It seems most of the negative feelings about resellers could be solved simply by LEGO having longer production periods of popular sets, which devalues the after market value. The problem is that even products that enjoy a very long production time eventually still go out of production and the after market value increases... what can you possibly do to avoid that? Nothing, short of selling enough pick-a-brick parts at reasonable prices to make the "set" less worthwhile.
Part of the blame, IMO, falls on TLG. Chrome polybag give-aways? Are you going to tell me they didn't know what was going to happen?
eggypop wrote:Two examples are Luke's Landspeeder and the Christmas Market which have never had the "Available Now" status on shopLego. Stepping back though, this is likely only a small percentage of the entire sales, and appears more that Lego is just not keeping up with the vastly growing demand.
Exactly. Thing is, I've got three Land Speeders... and I'm not a hoarder/reseller. They were a good value; I gave one to my son, I built one, and I have one extra... it might make a good present some day (I work with a lot of Star Wars fans, but it could equally apply to one of my son's friends), or maybe, some day, 10 years from now, I'll sell it for ten times the original price. I really don't know.
I guess I lucked out on the Christmas shop... never did get an advent calendar. It's another thing; I know they have to go for reduced prices after Christmas, but when they sold out so far before Christmas you have to realize one simple fact... they didn't make enough to satisfy demand.
If LEGO would stop treating [at least some of] it's products like Beanie Babies, maybe the community would, too.
LEGO was one of the most popular toys this past Christmas, selling out a number of sets just about everywhere... I realize they had a problem 10 years ago with over production, but maybe it's time to start stepping it up again.
EDIT: I need to add that I also buy sets on clearance just to have them. I do intend to sell some day. But am I supposed to feel guilty when a product has been out for six to 18 months or so, and LEGO is dumping them on clearance, so I buy a few? And buy a few, I really mean a few... like 1 to 3.