I am not planning to be a reseller since I only buy 1 of each set. I will eventually build all the sets I have. I used to be picky about the box quality, but I care less and less now if the sale is decent.BrickFlag wrote: ↑Mar 18th, 2017 8:39 amCheers man; I will look at this air miles lark; seems like I could do well with it.
And yeah, reading the fine print....also good to test things where possible, as with Sears; sometimes their vouchers DON'T allow Lego, sometimes they do..
Thanks for the info. Wow you went to town at Sears ;-). I guess it depends....how much do you value an effective 35% off the sets? 2% ebates, too and do airmiles or GCR better this?
I would add; it ultimately depends on do you buy to open for sure, resell for sure, or like me (mostly) buy to open but put to one side in most cases until I have paid off my debt (might have to sell for rent ;-O)
a) 35% off is rare for anywhere except Amazon and particularly Walmart; the latter of which is HARD to grab in time as they tend to go for 50%. Neither of which is guaranteed to ship it in boxes; reports here vary, but Walmart has shipped Ewok villages in bags, or in the boxes it came in, and my Temple came in a bag. Also have to think about the sets; getting 50% off smaller sets is easier than bigger, it seems.
b)If you are going to open it and enjoy, does the box condition matter as much? I have to say, had I seen Jestro's Lair on Walmart for 50% off in time I would have leapt..but chances that it would have come in a bag were high enough. I didn't get it in the 3 minutes it was likely available so...
Grabbing something that size from Sears with another box.....throw in a clearance top or something (the hoodies I got for like $10 are excellent quality, way better than Walmart's cheapest)......and maybe a $3 clothes item to get over $199.99.....yeah, chances are it will come in less than stellar condition. But if I am sure I'll break it out and 35% with a chance to get it....
Right now since I am not at my own house yet, I cannot display all the sets which don't encourage me to build sets, as I have to disassemble them to build new ones.
My main problem with LEGO right now is because of all the sales over 20%, I deviate from my wishlist because most of the sets on my wishlist were released within the last year or never go on sale.
For example here are the 10 sets I want the most (if I ignore the creator 3 in 1 sets):
- Slave I
- Ferris Wheel
- Heavy-Haul Train
- Ferrari F40
- Brick Bank
- Firehouse Headquarters
- Burj Khalifa
- Porche 911 GT3 RS
- Big Ben
Out of all these sets, only the Ferris Wheel, Heavy-Haul Train & Firehouse Headquarters went on sale as far as I know since their release. When Toys R Us had their 15% off coupon, I bought other sets which were higher on the list (mostly modular buildings).
The Ferris Wheel went on sale on Amazon in November 2015 for 185$ instead of 230$. 19.5% off a set that never goes on sale is awesome, but I didn't buy it because it was released in June 2015. I thought it would go on sale again... guess I was wrong!
The Heavy-Haul Train I am not in a rush because there is no new train model being released by LEGO, so I don't see that one going away anytime soon.
The Firehouse Headquarters went on sale on Amazon in February 2017 for 370$ instead of 400$. 7.5% off isn't that great since Double VIP Points is 10% but if you combo it with a 10%+ cash back like Swagbucks or Air Miles has some time, now it's awesome.
I was planning to be debt free by April 2017, but because of all the LEGO Sales, school and home gym purchases, I only saved around 25% of my debt amount. Since it's on the MBNA 0% balance transfer card I am not too worried, but it's still annoying to have debt :p
Hopefully, a nice bonus and salary increase will clear this by the end of the summer...
One thing I learn from last year regarding LEGO, you just gotta be patient and wait for the sets you want to go on sale.
ez_86 is the best example with the 25$ Fun in the Park set