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They have had all the negatives removed once already (I know because one was mine). So I’m expecting they’ll wipe all of them out as they continue catching up with cancellations.
I had a fun one recently. I sold a deck of playing cards, that was going to Broadway, NYC. turns out the person is in charge of shoots for a major clothing designer. Now I just keep stalking their catalog hoping my silly little playing cards show up 🙂
The best way I found to do the minifigures, is if you’re identifying any that are already put together, http://brickset.com/browse/minifigs is a great resource. If it’s parts… I never really found a good way to handle that. I generally was able to figure out some of the sets I had in the bulk, and identify figures from what should have been included in those sets. Generally speaking, figures that aren’t part of the blind-bag minifigs, or aren’t part of a tie-in (think Star wars or super heroes), are ones that I would just bulk up and sell that way.
I haven’t checked the prices for single lbs before, I did just check prices, for say brick 3001 (the standard 2X4), and see that people are selling 100 of them for around $10-$15 with free shipping… I guess it’s time to dig out all the bricks I already have sorted and count them up 🙂
I’ve done some lego sales in the past. It depends on how you want to sell them. If it’s a random mish-mosh of stuff, I’d just post it to a 7 day auction, and sell it by weight. What I do for the bulk bricks, is take pictures as I add stuff to a flat rate box. That way the people buying can get a general feel for what’s in the box.
I’d separate out the minifigures, and sell those separately. Everything else, I do in large or medium flat-rate boxes, filling them, with pictures of it on a scale to show the proper weight.
You’ll get the most money out of it if you can complete sets and sell them that way, but that is also by far the most time-consuming way if you don’t already know what you have there.
If you want to go full-tilt on Lego, look into Bricklink.com, as that’s basically eBay for individual pieces of Lego. I used to have a store there, but found for the amount of time it took to sort out these collections, I could get probably 50 different things posted on eBay… then when the Bricklink sales start trickling in at $0.50 plus shipping… suddenly I didn’t feel like running the store anymore 🙂
Hope this helps a bit… if you have any other focused questions, I can answer those.
Specifically, when I sorted in the past, for Bricklink: all the Bionicles went into one bin, the regular bricks went into another, the flats (so, like a 1X2 brick, but the flat ones, not the taller ones) went into another bin, all minifigs into another bin, all the odd shaped pieces into another bin. Then, because Bricklink is by the individual piece, I would sort the regular bricks into smaller lots, and repeat until they were sorted out. Then, I’d sort by color, and record it as part # (found on the bottom of the pieces usually), and the color.
It was a process. I still have probably 100 lbs of bulk bricks in my basement, and I just don’t want to do the initial sort of taking out the megablocks (which needs to happen. If someone gets 5% megablocks, you’ll probably have an INAD case)
I source directly from eBay for a lot of my items. The falling Pound has opened up my buying to the UK as well, whereas previously the shipping made it not cost effective.
It’s going to take me a while to match everyone’s old names to their new ones 🙂
Good week of sales here. Without posting my actual numbers (haven’t crunched them this week), I had an item sell for $250 (a replica wrestling title belt I’ve had for the last 20 years or so in a box in my basement), and steady sales all week.
It was nice to use the ebay money this week for a little fun, as my wife and I paid off a new sofa, and bought tickets to a show this week with it. My ebay mentality is that the money stays in the account until after taxes are paid (because we don’t need that ebay income, and I have invested so much of it back into inventory, I need to make sure that our taxes are properly paid when they’re due), so it was nice to cut loose from that a little bit and buy a couple things early.
Had a good listing week as well, I hit 1342 items in the store at the high point (Saturday), but 10 items sold on Sunday. I’d like to hit 1500 before black Friday, but that feels a little too optimistic at this point.