm #61966So Cal JoeParticipant
It’s a bit like breaking up any collection.
Do you want to be the wholesaler or the retailer?
Let the sold listings be your guide.
05/16/2019 at 9:03 am #61989Roping ResellerParticipant
- Location: MT
Some sets are worth it but with that many legos, it may not be. Unfortunately most of the valuable sets are huge with hundreds, not thousands (star wars ‘death star) has over 3,000) and with no manuals or boxes to include, they have less value. If you have older sets, like the space ones from the early 90s, it can be worth it but what’s your time worth?
If it were me, I would pull the mini figs, check the sets, lot the rest and move on.0
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